By Paul Craig Roberts
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very American who voted Republican shares
responsibility for the great evil America has brought to the
The evil that America brought to Iraq transcends the tens or
hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians who have been killed
and maimed in the conflict. The evil goes beyond the destruction
of ancient historical artifacts and the civilian infrastructure
of a secular state and the decimation of the lives, careers, and
families of millions of Iraqis.
The violence and killing that Bush brought to Iraq has spread
antagonism between Sunni and Shiite throughout the Middle East
with potentially draconian consequences. Bush’s war has turned
Muslim hearts and minds against America and made terrorism an
acceptable means to resist American hegemony. With his mindless
war, Bush has created more terrorism than the world has ever
The reasons given for the American invasion of Iraq have been
exposed as lies, revealing America as either a country of fools
and idiots or of war criminals. Worldwide polls show that
America is no longer regarded as a guiding light but is tied
with Israel as the second greatest threat to world stability.
The nuclear-armed Russians, alarmed by America’s gratuitous
aggression and interference in Russian and Middle Eastern
internal affairs and by Bush’s aggressive withdrawal on June 13,
2002 from the 1972 anti-ballistic missile treaty, no longer see
the US as a partner in peace but as a dangerous militaristic
aggressor. The chance for understanding and trust with Russia
has been destroyed by the stupid Bush administration. The White
House Moron, who cannot successfully occupy Baghdad, believes he
can run over Russia.
Former CIA director George “Slam-Dunk” Tenet writes in a new book, At
the Center of the Storm: My years at the CIA
that Vice President Dick Cheney and the neoconservatives caused America
to invade Iraq without ever holding a serious debate about whether Iraq
was a threat. Tenet writes: “There was never a serious debate that I
know of within the administration about the imminence of the Iraqi
The 2003 American invasion of Iraq is a war crime under
international law. The invasion caused sectarian violence far
beyond anything Iraq had ever experienced under Saddam Hussein.
Tenet writes that “sectarian violence in Iraq has taken on a
life of its own and that US forces are becoming more and more
irrelevant to the management of that violence.”
Tenet says that Dick Cheney made him a scapegoat for the
disastrous war by misrepresenting to media what he meant by
“slam-dunk.” Interviewed by “60 Minutes,” Tenet said that the
administration misrepresented his comment to mean that the case
was air tight that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass
destruction. Tenet states that the Bush administration’s
misrepresentation of what he said is “the most despicable thing
that ever happened” to him.
The American people have never been told the real reasons that
Bush-Cheney and the Republican Party rushed us to war in Iraq.
Americans have only been fed a pack of transparent lies.
The war has brought no honor, no glory, and no tangible benefit.
The war has brought shame upon America for routine torture of
Iraqi detainees and for the routine slaughter of unarmed Iraqi
civilians--mothers, fathers, children, grandparents--by trigger
happy American troops. There are even reports of US mercenaries
having fun riding around taking pot shots at Iraqi civilians.
Billions of dollars in “aid” are missing. The stench of
corruption is heavy in the air. There are myriad investigations
of Bush administration and contractor corruption. Who can keep
up with them all? Cheney’s Halliburton, the greatest hog at the
trough, has not been indicted. The missing suitcases of cash
have not been recovered. The earnest efforts of Congress have
taken on a pathetic, plodding life of their own.
In an article just published in the Armed Forces Journal, Lt.
Col. Paul Yingling, one of the commanders of the 3rd Armored
Cavalry Regiment in Iraq, condemns American generals as “
mild-mannered team players” who “are not worthy of their
soldiers” and who “underestimated the strength of the enemy,
overestimated the capabilities of Iraq’s government and security
forces and failed to provide Congress with an accurate
assessment of security conditions in Iraq.”
Captains, majors, and lieutenant colonels are frustrated with
the political cowardice of their general officers and are
leaving the service in droves. The Army is trying to improve
retention by offering $20,000 cash payments to the
officers--another stupid Bush administration policy as any
officer who sells his soul is demoralized.
Col. Yingling writes that Congress must step in and break up the
way administrations use promotions to acquire compliant generals
as accomplices in deceiving the American people.
The most frightening fact about the Bush administration is that
not a single office is held by a competent or qualified person.
Integrity is so rare among Bush appointees that integrity has
That should concern all Americans. Even Republicans.
Craig Roberts wrote the Kemp-Roth bill and was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was
Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial
page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is
author or coauthor of eight books, including The Supply-Side Revolution (Harvard University Press). He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair in Political
Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover
Institution, Stanford University. He has contributed to numerous
scholarly journals and testified before Congress on 30
occasions. He has been awarded the U.S. Treasury's Meritorious
Service Award and the French Legion of Honor. He was a reviewer
for the Journal of Political Economy under editor Robert