More Will Die For Bush’s Ego?
By Paul Craig Roberts
Clearing House" -- -- Last July in
response to Bush-the-Evil’s enabling of Israel’s
gratuitous slaughter of thousands of Lebanese civilians
and destruction of the country’s infrastructure, I wrote
about “the shame of being an American.” With the ongoing
slaughter of our troops and Iraqi civilians in Bush’s
war in Iraq, it is time to revisit that theme.
As the Iraqi civil war (euphemistically termed
“sectarian violence”) intensifies, both US and Iraqi
casualties have sharply increased. Thirty-five US troops
have been killed in the first week of December. Iraqis
are dying at each other’s hands at about 100 per day,
with many more wounded by bombs.
Iraqi civilians continue to suffer at the hands of the
US military, with the latest news being a US air strike
that wiped out two families totaling 32 people.
The report from the bipartisan Iraq Study Group has made
it plain as day that the US is accomplishing nothing in
Iraq except the destabilization of the entire Middle
East. As Middle East expert Anthony Sullivan writes in
The National Interest,
the ISG report “constitutes a massive repudiation of the
policy of the Bush Administration.” The war is lost and
cannot be retrieved militarily. “Staying the course” is
the path of total folly.
Yet, the White House Moron says that it is better for
100 US troops and 3,000 Iraqi civilians to die every
month than for him to admit that he is wrong.
To date the cost of Bush being wrong is 25,000 US
casualties (dead and wounded) and approximately 650,000
dead Iraqis. No one knows how many have been wounded.
How many more will die before America drowns in the
shame of the blood that is being shed for no other
reason than the American people were so stupid as to
elect a president who cannot admit that he made a
mistake? The same stupid American people elected a
Congress that is too corrupt to impeach a president who
is a liar, a war criminal, and a tyrant. Instead, they
are prepared to let Bush off with a mere “mistake,” a
courtesy denied to President Clinton. Lying about sex is
an impeachable offense. Lying about war is a mere
Are the American people, Congress, and the American
Establishment going to let the death toll continue to
mount day by day for the two more years it takes for
Bush to become history?
How do America’s military families feel about the loss
of loved ones for no reason except President Bush cannot
admit a mistake?
How do the troops themselves feel about it? On December
8, a US Marine who has spent 7 months fighting
insurgents in Anbar province answered this question on
lewrockwell.com as follows: “I’m sick and tired of this
patriotic, nationalistic and fascist crap. . . . How do
you justify ‘sacrificing’ your life for a war which is
not only illegal, but is being prosecuted to the extent
where the only thing keeping us there is one man’s
power, and his ego.” US Marine Philip Martin says he
joined the Marines to protect the US Constitution, not
to serve as an imperialist storm trooper.
I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard talking heads
worrying about Bush’s “comfort level” with the Iraqi
Study Group’s unanimous report. Bush’s comfort level?
What about the comfort level of the Iraqis and Americans
who are losing family members while idiot talking heads
worry about Bush’s comfort level with the facts!
Try to imagine the impression the US gives to the rest
of the world: The US cannot stop a war that is a
catastrophe becoming a calamity because it would
interfere with Bush’s comfort level.
This disastrous war is a testament to the
irresponsibility of the American people and their
elected representatives. There were, of course, many
dissenters. But the majority were too lazy and
irresponsible to take the trouble to be informed. Most
Americans allowed themselves to be deceived and
emotionally manipulated. The consequence of this failure
of the American people has been brutal for countless
people and their families in Iraq, Afghanistan and
Lebanon and for the thousands of American families who
have suffered because Bush sent US troops on a fool’s
mission. The American people are stained with the blood
of innocents. Are they still not sufficiently angry with
the president who used them for his crimes to demand his
As long as Bush remains in office, the neoconservatives
will demand more wars. In the current issue of “Foreign
Policy,” neocon Joshua Muravchik stridently insists that
Bush bomb Iran before he leaves office. Muracvchik urges
his fellow neocon warmongers to “pave the way” for the
bombing of Iran and to “be prepared to defend the action
when it comes.”
As Middle East expert Anthony Sullivan writes, the
neoconservatives are “fifth columnists” whose “real
concern is not the United States but Israel.” Sullivan
writes that “it is past time that neoconservatives and
their movement be left to drown in the deepest reaches
of the ocean.”
Amen! And send Bush and Cheney and Rice with them.