More shame, more sorrow
By Paul Craig Roberts
Online Journal Guest Writer
Aug 30, 2007, 02:14
administration of George W. Bush, the Republican Party has achieved the
greatest combination of idiocy and evil in human history.
The Republicans have bogged America down in a gratuitous and
illegal war. The war has destroyed Iraq, killed between 650,000 and 1,000,000
Iraqi civilians, displaced 4,000,000 Iraqis, and littered the country with
depleted uranium. Bush's war remains unwon despite its five-year duration and
$1 trillion in out-of-pocket and incurred future costs.
Bush's invasion of Iraq is a war crime under the Nuremberg
standard, a direct counterpart to Hitler's invasion of Poland. Both were based
on lies and deception, and the declared reasons for both were masks for secret
Bush's invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, his planned attack
on Iran, and his support for Israel's attack on Lebanon and genocidal policies
toward the Palestinians have radicalized the Middle East and Muslims worldwide.
American and Israeli aggression have vindicated Osama bin Laden's propaganda,
produced massive recruits for Al Qaeda, and unleashed destabilizing forces
throughout the Middle East
Bush's wars are strengthening Islam. Abdullah Gul has just
been elected president of Turkey. Gul is described by the American media as
"former Islamist." Gul is supported by the ruling political party of
Prime Minister Erdogan, another "former Islamist."
Gul's election to the presidency by 76 percent of the
Turkish parliament has upset Turkey's secularized military, long in the pay of
the US government. On August 27, Turkey's military chief, General Yasar
Buyukanit, declared that "centers of evil systematically try to corrode
the secular nature of the Turkish Republic." The Turkish military, many
believe at the request and pay of the US, has overthrown four Turkish
governments since 1960, the last only 10 years ago.
With President Bush's rant about "bringing democracy to
the Middle East," the Turkish military is less able to impose Western
values on an Islamic people. Similarly, the American puppet in Egypt cannot as
easily suppress the Islamic values and aspirations of Egyptians.
US puppet rulers in Jordan and Pakistan, and even the Saudis
and oil emirates, report the ground shaking under their feet. America's puppet
in Pakistan is in trouble, and his difficulties are compounded by US military
incursions into Pakistan. The Bush administration is considering contingency
plans to seize Pakistan's nuclear weapons in the event the American puppet is
overthrown -- delusional contingency plans considering the overstretched US
In the postwar years, the US managed with its money and
influence to secularize an elite class in Middle Eastern countries, an elite
that identifies with the West and not with their own cultures. This artificial
elite has produced a wide political gap between the masses of the people and
the rulers. Increasingly, Muslim masses perceive their rulers as allied with
foreign powers against them.
In Iraq, the American puppet government of Nuri al-Maliki
seems to be on its last legs. The Sunnis have pulled their support, as has the
most important Shi'ite leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, who realizes that the Maliki
government is too complicit in US crimes to be a legitimate government of Iraq.
With both the Bush administration and Congress blaming Maliki for America's
failure in Iraq, Maliki's fate looks increasingly to be that of Ngo Dinh Diem,
America's Vietnam puppet who was blamed for the failure of US intervention in Vietnam.
Just as Hitler long denied German defeats on the Russian
front and even in his last days was ordering non-existent German divisions to
relieve Berlin, the Bush regime finds a new straw to grasp in Iraq each time
the previous straw proves to be a delusion. The latest straw is "the
surge." While Americans surge, the British have been defeated in southern
Iraq and have withdrawn to two bases in eerie similarity to the French at Dien
Bien Phu. The British bases are subjected to between 30 and 60 mortar and
rocket attacks each day. British generals want their troops out of Iraq. The
longer UK Prime Minister Brown keeps them in Iraq in order to appease the Bush
administration, the harder it will be to rescue the survivors.
With American retreat south to Kuwait now potentially cut
off, how will the US extract its troops and equipment when American defeat can
no longer be denied?
The Bush administration and its politicized military are
already blaming the failure of "the surge" on Iran. Iran is alleged
to be training and arming Iraqis who resist the US occupation. Bush has said he
will hold Iran responsible. There is abundant evidence that the Bush
administration is preparing yet another illegal attack on a Muslim country
without assessing the consequences.
The Bush administration seems destined to produce such
disasters that it will be driven to the use of nuclear weapons in order to
avoid defeat. The Bush administration possesses the combination of evil and
stupidity required to escalate a failed "cakewalk war" into a nuclear
Many of the administration's most evil members -- Wolfowitz,
Feith, Libby, Rumsfeld, Rove, and Gonzales -- have been discarded as the
tragedy deepens, but Cheney remains ensconced as does the moron in the White
House. Before they fall, Bush and Cheney will bring more sorrow to the world
and more shame to Americans.
Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the
Reagan Administration. He is the author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the
co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter
Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of
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