Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Monday, April 12, 2004

Unintended Consequences

Iraq is a fine kettle of fish now, isn't it. A shimmering example of unintended consequences.

Patrick Baz, AFP - Hafez Elwan, his wife May and 15-month-old daughter Fatima in their bedroom after a US missile hit Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood. USA Today



Iraq hasn't ginned up a new government that anyone pays attention to. We say we'll hand the new leaders the keys at the end of June anyway, ready or not.

We are being pulled into more and more urban warfare. President Bush 41 said one reason he didn't send Schwarzkopf's Desert Storm army into Baghdad was because that would be one inevitable result.

Iraqi civilians whom we expected to hug and support us are, more and more, keeping low profiles. We have frightened a full one-third of the civilian population out of Fallujah— some 60-thousand people had fled, last I heard.

Bless our troops. They need our support more than ever, and they have it. They can do the job, no matter how tough it becomes.

Another unintended consequence of the whole mess, as we watch the military and civilian death tolls rise, is that Americans are increasingly questioning whether this whole thing was necessary to protect our national security.

Brad Messer Commentary, KTSA.


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