Iraq Occupation and the Coming War Against Iran
Political Wickedness and Moral Bankruptcy
"Justice is as strictly due between neighbor nations as
between neighbor citizens. A highwayman is as much a robber
when he plunders in a gang as when single; and a nation that
makes an unjust war is only a great gang."
[Iran will react to a bombing attack by the Bush-Cheney
administration] “by intensifying the conflict in Iraq and
also in Afghanistan, their neighbors, and that could draw in
Pakistan. We will be stuck in a regional war for twenty
former national-security adviser to President Jimmy Carter
"Israel made a large contribution to the decision to
embark on this war. I know that on the eve of the war,
[Ariel] Sharon said, in a closed conversation with
senators, that if they could succeed in getting rid of
Saddam Hussein, it would solve Israel's security problems."
Robert (Bob) Novak,
veteran American reporter
"I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to
acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely
former Fed Chairman 1987-2006
"There are people in Washington … who never intend to
withdraw military forces from Iraq and they’re looking for
ten, 20, 50 years into the future … the reason that we went
into Iraq was to establish a permanent military base in the
Gulf region, and I have never heard any of our leaders say
that they would commit themselves to the Iraqi people that
ten years from now there will be no military bases of the
United States in Iraq."
Jimmy Carter, former American President (February
"ICH" --- -
How do you get out
of a hole?
First of all, you stop digging. —This is the simple lesson
that the Bush-Cheney White House has so much trouble
understanding. For Bush and his
they are militarily occupying Iraq and they intend
there, no matter what. It doesn't matter that this immoral
and illegal occupation has caused the death of more than one
million Iraqis and killed more than 3000 American soldiers.
And now, they want to escalate the Iraq war into a wider
Middle East conflict
involving Iran, thus making sure the
United States will be involved militarily in that region of
the globe for the next twenty years.
2002, immoral neocon officials in
the Defense Department considered Iraq to be a "low-hanging
ripe for picking for its huge
for the opportunity to displace French and Chinese oil
companies, for increasing
American military bases
from Saudi Arabia to Iraq and for pleasing politically
the end-times religious right in the U.S.—thus
killing five birds with one stone.
According to former CIA Director
George Tenet—and this has been confirmed by former
Secretary Paul O'Neill and many other insiders—the
very idea of taking control militarily of Iraq was
improvised and was unjustified because "There
was never a serious debate that I know of within the
administration about the imminence of the Iraqi threat."
team, and their allies at the
Jewish Institute for
National Security Affairs (JINSA),
thought it was a win-win situation. They had decided they
wanted a war under the clouds of 9/11, and nothing—truth,
morality, reason or facts—could deter them from it.
were ready to
lie a thousand times
to achieve their goal. And they got it. But now the
apprentice sorcerers do not know how to stop the infernal
machine of destruction they have set in motion. They only
know how to push forward and make a larger mess of it.
type of improvisation and political wickedness is all too
well confirmed by
transcripts of talks George W. Bush
had with then-Spanish Prime minister Jose Maria Aznar, in
February 22, 2003, a few weeks before the onset of the March
20, 2003 Iraq war. In these transcripts, it is shown that
Bush had a criminal intent to launch a war of aggression
against Iraq, no matter what, and that he turned down every
Iraqi offer that would have avoided a murderous war that has
killed more than one million people so far. This includes
Saddam Hussein's offer to go into exile, and for Iraq to
hold free and internationally-supervised elections as well
as allowing armed foreign troops to conduct unfettered
inspections for weapons of mass destruction. —But the
Bush-Cheney regime of Neocons wanted war, and nothing could
stop them. They wanted, above all, to put their hands on
Iraq's oil wealth. This is a prime example of historical
grand theft, political wickedness and
Thus, this war has nothing to do with the morality of the
"Just War" theory.
In fact, it violates all the canons of a just and
Confronted with the abysmal cowardliness, moral corruption
of the Bush-Cheney administration,
Americans, on the whole, are more intelligent and more moral
than their current leaders, and a large majority of them
(63%) think it's time for the United States to
stop occupying illegally
the country of Iraq and to stop
murdering its citizens. Moreover, a good majority of them
(54%) reject the blanket Bush-Cheney
policy of aggression
abroad, under the pretext of
the U.S. Congress, the only government branch empowered by
the U.S. Constitution to declare war, is officially on
record as being against maintaining American troops in Iraq.
First, the House of Representatives, on July 12,
passed a bill,
by a vote of 223 to 201, to withdraw American combat troops
from Iraq by next April 1st. Second, in a July 18 vote, a
voted 52 to 47 to bring home most American combat troupes
from Iraq by May 1, 2008. —So, both the American people and
the American Congress want this war to end, and soon.
the truth is that Bush II does not give a hoot about
as he openly demonstrated recently. And, he does not
much care for the
either, or the courts for that matter. In fact, Bush has a
deeply ingrained tendency to
disregard the truth, the law and the U.S. Constitution.
Iraq, the Bush-Cheney regime is still
building "enduring" military bases
in order to occupy Iraq militarily for
decades to come.
They even talk openly about the half-century American
military presence in
as if this were a useful analogy.
the end of the day, as Bush has said: "I
do not need to explain". As the British magazine The
Economist has warned, the world should beware of
a President "who
has little left to lose,"
the more so if he has hardly any moral principle and is
indifferent to the opinions of the majority of Americans.
is doubtful that a George W. Bush in denial and his
delusional neocon advisors for permanent war will ever
listen to reason and
morality. To the contrary, the
lame-duck president is still firing anybody who does not
agree with him, while listening to chief Neocon Dick Cheney.
The American people see that, and that is why nearly
half of them want President
George W. Bush to face
while about 54 percent of American adults now want the US
House of Representatives to begin
against Vice President Dick Cheney, because he is seen
as the chief spreader of lies to launch the illegal Iraq
War. As of now, there are twenty-one Congressmen who support
the articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick
Cheney contained in
bill H Res 333
—If and when American troops leave Iraq, there will
be fewer deaths because there will be fewer killers, both
official soldiers and
The U.S. Congress should wake up before it is too late. When
armaments are in the hands of immoral people, the danger is
high that a
could be launched. Indeed, people in power who have no
morality and no judgment can be expected to do anything,
including killing millions of people, to save face.
According to polls,
Americans are very dissatisfied with both major political
parties because of their inability or their unwillingness to
reflect the wishes of the people and to stop the immoral and
illegal occupation of Iraq. In fact, more than two-thirds of
Americans believe their country is on the wrong track, but
nothing is being done about it. In fact, average Americans
are losing hope that they will ever be heard by the
Washington D.C. political nomenklatura that runs the
government while paying scant attention to the people.
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