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I've written for two years that the Iraq invasion and subsequent occupation ordered by the Republican President George W. Bush was purely a political order. I spoke out against the invasion of Iraq long before it took place.
Iraq, as we clearly understand now, never posed a threat to America, had no WMD's and was never connected with sectarian or radical terrorism groups.
What was the real purpose , or purposes, of taking our national eye off al-Qaeda and Bin Laden and instead, beginning the worst foreign policy debacle in our nation's history?
Power and money.
It's as simple and as ugly as that.
Read Frank Rich's article reprinted in the AB Journal today. It should help any reader understand just how totally corrupt.....criminal.....the people responsible for the Iraq conflict actually are.
War profiteering happens even in ''good'' wars. Arthur Miller made his name in 1947 with All My Sons, which ends with the suicide of a corrupt World War II contractor whose defective airplane parts cost 21 pilots their lives.
But in the case of Iraq, this corruption has been at the center of the entire mission, from war-waging to nation-building. As the investigative reporters Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele observed in the October Vanity Fair, America has to date ''spent twice as much in inflation-adjusted dollars to rebuild Iraq as it did to rebuild Japan an industrialized country three times Iraq's size, two of whose cities had been incinerated by atomic bombs.'' (And still Iraq lacks reliable electric power.)Link
I call it organized murdering and maiming for the purpose of stealing money. Stealing billions upon billions of tax dollars and Iraqi dollars and handing them over to connected GOP cronies. That was one of the main REASONS for purposely invading a country that posed no threat to the U.S.
There are three main truthful reasons for Bush Junior's Iraq escapades. None of them have anything to do with what happened on 9-11. None of them have anything to do with national security. Iraq was really never about security.
One: The pilfering of dollars for the sake of GOP connected cronies....as Rich outlines in his article. This continues to this very day. Now, Bush Jr. is asking for even more billions to be wasted into the hands of his connected corruption buddies. That's also how a 24% popularity lame clusterduck president can remain, you know, "relevent".
Stealing American tax dollars and giving them to GOP'ers in a neo-con conflict of choice also has the double effect of making any domestic spending programs "unaffordable". A nation "at war" simply can't afford the costs of say, the S-CHIP program.
Two: To satisfy the neo-conservative crazies, led by Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and others. The neo-cons wanted to not just have all that American military power....they wanted to use it to get what America...and they...wanted. That is...other countries assets. The asset of Iraq is oil. That's known as imperialism.
Three: To set the stage for the "War President" to be re-elected. Political posing, you know, Mission Accomplished, and all that. Karl Rove was the main reason Iraq had to be invaded in March 2003 with such exaggerated and phony urgency. The fall of Baghdad had to take place according to the political calendar. What better way to campaign than with a Codpieced Commander?
We were told it was all because it gets really, really HOT in Iraq in the summer.
Shame alone is not going to cut it when it comes to the Iraq crime...which by the way...is still ongoing. The consequences of this, the most evil of all foreign policy actions ever taken by our once great nation, will be borne by not just our children...but their children's children.
That's if America survives at all.
Jesus. How could we have allowed this to happen?
UPDATE: This just in....
The U.S. State Department is unable to account for most of $1.2 billion in funding that it gave to DynCorp International to train Iraqi police, a government report said Tuesday.
"The bottom line is that State can't account for where it went," said Glenn D. Furbish, who was involved in putting together the 20-page report for the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction (SIGIR).
The Department of State's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) "did not have the information needed to identify what DynCorp provided under the contract or how funds were spent," the report said. Link
Can you understand now why Condi Rice was moved from the NSA over to head the State Department?
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