On March 17, William Rivers Pitt wrote that Bush
disconnected, and dangerous." In his March 20 Cleveland speech, Bush
proved Pitt right.
Bush gave a delusional speech that shows he is detached from reality. "We're
going to help the Iraqis build a strong democracy that will be an inspiration
throughout the Middle East, a democracy that'll be a partner in the global war
against the terrorists."
Has no one told Bush that the Iraqis cannot even agree to form a government?
The day before Bush's delusional Cleveland speech, Iyad Allawi, the former
prime minister of one of our make-believe Iraqi governments, said that in Iraq
the casualty rate from the sectarian strife is so high that "if this is
not civil war, then God knows what civil war is."
The day of Bush's delusional speech, Patrick Cockburn, present on the scene
in Irbil, Iraq, gave a much more truthful account of the situation. Writing
in CounterPunch, he reported:
"Iraq is a country convulsed by fear. It is at its worst in Baghdad.
Sectarian killings are commonplace. … The scale of the violence is such that
most of it is unreported. … Unseen by the outside world, silent populations
are on the move, frightened people fleeing neighborhoods where their community
is in a minority for safer districts. There is also a growing reliance on militias
because of fears that police patrols or checkpoints are in reality death squads
hunting for victims."
Not a word of this reality from our delusional president.
The fantasy Iraq that Bush painted was only his warm-up. He went on to tell
his Cleveland audience that America could not be safe unless Iraq was a democracy.
What a weak, pitiful, vulnerable place Bush's America must be. Unless a small,
devastated Middle Eastern country is a democracy, America cannot be safe. Who
in the Cleveland audience could possibly have believed this utter nonsense?
Bush told his audience that "the security of our country is directly linked
to the liberty of the Iraqi people, and we will settle for nothing less than
victory." What victory is he talking about? Despite the huge sums of dollars
paid by the Bush regime to all the leaders of all the factions, Iraq cannot
form a government.
Without victory, Iraq will be "a safe haven for terrorists to plot new
attacks against our nation." Alas, there were no terrorists in Iraq until
Bush invaded the country and drew them in. The problem our troops face in Iraq
is not terrorists, but resistance fighters, "insurgents" in the Bush
regime's parlance. Democracies lack the dictatorial, extralegal powers to suppress
terrorists. That is why Bush is destroying civil liberties in the U.S. Under
Saddam Hussein, there were no terrorists and no insurgents. Bush is modeling
his no habeas corpus, torture-prone, all-intrusive government on Saddam Hussein's.
The security of Americans has nothing whatsoever to do with Iraq. Iraq cannot
overthrow the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the separation of powers,
and American civil liberties. Iraq cannot illegally spy on American citizens,
declare them to be "suspects," and detain them forever without warrant
or charges. Iraq cannot put American critics of the Bush regime on "no-fly"
The real dangers to Americans reside in the neocon Bush administration. This
delusional warmonger administration believes it has the power and the right
to dictate to Muslim countries their political and social institutions. This
extraordinary arrogance and hubris breeds opposition where there was none. The
world is not going to obey Bush and a handful of stupid neocons.
In his speech, Bush told Cleveland that "the decision to remove Saddam
Hussein was a difficult decision." That is a lie. Bush's first treasury
secretary, Paul O'Neill, and a number of others have reported that Bush came
into office intending to remove Hussein. The head of British intelligence told
the British Cabinet that Bush first decided to go to war and then created the
reasons to justify his aggression against Iraq.
"Before we acted," Bush told his audience, Hussein's "regime
was defying UN resolutions calling for it to disarm. It was violating cease-fire
agreements, was firing on American and British pilots which were enforcing no-fly
zones." Gentle reader, think what Bush is saying. As Iraq had no weapons
of mass destruction, a fact that Bush has acknowledged, how could Iraq possibly
have been violating UN resolutions calling on it to disarm?
What cease-fire agreements is Bush talking about? It was U.S. and UK planes
that continued to fly over Iraqi territory and bomb Iraqis.
Do you know what Bush means by no-fly zones? He means that U.S. and UK jet
fighters could fly all over Iraq, but if Iraqi planes flew over Iraqi territory,
we would shoot them down.
Where did the U.S. get the right to tell countries that they dare not try to
control their own air space?
Americans need to understand that terrorists are responding to America's behavior,
or misbehavior. The only successful way to stop terrorism is to alter our behavior.
America is not God. It has no right, and it certainly lacks the power, to impose
its will on the world.
The Bush regime cannot lead the world to democracy by tearing democracy down
at home. Not since Abraham Lincoln have American civil liberties been so threatened
as by the Bush regime. America even has an attorney general, a vice president,
and a secretary of defense who believe in torture. How do they differ from officials
in the Third Reich or Stalin's KGB? Anyone who believes in torture is not an
American. That person is outside our tradition. Yet people who believe in torture occupy our highest offices.
When we get the mote out of our own eye, then we can instruct the Middle East.