For what purpose has President Bush sent 1,741
U.S. troops to die in Iraq (as of June 19, 2005)?
For what purpose have 15,000-38,000 U.S. troops been wounded, many so seriously
that they are maimed for life?
Why has the U.S. government thrown away $300 billion in an illegal and pointless
war that cannot be won?
These questions are beginning to penetrate the consciousness of Americans,
a majority of whom no longer support Bush's war.
Bush's Iraq war is the first war for which Americans have not known the reason.
The reasons they were given by their president, vice president, secretary of
defense, national security adviser, secretary of state, and the sycophantic
media were nothing but a pack of lies.
British government memos leaked to a reporter at the London Sunday Times
make it completely clear that prior to the invasion President Bush knew that
Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction.
The memos make it completely clear that Saddam Hussein had no responsibility
whatsoever for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the
The memos make completely clear that the British government regarded the invasion
of Iraq as a war crime. The memos show the British government scrambling to
find some way of creating "cover" in order to obfuscate the illegality
of the invasion that Prime Minister Tony Blair had promised Bush to support.
One of the cover plans was itself illegal. According to yet
another leaked top-secret British memo in the Sunday Times on June
19, Bush decided to sharply increase the U.S. bombings of Iraq in the hopes
it would goad Saddam Hussein into a response that could be used as a pretext
for invading Iraq.
According to the Sunday Times, the British Foreign Office advised the
British Cabinet that legally, "the allies had no power to use military
force to put pressure of any kind on the regime."
The Bush administration falsely claimed that the bombing was legal in order
to enforce compliance with UN Resolutions 688 and 687. However, the British
Foreign Office advised Bush's poodle, Tony Blair, that the American view "is
not consistent with resolution 687, which does not deal with the repression
of the Iraqi civilian population, or with resolution 688, which was not adopted
under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, and does not contain any provision for
In his June 18 weekly radio address last Saturday, Bush again lied to the American
people when he told them that the U.S. was forced into invading Iraq because
of the Sept. 11 attack on the WTC. Bush, the greatest disgrace that America
has ever had to suffer, actually repeated at this late date the monstrous lie
for which he is infamous throughout the world: "We went to war because
we were attacked, and we are at war today because there are still people out
there who want to harm our country and hurt our citizens."
Whoever the "people out there who want to harm our country and hurt our
citizens" might be, they were not Iraqis, at least not until Bush invaded
their country, killed tens of thousands and maimed tens of thousands more, detained
tens of thousands others, destroyed entire cities, destroyed the country's infrastructure,
and created mass unemployment, poverty, pollution, and disease.
The only reason Iraqis want to harm the U.S. is because George W. Bush inflicted,
and continues to inflict, tremendous harm on Iraqis.
If the Bush administration has its way, the Iraqi insurgents will be joined
by the Iranians, Syrians, Saudis, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Jordanians, and Palestinians.
The "people out there who want to harm our country and hurt our citizens"
will increase exponentially.
In print and on TV, Bush's neocons have made clear their desire to see the
U.S. at war with the entire Muslim world: Today Iraq, tomorrow the Middle East.
That the neocons believe the U.S. can win such a war when the U.S. cannot even
occupy Baghdad or control the road to the airport indicates a frightening insanity
at the center of the Bush administration and a criminal disregard for the lives
of Americans and Muslims.
The neocons assured Americans that the war in Iraq would be a
cakewalk over in three weeks!
The neocons told us that only
70,000 troops were needed to bring Iraq to heel!
the top generals who had truthfully told Congress that several hundred thousand
troops, at least, would be needed!
Neocons told Congress that Iraqi
oil would pay for the invasion and that America did not have to worry about
the cost! So far, that is a $300 billion mistake.
And Bush has retained and promoted these morons!
No one has been held accountable for this enormous disaster.
How many more American troops are going to be killed and maimed for Bush's
lies? How many more Iraqi civilians must be killed, maimed, and locked up?
Bush's Iraq policy is based on lies, and force based on lies cannot bring democracy
to Iraq or any other country.
Bush's lies are discrediting and destroying democracy in America. His PATRIOT
Act alone has done more damage to Americans' freedom than Osama bin Laden.
Why did Bush invade Iraq? Cynical Americans say the answer is oil. But $300
billion would have bought the oil without getting anyone killed, without destroying
America's reputation in the world, and without stirring up countless terrorist
recruits for al-Qaeda.
Congress gave Bush the go-ahead for the invasion because Congress trusted Bush
and believed his word that Iraq had fearsome weapons that would be unleashed
on America unless we preempted Saddam Hussein's attack by striking first.
Congress did not give Bush the go-ahead for initiating a war in order to spend
hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of American lives "building
democracy in Iraq."
Will President Bush ever tell us the real reason why he committed America's
treasure, the lives of American soldiers, and the reputation of our country
to war in Iraq?
Does he even know?