The Bush/Cheney White House, which told the American
people in 2003 that the Iraqi invasion would be a three-to-six-week affair,
now tells us that the U.S. occupation is permanent. Forever.
Attentive Americans, of which, alas, there are so few, had already concluded
that the occupation was permanent. Permanence is the obvious message from the
massive and fortified U.S. embassy under construction in Iraq and from the large
permanent military bases that the Bush regime is building in Iraq.
Bush regime propagandists have created a false analogy with "the Korean
model" in their effort to sell the permanent occupation of Iraq as necessary
for Iraq's security. More than one half century after the close of the Korean
war, U.S. troops continue to be based in Korea, as they are in Germany more
than six decades after the end of World War II.
The rationale for the U.S. troops in South Korea is to remind North Korea that
an attack on South Korea is an attack on the U.S. itself. The rationale for
U.S. troops in Germany disappeared when Reagan and Gorbachev brought the Cold
War to an end.
There is, of course, no similarity between Iraq and Korea. There was no insurgency
in Korea and no attacks on U.S. troops based in South Korea once the fighting
stopped. The presence of U.S. troops in South Korea has produced many protest
demonstrations by South Koreans, but the U.S. troops in South Korea have had
no exposure to combat since the war ended in 1953.
In contrast, the insurgency in Iraq continues to rage and could expand dramatically
if Shi'ites were to join the Sunnis in attacks on U.S. forces. Most American
military leaders no longer believe the insurgency can be defeated. Permanent
occupation means permanent insurgency. Indeed, an attempt at permanent occupation
could possibly unify the Arabs in a joint effort to expel the Americans.
The absurd analogy with Korea is so far-fetched that it raises the question
whether the Bush/Cheney regime has entered a new, higher level of delusion.
Bush cannot keep troops in Iraq permanently unless he intends to remain permanently
in the White House. Even some Republicans in Congress are talking about beginning
withdrawals of U.S. troops in September. Republicans believe that if withdrawals
do not begin, their party will be wiped out in the 2008 election.
The wild card is the neoconservatives' long-standing alliance with Israeli
Zionists. The neoconservatives still have a death grip on the discredited Bush
regime. Jim Lobe describes the
extensive international organization that the neoconservatives have put into
place for the purpose of orchestrating an attack on Iran.
A sane reader might wonder why neoconservatives would want to expand a conflict
in which the U.S. has failed. Surely, even delusional "cakewalk" neoconservatives
must realize that attacking Iran would greatly increase the threat to U.S. troops
in Iraq and perhaps bring missile attacks on oil facilities and U.S. bases throughout
the Middle East. An attack on Iran would further radicalize Muslims and further
undermine U.S. puppets in the Middle East. It could bring war to the entire
The point is that the neoconservatives do realize this. Their defeat in Iraq
and Israel's defeat in Lebanon have taught the neoconservatives that the U.S.
cannot prevail in the Middle East by conventional military means. As I have
previously explained, the neoconservatives' plan is to escape the failure of
their Iraq plan by orchestrating a war with Iran in which the U.S. can prevail
only by using nuclear weapons. As previously reported, the neoconservatives
believe that the use of nuclear weapons against Iran will convince Muslims that
they must accept U.S. hegemony.
The neoconservatives have put the elements of their plan in place. They have
powerful naval forces on station off Iran's coast. They have convinced
President Bush that only by attacking Iran can he prevail in Iraq.
have rewritten U.S. war doctrine to permit preemptive U.S. nuclear attacks
on non-nuclear countries. They have demonized Iran as the greatest threat since
Hitler. Neoconservatives have invented "Islamofascism," something
that exists only in the neoconservative propaganda used to instill in Americans
hatred of Muslims. The neoconservatives have dehumanized Muslims as monsters
who must be destroyed at all costs. Recent statements by neoconservative leaders
such as Norman Podhoretz read like the ravings of ignorant lunatics. Podhoretz
has written Muslims out of the human race. He demands that their culture be
Neoconservatives, convinced that a nuclear attack will bring Muslims to heel,
are ignoring the likely blowback and unintended consequences of an attack on
Iran, just as they ignored the likely consequences of their attack on Iraq.
If the neoconservatives are mistaken in their assumption that nuclear weapons
will cause Muslims to submit to the U.S., the consequences will be unmanageable.
The neoconservative Bush regime has got away with more than I thought possible,
perhaps because most of Congress and the American public cannot imagine the
degree of insanity that lies behind the Bush administration. Most Americans
who have turned against the regime think that the administration is incompetent,
that it jumped to wrong conclusions about Iraq, and that it mismanaged the war
and will not admit its mistakes. As every reason Bush gave for the war has proven
to be false, people see no point in continuing the struggle.
If Americans understood the enormity of the deception behind the invasion of
Iraq (and Afghanistan) and the pending attack on Iran, Bush and Cheney would
be impeached and turned over to the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague, and AIPAC
would be forced to register as a foreign agent.
Just as Goebbels said, some lies are too big to be disbelieved. It is this
disbelief that is so dangerous. The inability of Americans to see through the
Big Lie to the secret agenda allows the neoconservatives to escape accountability
and continue with their plot.
The neoconservatives also believe that nuclear attack on Iran will isolate
America in the world and thereby give the government control over the American
people. The denunciations that will be hurled at Americans from every quarter
will force the country to wrap itself in the flag and treat domestic critics
as foreign enemies. Not only free speech but also truth itself will disappear
along with every civil liberty.