c.jean, January 12, 2007
Bush's Disastrous Iraq War,
President Bush's misguided and immoral war against Iraq has been an unmitigated disaster from day one. It is a failed strategy which is the result of a long series of lies. It was not a MUST WAR, and it never was a JUST WAR. That's why it was bound to fail. And now, he wants to escalade the war into a larger disaster.
Americans have seen through the lies and the bad rationales for this war, and now, 70 per cent of Americans think bush's idea to send more troops in Iraq is wrong (Jan. '07 Associated Press-Ipsos poll). Americans also believe that the Bush administration deliberately misled the American public about whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (CNN and USA Today poll). Moreover, the public has not much confidence the Bush administration can extricate itself from the Iraqi quagmire, since 72 per cent of Americans believe President Bush has not developed a clear plan for getting American troops out of Iraq (N. Y. Times and CBS polls).
These are political realities that the Bush Republican administration will have to cope with in the coming months. In a democracy, the government has to represent the will of the people.
There has been more than 3,000 American deaths in Iraq, and the number of Iraqi dead is in the hundreds of thousands, possibly more than 600,000. Have we not got enough blood revenge, if this is what Bush is after in Iraq?
What is Bush doing in Iraq anyhow?
It's not for al Qaeda, since bin Laden is in Pakistan. It's not to protect the U.S. against weapons of mass destruction, since Iraq has none. It's not to install true democracy by force since Iraq's new constitution transforms this country from a secular state into an Islamic Shi'ite state, on the basis of Islamic precepts. It's not even for the oil (even though that's what Cheney was after), because Iraqi oil production is actually down 25 per cent since the March 2003 invasion and is of no help in keeping prices down. This is the case as U.S. forces control Iraqi oil terminals, Iraqi oil fields, Iraqi refineries and the Oil Ministry building in downtown Baghdad.
It's not either to stabilize politically the Middle East, since most experts, starting with Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, believe the occupation of Iraq is doing just the reverse: "I think our involvement there has destabilized the Middle East. And the longer we stay there, I think the further destabilization will occur."
And, it is not to save Iraq from chaos since it is our illegal presence there that creates chaos; and, as a consequence, the two major Iraqi groups (Sunnis and Chi'ites) are fighting us, the invaders, and they want us out, especially out of their oil fields.
Then what? Why are we killing people in Iraq and getting our young soldiers killed? Why are we defying the international community and betraying our own principles? Why are we making the oil situation worse?
The answer may be found in this wonderfully written book. The author opens a new perspective on why the Bush administration took so many risks in being the aggressor in Iraq. This is enlightening and rewarding reading. It throws light on the past and on the future. Highly recommended.