On Jan. 2, the BBC reported a leak from a "senior
administration source" that President George W. Bush is going to give a
speech, whose "central theme will be sacrifice," announcing an increase
in U.S. troops in Iraq for security purposes. Speculation abounds whether the
leak is designed to block Bush's insane policy with protests or to soften its
controversial edge when announced. The BBC reports that "already one senior
Republican senator has called it Alice in Wonderland."
Bush's proposal, if he makes it, is the work of retired army general Jack Keane
and Frederick W. Kagan of the American Enterprise Institute. AEI is the second
most important Israeli lobby in Washington after AIPAC.
Keane and Kagan profess to believe that 30,000 more U.S. troops can bring security
to Iraq. Keane and Kagan argue that more U.S. troops would permit the U.S. military
to retain control of an area after they had cleared it of insurgents. They ignore
that Iraq has progressed from insurgency into civil war. There can be no Iraqi
army independent of the sectarian conflict. The military problem for the Americans
is no longer a small insurgency drawn from a minority of the population, but
sectarian strife involving all of Iraq. Today the only choice for U.S. forces
is to ally with one side or the other in the civil war or to depart Iraq.
Knowledgeable people regard the Keane/Kagan plan as a proposal designed to
continue for a while longer the blood profits of the U.S. military-industrial
complex and to advance Israel's interests by spreading Sunni-Shi'ite conflict
throughout the Middle East.
The neoconservatives' original plan was to give Israel hegemony in the Middle
East by using the U.S. military to overthrow Iraq, Iran, and Syria. The failure
of U.S. forces to subdue Iraq has led to a new neoconservative plan to give
Israel supremacy by spreading sectarian conflict among Muslims throughout the
region. No Arab state would be stable, and Israel could proceed with its seizure
If Bush adopts the Keane/Kagan "plan," he should be impeached for
putting two special interests the military-industrial complex and Israeli
Zionist settlers ahead of America's interests and the interests of peace
in the Middle East. The crimes of the Bush regime already stand at a horrendous
level. There is no support for the Keane/Kagan "plan" in the American
political establishment, among Middle East experts and the American public,
or within the Bush administration itself.
The American electorate, or stolen elections, have put in the presidency an
ignorant and moronic person who is guided not by sense and reason but by an
enormous ego that can admit no mistake. In the name of a concocted "war
on terror," the American public has permitted Bush an endless stream of
mistakes. These mistakes are destroying any prospect for peace in the Middle
East, committing America to endless and pointless conflict, destroying America's
soft power while demonstrating the limits of its military power, creating a
domestic police state, and endangering the U.S. dollar. There is no imaginable
gain from the Middle Eastern conflict that Bush has initiated that could possibly
offset these costs to Americans.
The U.S. electorate attempted to rein in Bush in the November election by giving
Democrats control of Congress. But Bush refuses to listen to the electorate
as he prepares, instead, to mire America deeper in an illegitimate conflict
that does not serve America's interests.
President George W. Bush is destroying America. Will Congress stop him?