Has anyone stopped to consider that we just sent a few hundred thousand guys with sophisticated and destructive weapons off on a wild goose chase?
They have wrecked the oldest city in the world, killed hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants and are actively contributing to the corruption and chaos there.
They are contributing by supporting a regime that is engaged in etnic cleansing against its sectarian rivals. It is clear that Iraqi security forces themselves are perpetrating a massive retalitory murder campaign in Iraq.
The American public has yet to show an appreciation of the suffering and death that our forces have inflicted upon the people of Iraq.
This lack of regard for the Iraqis suffering is demonstrated by our debate over the "consequences" of the war in Iraq.
No one has been willing to state that the continuation of Coalition enabled vendettas and death squad activity is a "consequence" of the continuation of the Occupation.
Until we are willing to examine the wreckage we have wrought against the Iraqis and Arab society in general our discussion of "consequences" remains on the level of a kindergarten teacher admonishing her charges.