"The battle in Iraq is noble, it is necessary and it is just," says George Bush.
It is necessary because we needed a cheap source of oil, a pliant state to feed our cars.
It is just because the people who bankrolled his presidential campaigns got first dibs on the liberated oilfields.
It is noble because Saddam was uniquely evil (and no more use to us).
Civil war, four thousand soldiers shipped home in bits, eighty-two thousand innocent Iraqis dead (and that's only the least worst estimate). Was all this noble, just and necessary, too?