From the Author
Those who love this country, its constitution, and the rule of law by which it was guided for more than 200 years understand that no nation can remain great without a great middle class. Much of this is being rapidly eroded by misguided militarism, good jobs sent overseas, and a governing class focused more on self-advancement than on their responsibilities to the country and its citizens.
As predicted by economic historians such as Paul Kennedy, the internationalist policies and rampant exporting of America's manufacturing economy are bankrupting the United States, and threatening to impoverish vast numbers of its citizens. It is a pattern great powers have followed since the Roman Republic.
That we can still be a great people was demonstrated in the national response immediately following the attacks of September 11. But arrayed against that are powerful currents of greed, conformity, and deficiencies of understanding which are impoverishing our common ability to observe and take effective action.
'Iraq War 2003' illustrates the consequences of leadership that sees the world as they want to see it and not as it is, making policy become ever more extreme and ineffective. This is not what America is about. We are a young nation, and in our short history we have generally chosen the better path - even if only, as Winston Churchill once noted, after exhausting every other possible alternative.
In this time of great, though largely self-imposed crises, one can only hope that Edmund Burke's affirmation will once again resound: "The individual is foolish; the multitude, for the moment, is foolish, when they act without deliberation; but the species is wise, and, when time is given to it, as a species it always acts right."
'Iraq War 2003' is on its way to the history, but unless we learn from it, we are doomed to repeat it; we will do so as farce and tragedy.
The human story is best told through its archetypes, one of which is Faust - the devil come bargaining for the soul. That particular story is as old as the temptation of Christ and as fresh as Charlie Daniels and the rosined bow of a Georgia fiddling contest. It is the story of the unnecessary choice and possibility of losing the prize already bestowed by allowing oneself to be tricked into bargaining for it. It is the story of George W. Bush and Iraq War 2003.
Charles Edmund Coyote