Ten-years on, the lessons of Iraq have been lost with the drive for militarily intervention in Syria and Iran akin to a modern-day Crusade, John Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister under Tony Blair, told RT in an exclusive interview.
The decade since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 has shown that “war is embedded in the nature of the American political and economic systems,” independent journalist Larry Everest stated in an interview with RT.
The number of Americans thinking the Iraq invasion was a good thing dwindled from 75% in 2003 to 42% in a recent Gallup poll. RT asked some of the politicians behind the decision to intervene if ten years on they still think it was right thing to do.
The US obviously plans to take over Syria’s riches and wealth through privatization – just what they tried to do in Iraq, believes author and historian Gerald Horne, who commented on the latest developments in the country for RT.
The US-led invasion made things much worse in Iraq, and the West hasn’t learnt lessons from the campaign, still ignoring the interests of people they invade or occupy, historian Tariq Ali told RT on the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.
George W Bush said the military operation in Iraq would “free its people.” RT’s Lucy Kafanov spoke to Iraqis from all walks of life, discovering that they believe they paid too high a price for toppling of tyranny by foreign military forces.
Ten years after the US invasion of Iraq, the humanitarian situation in the country is bleak. Critics say the hugely unpopular occupation of Iraq, and the lack of accountability for the officials responsible, has irreparably damaged America’s image.
The US war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with $490 billion more owed in benefits to combat veterans, a recent study revealed. The report found that total expenses in the unavailing conflict could balloon to $6 trillion over the next 40 years.
A public inquiry into allegations that British soldiers in Iraq murdered 20 unarmed prisoners and tortured 5 others has begun in London, with further legal arguments expected to slow the inquiry in the deaths of the Iraqi men nine years ago.