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Bush Misleads on Progress in Iraq

Bush Misleads on Progress in Iraq
President Bush, 9/28/05:

At this moment, more than a dozen Iraqi battalions have completed training and are conducting anti-terrorist operations in Ramadi and Fallujah. More than 20 battalions are operating in Baghdad. And some have taken the lead in operations in major sectors of the city. In total, more than 100 battalions are operating throughout Iraq. Our commanders report that the Iraqi forces are operating with increasing effectiveness.

Associated Press, 9/29/05:

The number of Iraqi battalions capable of combat without U.S. support has dropped from three to one, the top American commander in Iraq told Congress Thursday.



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Our government is in crisis in more ways then one. Our government sits in the midst of an illegal war that’s failing, torture and abuse, high deficits and a one party majority imploding with acts of corruption. As a loyal Democrat I ask, where is my Party??

Are they worried speaking out or taking drastic action will be costly to their careers. I can assure them inaction will cost them much more. Maybe they think great speeches but doing nothing is the answer. Like George W. Bush, are they reluctant to admit their mistakes? As a Democrat and I will tell them bluntly, talking about principles but acting on your own interests or the interests of big money will not get my vote, support or contribution this time around. Neither will anyone supporting Bush’s War policy!

Last weekend saw 300,000+++ or more U.S. citizens speaking out against a war that has cost almost 2000 lives, maimed over 14000 and has seen billions spent that could have been used for healthcare and other services for our country. Polls indicate this was just a small representation of most Americans’ viewpoint. I didn’t see or hear “BAAAA

I completely agree with the post of Susan Carr above. I was in Washington, DC last Saturday September 24, 2005. The fact that none of the big name dems saw fit to participate nor even comment positively about the message the vast crowds were bringing to the nation's capital is extremely depressing.

Earlier today I received an urgent e-mail from the John Kerry camp seeking contributions for campaigns for key seats in the House next year. I am not going to contribute until I see the leadership of the party come out and support the people. I am growing more and more convinced that John, Joe, Hillary etc. are in the corpocrats hip pockets just as much as the Repulsive Repugnicans. I'll line up to support the dems who have the guts to call a liar a liar and a criminal a criminal. John, Joe and Hillary should have been out there yesterday leading the dems in the Senate to block the appointment of Roberts. As I have said before, how can you trust any appointment made by a criminal like George W. Bush? That some Senate dems voted for Roberts is a travesty. The big three should have taken the matter to heights heretofore never seen just as they should be out there encouraging the impeachment movement.

But no! Why Not?

We, the people, are running out of patience, time and freedoms and the big dems might as well be strummming Bush's guitar on a beach somewhere while the nations floods with corruption and fascism.

I can certainly understand why people are obsessed with the "shock and awe" invasion and occupation of Iraq and outraged by Bush's lies (past and present) about that illegal and immoral war. At this stage, however, questionable claims of "progress" there are the least of our worries.

Bush's next steps in the AIPAC-PNAC plot are much more threatening than the ongoing Iraq situation, dire as that terrorist recruitment center has undoubtedly become. Mired in interminable conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration is now moving toward initiating two more wars, one with Iran and one with North Korea:

With no US troops available, the Bush administration is revamping US war doctrine to allow for "preventative nuclear attack." In short, the Bush administration is planning to make the US the first country in history to initiate war with nuclear weapons. The Pentagon document, "Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations," calls for the use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear adversaries in order "to ensure success of US and multinational operations."

In the case of Iran and Iraq, the Bush administration is using diplomacy not for diplomatic purposes of reaching agreements, but in order to set the two countries up for nuclear attack. In the case of Iran, the Bush administration's plan is now obvious. The Bush administration is leveling false charges against Iran, just as it did against Iraq, of conspiring to make nuclear weapons. These charges are known to be false by the Bush administration and by the entire world.

For the past two years the International Atomic Energy Agency has had unfettered access to inspect Iran for any sign of a nuclear weapons program. The head of the IAEA has announced that there is no sign of a weapons program. The Bush administration nevertheless insists that Iran is making weapons, but can produce no evidence. As in the case of Iraq, the Bush administration substitutes allegations for facts.

Gordon Prather, an expert on the subject, has reported the straight facts in fine detail. Readers can become familiar with them by consulting his archive at

By bullying the 35 members of the IAEA, the Bush administration last week managed to get 22 votes that could lead to the referral of Iran to the UN Security Council. The Bush administration will now lobby for the referral. Once it has the referral, even if the Security Council does not act on it, the Bush administration can use it as an excuse to attack Iran. The Bush administration knows that few Americans have any knowledge of international law and procedures and will simply believe whatever President Bush says. The highly concentrated US media is a proven walkover for the war-mongering Bush administration.

As Dr. Prather has shown, Iran has gone beyond compliance to propose that new additional safeguards be established to monitor its nuclear energy program. The bad intentions are on the part of the Bush administration.

The Bush administration's plan is to create Iranian intransigence in place of cooperation by forcing the Iranian government to stand up to the bullying by reducing its cooperation. The goal of the Bush administration is to attack Iran, not to create cooperative relationships.

Needless to say, Iranians are angry at the Bush administration's manipulation of the IAEA members. Last Wednesday protesters in Tehran attacked the British embassy, which serves as a proxy for the non-existent US embassy, and legislation was introduced that, if it passes, will scale back Iran's cooperation with the IAEA. Iran has also threatened to cut off oil deliveries to some of the countries that caved in to US pressure, thereby permitting the US to increase tensions and escalate the conflict.

The Bush administration is betting that it can demonize Iran the way it did Iraq. As both Congress and the American public have failed to hold Bush accountable for deceiving them about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the administration assumes that its tactics will work a second time.

However, a nuclear attack on Iran would leave the Bush administration isolated. The US would instantly become a pariah nation, loathed and hated everywhere else.

Moreover, it would leave our battered troops in Iraq in a perilous situation. The only reason our army in Iraq has not been destroyed is that the Shi'ites, who comprise the vast majority of the population, have not taken up arms against us, expecting the US to turn over Iraq to them. As the Iraqi Shi'ites are allied with the Iranians, who also are Shi'ite, the US cannot attack Iran without destroying its position in Iraq.

The Bush administration, filled with hubris and delusion, is too stupid to know this.

The American people need to ask themselves why of all the countries in the world, only the US and Israel believe that it is imperative to attack Iran. If Iran is such a threat to the world, why isn't Russia, for example, concerned and ready to invade?

Americans need to ask themselves the same question about North Korea. Why is the US, half a world away, so concerned about North Korea? If North Korea is such a threat, would not China, sitting on its border, know it? Wouldn't Japan know it? South Korea? Wouldn't some other country besides the US see the problem and take action? According to the Voice of America (August 11, 2005), "Senior South Korean officials on Thursday defended what they say is North Korea's 'natural right' to pursue civilian nuclear power. The move may cause friction with the United States, which has expressed firm opposition to the North having any nuclear facilities whatsoever."

If the US doesn't want other countries to develop nuclear weapons, the US must stop bombing, invading and threatening invasions and nuclear attacks. How does President Bush serve the cause of peace by making countries paranoid by declaring them to be our enemies.

For there to be peace, the US must drop its belligerent role. The proper function of diplomacy is to build trust by drawing countries into economic and cultural relationships, not to isolate them for attack. It is past time for the US to give up its quarter century feud with Iran. US interference in Iranian internal affairs was the source of the feud. We need to acknowledge it and get over it.

The Korean war ended a half century ago. Isn't it time the US acknowledged the war's end and signed a treaty with North Korea? The Korean war was essentially a war between the US and China. It was Chinese troops that prevented American victory. Yet we are getting on with China, a much greater potential threat to the US than North Korea or Iran could ever be.

By creating instability in the Middle East, the US undermines Israel's security. As a few thousand Iraqi insurgents have proven, American armies are not going to be able to sit over the oil in the Middle East. If we can't produce enough valuable goods or maintain a strong currency, we won't have access to the oil. There is no possibility whatsoever of the US pushing around powers like China, India, or Russia.

Bush's hubris makes him unrealistic. He greatly overestimates America's power. Congress and the American people must find a way to supply the judgment that is missing in the executive branch.

There would be no terrorism if the US would stop interfering in the internal affairs of Middle Eastern countries and if Israel stopped stealing the West Bank from the Palestinians. The Bush administration knows this, and that is why the administration spreads the propagandistic lie that "they" (Muslims) hate us and our way of life. This lie is the excuse for American aggression.

Author: Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
Source: Counterpunch - Bush is Cooking Up Two New Wars

The US military has said it closed an inquiry into the use of graphic pictures of Iraqi corpses allegedly taken by its servicemen and women to gain access to a pornographic website.

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