"Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying
as his principle."
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
When Bush decided, prior to Sept. 11, to attack
Iraq, he committed himself to lies and deceit. As his British co-conspirators
realized, only victory could save them from the consequences.
On June 27, General George Casey, U.S. commander of the "multinational
coalition" in Iraq, told morning TV audiences that the conflict in Iraq
"will not be settled on the battlefield." On June 26, Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld told TV audiences that "coalition forces, foreign forces
are not going to repress that insurgency." The insurgency, Rumsfeld said,
might "go on five, six, eight, 10, 12 years."
These admissions give the lie to Vice President Cheney's claim that the
insurgency is in "its last throes."
Would Congress have let Bush invade Iraq if Congress had known that it would
not be a three-week war but a 12-year war?
What kind of fantastic lie or gross incompetence caused a 12-year war to be
marketed as a three-week war?
How can any people, no matter how deceived and deluded, support a government
capable of such miscalculation or deceit?
Would the Washington Post and the New York Times have been such
willing conduits of neoconservative propaganda against Iraq if anyone on either
paper had enough education to realize the catastrophe that hubris was creating?
What if either paper had possessed enough of a reporter's skepticism to ask
General Casey's and Secretary Rumsfeld's remarks make it clear that the Defense
Department has given up the prospect of military victory: The situation in Iraq,
Gen. Casey said, "will ultimately be settled by negotiation and inclusion
in the political process." Rumsfeld says the U.S. troops are being killed
and maimed in order to "create an environment that the Iraqi people and
the Iraqi security forces can win against that insurgency."
After three years of fighting, Rumsfeld still doesn't understand that
the Iraqi people are the insurgency. Is Rumsfeld still clinging to the myth
that the insurgency is an outside element injected into Iraq?
When will the moronic Bush administration realize that it is creating the environment
in which the insurgency is prevailing?
Many readers write to me that Bush and his neocon crazies are Israel's
patsies. An equally good case can be made that Bush and his crazy neocons are
Osama bin Laden's agents. In a recent speech at the American University
in Cairo, Egypt, Secretary of State Condi Rice repudiated America's 60-year-old
policy of Middle East stability and declared: "Now, we are taking a different
Rice, being completely ignorant of the Middle East, believes that the path
to democracy is through instability. But, of course, instability is exactly
what bin Laden wants. The instability that the Bush administration is creating
will unseat our puppets in Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. Bin Laden
intends to pick up the pieces.
The Bush administration has squandered America's diplomatic, economic,
and military power and is heading for defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout
the Middle East. Bush's invasion of Iraq is fast becoming one of the greatest
strategic blunders in history.