How Many More Will Die For Bush`s Ego—And Israel?

Last July in response to Bush-the-Evil`s enabling of
Israel`s gratuitous slaughter of thousands of Lebanese
civilians and destruction of the country`s
infrastructure, I wrote about

"the shame of being an American."
With the
ongoing slaughter of our troops and Iraqi civilians in
Bush`s war in Iraq, it is time to revisit that theme.

As the Iraqi civil war (euphemistically termed
"sectarian violence"
) intensifies, both US and Iraqi
casualties have sharply increased.  Thirty-five US
troops have been killed in the first week of December. 
Iraqis are dying at each other`s hands at about 100 per
day, with many more wounded by bombs. 

Iraqi civilians continue to suffer at the hands of the
US military, with the latest news being a US air strike
that wiped out two families totaling 32 people.

The report from the bipartisan Iraq Study Group has made
it plain as day that the US is accomplishing nothing in
Iraq except the destabilization of the entire Middle
East. As Middle East expert Anthony Sullivan writes in
The National Interest [The
ISG: Illusions Surrendered Group
, December 8,
2006] the ISG report "constitutes a massive
repudiation of the policy of the Bush Administration."
The war is lost and cannot be retrieved militarily. 
"Staying the course"
is the path of total folly.

Yet, the White House Moron says that it is better for
100 US troops and 3,000 Iraqi civilians to die every
month than for him to admit that he is wrong. 

To date the cost of Bush being wrong is 25,000 US
casualties (dead and wounded) and approximately 650,000
dead Iraqis.  No one knows how many have been wounded. 

How many more will die before America drowns in the
shame of the blood that is being shed for no other
reason than the American people were so stupid as to
elect a president who cannot admit that he made a
mistake?  The same stupid American people elected a
Congress that is too corrupt to impeach a president who
is a liar, a war criminal, and a tyrant.  Instead, they
are prepared to let Bush off with a mere "mistake,"
a courtesy denied to President Clinton.  Lying about sex
is an impeachable offense. Lying about war is a mere

Are the American people, Congress, and the American
Establishment going to let the death toll continue to
mount day by day for the two more years it takes for
Bush to become history?  

How do America`s military families feel about the loss
of loved ones for no reason except President Bush cannot
admit a mistake?  

How do the troops themselves feel about it? On December
8, a US Marine who has spent 7 months fighting
insurgents in Anbar province answered this question on as follows: 

"I`m sick and tired of this patriotic, nationalistic
and fascist crap. . . . How do you justify `sacrificing`
your life for a war which is not only illegal, but is
being prosecuted to the extent where the only thing
keeping us there is one man`s power, and his ego."
Young Marine Speaks Out

US Marine Philip Martin says he joined the Marines to
protect the US Constitution, not to serve as an
imperialist storm trooper.

I couldn`t believe my ears when I heard talking heads
worrying about Bush`s "comfort level" with the
Iraqi Study Group`s unanimous report. Bush`s comfort
level?  What about the comfort level of the Iraqis and
Americans who are losing family members while idiot
talking heads worry about Bush`s comfort level with the

Try to imagine the impression the US gives to the rest
of the world:  The US cannot stop a war that is a
catastrophe becoming a calamity because it would
interfere with Bush`s comfort level.

This disastrous war is a testament to the
irresponsibility of the American people and their
elected representatives.  There were, of course, many
dissenters.  But the majority were too lazy and
irresponsible to take the trouble to be informed.  Most
Americans allowed themselves to be deceived and
emotionally manipulated.

The consequence of this failure of the American people
has been brutal for countless people and their families
in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon and for the thousands
of American families who have suffered because Bush sent
US troops on a fool`s mission. The American people are
stained with the blood of innocents. Are they still not
sufficiently angry with the president who used them for
his crimes to demand his impeachment?  

As long as Bush remains in office, the

will demand more wars.  In the
current issue of Foreign Policy, [Operation
Subscriber link] neocon Joshua
Muravchik stridently insists that Bush bomb Iran before
he leaves office. Muravchik urges his fellow neocon
warmongers to "pave the way" for the bombing of
Iran and to "be prepared to defend the action when it

As Middle East expert Anthony Sullivan writes, the
neoconservatives are "fifth columnists" whose
"real concern is not the United States but Israel."

Sullivan writes that "it is past time that
neoconservatives and their movement be left to drown in
the deepest reaches of the ocean."

Amen!  And send Bush and Cheney and Rice with them.



Paul Craig Roberts

] 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
and the Soviet Economy

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

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.