"Justice is as strictly due
between neighbor nations as between neighbor citizens. A highwayman is as much
a robber when he plunders in a gang as when single; and a nation that makes an
unjust war is only a great gang." --Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
[Iran will react to a bombing attack by the Bush-Cheney administration] �by
intensifying the conflict in Iraq and also in Afghanistan, their neighbors, and
that could draw in Pakistan. We will be stuck in a regional war for 20 years.�
-- Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national-security adviser to President Jimmy
"Israel made a large contribution to the decision to embark on this war. I
know that on the eve of the war, [Ariel] Sharon said, in a closed conversation
with senators, that if they could succeed in getting rid of Saddam Hussein, it
would solve Israel's security problems." --Robert (Bob) Novak, veteran
"I am saddened that it is politically
inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about
oil." --Alan Greenspan, former Fed Chairman 1987-2006
"There are people in Washington . . . who never
intend to withdraw military forces from Iraq and they�re looking for 10, 20, 50
years into the future . . . the reason that we went into Iraq was to establish
a permanent military base in the Gulf region, and I have never heard any of our
leaders say that they would commit themselves to the Iraqi people that 10 years
from now there will be no military bases of the United States in Iraq." --
Jimmy Carter, former American President (February
How do you get out of a hole?
First of all, you
stop digging. This is the simple lesson that the Bush-Cheney White House has so
much trouble understanding. For Bush and his neocon
crowd, they are militarily occupying Iraq and they intend to remain
there, no matter what. It doesn't matter that this immoral and illegal
occupation has caused the death of more than one million Iraqis and killed more
than 3,000 American soldiers. And now, they want to escalate the Iraq war into
a wider Middle
East conflict involving Iran, thus making sure the United States
will be involved militarily in that region of the globe for the next 20 years.
In 2002, immoral neocon officials in the Defense Department
considered Iraq to be a "low-hanging
fruit," ripe for picking for
its huge oil reserves, for the opportunity to displace French and Chinese
oil companies, for increasing Israel's
security, for moving American military
bases from Saudi Arabia to Iraq and for pleasing politically the
end-times religious right in the U.S. -- thus
killing five birds with one stone. According to
former CIA Director George Tenet -- and this has been confirmed by
former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and many other insiders -- the very idea of taking control militarily of
Iraq was improvised and was unjustified because "There was never a serious debate that I know of
within the administration about the imminence of the Iraqi threat."
the Bush-Cheney-Libby-Wolfowitz-Feith-Perle team, and their allies at the American
Enterprise Institute and at the neocon
Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), thought it was a win-win situation. They had decided they
wanted a war under the clouds of 9/11, and nothing -- truth, morality, reason
or facts -- could deter them from it. They were ready to lie
a thousand times to achieve their
goal. And they got it. But now the apprentice sorcerers do not know how to stop
the infernal machine of destruction they have set in motion. They only know how
to push forward and make a larger mess of it.
That type of
improvisation and political wickedness is all too well confirmed by newly
released transcripts of talks George W. Bush had with then-Spanish
Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, in February 22, 2003, a few weeks before the
onset of the March 20, 2003, Iraq war. In these transcripts, it is shown that
Bush had a criminal intent to launch a war of aggression against Iraq, no
matter what, and that he turned down every Iraqi offer that would have avoided
a murderous war that has killed more than one million people so far. This
includes Saddam Hussein's offer to go into exile, and for Iraq to hold free and
internationally-supervised elections as well as allowing armed foreign troops
to conduct unfettered inspections for weapons of mass destruction. But the
Bush-Cheney regime of neocons wanted war, and nothing could stop them. They
wanted, above all, to put their hands on Iraq's oil wealth. This is a prime example
of historical grand theft, political wickedness and moral
this war has nothing to do with the morality of the "Just
War" theory. In fact, it violates all the canons of a just and
Confronted with the
abysmal cowardliness, moral corruption and incompetence of the Bush-Cheney administration, Americans, on the
whole, are more intelligent and more moral than their current leaders, and a
large majority of them (63 percent) think
it's time for the United States to stop
occupying illegally the country of Iraq and to stop murdering its
citizens. Moreover, a good majority of them (54
percent) reject the blanket Bush-Cheney policy
of aggression abroad, under the pretext
of "preventive war".
Similarly, the U.S. Congress, the only government branch empowered by
the U.S. Constitution to declare war, is officially on record as being against
maintaining American troops in Iraq. First, the House of Representatives, on
July 12, passed
a bill, by a vote of 223 to 201, to withdraw
American combat troops from Iraq by next April 1st. Second, in a July 18 vote,
a majority of U.S.
Senators voted 52 to 47 to bring home most
American combat troupes from Iraq by May 1, 2008. So, both the American people
and the American Congress want this war to end, and soon.
But the truth is
that Bush II does not give a hoot about American democratic
opinion, as he openly demonstrated recently. And, he does not much
care for the U.S.
Congress either, or the courts for that matter. In fact, Bush has a
deeply ingrained tendency to disregard the truth, the
law and the U.S. Constitution.
In Iraq, the
Bush-Cheney regime is still building
"enduring" military bases in
order to occupy Iraq militarily for decades to come.
They even talk openly about the half-century American military presence in South
Korea, as if this were a useful analogy.
At the end of the
day, as Bush has said: "I do not need to
explain". As the British magazine The
Economist has warned, the world should beware of a president "who
has little left to lose," the more so
if he has hardly any moral principle and is indifferent to the opinions of the
majority of Americans.
It is doubtful that
a George W. Bush in denial and his delusional neocon advisors for permanent war
will ever listen to reason
and morality. To the contrary, the lame-duck president is still
firing anybody who does not agree with him, while listening to chief neocon
Dick Cheney. The American people see that, and that is why nearly half of them want President George W. Bush to face impeachment, while about 54 percent of American adults now want the US
House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against Vice President Dick Cheney, because he is seen as
the chief spreader of lies to launch the illegal Iraq war. As of now, there are
21 members of Congress who support the articles of impeachment against Vice
President Dick Cheney contained in bill H Res 333.
when American troops leave Iraq, there will be fewer deaths because there will
be fewer killers, both official soldiers and mercenaries.
The latest victim of Bush's pigheaded approach to foreign
policy is General Peter
Pace as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Having started a war
of aggression on his own, against the advice of
most thinking people within the military, political, legal and intelligence
communities, and having placed himself squarely against international law,
George W. Bush is reduced to shifting the blame for his failures to
others. Bush is afraid of having honest people around him, especially a man of
the caliber of General Pace, who is a moral man. General Pace, in the spirit of
the Nuremberg Charter, has publicly said, �It is
the absolute responsibility of everybody in uniform to disobey an order that is
either illegal or immoral� (Feb. 17, 2006). And since General Pace thinks
it is immoral to be
the first to use nuclear weapons, one
wonders if Bush has fired General Pace because he intends to use nuclear
weapons in the coming months.
The U.S. Congress
should wake up before it is too late. When armaments are in the hands of
immoral people, the danger is high that a nuclear
war could be launched. Indeed, people in power who have no morality
and no judgment can be expected to do anything, including killing millions of
people, to save face.
In the book "The
New American Empire," I asked this fundamental question: Why is
the Bush-Cheney administration so bent on using lies and distortions in order
to justify a war whose end result would be predictably to eliminate from power
the Iraqi Sunnis in favor of Shi'ites allied with Shi'ite Iran, thus
automatically making Iran the dominant power in that unstable region? One has
to remember that Sunnis make up 85 percent of all Muslims around the world and
are dominant in the Arab world.
Now that they have realized their error in creating a
Shia-dominated Iraq, the neocons behind the Bush-Cheney team want them to up
the ante and to attack Iran,
thus turning the Middle East into an even larger murder scene than it is now.
The American people have never
received an answer to that simple question. That is why they are so dissatisfied
with George W. Bush, but also with the Republicans and the pro-war neocon Democrats
in Congress. This indicates that there is
a huge void of leadership in the United States today. On this score, the
most moral Democratic 2008 candidate for president is, by far, former Senator Mike Gravel from Alaska. The very
fact that the corporate media boycott him should be a good indication that this
man stands on the side of the people.
polls, Americans are very
dissatisfied with both major political parties because of their inability or
their unwillingness to reflect the wishes of the people and to stop the immoral
and illegal occupation of Iraq. In fact, more than two-thirds of Americans
believe their country is on the wrong track, but nothing is being done about
it. In fact, average Americans are losing hope that they will ever be heard by
the Washington, D.C., political nomenklatura that runs the government while
paying scant attention to the people.
lives in Montreal and can be reached at email@example.com.
He is the author of the book �'The New American Empire.� His new book, �The Code for Global Ethics,�
will be published in 2008. Visit his blog site at thenewamericanempire.com/blog.