The "cakewalk war" is now two and one-half
years old. U.S. casualties (dead
and wounded) number 20,000. As 20,000 is the number of Iraqi insurgents according
to U.S. military commanders, each insurgent is responsible for one U.S. casualty.
U.S. troops in Iraq number about 150,000. Obviously, U.S. troops have not inflicted
150,000 casualties on the Iraqi insurgents. U.S. troops have perhaps inflicted
150,000 casualties on the Iraqi civilian population, primarily women and children
who are the "collateral damage" of the "righteous" and "virtuous"
U.S. invasion that is spreading civilian deaths all over Mesopotamia in the
name of democracy
What could the U.S. have possibly done to give America a worse name than to
invade Iraq and murder its citizens?
According to the Sept. 1 Manufacturing
& Technology News, the Government Accounting Office has reported
that over the course of the cakewalk war, the U.S. military's use of small caliber
ammunition has risen to 1.8 billion rounds. Think about that number. If there
are 20,000 insurgents, it means U.S. troops have fired 90,000 rounds at each
Very few have been hit. We don't know how many. To avoid the analogy with Vietnam,
until last week the U.S. military studiously avoided body counts. If 2,000 insurgents
have been killed, each death required 900,000 rounds of ammunition.
The combination of U.S. government-owned ammo plants and those of U.S. commercial
producers together cannot make bullets as fast as U.S. troops are firing them.
The Bush administration has had to turn to foreign producers such as Israel
Military Industries. Think about that. Hollowed-out U.S. industry cannot
produce enough ammunition to defeat a 20,000-man insurgency.
U.S. military analysts are beginning to wonder if the U.S. has been defeated
by the insurgency. Increasingly, Bush administration spokesmen sound like "Baghdad
Bob." On Sept. 19, the Washington
reported that U.S. military spinmeister Major General Rick Lynch declared
"great success" against the insurgency that had just inflicted the
worst casualties of the war, including a three-day mortar attack on the "safe"
Anthony Cordesman, a military expert at the Center for Strategic and International
Studies in Washington, D.C., says: "We can't secure the airport road, can't
stop the incoming [mortar rounds] into the Green Zone, can't stop the killings
and kidnappings." The insurgency controls most of Baghdad and the Sunni
With its judgment lost to frustration, the U.S. military has 40,000 Iraqis
in detention – twice the number of estimated insurgents. Who are these detainees?
According to the Washington Post, "Many of the men detained in Tall
Afar last week were rounded up on the advice of local teenagers who had stepped
forward as informants, at times for what American soldiers said they suspected
amounted to no more than settling local scores."
Obviously, the U.S., not knowing who or where the insurgents are, is just striking
blindly, creating a larger insurgency.
The Iraq government, despite being backed by the U.S. military, is unable to
control movements across the Iraqi-Syrian border. So the Bush administration
has passed the buck to Syria. Puny Syria is declared guilty of not doing what
the U.S. military cannot do.
Adam Ereli, the demented U.S. State Department spokesperson, denounced
the Syrian government for "permitting" insurgents to cross the
border. The U.S. government cannot prevent a steady stream of one million Mexicans
from illegally crossing its border each year, but Syria is supposed to be able
to stop a couple hundred foreign fighters from sneaking across its border.
Ereli misrepresents Syria's inability to be "an unwillingness" that
indicates Syria is consorting with terrorists, not only in Iraq, but also in
Lebanon and Palestine. Does this sound like Syria being set up for invasion?
According to news reports, at Ted Forstmann's annual meeting of movers and
shakers last weekend, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad predicted
that U.S. troops will soon enter Syria. Simultaneously, the Bush administration
is desperately trying to orchestrate a case that it can use to attack Iran.
Stalemated in Iraq, the White House moron intends to attack two more countries.
At the Human Rights Conference on Sept. 9, the former prime minister of Malaysia,
Mahathir Mohamad, described Americans as "people with blood-soaked hands."
"Who are the terrorists," asked
Mahathir, the Iraqis or the Americans?
The entire world is asking this question.