After Ten Years
By Paul Craig Roberts
- March 19, 2013. Ten years ago today the Bush regime
invaded Iraq. It is known that the justification for the
invasion was a packet of lies orchestrated by the
neoconservative Bush regime in order to deceive the United
Nations and the American people.
The US Secretary of State at that time, General Colin Powell,
has expressed his regrets that he was used by the Bush regime to
deceive the United Nations with fake intelligence that the Bush
and Blair regimes knew to be fake. But the despicable
presstitute media has not apologized to the American people for
serving the corrupt Bush regime as its Ministry of Propaganda
It is difficult to discern which is the most despicable, the
corrupt Bush regime, the presstitutes that enabled it, or the
corrupt Obama regime that refuses to prosecute the Bush regime
for its unambiguous war crimes, crimes against the US
Constitution, crimes against US statutory law, and crimes
In his book,
Cultures Of War, the distinguished historian John W. Dower
observes that the concrete acts of war unleashed by the Japanese
in the 20th century and the Bush imperial presidency in the 21st
century “invite comparative analysis of outright war crimes like
torture and other transgressions. Imperial Japan’s black deeds
have left an indelible stain on the nation’s honor and good
name, and it remains to be seen how lasting the damage to
America’s reputation will be. In this regard, the Bush
administration’s war planners are fortunate in having been able
to evade formal and serious investigation remotely comparable to
what the Allied powers pursued vis-a-vis Japan and Germany after
World War II.”
Dower quotes Arthur Schlesinger Jr.: “The president [Bush] has
adopted a policy of ‘anticipatory self-defense’ that is
alarmingly similar to the policy that imperial Japan employed at
Pearl Harbor on a date which, as an earlier American president
said it would, lives in infamy. Franklin D. Roosevelt was right,
but today it is we Americans who live in infamy.”
Americans paid an enormous sum of money for the shame of living
in infamy. Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes calculated that the
Iraq war cost US taxpayers $3,000 billion dollars. This estimate
might turn out to be optimistic. The latest study concludes that
the war could end up costing US taxpayers twice as much.
In order to pay for the profits that have flowed into the
pockets of the US military-security complex and from there into
political contributions, Americans are in danger of losing
Social Security, Medicare, and the social cohesiveness that the
social welfare system provides.
The human cost to Iraq of America’s infamy is extraordinary: 4.5
million displaced Iraqis, as many as 1 million dead civilians
leaving widows and orphans, a professional class that has
departed the country, an infrastructure in ruins, and social
cohesion destroyed by the Sunni-Shia conflict that was ignited
by Washington’s destruction of the Saddam Hussein government.
It is a sick joke that the United States government brought
freedom and democracy to Iraq. What the Washington war criminals
brought was death and the destruction of a country.
The US population, for the most part, seems quite at ease with
the gratuitous destruction of Iraq and all that it entails:
children without parents, wives without husbands, birth defects
from “depleted” uranium, unsafe water, a country without hope
mired in sectarian violence.
Washington’s puppet state governments in the UK, Europe, the
Middle East and Japan seem equally pleased with the
victory--over what? What threat did the victory defeat? There
was no threat. Weapons of mass destruction was a propaganda
hoax. Mushroom clouds over American cities was fantasy
propaganda. How ignorant do populations have to be to fall for
such totally transparent propaganda? Is there no intelligence
anywhere in the Western world?
At a recent conference the neoconservatives responsible for the
deaths and ruined lives of millions and for the trillions of
dollars that their wars piled on US national debt were
unrepentant and full of self-justification. While Washington
looks abroad for evil to slay, evil is concentrated in
The American war criminals walk about unmolested. They are paid
large sums of money to make speeches about how Americans are
bringing freedom and democracy to the world by invading, bombing
and murdering people. The War Crimes Tribunal has not issued
arrest warrants. The US Department of State, which is still
hunting for Nazi war criminals, has not kidnapped the American
ones and sent them to be tried at the Hague.
The Americans who suffered are the 4,801 troops who lost their
lives, the thousands of troops who lost limbs and suffer from
other permanent wounds, the tens of thousands who suffer from
post-traumatic stress and from the remorse of killing innocent
people, the families and friends of the American troops, and the
broken marriages and single-parent children from the war stress.
Other Americans have suffered on the home front. Those whose
moral conscience propelled them to protest the war were beaten
and abused by police, investigated and harassed by the FBI, and
put on no-fly lists. Some might actually be prosecuted. The
Unites States has reached the point where any citizen who has a
moral conscience is an enemy of the state. The persecution of
Bradley Manning demonstrates this truth.
A case could be made that the historians’ comparison of the Bush
regime with Japanese war criminals doesn’t go far enough. By
this October 7, Washington will have been killing people, mainly
women, children, and village elders, in Afghanistan for 12
years. No one knows why America has brought such destruction to
the Afghan people. First the Soviets; then the Americans. What
is the difference? When Obama came into the presidency, he
admitted that no one knew what the US military mission was in
Afghanistan. We still don’t know. The best guess is profits for
the US armaments industry, power for the Homeland Security
industry, and a police state for the insouciant US population.
Washington has left Libya in ruins and internal conflict. There
is no government, but it is not libertarian nirvana.
The incessant illegal drone attacks on Pakistani civilians is
radicalizing elements of Pakistan and provoking civil war
against the Pakistani government, which is owned by Washington
and permits Washington’s murder of its citizens in exchange for
Washington’s money payments to the political elites who have
sold out their country to Washington.
Washington has destabilized Syria and destroyed the peace that
the Assad family had imposed on the Islamic sects. Syria seems
fated to be reduced to ruins and permanent violence like Libya
Washington is at work killing people in Yemen.
As the video released to WikiLeaks by Bradley Manning shows,
some US troops don’t care who they kill--journalists and
civilians walking peacefully along a street, a father and his
children who stop to help the wounded. As long as someone is
killed, it doesn’t matter who.
Killing is winning.
The US invaded Somalia, has its French puppets militarily
involved in Mali, and perhaps has Sudan in its crosshairs for
drones and missiles.
Iran and Lebanon are designated as the next victims of
Washington protects Israeli aggression against the West Bank,
Gaza, and Lebanon from UN censure and from embargoes. Washington
has arrested and imprisoned people who have sent aid to the
Palestinian children. Gaza, declares Washington which regards
itself as the only fount of truth, is ruled by Hamas, a
terrorist organization according to Washington. Thus any aid to
Gaza is aid to terrorism. Aide to starving and ill Palestinian
children is support of terrorism. This is the logic of an
inhumane war criminal state.
What is this aggression against Muslims about?
The Soviet Union collapsed and Washington needed a new enemy to
keep the US military/security complex in power and profits. The
neoconservatives, who totally dominated the Bush regime and
might yet dominate the Obama regime declared Muslims in the
Middle East to be the enemy. Against this make-believe “enemy,”
the US launched wars of aggression that are war crimes under the
US imposed Nuremberg standard that was applied to the defeated
Although the British and French started World War II by
declaring war on Germany, it was Germans, defeated by the Red
Army, who were tried by Washington as war criminals for starting
a war. A number of serious historians have reached the
conclusion that America’s war crimes, with the fire-bombings of
the civilian populations of Dresden and Tokyo and the gratuitous
nuclear attacks on the civilian populations of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki, are of the same cloth as the war crimes of Hitler and
The difference is that the winners paint the defeated in the
blackest tones and themselves in high moral tones. Honest
historians know that there is not much difference between US
WWII war crimes and those of the Japanese and Germans. But
the US was on the winning side.
By its gratuitous murder of Muslims in seven or eight countries,
Washington has ignited a Muslim response: bitter hatred of the
United States. This response is termed “terrorism” by Washington
and the war against terrorism serves as a source of endless
profits for the military complex and for a police state to
“protect” Americans from terrorism, but not from the terrorism
of their own government.
The bulk of the American population is too misinformed to catch
on, and the few who do
understand and are attempting to warn others will be silenced.
The 21st century will be one of the worst centuries in human
history. All over the Western world, liberty is dying.
The legacy of “the war on terror” is the death of liberty.
Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for
Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal.
He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service,
and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments.
His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His
The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution
of the West is now available.
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