Iraq was invaded in 2003 because the United States was looking for a fight, news website Politico noted on Sunday.
The New York Times columnist Peter Baker in his new book titled “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House” provides some astonishing details about the Iraq War and its backdrop.
Politico reported that Baker quoted a former Bush administration official who regretted U.S. involvement in the conflict.
“The only reason we went into Iraq, I tell people now, is we were looking for somebody’s ass to kick. Afghanistan was too easy,” the anonymous official confessed in the book.
The startling revelation emerged just three days after a disturbing report on the effects of Iraq War was published by MSNBC. The document cited that almost 133,251 Iraqi civilians died since March 2003 and around 3 million people were displaced.
While death rates in Iraq remained one of the major concerns of the research, it was added that the U.S. armed conflict in Iraq poisoned the country’s environment, damaged water and sanitation systems, and crippled an already unstable healthcare system.
The report also stated that Iraq was running out of doctors, physicians etc to cope with health-related problems.
“The country has lost more than half of its physicians since 2000 (20,000 out of 34,000), and though 1,500 to 1,800 Iraqis are now completing medical degrees each year, a fourth of them are leaving the country.”
The upshot: Iraq was brought to the brink of destruction after it was invaded by the forces of the United States and the effects of the conflict could linger on for generations to come. However, even more alarming is the fact that all of it happened just because the administration of a world power was bored and wanted to “kick some butts.”