Is the Iraq war to become a permanent feature?
The war persists despite the opposition of a majority of Americans
The war persists despite warnings from U.S. generals that the stress is breaking
the U.S. Army.
The war persists despite its enormous costs in red ink and dependence on foreign
The war persists despite its total failure.
The war persists despite the known fact that it was based on Bush
administration lies and deception.
President Bush's latest delusion – the surge – has not increased
security. The surge has been accompanied by new records of daily Iraqi civilian
casualties, such as the 312
Iraqis killed and 302 wounded on April 18. Recently, U.S. commanding Gen.
David Petraeus said that Iraqis would just have to learn to live with daily
bombing attacks. Petraeus promises Iraqis decades of violence when he says that
"Iraq is going to have to learn – as did Northern Ireland – to
live with some degree of sensational attacks."
For the past two years polls of the U.S. public have shown that a majority
of Americans believe that it was a mistake to invade Iraq.
Polls of Iraqis show that large majorities support attacks on U.S. troops and
want U.S. forces withdrawn from their country.
The Iraqi Ministry of Health has concluded that 70 percent of primary-school
students in Baghdad suffer from trauma-related stress from passing dead bodies
in the streets, from witnessing relatives being killed, and from being injured
President Bush and his dwindling band of apologists allege that the U.S. cannot
withdraw from Iraq without a bloodbath between Sunnis and Shi'ites. This bloodbath
is already occurring. Indeed, the bloodbath was caused by the U.S. invasion,
which took political power from Sunnis and gave it to Shi'ites in the form of
a U.S. protectorate or colony.
Bush's invasion of Iraq had no justification. Continuing the war has
no positive effects. Each day that the war continues produces more
pointless casualties, more red ink and dependence on foreign
creditors, more trauma, and more hatreds.
The Bush administration is continuing the war without a realizable or defensible
goal. Although the Iraqi government is supposedly a democratically elected majority-Shi'ite
government, in reality it is a creature of the U.S. occupation without real
power and without public support. The "Iraqi government" exists only
within the heavily fortified and U.S.-guarded "Green Zone" in Baghdad.
Even this protected zone is subject to attacks. Just last week the parliament
As a colony or protectorate, Iraq is too costly to maintain. The U.S. has already
incurred out-of-pocket and future costs of $1 trillion or more. The total gains
from oil exploitation and military-security complex profits do not approach
this massive figure imposed on U.S. taxpayers, which is growing by the day.
As bad as it is, the situation could suddenly become much worse. Those in charge
of U.S. policy want to expand their targets from Sunni insurgents to Shi'ite
militias. U.S. forces have been unable to prevail over a lightly armed insurgency
drawn from 20 percent of the population. The Shi'ite population is three times
larger. Moreover, Shi'ites control southern Iraq, the territory through which
U.S. supplies must pass from Kuwait to Baghdad. If the Bush administration manages
to get itself at war with 80 percent of the Iraqi population, U.S. troops could
be cut off and destroyed.
How would an unstable egomaniac such as President Bush deal with the
The U.S. dollar has lost much of its value to the Bush administration's dependence
on foreign borrowing to finance its war. With foreigners accumulating huge annual
sums in U.S.-denominated assets, the U.S. dollar's reserve currency role is
jeopardized. If the dollar loses its reserve currency role, foreigners will
not finance our wars or our trade and budget deficits.
The risks of Bush's war both to Iraqis and Americans is out of
proportion to any conceivable gains. The war is all cost and no
benefit. Iraqis have been made massively insecure, and their country
has undergone tremendous destruction and turned into a training
ground for terrorists.
The entire Middle East has been put at risk of Sunni-Shi'ite conflict. Muslim
hostility to U.S. puppet regimes in Egypt, Jordan, and Pakistan is rising. The
Saudis have warned Washington that the Iraq war is causing the ground to shake
beneath their feet.
Bush claims that he invaded Iraq because he so highly values democracy that
he desired to establish one in Iraq as an example for other Middle Eastern countries
to follow. However, what Bush has demonstrated to Muslims is that American democracy
is unresponsive to citizens and voters. Bush has demonstrated to the world that
the U.S. government is controlled by a small oligopoly of vested interests,
the public be damned. Democracy means a government that follows the will of
the people. Bush is ignoring public opinion and has made it clear that he will
continue the practice.
Bush has shown the world that the only difference between American
dictatorship and other dictatorships is that, for now, Americans are
permitted to remove their dictator after his term is served.