"The president [George W. Bush] is
strongly motivated to string out the [Iraq] war until he leaves office, in
order to avoid taking responsibility for the defeat he has caused and persisted
in making greater each year for more than three years." --General
William Odom, former head of the National Security Agency (NSA) under President
"In beloved Iraq, blood is flowing between brothers, in the shadow of an
illegitimate foreign occupation, and abhorrent sectarianism threatens a civil
war." --King Abdullah
of Saudi Arabia, March 29, 2007
�After [this] war [against Iraq] has ended, the United States will have to
rebuild much more than the country of Iraq. We will have to rebuild America's
image around the globe.� --Sen. Robert Byrd, (D-W.Va), March 19, 2003
The Iraqi Parliament
is on record as being against the US-led military occupation of their country.
Moreover, most Iraqis resent
Americans occupying their country and the Bush-Cheney administration's requests
to do it forever by maintaining nearly 60 military bases in
administration has even threatened
the puppet Iraqi government that it will withhold some $50
billion of Iraq's money held as reserves at the Federal Reserve Bank of New
York, if the Iraqi government does not sign what is also called a
"strategic alliance" agreement to prolong U.S. occupation
indefinitely and turn Iraq into a permanent American colony.
Indeed, after the
illegal military invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the United Nations was forced
to extend a mandate of occupation to the
United States. Thus, in June 2004, the U.N. Security Council adopted
Resolution 1546 that recognized the de facto occupation of Iraq by
American-led military forces and kept Iraq subject to the Chapter VII of the
U.N. Charter, which authorizes the use of force in Iraq. The mandate was
supposed to be terminated at the end of 2005, but was extended. It is that U.N.
mandate authorizing an American presence in Iraq that finally expires on
December 31 of this year. After that date, there will be no legal basis for
U.S. military forces to be on Iraqi soil and the Iraqi government would regain
its entire authority.
That's what the
Bush-Cheney administration wants to avoid by pressing the Iraqis to sign a
so-called long-term "security agreement,"
which would not require approval by the U.S. Congress (because it would not be
a treaty, although this is playing with words in order to escape the scrutiny
of U.S. lawmakers), and which would keep real Iraqi authority to a nominal
level and concentrate most of the political power in American hands. In other
words, the Bush-Cheney administration wants a puppet government in Baghdad in
perpetuity. We may add that this is precisely what Republican presidential Candidate John McCain
In the future, as
now, Americans in Iraq (American troops, contractors and private security
guards) would have full legal immunity for their actions, even when they steal,
rape, kidnap, torture, or murder Iraqis, and could arrest Iraqis and put them
in American-run jails. Moreover, the American occupiers would have key Iraqi
departments such as Defense, Interior and National Security ministries, as well
as armament contracts, under their supervision for 10 years, would keep control
of Iraqi airspace, would maintain permanent military bases in the country and
would retain the right to strike, from within Iraqi territory, any country
(read Iran and Syria) they consider to be
a threat to their security or contrary to U.S. or Iraqi interests. Some
sovereignty and some independence indeed! Even the weak Nouri al-Maliki government
thinks it's too much, while Shia Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani is
tinkering with the idea of issuing a religious fatwa against the Bush-Cheney's
so-called proposed agreement, a move that would likely kill it.
Let's keep in mind
that the Bush-Cheney's military occupation of Iraq is doubly illegitimate,
besides having been illegal from day one according to international law. First,
a solid majority of Americans want American soldiers out of Iraq. Second, a vast majority of Iraqis also want
American soldiers out of their country. The irony is that the Bush-Cheney
regime pretends to be in Iraq for the sake of "democracy," while they
trample on people's demands both in Iraq and in the United States. Some
"democracy" indeed. How about fascism and imperialism!
When both the president of Iraq
and the King of Saudi Arabia say that the
ongoing U.S. military occupation of Iraq is 'illegitimate,' and when Turkey has
acted on its threats to bomb and invade Northern Iraq, it becomes obvious that
the entire Middle East is now turning against the U.S. Bush-Cheney regime and
its colonial adventure in that part of the world. The Bush-Cheney regime likes
to delude itself and to play on words when it pretends that Iraq is not under an
occupation" but that U.S. troops are in that far away
country at Iraq's invitation [sic!], citing the after-the-fact U.N. mandate.
This is an example of fuzzy and circular thinking. When you don't think
straight, you don't act straight. And, on this score, the Bush-Cheney
administration is the most crooked you can find.
All that remains to
see is whether the Bush-Cheney administration will succeed on three fronts, that
is to say, 1) force its puppet government in Baghdad to sign a long-term
agreement of dependence toward the United States, 2) bypass Congress and the
U.S. Constitution in adopting what would clearly be an international treaty,
and finally, 3) tie the hands of the next president and prevent him from
withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq. When you think of it, this is a cynical game
of brinksmanship, always on the edge of legality, morality and decency.
Tremblay lives in Montreal and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.