President Bush Sane?
By Paul Craig Roberts
Clearing House" -- -- Tens of millions of
Americans want President George W. Bush to be impeached
for the lies and deceit he used to launch an illegal war
and for violating his oath of office to uphold the US
Constitution. Millions of other Americans want Bush
turned over to the war crimes tribunal at the Hague. The
true fate that awaits Bush is psychiatric incarceration.
The president of the United States is so deep into
denial that he is no longer among the sane.
Delusion still rules Bush three weeks after the American
people repudiated him and his catastrophic war in
elections that delivered both House and Senate to the
Democrats in the hope that control over Congress would
give the opposition party the strength to oppose the mad
occupant of the White House.
On November 28 Bush insisted that US troops would not be
withdrawn from Iraq until he had completed his mission
of building a stable Iraqi democracy capable of
spreading democratic change in the Middle East.
Bush made this astonishing statement the day after NBC
News, a major television network, declared Iraq to be in
the midst of a civil war, a judgment with which former
Secretary of State Colin Powell concurs.
The same day that Bush reaffirmed his commitment to
building a stable Iraqi democracy, a secret US Marine
Corps intelligence report was leaked. According to the
Washington Post, the report concludes: “the social and
political situation has deteriorated to a point that US
and Iraqi troops are no longer capable of militarily
defeating the insurgency in al-Anbar province.”
The Marine Corps intelligence report says that Al Qaeda
is the “dominant organization of influence” in Anbar
province, and is more important than local authorities,
the Iraqi government and US troops “in its ability to
control the day-to-day life of the average Sunni.”
Bush’s astonishing determination to deny Iraq reality
was made the same day that the US-installed Iraqi prime
minister al-Maliki and US puppet King Abdullah II of
Jordan abruptly cancelled a meeting with Bush after Bush
was already in route to Jordon on Air Force One. Bush
could not meet with Maliki in Iraq, because violence in
Baghdad is out of control. For security reasons, the US
Secret Service would not allow President Bush to go to
Iraq, where he is “building a stable democracy.”
Bush made his astonishing statement in the face of news
leaks of the Iraq Study Group’s call for a withdrawal of
all US combat forces from Iraq. The Iraq Study Group is
led by Bush family operative James A. Baker, a former
White House chief of staff, former Secretary of the
Treasury, and former Secretary of State. Baker was
tasked by father Bush to save the son. Apparently, son
Bush hasn’t enough sanity to allow himself to be saved.
Bush’s denial of Iraqi reality was made even as one of
the most influential Iraqi Shiite leaders, Moqtada al-Sadr,
is building an anti-US parliamentary alliance to demand
the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
Maliki himself appears on the verge of desertion by his
American sponsors. The White House has reportedly “lost
confidence” in Maliki’s “ability to control violence.”
Fox “News” disinformation agency immediately began
blaming Maliki for the defeat the US has suffered in
Iraq. NY governor Pataki told Fox “News” that “Maliki is
not doing his job.” Pataki claimed that US troops were
doing “a great job.”
A number of other politicians and talking heads joined
in the scapegoating of Maliki. No one explained how
Maliki can be expected to save Iraq when US troops
cannot provide enough security for the Iraqi government
to go outside the heavily fortified “green zone” that
occupies a small area of Baghdad. If the US Marines
cannot control Anbar province, what chance is there for
Maliki? What can Maliki do if the security provided by
US troops is so bad that the President of the US cannot
even visit the country?
The only people in Iraq who are safe belong to Al Qaeda
and the Sunni insurgents or are Shiite militia leaders
such as al-Sadr.
An American group, the Center for Constitutional Rights,
has filed war crimes charges in Germany against former
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. A number of former
US attorneys believe President Bush and Vice President
Cheney deserve the same.
Bush has destroyed the entire social, political, and
economic fabric of Iraq. Saddam Hussein sat on the lid
of Pandora’s Box of sectarian antagonisms, but Bush has
opened the lid. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians
have been killed as “collateral damage” in Bush’s war to
bring “stable democracy” to Iraq. Tens of thousands of
Iraqi children have been orphaned and maimed. Hundreds
of thousands of Iraqis have fled their country. The
Middle East is aflame with hatred of America, and the
ground is shaking under the feet of American puppet
governments in the Middle East. US casualties (killed
and wounded) number 25,000.
And Bush has not had enough!
What better proof of Bush’s insanity could there be?