War Criminal Nation
By Paul Craig Roberts
Rockwell" -- -- Faced with mounting civilian
carnage, both from war crimes committed by demoralized and
broken US troops and from the raging civil war unleashed by
Bush’s ill-fated illegal invasion of Iraq, the House Defense
Appropriations Subcommittee has decided to waste another $50
billion to continue the lost war for five more months. Our
elected "representatives" are so in thrall to the powerful
military-industrial complex that no amount of American shame,
pariah status and military defeat can shut off the flow of
taxpayers’ funds to the merchants of death.
Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are costing hard-pressed US
taxpayers $300,000,000 per day! These wars are lost. Yet,
imbecilic members of Congress are in the process of funding the
war for another year. Multiply $300 million by 365 days and you
get $109,500,000,000. These are not the full costs. The huge
figure does not include the destroyed equipment, destroyed
lives, and long-term care of the maimed and disabled.
Gentle reader, are you getting enough vicarious pleasure from
the slaughter of Iraqi women and children to justify this price
tag? Is murdering "ragheads" that important to you? If so, you
are one sick person, just like every member of the Bush
US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have killed far more civilians
than they have resistance fighters. Bush administration
spokespersons are crowing that they have killed Musab al-Zarqawi
in an air strike. But al-Zarqawi was an al Qaeda leader, not a
member of the Iraqi resistance. Al-Zarqawi’s death will have no
affect on the outcome in Iraq.
Far more important is the news that civil war in Baghdad alone
claimed 1,400 deaths last month. Perhaps even more important is
the news that the Taliban’s resurgence has forced the Bush
administration to launch more than 750 air strikes in
Afghanistan in May. That is 25 air strikes per day! It is a
foregone conclusion that most of the casualties are women and
America is drowning in the shame of war crimes. One monstrous
slaughter of civilians after another, each denied and covered up
until brought to light by photos and eyewitnesses. The once
proud US Marines, unable to defeat the resistance that is
picking them off one by one, is now a frustrated, demoralized
force that is getting even by murdering 3-month-old babies and
The Council of Europe has issued its report on the Bush
administration’s policy of kidnapping "suspected terrorists" and
spiriting them off to tyrannical regimes to be tortured. US
State Dept spokesperson, Sean McCormick, whose job it is to
justify the criminal conduct of the Bush administration, said
that he was "disappointed" in the report. Sean seemed genuinely
puzzled that Europe’s oldest political organization would
second-guess the sound judgment of the virtuous Bush
administration or protest US violations of international law and
The only reason Americans can look themselves in the mirror is
that they are clueless and have little idea of what is being
done in their name. One-third of the US population actually
believes that Iraq was behind 9/11 and that Bush found the
weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Apparently, a large
percentage of the US population believes that Iran has nuclear
weapons and that America is in danger of being attacked by Iran.
No democracy can work when people take their responsibility as
citizen so lightly as to be totally ignorant.
Formerly conservative, now proto-Nazi, publications such as
National Review and the Wall Street Journal editorial page, keep
pounding the war drums, as does right-wing talk radio and neocon
propaganda organs such as the Weekly Standard and Fox "News."
The few facts that emerge in the interstices of the war
propaganda are quickly spun away.
Slaughter of civilians? Just a few bad apples. We will fix that
with seminars for the troops on military ethics and core values.
Troop withdrawals? As soon as the undefined mission is
No weapons of mass destruction? Don’t worry about it. We had to
have some excuse to invade Iraq and to "build democracy" so that
America would be safe.
World opinion? No opinion counts but ours.
Red ink? No sweat. We can borrow more from China. Our growing
indebtedness is proof that our power makes us a preferred
Bush supporters dismiss anyone who tells them the truth as a
traitor. Bush supporters are as dependent on propaganda as
substance abusers are on drugs and alcohol. Try weaning Bush
supporters from the obvious lies that are the basis of this
administration, and they will call you every name in the book.
They are proud to be Americans. Lies and war crimes are an
And you had better shut up or those Haliburton-built
concentration camps will be your new home.
Dr. Roberts [send
is Chairman of the
Institute for Political Economy and Research Fellow at the
Independent Institute. He is a former associate editor of
the Wall Street Journal, former contributing editor for
National Review, and was Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury in the Reagan administration. He is the co-author of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions.
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