The War Is Lost
By Paul Craig Roberts
Clearing House" -- -- The Pentagon’s latest quarterly “progress”
report to Congress on Iraq is a grim tale of a lost war. The
Pentagon told Congress what Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and
propaganda organs such as Fox “News” never tell the American
(1) The Sunni-based insurgency remains “potent and viable”
despite spiraling Sunni-Shiite violence and beefed up US forces.
(2) Since the last report three months ago, Iraqi casualties
from “sectarian clashes”--the Pentagon’s euphemism for civil
war--have soared by more than 50 percent.
(3) From May when the new Iraqi government was established until
August, the average number of weekly attacks increased sharply
(4) Since the previous report, Iraqi daily casualties have
jumped by 50 per cent from 80 per day to 120 per day. Currently,
Iraqis are dying at the rate of 43,800 per year from violence.
The Iraqi government cowers behind the fortified walls of the
“Green Zone.” On August 31, the Kurds in the north took down the
Iraqi flag and replaced it with the Kurdish one. Most of Iraq is
ruled by Shiite and Sunni militias. Conflict between them has
forced 160,000 Iraqis to flee their homes.
Who is going to tell Bush that the war is lost?
Is Rumsfeld going to tell him?
Is Cheney going to tell him?
How can they tell him after all the bravado and false reports?
This is a delusional administration. Confronted with three major
polls showing that two-thirds of Americans oppose the Iraq war,
Bush declared that he is staying the course, demonstrating yet
again his disdain for common sense and the will of the American
If Bush and his neoconservative cabal were judged by their
performance they would be ridden out of town on a rail. If a
court of law judged their actions, they would walk the plank.
Everything this moronic regime promised about a “cakewalk” war
and the ease of pacifying Iraq and turning it into an American
puppet democracy has turned to ashes in President Bush’s mouth.
Having lost the Iraq war, the neoconservatives are determined to
initiate war with Iran.
National security expert John Prados says, “The pattern of
manipulation and misuse of intelligence that served the Bush
administration in the drive to start a war with Iraq is being
repeated today for its neighbor Iran.”
It is now established beyond a reasonable doubt that the neocons
intentionally cooked up false intelligence in order to justify
the invasion of Iraq, an invasion that has resulted in tens of
thousands of Iraqi and American casualties, both dead and
Aggressive wars are themselves war crimes. To intentionally
create a false basis for an aggressive war is an act of high
Alarmed by the neoconservative drive to start a war with Iran
before the US can extricate itself from the Iraq catastrophe,
the CIA firmly declared that any Iranian nuclear weapon is a
decade away. This undermines the neoconservatives’ urgency to
attack Iran now.
Neoconservative fanatics tried to discredit the CIA with a
recent report by the House Intelligence Committee Republican
staff written by neoconservative Frederick Fleitz, a protege of
neocon heavyweight John Bolton, a person active in concocting
the false case for war against Iraq. Fleitz alleges that the CIA
is a know-nothing agency that lacks the ability to assess Iran’s
ability to make nuclear weapons.
Neocons also dismiss the findings of the International Atomic
Energy Agency, which issued a report on August 31 reaffirming
that there is no tangible proof that Iran’s nuclear energy
program has a military aspect.
The neoconservatives plan to plunge America into war with Iran
before they can be held accountable for the lost war in Iraq.
This neoconservative conspiracy against the United States and
Iran must be stopped. Neocons must be removed from the
government that they have betrayed and held accountable for
Before America can preach democracy to the world, we must first
rescue American democracy from the Bush regime and re-establish
government accountability to the people.
Paul Craig Roberts , was Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury in the Reagan Administration. He is the author of
Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in
Washington ; Alienation and the Soviet Economy and
Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with
Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How
Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in
the Name of Justice
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