What nobody foresaw was the backlash against all the saber rattling and imperialist invective directed at Iraq. No one prophesized that the people of the United States would tell their government, “Enough is enough.”
Soon, Baghdad became a popular destination for adventurous travelers. There was a spike in the number of newborn children being named Saddam. The black, red, white and green were flown freely and proudly.
Based on the historical apathy of the people of the United States, it was inconceivable that they would turn their backs on a government dictated by family agenda. They wouldn’t allow themselves to choose sides in a real-world Hatfield-and-McCoy situation.
It was Bush I and Bush Jr. against Saddam Hussein. It was not about the future of the free world or weapons of mass destruction, as they’d been told.
The people tuned out the beating of the war drums.
They grew tired of trying to hold the world its beak.
Finally, they did not want Pax Americana.
They wanted to get along.