If You Think Bush Is Evil Now, Wait Until He Nukes Iran

The war in Iraq is lost. This fact is widely
recognized by American military officers and has been
recently expressed forcefully by Lt. Gen. Ricardo
Sanchez, the commander of US forces in Iraq during the
first year of the attempted occupation. Winning is no
longer an option. Our best hope, Gen. Sanchez says, is
"to stave off defeat," and that requires more
intelligence and leadership than Gen. Sanchez sees in
the entirety of our national political leadership: "I
am absolutely convinced that America has a crisis in
leadership at this time

US can forget about winning in Iraq: top retired general

AFP, Sunday June 3, 2007]

More evidence that the war is lost arrived June 4

headlines reporting:
"U.S.-led soldiers control
only about a third of Baghdad, the military said on
After five years of war the US controls
one-third of one city and nothing else.

A host of US commanding generals have said that the
Iraq war is destroying the US military. A year ago Colin
Powell said that the US Army is

"about broken."
Lt. Gen. Clyde Vaughn says Bush

"piecemealed our force to death."
Gen. Barry
McCaffrey testified to the US Senate that

"the Army will unravel."

Col. Andy Bacevich, America`s foremost writer on
military affairs, documents in the current issue of
The American Conservative
that Bush`s insane war has
depleted and exhausted the US Army and Marine Corps:

"Only a third of the
regular Army`s brigades qualify as combat-ready. In the
reserve components, none meet that standard. When the
last of the units reaches Baghdad as part of the
president`s strategy of escalation, the US will be left
without a ready-to-deploy land force reserve."

"The stress of repeated
combat tours is sapping the Army`s lifeblood. Especially
worrying is the accelerating exodus of experienced
leaders. The service is currently short 3,000
commissioned officers. By next year, the number is
projected to grow to 3,500. The Guard and reserves are
in even worse shape. There the shortage amounts to 7,500
officers. Young West Pointers are bailing out of the
Army at a rate not seen in three decades. In an effort
to staunch the losses, that service has begun offering a
$20,000 bonus to newly promoted captains who agree to
stay on for an additional three years. Meanwhile, as
more and more officers want out, fewer and fewer want
in: ROTC scholarships go unfilled for a lack of
qualified applicants."

Bushed Army
, June 4, 2007]

Bush has taken every desperate measure. Enlistment
ages have been pushed up from 35 to 42. The percentage
of high school dropouts and the number of recruits
scoring at the bottom end of tests have spiked. The US
military is forced to recruit among drug users and
convicted criminals. Bacevich reports that waivers "
to convicted felons jumped by 30 percent

Combat tours have been extended from 12 to 15 months,
and the same troops are being deployed again and again.

There is no equipment for training. Bacevich reports
that "some $212 billion worth has been destroyed,
damaged, or just plain worn out."
What remains is in
Iraq and Afghanistan.

Under these circumstances, "staying the course"
means total defeat.

Even the neoconservative warmongers, who deceived
Americans with the promise of a "cakewalk war"
that would be over in six weeks, believe that the war is
lost. But they have not given up. They have a last
desperate plan: Bomb Iran. Vice President Dick Cheney is
spear- heading the neocon plan, and Norman Podhoretz is
the plan`s leading propagandist with his numerous pleas
published in the Wall Street Journal and
to bomb Iran. Podhoretz, like every
neoconservative, is a total Islamophobe. Podhoretz has
written that Islam must be deracinated and the religion
destroyed, a genocide for the Muslim people.

The neocons think that by bombing Iran the US will
provoke Iran to arm the Shiite militias in Iraq with
armor-piercing rocket propelled grenades and with
surface to air missiles and unleash the militias against
US troops. These weapons would neutralize US tanks and
helicopter gunships and destroy the US military edge,
leaving divided and isolated US forces subject to being
cut off from supplies and retreat routes. With America
on the verge of losing most of its troops in Iraq, the
cry would go up to "save the troops" by nuking

Five years of unsuccessful war in Iraq and
Afghanistan and Israel`s recent military defeat in
Lebanon have convinced the neocons that America and
Israel cannot establish hegemony over the Middle East
with conventional forces alone. The neocons have changed
US war doctrine, which now permits the US to
preemptively strike with nuclear weapons a non-nuclear
power. Neocons are forever heard saying, "what`s the
use of having nuclear weapons if you can`t use them."

Neocons have convinced themselves that nuking Iran
will show the Muslim world that Muslims have no
alternative to submitting to the will of the US
government. Insurgency and terrorism cannot prevail
against nuclear weapons.

Many US military officers are horrified at what they
think would be the worst ever orchestrated war crime.
There are reports of threatened resignations. But Dick
Cheney is resolute. He tells Bush that the plan will
save him from the ignominy of losing the war and restore
his popularity as the president who saved Americans from
Iranian nuclear weapons. With the captive American media
providing propaganda cover, the neoconservatives believe
that their plan can pull their chestnuts out of the fire
and rescue them from the failure that their delusion has

The American electorate decided last November that
they must do something about the failed war and gave the
Democrats control of both houses of Congress. However,
the Democrats have decided that it is easier to be
complicit in war crimes than to represent the wishes of
the electorate and hold a rogue president accountable.
If Cheney again prevails, America will supplant the
Third Reich as the most reviled country in recorded



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.