The United States as Defined by the Founding Fathers No Longer
Paul Craig Roberts
Clearing House" -- -- When does “collateral damage” so dwarf
combatant deaths that war becomes genocide?
Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq has cost 655,000 Iraqis their
lives. That is the conclusion of
a study financed by the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International
Studies and conducted by physicians under the direction of Johns
Hopkins University epidemiologists. These are deaths over and
above the pre- invasion mortality rate. Bush’s illegal invasion
raised Iraq’s mortality rate from 5.5 deaths per 1,000 people
per year to 13.3 deaths per 1,000 people per year. The study is
published by the distinguished British medical journal,
The Lancet, and is available on the
journal’s online site (October
The study uses a scientific method known as “cluster sampling.”
87% of the deaths, the researchers requested death certificates,
and more than 90% of the surveyed households produced the death
certificates. Violence accounted for 601,000 deaths and disease
and destruction of civilian infrastructure accounted for 54,000
deaths. The violent deaths are attributed to gunshot wounds,
coalition air strikes, and car bombs.
Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist Gilbert Burnham says,
“We’re very confident with the results.” Columbia University
epidemiologist Ronald Waldman says the survey method used is
“tried and true” and that “this is the best estimate of
mortality we have.”
When asked about the report, President Bush stated: “I don’t
consider it a credible report.” Bush, of course, is not
reality-based, and he knows that any unfavorable news is “enemy
propaganda.” That’s what the neocons who pull his strings tell
him, and that is what he believes.
What percentage of these 655,000 deaths were insurgents or
“terrorists”? Probably 1% and no more than 2%. Bush’s “war on
terror” is, in fact, a war on Iraqi civilians.
Bush’s invasion has also spawned sectarian conflict or civil
war, although the Bush regime denies it. Even Bush is smart
enough to know that “bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq” is
not compatible with setting off a civil war in Iraq. Since Bush,
the faith-based, believes that he is bringing “freedom and
democracy to Iraq,” he cannot accept the fact that he has
started a civil war.
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians are not the only
innocent victims of Bush’s illegal aggression. The New York
11) reports that Department of Veterans Affairs documents show
that about one in five US soldiers who have served in Iraq or
Afghanistan have suffered at least partial disability.
To date more than 100,000 US troops who are veterans of these
wars have been granted disability compensation. Although the US
cannot put on the ground in Iraq more than 150,000 troops at one
time, 1.5 million troops have served so far and 567,000 have
been discharged of which 100,000 are receiving disability
Paul Sullivan, director of programs for Veterans for America,
says that the current rate of injuries will produce 400,000
American veterans suffering 30% to 100% disability. Apparently,
one of the severe forms of disability is post-traumatic stress,
which does not count as a physical wound.
What is America’s reward for Bush’s illegal wars that have
655,000 Iraqis, an uncounted number of Afghanis, and disabled as
many as 400,000 US troops?
According to the US National Intelligence Estimate and to
practically every Middle East expert, Bush’s invasions have
radicalized the Muslim Middle East, created legions of recruits
for extremists, undermined America’s puppet rulers, imperiled
Israel, and destroyed America’s reputation.
We are talking about over one million casualties that have no
other cause than blatant lies by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice,
the bloodthirsty neoconservative cabal that occupies Bush’s
subcabinet, and their corporate media propagandists, especially
The Weekly Standard, Fox News, National Review, CNN, and the
Wall Street Journal editorial page. The Bush regime deceived
America and the world with its lies that Saddam Hussein had
weapons of mass destruction that would be turned against the
West by terrorists. By giving speeches that continually
mentioned Iraq in the same context as 9/11, the Bush regime
created the widespread impression, still prevalent among
Americans, that Iraq was responsible for 9/11.
What kind of government would destroy the lives through death or
disability of over one million people for no valid reason?
The same kind of government that fires its own lawyers for doing
their constitutional duty. Navy lawyer Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift
was assigned the task of bringing Salim Hamdan to a guilty plea
before the unconstitutional military tribunal that President
Bush created for Guantanamo detainees. Instead, Cmdr. Swift did
his duty and defended his client, winning in the US Supreme
Court. The Bush administration retaliated by blocking Cmdr.
Swift’s promotion, which killed his military career and sent the
chilling message to all US military and government attorneys
that constitutional scruples are career-enders in the Bush
regime. Anyone who stands for the US Constitution is against
Bush and his neocon regime.
The Bush regime is proceeding exactly as the Nazi regime
proceeded. First, eliminate every person of conscience and
integrity from the government. Second, redefine duty as service
to the leader: “You are with us or against us”--a formulation
that leaves no place for duty to the US Constitution. Patriotism
is redefined from loyalty to country and Constitution to loyalty
to the government’s leader.
Americans are too inattentive and distracted to be aware of the
grave danger that the neoconservative Bush regime presents to
American liberty and to world stability. The neoconservative
drive to achieve hegemony over the American people and the
entire world is similar to Hitler’s drive for hegemony. Hitler
used racial superiority to justify Germany’s right to ride
roughshod over other peoples and the right of the Nazi elite to
rule over the German people. Neoconservatives use “American
exceptionalism” and “the war on terror.” There is no practical
difference. Hitler cared no more about the peoples he mowed down
in his drive for supremacy than the neoconservatives care about
655,000 dead Iraqis, 100,000 disabled American soldiers and
2,747 dead ones.
When Bush, the Decider, claims unconstitutional powers and uses
“signing statements” to negate US law whenever he feels the rule
of law is in the way of his leadership, he is remarkably similar
to Hitler, the Fuhrer, who told the Reichstag on February 20,
1938: “A man who feels it his duty at such an hour to assume the
leadership of his people is not responsible to the laws of
parliamentary usage or to a particular democratic conception,
but solely to the mission placed upon him. And anyone who
interferes with this mission is an enemy of the people.”
“You are with us or against us.”
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