This Iraqi couple had a good life in Basra before the Americans came. He was a television technician. Last summer they were lucky to be unemployed in Damascus.
I have not read George Packer (The Assassins Gate and various New Yorker articles) on Iraq. Why would I bother? The guy supported, cheer led for, the U.S. invasion of Iraq, prima facie evidence of intellectual and moral bankruptcy, even in 2003.
Events have proved true the assumptions I made about this criminal war and its supporters. Those among its intellectual enablers who think of themselves as idealists and "liberals" are now tying themselves in knots as the bloodbath the U.S. and U.K. has wrought plays itself out. Most of them will never simply admit, as they should, "I believed a fantasy of benevolent U.S. hegemony; I didn't care who got killed for my fantasy; Iraqis and U.S. soldiers were not human beings to me, but game pieces on a chess board of my imagination."
The New Republic, home base for U.S. imperialists who claim to be "liberal" and consequently another publication I seldom look at, has just published Packer's cri de coeur for the (additional) Iraqis who will die when the U.S. finally gets chased out of Iraq.
On this Packer is right, though his continued lies about U.S. intentions and capabilities (pointed out in the quotation) are morally repulsive. These guys never take responsibility -- perhaps no one could.
The peace movement must campaign for the United States to take responsibility for the millions (literally) of refugees our invasion has created, not only by bringing a few here, but also by aiding the surrounding countries, notably Jordan and Syria, where most Iraqi refugees cluster in miserable conditions of poverty and despair.