Ahmed Chalabi, an Iraqi national who spent most of his life living in exile, has died at his home in Baghdad. He was seventy-one-years-old.
Chalabi, who was on the payroll of the United States CIA for decades, also maintained high-level contacts with most of America's neo-conservative leaders and was an active manipulator of the American political system. He was a primary instigator of the United States military assault on Iraq in 2003. After the United States occupied Iraq and drove Saddam Hussein from power, Chalabi rushed to his native country where he tried to become the political leader of the nation - a goal he was never able to achieve.
The wanton carnage and suffering brought about by Ahmed Chalabi and his political associates in Washington, DC, are stains on our national heritage. The massive levels of debt brought about by their misadventures will loom large across the coming years, serving as economic brakes on what could have been a prosperous future.
George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Ahmed Chalabi got to have their glorious little war. They lost, and sadly, so did we.