Kerry: Iraq invasion was a huge mistake
US Secretary of State John Kerry has admitted that the US-led invasion of Iraq eleven years ago was a serious mistake.
Kerry made the remarks in an interview with Chinese news agency Geo News on Tuesday as he said that the administration of US President Barack Obama is still working through many of the problems associated with the war on Iraq.
He also acknowledged that many problems in the Middle East today have their roots in that war.
In 2003, Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, ordered the invasion on Iraq under the pretext that former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, possessed weapons of mass destruction. In October 2004, however, a CIA report revealed that Saddam Hussein did not possess any weapons of mass destruction at the time of the invasion.
The US war in Iraq cost American taxpayers $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, according to a study called Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.
Kerry’s remarks that Iraq war was a mistake mirror what the American people have been saying for a long time. A CBS News/New York Times poll found on Monday that only 18 percent of Americans think the result of the war in Iraq was worth the loss of American lives and other costs of attacking the Arab country in 2003.
A decade after Iraq’s security was shaken by the US-led invasion, the country is fighting with Takfiri militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that some observers and reports say are trained and armed by the US. Over the past days, heavy clashes have been underway between Iraqi armed forces and the ISIL terrorists, who have threatened to spread their acts of violence to Baghdad and other Iraqi cities.
A recent report showed that the ISIL terrorists were trained by the CIA in Jordan more than two years ago. The report said that the militants were initially trained at the time as part of covert aid to the militants operating inside Syria.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) also said earlier this month that the US has been arming the ISIL militants in Syria. “I think we have to understand first how we got here,” Paul said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union.’ “We have been arming ISIS in Syria.”
In a phone interview with Press TV on Monday, Wayne Madsen, an American investigative journalist, said that CIA director John Brennan who is “a known Saudiphile” has played a key role in the creation and rise of the ISIL.