This Day in History: “Our Nation Enters This Conflict Reluctantly”

Though it seems like we’ve all been talking about it for weeks, today is the actual tenth anniversary of the military invasion of Iraq by U.S. and “Coalition” forces.

I hadn’t re-watched George W. Bush’s speech announcing the invasion until today, and it’s pretty amazing, not only in its false assertion of an imminent threat to America and the world from weapons of mass destruction, but its bogus tone of force used as a last resort. “We have no ambitions in Iraq,” he said, and most laughable in terms of what we now know about the long, long buildup to the war, and the sustained effort to make it possible: “Our nation enters this conflict reluctantly.” If you can stand it, relive the moment:

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.