Victor Davis Hanson has an excellent piece about mistakes made during World War 2, which cost the lives of thousands of soldiers. He makes the point that all necessary wars have horrendous costs, and Iraq is no exception. What would our current press have done if they were covering World War 2? In 90 days, we had 50,000 casualties on Okinawa alone.
Of course, Hanson’s premise that the Iraq War was necessary is highly debatable. However, I think he makes a good, quick case for it:
Like Hitler, Saddam Hussein was a mass-murdering fascist, whom we had also appeased for years. For all his bluster, Hitler had not been in a prior shooting war with the United States, but after Pearl Harbor he had to be destroyed. In the same manner, after 9/11 there was no longer any margin of error in “boxing in” a rogue dictator that had struck four nations, violated most of the 1991 armistice agreements, ignored over a dozen U.N. resolutions, butchered tens of thousands, ruined the environment of Mesopotamia, constantly tried to recycle petrodollars to terrorists, attempted to assassinate a sitting U.S. president, and was in a stand-off with the U.S. Air Force involving 12 years, 350,000 sorties, and the control of two-thirds of Iraqi air space. Indeed, on September 11, 2001, American military forces were being fired on and firing back at the forces of just one nation in the world: Baathist Iraq.