President Bush's invasion has turned Iraq into
a recruiting and training ground for anti-U.S. terrorists, according
to CIA Director Porter Goss in testimony before the Senate Select Committee
on Intelligence on Feb. 16. Goss' report was supported by Vice Admiral Lowell
Jacoby, director of the the Defense Intelligence Agency. Jacoby told the committee
that "our policies in the Middle East fuel Islamic resentment." The
Iraq insurgency, Jacoby reported, has grown "in size and complexity over
the past year" with daily attacks increasing 240 percent.
The situation, in other words, is out of control. One hundred fifty thousand
American troops are tied down by a few thousand lightly armed insurgents. The
recent Iraq election was won by Shi'ites allied with Iran. U.S. casualties continue
to mount, and our troops can seldom tell friend from foe.
Why isn't Bush looking for a way out of the greatest strategic blunder in American
history? Why, instead, are Bush and his government doing all they can to spread
the conflict into Syria and Iran?
The neoconservatives' goal is the same as Osama bin Laden's to spread
instability in the Middle East. The neocons seek to foment instability in order
to justify more U.S. invasions in an insane quest to remake the Middle East
in the American image. Bin Laden seeks instability in order to topple the secular
rulers and recreate Islamic rule. Bin Laden does not want U.S. troops out. He
wants to suck America in deeper in order to create revolutionary insurgency
throughout the Middle East.
The Bush administration is moronic enough to oblige bin Laden. In a recent
24-hour period, the Bush administration made the following mistakes:
The Bush administration blamed Syria for the recent assassination of a former
Lebanese prime minister, recalled the U.S. ambassador to Syria, and demanded
that Syria withdraw its troops from Lebanon. In public statements, administration
officials have accused Iran of being close to producing nuclear weapons despite
all evidence to the contrary. Vice President Cheney suggested that Israel bomb
Iran's nuclear installations, and President
Bush said Israel had the right to preemptive attack and the U.S. would support
There is no evidence that Syria is responsible for the assassination. The International
Atomic Energy Agency conducts regular inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities
and reports that there are no weapons violations. France, Germany, and Russia
have reached the same conclusion. Yet once again the U.S. misrepresents the
facts in order to deceive the American people and create a climate for expanding
Bush's war in the Middle East.
Despite the disaster they have caused, neoconservatives still hold the reins
of power in the Bush administration. They have made their agenda clear: war
throughout the Middle East. Their orchestrated invasion of Iraq was merely a
stepping stone to their wider aim. The neocons seize every opportunity to use
provocative accusations, bellicose threats, and propaganda to stir up ever more
American enemies in the Middle East. Their goal is to provoke a "Pearl
Harbor," as Christopher
Manion terms it, that can be used to bring back the military draft.
This policy plays directly into bin Laden's hands. Osama has succeeded in tricking
America into spending $300 billion in an unsuccessful act of revenge that has
ruined America's reputation while recruiting tens of thousands of soldiers for
The neoconservatives are the greatest threat America has ever faced, and they
control the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice President, the Department
of State, the Department of Defense, and the police-state apparatus known as
The neocons have enormous propaganda resources: the entirety of right-wing
talk radio, the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal, Fox
"News," National Review, the Washington Times, and numerous
Neocons have succeeded in intimidating the TV networks, National Public Radio,
and CNN. The neocons cannot fully control the news, but they abuse the offices
of trust that they occupy in order to spin the news to their purposes.
Any day now, the neocons may orchestrate a scenario that will suck the U.S.
into a wider war that America has no possibility of winning. If the American
people had the slightest sense of their danger, they would demand immediate
U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and accountability for the liars who orchestrated
the ill-fated U.S. invasion.