Greetings Dear Readers,
Let us imagine the American-Iranian Nuclear deal is not consummated in six months and it turns out to be a failed exercise; Iran begins the process to in rich uranium to 90%. Alarmed Israel with the assistance of the U.S. bombs the nuclear facilities in Baushir, Natarz, and near the holy city of Qom. How would Iran and its allies respond, and to what extent? In all probability they would counter in southern Iraq, Lebanon, and send missiles against Israel. The Middle East is inflamed. The Straits of Hormuz would be blocked. Persian Gulf Oil would not flow to the rest of the world, China, Japan, the Philippines. The four million Shia in northern Saudi Arabia may revolt. If anything is obvious to us from the history of warfare, and recent U. S. interventions, there is very little that is predictable.
Sunni Saudi Arabia and the Emirates would applaud the attack on their Shiite oil competitor Iran, but most others in the Middle East would not and they may take severe countermeasures. How would the U. S. handle it? Would we intervene to abet a spoiled generously funded ally Israel with further assistance, more bases, weapons, pilots, advisers, appropriations, whatever? We would undoubtedly support them as we always have militarily and diplomatically. But, wait, wait a moment, is it not internationally agreed that every nation, every nation, has the right to defend itself. The premise of self-protection seems rational and correct to this writer. If we, the United States, lived in a rough neighborhood as do the Iranians wouldn’t we require a few like weapons in our arsenal? Of course. And if America could live with the Russies under the strategic principle of Mutual Assured Destruction MAD for 45 years why can’t Israel? After all they have 200 warheads and sophisticated means to deliver them far exceeding Iran’s capability. Certainly, the Sunni Arabs will kick, Saudi Arabia and the emirates, let them. The U. S umbrellas them and also sells them arms. And what have These oil-producing nations ever done for us? They allow us to buy their oil. What would they do, cut our oil allocation by 15% or 20%? Say, that might be a good thing, we use too much of it, and need to build our own extraction base at home and in Canada. Besides, I agree with history and a WWII statesman of the past:
“No country without an Atomic Bomb can properly consider itself
Charles De Gaulle, 1949.
As George Washington and Thomas Jefferson proclaimed, and is often disregarded, “The United States must stay out of foreign entanglements.” The U. S. should, but we haven’t. It has only been a few years since our last major war of intervention ended, that one with Iraq. How soon we have forgotten a conflict that will eventually, ultimately, cost the U.S. taxpayer three trillion dollars, and has taken the lives of five thousand brave dedicated American soldiers, and 40 thousand others physically and mentally maimed for life. (I’ve been to Palo Alto, Cal. VA hospital) How soon? And how soon we have forget the estimated 500,000 Iraqis killed during the war, the six million Iraqi civilians displaced within and outside of the country, a country nearly destroyed. Did we acquire amnesia of the creeping ethnic violence during the war, that continues unabated to this day. Unfortunately many have forgotten. Among those with the shorts memories a sizeable number of unapologetic politicians, bureaucrats, and flack supporters who were cheerleaders for a failed enterprise. Have any of them ever sincerely said we mistakenly miscalculated or taken sufficient contrition for the disastrous war of choice? Has anyone of these warmonger made a sincere apology? If so, I haven’t heard one publicly, and they need to admit they blundered and take responsibility for their actions. Better late than ever. Don’t leave it to historians to tell future generations how foolhardy and discredited we were then and still are.
Who were those instrumental in plying us with propaganda? The list of Iraq war supporters is long, too long for this article. For what it’s worth I will attempt to summarize the influential American and Israeli political groups, the personalities who by their own beliefs and affiliations were led by Neoconservatives, American Israel Public Action committee (AIPAC) and other Israeli lobby public relations masterminds. The originators of an imperial call-to-arms after the fall of the Soviet Union. In the 1996 treaties Project for a New American Century (PNA) which enthusiastically advocates the United States, the only viable superpower, has the opportunity, the right, and with the military means to take over the world. (Acquire the document and read the fine print) It is the Neoconservative Bible. As to a strategy it states “preventive wars, not preemptive wars” a big difference that gives authority to attack any nation the U. S. may select. Iraq was to be the first on the agenda and the highest priority for occupation, to be used as a jumping off point for other Middle East interventions. This is the doctrine embraced by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and the architect of the Iraq program Zionist Paul Wolfowitz. In my opinion these are the top 30 that shoved the American public into war, although there were hundreds of other individuals complicit in planning and supporting the costly ten-year quagmire.
Here is a short list, clarified for the benefit of foreign readers, of fervent supporters who sat on their well padded easy chairs of influence at the dawn of the invasion in March 2003: Rush Limbaugh, radio talk show host; Bill O’Reilly, a Fox Network personality; Karl Rove ex-Republican Campaign Manager; Henry Kissenger, former Secretary of State; Condolezza Rice, former ex-Secretary of State; Sean Hannity, Fox TV host; Michael Medvid a Talk Radio Host and movie critic; Michael Reagan,Talk show Host and son of President Ronald Reagan; Pat Robertson, TV Evangelist; Glenn Beck, Radio Talk show Host, Armstrong Williams, TV Host; Charles Krauthamer, Fox Associate and prize-winning pundit journalist; Laura Ingaram, Author, TV Host; G. Gordon Liddy, talk show host; Andrew Card, former White House Exec; General Colin Powell, military, former Chief of Staff and Secretary of State; Tom Friedman, Pulitzer prize-winning, NYT journalist; William Kristal, journalist National Review, Richard Armitage, ex-Secretary of defense; Scooter Libby White House chief of Operations; Richard Perle and Max Boot, authors and Israeli boosters, unanimously all members of the American Israel Public Action Committee, Rudy Juliani, Republican former Mayor of New York; John Mc Cain, Senator Arizona, and, and, don’t stop there: Liberal Democrats Bill and Hilary Clinton; Chuck Schumer, NY Senator; John Kerry, Senator at the time, presently Secretary of State; Al Franken, soon to be Senator; Journalists Bill Keller, the New York Times; David Remick New Yorker Magazine and others too numerous to mention all claiming they were “misinformed” “Misguided” but followed for career and political reasons. They currently go their prosperous ways, generally uncaring of the decade past. The aforementioned are only a few with familiar names, 47% of the American citizenry also supported the war at the outset due to the flagrant lies, misrepresentation, and cover ups by the administration purveying a Saddam Hussein-al Qaeda connection and WMD’s scare tactics, in concert with an enthusiastic boost by the Media machine.
Shortly after 9-11 a small crack in the dike opened exposing what the public did not know. Two insider books were published authored by Richard A. Clark, White House Security Chief, Against All Enemies, and Paul O’Neil then Treasury Secretary, The Price of Loyalty. Both men reported from the very beginning the Bush Administration targeted Iraq as a prime candidate for invasion. The 9-11 terrorist attack provided the necessary excuse and the opportunity to do so. Richard Clark reported within a few hours after the attack Bush repeatedly asked, nearly demanding, Clark find a connection between Al Qaeda and the Saddam Hussein regime. To President Bush’s disappointment none were found. O’Neal wrote within days after the attack Bush, Cheney, and Rice laid out Iraqi resource maps, and were gloating as they selected the most probable oil fields for exploitation. Accordingly to an astonished O’Neal the small group appeared enthusiastic, eager over future business ventures in a soon to be defeated Iraq. Ex-Allied NATO Commander Wesley Clark, on the other hand was amazed when visiting the Pentagon two weeks after 9-11 to find fellow generals and colonels discussing plans to invade five countries over the next five years: Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Somalia, and the Sudan.
In Iraq it would be spoils to the victor, and the Administration was counting heavily on winning a quick war against a depleted army, weakened by twelve-years of sanctions, a Kuwait Desert Storm defeat, an eight year war with Iran, and a country with a GDP of 003% that of the U. S., led by an uncooperative ex-partner in power far too long. A dictator who wore out his welcome after his 1990 invasion of Kuwait. In a coming Iraq conflict somebody would gain, and gain big during and after the war’s climax. Members of the invasion club would easily acquire acclamation, promotions, and a wealth at the expense of the American taxpayer. They say “in war there is allways profit” and it can be verified in the financial ledgers of the contractors, receiving the largest contracts General Electric, Halliburton, DynaCorp, General dynamics, Bechtel Corporation, Fluor, Lockheed, Boeing, Amour Holdings, L3 Communications, just to name a few. The list could go on for another page, but these appear the some of the most profitable. The big winner of course was Halliburton and it’s subsidiary KBR that reportedly made 39.5 billion dollars in profit during the decade. The figure cannot be confirmed or deigned the as it is kept close to the vest. Others lesser profiteers are as follows: United Technology, 5.3 billion; Fimmeccanico Electronics, 3.2 billion; L-3 communications, 1.1 billion; EADS 1.4 billion; Northrop 2.1 Billion; Raytheon 1.9 billion; General Dynamics, 2.3 Billion; BAE Systems, 2.4 billion; Boeing, 4.1 billion, Locheed-Martin, 2.7 Billion.
However, Readers, lets not criticise these corporations too severely: We have a well-established free enterprise system. These corporations had the greatest opportunity in the history of their organizations to gain profit for themselves, the stockholders, their employees. There is an ancient African saying that goes. “Those that give, are stupid; those that do not accept are idiotic.” These companies went along for a profitable ride, but in the bright light of examination the war was morally wrong from its inception and an avoidable disaster. Have we learned a lesson? I believe the lesson is we cannot impose democracy on an unwilling nation at the point of a bayonet or a cruise missile.
George Bush promised the war would be cheap and short, but it turned out to be long and expensive. Let’s take care not to make the same mistake again.
All the Best,