June 30, 2005, was the peak of neocon delusion.
On that day American Enterprise Institute neocon Karl Zinsmeister posted his
article on the AEI online site titled: "The
War Is Over, and We Won."
No sooner than Zinsmeister put delusion to paper than U.S. military commanders
reported escalating and more sophisticated insurgency attacks. Casualties exploded
with more deadly bombings, giving meaning to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld's
projection of a 12-year war. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that
the conflict's cost may exceed $700
A University of Chicago professor published a study that concluded suicide
bombings are a response to military occupation and will increase with the length
Various Iraqi politicians expressed their opinions that the insurgency was
a response to the U.S. occupation and would not end until the Americans withdrew.
British polls found that overwhelming majorities blamed the London bombings
on Britain's participation in the Iraq war.
By July 27, the Christian Science Monitor had the headline:
"Iraq PM Urges
Quick Pullout of U.S. Forces."
The Washington Post reported that the tone of statements by Secretary
Rumsfeld, Prime Minister Jaafari, and Gen. George Casey, U.S. commanding general
in Iraq, "suggested a heightened urgency to planning for the U.S. troop
reduction, despite the continuation of lethal daily attacks by insurgents in
We have run out of troops and money, the rest of the world has run out of patience
with our stupidity, and the upper regions of the Bush administration may be
crumbling under the pressure of a prosecutor's investigations and eroding public
Bush administration neocons such as Wolfowitz, Perle, Feith, Libby, along with
their cheerleaders at Fox "News", the Weekly Standard, the
Wall Street Journal editorial page, National Review, and the New
York Times' Judith Miller will go down in history as the architects and
enablers of the greatest strategic blunder in American history. The neocon dream
of conquering the Middle East for Israel and destroying Islam as a force is
now in history's trash heap of failed adventures along with such miscalculations
as Hitler's march into Russia and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
In seeking to get to the bottom of the Valerie Plame affair, federal prosecutor
Patrick Fitzgerald is bringing us back to the Big Question: Who cooked the books
in order to justify the invasion of Iraq? Was the ringleader Vice President
Cheney? Was it Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and his neocon cadres? Or was it President
Bush himself? What role did Condi "Mushroom Cloud" Rice play in the
orchestrated deceit of Congress and the American public?
In the American system, high government officials, no matter how powerful their
positions, are not the law. They are subject to the law, which they are sworn
to uphold, and when they violate the law they are held accountable.
The U.S. invasion of Iraq was illegal and unwarranted. Those who conspired
to bring this war about must be identified and punished. Otherwise the United
States will sink from the rule of law into the rule of men.
A true patriot does not confuse government with country. A patriot's loyalty
is to his country, and loyalty to country requires holding government accountable.