The United States is in dire straits. Its government
is in the hands of people who connect to events neither rationally nor morally.
If President Bush's neoconservative administration were rational, the U.S.
would never have invaded Iraq. If Bush's government were moral, it would be
ashamed of the carnage and horror it has unleashed in Iraq.
The Bush administration has no doubts. It knows that it is right and virtuous.
Bush and the neocons dismiss factual criticisms as evidence that the critics
are "against us."
People who know that they are right cannot avoid sinking deeper into mistakes.
The Bush administration led the U.S. into a war on the basis of claims that
are now known to be untrue. Yet, President Bush and Vice President Cheney consistently
refuse to admit that any mistake has been made. The chances are high, therefore,
that the second Bush administration will be more disastrous than the first.
The first Bush administration has cost America 10,000 casualties (dead and
wounded). Eight of 10 U.S. divisions are tied down in Iraq by a few thousand
lightly armed insurgents. Polls reveal that most Iraqis regard Americans as
invaders and occupiers, not as liberators. U.S. prestige in the Muslim world
has evaporated. The majority of Muslims who were with us, are now against us.
Sooner or later, this change of mind will endanger our puppet regimes in Egypt,
Jordan, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.
In a futile effort to assert hegemony in Iraq, the U.S. has largely destroyed
Fallujah, once a city of 300,000. Hundreds, if not thousands, of civilians have
been killed by the indiscriminate use of high explosives.
To cover up the extensive civilian deaths, U.S. authorities count all Iraqi
dead as insurgents, delivering a high body count as claim of success for a bloody-minded
operation. The human cost for American families is 51 dead and 450 wounded U.S.
troops – casualties on par with the worst days of the Vietnam War.
The film of a U.S. Marine shooting a captured, wounded, and unarmed Iraqi prisoner
in the head at close range has been shown all over the world. Coming on top
of proven acts of torture at U.S. military prisons, this war crime has destroyed
what remained of America's image and moral authority.
On Nov. 17, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called for investigation
of American war crimes in Fallujah. This is a remarkable turn of events, showing
how far U.S. prestige and the morale of our armed forces have fallen.
However, for Bush administration partisans, war crimes are no longer something
of which to be ashamed. Reflecting the neoconservative mindset that America's
monopoly on virtue justifies any and all U.S. actions, Fox "News"
talking heads and their Republican Party and retired military guests have arrogantly
defended the Marine who murdered the wounded Iraqi prisoner.
Iraqi insurgents are condemned for deaths they inflict on civilians. But when
American troops fire indiscriminately upon civilians and U.S. missile and bombing
attacks kill Iraqis in their homes, the deaths are dismissed as "collateral
damage." This double standard is a further indication that Americans have
come to the belief that U.S. ends justify any means.
A number of former top U.S. military leaders and heads of the CIA and National
Security Agency have condemned Bush's invasion of Iraq as a "strategic
blunder." These are people who gave their lives to the service of our country
and can in no way be said to be "against us."
However, the Bush administration and its apologists regard critics as enemies.
To accept criticism means to be held accountable, something the Bush administration
is determined to avoid. Condoleezza Rice, who failed as National Security Adviser
to prevent the Pentagon from using fabricated information to start a Middle
East war, is being elevated to secretary of state in Bush's second term.
Indeed, the entire panoply of neoconservatives, who intentionally fabricated
the "intelligence" used to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq, are
being rewarded by promotion to higher offices. Stephen Hadley is moving up to
National Security Adviser. Hadley is the person who advocates "usable"
mini-nukes for the U.S. conquest of the Middle East.
John Bolton is to be Deputy Secretary of State. Bolton is the person who wants
the U.S. to invade Iran. The few officials who are not warmongers, such as Secretary
of State Colin Powell and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, are leaving
the Bush administration. Right before our eyes, the CIA is being turned into
a neoconservative propaganda organ as numerous senior officials resign and are
replaced with yes-men.
With its current troop strength, the Bush administration cannot achieve the
Middle East goals it shares with the Israeli government. Either the draft will
have to be restored or mini-nukes developed and deployed. As insurgents do not
mass in military formations, the mini-nukes would be used as a genocidal weapon
to wipe out entire cities that show any resistance to neocon dictates.
Many Bush partisans send me e-mails fiercely advocating "virtuous violence."
They do not flinch at the use of nuclear weapons against Muslims who refuse
to do as we tell them. These partisans do not doubt for a second that Bush has
the right to dictate to Muslims and everyone else (especially the French). Many
also express their conviction that all of Bush's critics should be rounded
up and sent to the Middle East in time for the first nuke.
These attitudes represent a sharp break from American values and foreign policy.
The new conservatives have more in common with the Brownshirt movement that
silenced German opposition to Hitler than with America's Founding Fathers.
Bush's reelection, if won fair and square, was won because 20 million Christian
evangelicals voted against abortion and homosexuals. However, Bush's neoconservative
masters will use his reelection as a mandate for further violence in the Middle
East. They intend to set the U.S. on a course of long and debilitating war.
There is no one left in the Bush administration, the CIA, or the military to