The “Surge” Is A Red Herring
By Paul Craig Roberts
Clearing House" -- -- Bush’s “surge” speech is a hoax,
but members of Congress and media commentators are
discussing the surge as if it were real.
I invite the reader to examine the speech. The “surge”
content consists of nonsensical propagandistic
statements. The real content of the speech is toward the
end where Bush mentions Iran and Syria.
Bush makes it clear that success in Iraq does not depend
on the surge. Rather, “Succeeding in Iraq . . . begins
with addressing Iran and Syria.”
Bush asserts that “these two regimes are allowing
terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move
in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support
for attacks on American troops.”
Bush’s assertions are propagandistic lies.
The Iraq insurgency is Sunni. Iran is Shi’ite. If Iran
is supporting anyone in Iraq it is the Shi’ites, who
have not been part of the insurgency. Indeed, the Sunni
and Shi’ites are engaged in a civil war within Iraq.
Does any intelligent person really believe that Iranian
Shi’ites are going to arm Iraqi Sunnis who are killing
Iraqi Shi’ites allied with Iran? Does anyone really
believe that Iranian Shi’ites are going to provide
sanctuary for Iraqi Sunnis?
Bush can tell blatant propagandistic lies, because
Congress and the American people don’t know enough facts
to realize the absurdity of Bush’s assertions.
Why is Bush telling these lies? Here is the answer: Bush
says, “We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We
will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria.
And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing
advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.”
In those words, Bush states perfectly clearly that
victory in Iraq requires US forces to attack Iran and
Syria. Moreover, Bush says, “We are also taking other
steps to bolster the security of Iraq and protect
American interests in the Middle East. I recently
ordered the deployment of an additional carrier strike
group to the region.”
What do two US aircraft carrier attack groups in the
Persian Gulf have to do with a guerilla ground war in
The “surge” is merely a tactic to buy time while war
with Iran and Syria can be orchestrated. The
neoconservative/Israeli cabal feared that the pressure
that Congress, the public, and the American foreign
policy establishment were putting on Bush to de-escalate
in Iraq would terminate their plan to achieve hegemony
in the Middle East. Failure in Iraq would mean the end
of the neoconservatives’ influence. It would be
impossible to start a new war with Iran after losing the
war in Iraq.
The neoconservatives and the right-wing Israeli
government have clearly stated their plans to overthrow
Muslim governments throughout the region and to
deracinate Islam. These plans existed long before
Near the end of his “surge” speech, Bush adopts the
neoconservative program as US policy. The struggle, Bush
says, echoing the neoconservatives and the Israeli
right-wing, goes far beyond Iraq. “The challenge,” Bush
says, is “playing out across the broader Middle East. .
. . It is the decisive ideological struggle of our
time.” America is pitted against “extremists” who “have
declared their intention to destroy our way of life.”
“The most realistic way to protect the American people,”
Bush says, is “by advancing liberty across a troubled
This, of course, is a massive duplicitous lie. We have
brought no liberty to Iraq, but we have destroyed their
way of life. Bush suggests that Muslims in Afghanistan,
Lebanon and Palestine are waiting and hoping for more
invasions to free them of violence. Did Bush’s invasion
free Iraq from violence or did it bring violence to
It is extraordinary that anyone can listen to this
blatant declaration of US aggression in the Middle East
without demanding Bush’s immediate impeachment.
Republican US Senator Chuck Hagel declared Bush’s plan
to be “the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this
country since Vietnam.” In truth, it is far worse. It is
naked aggression justified by transparent lies. No one
has ever heard governments in Iraq, Syria, or Iran
declare “their intention to destroy our way of life.” To
the contrary, it is the United States and Israel that
are trying to destroy the Muslim way of life.
The crystal clear truth is that fanatical
neoconservatives and Israelis are using Bush to commit
the United States to a catastrophic course.