More Shame, More
By Paul Craig Roberts
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the administration of George W. Bush, the Republican Party has
achieved the greatest combination of idiocy and evil in human
Republicans have bogged America down in a gratuitous and illegal
war. The war has destroyed Iraq, killed between 650,000 and
1,000,000 Iraqi civilians, displaced 4,000,000 Iraqis, and
littered the country with depleted uranium. Bush’s war remains
unwon despite its five year duration and $1 trillion in
out-of-pocket and incurred future costs.
Bush’s invasion of Iraq is a war crime under the Nuremberg
standard, a direct counterpart to Hitler’s invasion of Poland.
Both were based on lies and deception, and the declared reasons
for both were masks for secret agendas.
Bush’s invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, his planned attack on
], and his support for Israel’s attack on Lebanon and genocidal
policies toward the Palestinians have radicalized the Middle
East and Muslims worldwide. American and Israeli aggression have
vindicated Osama bin Laden’s propaganda, produced massive
recruits for Al Qaeda, and unleashed destabilizing forces
throughout the Middle East
Bush’s wars are strengthening Islam. Abdullah Gul has just been
elected president of Turkey. Gul is described by the American
media as “former Islamist.” Gul is supported by the ruling
political party of prime minister Erdogan, another “former
Gul’s election to the presidency by 76% of the Turkish
parliament has upset Turkey’s secularized military, long in the
pay of the US government. On August 27 Turkey’s military chief,
General Yasar Buyukanit, declared that “centers of evil
systematically try to corrode the secular nature of the Turkish
Republic.” The Turkish military, many believe at the request
and pay of the US, has overthrown four Turkish governments since
1960, the last only 10 years ago.
With President Bush’s rant about “bringing democracy to the
Middle East,” the Turkish military is less able to impose
Western values on an Islamic people. Similarly, the American
puppet in Egypt cannot as easily suppress the Islamic values and
aspirations of Egyptians.
puppet rulers in Jordan and Pakistan, and even the Saudis and
oil emirates, report the ground shaking under their feet.
America’s puppet in Pakistan is in trouble, and his difficulties
are compounded by US military incursions into Pakistan. The
Bush administration is considering contingency plans to seize
Pakistan’s nuclear weapons in the event the American puppet is
overthrown, delusional contingency plans considering the
over-stretched US military.
the postwar years, the US managed with its money and influence
to secularize an elite class in Middle Eastern countries, an
elite that identifies with the West and not with their own
cultures. This artificial elite has produced a wide political
gap between the masses of the people and the rulers.
Increasingly, Muslim masses perceive their rulers as allied with
foreign powers against them.
Iraq the American puppet government of Nuri al-Maliki seems to
be on its last legs. The Sunnis have pulled their support, as
has the most important Shi’ite leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, who
realizes that the Maliki government is too complicit in US
crimes to be a legitimate government of Iraq. With both the
Bush administration and Congress blaming Maliki for America’s
failure in Iraq, Maliki’s fate looks increasingly to be that of
Ngo Dinh Diem, America’s Vietnam puppet who was blamed for the
failure of US intervention in Vietnam.
Just as Hitler long denied German defeats on the Russian front
and even in his last days was ordering non-existent German
divisions to relieve Berlin, the Bush regime finds a new straw
to grasp in Iraq each time the previous straw proves to be a
delusion. The latest straw is “the surge.” While Americans
surge, the British have been defeated in southern Iraq and have
withdrawn to two bases in eerie similarity to the French at Dien
Bien Phu. The British bases are subjected to between 30 and 60
mortar and rocket attacks each day. British generals want their
troops out of Iraq. The longer UK prime minister Brown keeps
them in Iraq in order to appease the Bush administration, the
harder it will be to rescue the survivors.
With American retreat south to Kuwait now potentially cut off,
how will the US extract its troops and equipment when American
defeat can no longer be denied?
Bush administration and its politicized military are already
blaming the failure of “the surge” on Iran. Iran is alleged to
be training and arming Iraqis who resist the US occupation.
Bush has said he will hold Iran responsible. There is abundant
evidence that the Bush administration is preparing yet another
illegal attack on a Muslim country without assessing the
Bush administration seems destined to produce such disasters
that it will be driven to the use of nuclear weapons in order to
avoid defeat. The Bush administration possesses the combination
of evil and stupidity required to escalate a failed “cakewalk
war” into a nuclear one.
Many of the administration’s most evil members--Wolfowitz, Feith,
Libby, Rumsfeld, Rove, and Gonzales--have been discarded as the
tragedy deepens, but Cheney remains ensconced as does the moron
in the White House. Before they fall, Bush and Cheney will
bring more sorrow to the world and more shame to Americans.
Paul Craig Roberts 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 coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.
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