Hillary Clinton, on the fifth anniversary of the illegal immoral invasion of Iraq: [T]he Iraqi government has to take responsibility for its own future. We have given them the precious gift of freedom and it is up to them to decide whether or not they will use it.
This statement appeared in the context of Clinton's call for a withdrawal from Iraq, of which I obviously approve to the extent that the "withdrawal" advocated would actually be real and is earnestly intended (permanent bases? residual forces? admissions of wrongdoing? reparations?).
But whatever the context the actual statement above is unutterably vile: pretending that it is the fault of Iraqis that their country is too devastated by the illegal war and ongoing catastrophe of our armed occupation of their country for them to "take responsibility" for its legitimate governance (a pretense that relies in no small part in my opinion on America's apparently endlessly available reserve of racism)... refusing to take responsibility for American criminality and thereby endorsing it and thereby facilitating future pious rationalizations of American exceptionalism and maurading and criminality... adding to the injury of war crimes the insult of blaming their victims.