How Can Bush Bring Freedom and
Democracy to Iraq When He Brings Tyranny to America?
By Paul Craig Roberts
-- -- The Washington, DC, think-tank, The American
Enterprise Institute, camouflages its purpose with its name.
There is nothing American about AEI, and the organization’s
enterprise is fomenting war in the Middle East against Israel’s
enemies. Its real name should be The Likud Center for Middle
AEI has the largest collection of warmongers in America. AEI
“scholars” have agitated for war in the Middle East for years. A
moronic president and 9/11 gave them their opportunity.
Now that the US invasions and occupations of Iraq and
Afghanistan have failed, the AEI warmongers are conspiring with
Vice President Cheney to foment war with Iran.
Writing in The Washington Note, Steven C. Clemons reports that
Cheney is working with the AEI warmongers to short-circuit the
efforts of Bush’s secretaries of defense and state to find a
diplomatic solution. Clemons reports that one former high level
national security official describes the Cheney-AEI conspiracy
as possibly an act of “criminal insubordination” against
Now that the Democrats have betrayed their mandate of last
November to end Bush’s war against Iraq and given Bush carte
blanche to continue the gratuitous bloodshed, the
neoconservative plan, spearheaded by Vice President Cheney, to
initiate aggression against Iran is back on the front burner.
Disinformation is being fed to the media that Iran is
responsible for attacks on US troops in Iraq. This
disinformation is routinely reported without skepticism by the
American media in the face of challenges from experts. For
example, a recent British report concludes: “few independent
analysts believe Tehran is playing a decisive role in the
sectarian warfare and insurgency.”
While the Cheney/AEI conspirators strive to whip up American
anger at Iran with lies and disinformation, they are doing
everything possible to provoke Iran. The warmongers have planted
the story in the media that the US is conducting covert
operations against Iran. The US Navy is conducting “exercises”
off Iran’s coast. The US military in Iraq has violated
diplomatic privilege and kidnapped Iranian officials in Iraq
despite protests from the Iraqi and Iranian governments. The US
government is stirring up more trouble in Lebanon by setting
extremists Sunnis against Iran’s Hezbollah ally. In short, the
US government is doing everything possible to start a war with
Iran. Bombing Iran, perhaps after a contrived “false flag”
operation, is the next step.
Bush continues to tell his favorite lies that he is bringing
“freedom and democracy to Iraq” and that Muslims hate us because
of our “freedom and democracy.” He continues to make these inane
assertions even as he ignores the will of the American people
and destroys habeas corpus, the foundation of civil liberty.
Bush ignores the will of the people as expressed in last
November’s congressional elections and as expressed in opinion
polls. The New York Times/CBS News poll released May 24 shows
another sharp drop in public support for Bush and his war.
America is “seriously off on the wrong track” was the response
of 72 percent of the public.
President Bush, the Republican Party, and the Democratic Party
have proved to the entire world that the American people have no
voice. The American people have no more ability to affect their
government’s policy than inmates in a gulag would have.
What do people in other countries think when they hear Bush
prattle on about “freedom and democracy” while he ignores
opinion polls and election results and detains people without
warrants, tortures them, and puts them before military tribunals
in which they are denied even knowing the evidence against them?
Bush has contrived a situation for defendants in which no
defense is possible. In Bush’s America, people can be executed
on the basis of hearsay and secret evidence.
If this is “freedom and democracy,” what is tyranny?
Recent polls show that the majority of the American people are
no longer fooled, no matter what politicians say and media
report. The election last November demonstrated the electorate's
lack of support for continuing the war.
The problem is in implementing the will of the people. Democrats
in Congress are not only recipients of AIPAC, oil industry, and
military- security complex payoffs just as the Republicans are,
Democrats are also behaving very cynically. They believe that it
is Bush's policy that gave them control of Congress in November
and that by continuing to let Bush prevail, they will clean up
on a larger scale in 2008. They believe that their antiwar base
has nowhere else to go.
Their cynical logic is probably correct as far as it goes. Bush
is being blamed for the war and its failure. The longer this
goes on, the worse the situation for the Republicans. Prior to
Bush’s invasion of Iraq, I wrote in a column that the unintended
consequences of an invasion would be the destruction of Bush,
the Republican Party, and the conservative movement. It has
taken longer than I thought, largely because of Americans’ blind
desire for revenge for 9/11, but the prediction is on track.
The problem with the Democrats’ cynical logic is that allowing
Bush to prolong the war in Iraq increases the chances that
Cheney, Israel, and the neoconservatives can contrive a war with
Iran. Most experts, and many in our own military, think that a
war with Iran would go very badly for us, endangering our troops
in Iraq by exposing them to more intense attacks from the more
numerous Shiites, who would be armed with Iranian weapons that
can neutralize our tanks and helicopters, leaving our fragmented
and divided troops isolated and cut off from supplies and
The pending disaster would play into Cheney's hands. With
America faced with the loss of an army, Cheney and the
neoconservatives would likely succeed in convincing Bush to nuke
Iran. Cheney and Rumsfeld have already changed US war doctrine
to permit preemptive nuclear attack against non-nuclear powers.
Surprised by the inability of the US military to prevail in Iraq
and by Israel's military failure against Hezbollah, the neocons
concluded that the only way to establish US/Israeli hegemony
over the entire Middle East is to nuke Iran. The neocons believe
that using nuclear weapons against Iran will demonstrate to the
Muslim world that they have no alternative but to submit to US
The Democrats are far from being alone in lacking the vision to
see the abyss into which their cynicism is leading us. With the
corporate media serving as propaganda ministry for the
administration, Cheney will be able to whip up enough fear and
anger to convince the American people that the use of nuclear
weapons was imperative.
Bush’s popularity will return as he prevails over the enemy and
tells Americans how he saved them from Iran’s nuclear weapons.
The Democrats’ cynicism will have destroyed them and opened new
avenues to destruction and violence.
Paul Craig Roberts wrote the Kemp-Roth bill and was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was
Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and
Contributing Editor of National Review. He is author or coauthor
of eight books, including The Supply-Side Revolution (Harvard
University Press). He has held numerous academic appointments,
including the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy,
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown
University and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution,
Stanford University. He has contributed to numerous scholarly
journals and testified before Congress on 30 occasions. He has
been awarded the U.S. Treasury's Meritorious Service Award and
the French Legion of Honor. He was a reviewer for the Journal of
Political Economy under editor Robert Mundell.
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