No, Panetta, Iraq Wasn’t ‘Worth It’

Charles Ommanney for Newsweek

General David Petraeus and General John Allen meet with Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta at Camp Eggers July 9, 2011 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

You have to admire the U.S. secretaries of state who have the balls to declare debacles and emarassments are "worth it," writes Salon's Glenn Greenwald. Madeleine Albright said it about Iraq sanctions that killed half a million children, and now Panetta says it about the Iraq War. "Consider how often U.S. officials announce to the Muslim world, either in essence or, as here, explicitly: yes, our actions extinguished the lives of hundreds of thousands of your innocent men, women and children, but we think it’s worth it. What is the inevitable outcome of that message being sent over and over?"