As everyone except for a dwindling band of Bush
supporters now knows, the U.S. is in a terrible situation in Iraq from which
it cannot extract itself. For Bush and Cheney, their own pride and delusion
are more compelling than U.S. casualties,
the destruction of Iraq and its people,
and the inflaming of sectarian strife and anti-American violence throughout
the Middle East.
Congress is complicit in the great strategic blunder. Republican flag-wavers
led Americans like lemmings into the abyss. The Democrats have already abandoned
the electorate that gave them control of Congress six months ago in the false
hope that the Democrats would corral the White House moron and lead America
out of the abyss.
Like the Republicans, the Democrats serve the few special interest groups
that benefit, or believe that they benefit, from the war. By now we all know
who these groups are: the oil industry, the military-security complex, and the
Israel Lobby, AIPAC. This contrived war, based on lies and deception, serves
no other interest.
There is no longer any question whatsoever, not a single sliver of doubt, that
Americans were deceived into this disastrous war. The president of the United
States lied to the American people, as did the vice president, the national
security adviser, the secretary of state, the secretary of defense, the deputy
secretary of defense, the undersecretary of defense, and every neoconservative
in the Bush administration, think tanks, and media.
The fact that the American people were lied to and deceived does not absolve
them from blame. The lie was transparent, the logic nonexistent, the true facts
available and easy to discover.
America failed because the American people failed. The American people failed
because their self-righteousness and hubris made them easy saps for deception.
Even now after five years of a disastrous policy, Republicans cannot accept
the facts about the U.S. invasion and failed occupation of Iraq. At the recent
"debate" between Republican presidential candidates in South Carolina,
Rep. Ron Paul dared to tell the truth. Paul said that our difficulties in the
Middle East are "blowback" from our government's determined attempts
to exercise hegemony over the Middle East.
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, a person who sank so low as
to frame innocents while serving as U.S. attorney in order to boost
his name recognition, played the self-righteous card to extreme. How dare
Ron Paul suggest that U.S. policy toward Muslims has anything whatsoever to
do with attacks on the U.S.! With all the outrage he could muster, Giuliani
asked Paul "to withdraw that comment and tell us that he didn't really
The thunderous applause from the Republican audience to Giuliani's put-down
of the only honest person present underlines that the Republican Party is incapable
of leadership to end a futile and lost war that under international standards
is a war crime, an unprovoked, naked aggression based entirely on lies, deception,
and a secret agenda.
At other times, the Republican audience applauded in support of torture and
greeted John McCain's protest against the practice with cold silence.
In the opening years of the 21st century the Republicans have made it clear
that they are willing to sacrifice the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
in order to wage "war against terrorism." This willingness makes the
Republican Party a more dangerous threat to Americans than Muslim terrorists.
Muslim terrorists cannot destroy our country's reputation, trash our civil liberties,
and wreck our system of accountable government, but the Republican Party has
done a thorough job of it.
The Democratic Party is complicit in the Republican Party's crimes, but unlike
the Republican electorate, the Democratic electorate does not support the occupation,
the domestic police-state measures, and the Bush administration's decision to
send more combat troops to Iraq. Although none of the current front-runners
for the Democratic presidential nomination are independent of the special interests
that benefit from the war, it might still be possible for a Democrat to emerge
who will represent the Democratic electorate instead of the special interests.
Republican support for Bush's contrived war against Iraq has diminished the
Republican Party. Intelligent and decent people have abandoned the party, which
has morphed into a Brownshirt Party with which fewer people are willing to be
associated. The diminished Republican ranks will make it difficult for the party
to steal any more elections.
If we are fortunate, Republicans will complete their self-destruction before
they extinguish the Constitution and destroy America.