Iraq War Is Destroying Army—And America

Americans who get their propaganda from Fox "News"
or are told what to think by right-wing talk radio hosts
are outraged at news reports that US troops planned and
carried out the rape and murder of a young Iraqi woman.

They are not outraged that the troops committed the
deed; they are outraged that the media reported it.
These "conservatives," who proudly wear their
patriotism on their sleeves, dismiss the reports of the
incident as a Big Lie floated by "the anti-American
liberal media"
in order to demoralize Americans and
reduce public support for the war.

Playing to this audience,

Col. Jeffrey Snow,
a US brigade commander in
Baghdad, told AFP News that news coverage

could cause the US to lose the war
. In other words,
what we are doing in Iraq cannot stand the light of day,
so reporters must not report or the word will get out.

Many Bush supporters believe that truth is not on our
side and must be suppressed. Yet, they support a war
that is too shameful to report.

I have made it clear in my columns that Bush supporters
are not true conservatives. They are brownshirts with
the same low intelligence and morals as Hitler`s
enthusiastic supporters. And they are just as resistant
to facts.

It was not the "liberal media" but the
investigating US military officials who told the
Associated Press that the rape and murder of the young
woman and her family appeared "totally premeditated,"
that the soldiers noticed the woman on their patrols and
studied her and her family for a week before separating
the woman from her family and raping her. After having
their way with her, the soldiers murdered her and tried
to burn her body with a flammable liquid in order to
cover up their foul deed. The soldiers` coverup attempt
also involved the murder of other members of the
murdered rape victim`s family, including a child.

The criminals were turned in by other US soldiers who
knew of the monstrous crime. According to the Associated
Press (GIs
eyed in alleged rape, murders in Iraq
June 30, 2006), one of the soldiers has
admitted his role in the rape and murder.

The soldiers cannot be said to be guilty until they are
tried and found guilty. However, the US military usually
attempts a cover-up of such incidents and only admits to
the facts after the press gets hold of them. This time,
however, the investigating officials themselves gave the
story to the Associated Press.

Many Americans are so unsophisticated that they refuse
to believe anything bad about their country. They regard
acceptance of unpalatable truths as disloyalty. This
failure of American character is why Bush has been able
to get away with transgressions that scream out for his
impeachment and trial as a war criminal.

The premeditated rape and murders are just the latest in
the long line of horrific war crimes from Abu Ghraib to
Haditha. Bush supporters are still in denial about each
incident. It is amazing that Bush supporters think we
have a John Wayne military when, according to news
reports, recruitment problems have

in the military accepting felons, drug
users, thugs,

low IQ
high school dropouts, and

illegal Mexicans
promised green cards for signing
up. Apparently, the same people who

make America`s streets unsafe for Americans
Iraqi streets unsafe for Iraqis.

In response to the declining caliber of new recruits,
some of our best troops are refusing to reenlist.
Several have written to me that "the Army has left

Whoever put out that propagandistic slogan, "support
the troops,"
and the ribbon decals was a master
propagandist. "Support the troops" means to deny
the reality of the war and the behavior of the troops.

To this day the Bush regime and the

Nazis have not told us the reason for their
invasion of Iraq, the destruction of its towns and
infrastructure, and the slaughter of its citizens. Every
reason Bush has given has proved to be a lie.

There is no more reason for US troops to be shooting up
Iraq than to be shooting up Canada, Scotland, Holland,
Spain, Taiwan, Florida, Virginia or California. We are
killing Iraqis for no other reason than that they resist
our invasion and occupation of their country.

It is proof of the collapse of American morals and the
fallen character of the American people that the
American public and its elected representatives in
Congress refuse to rein in the Bush regime and to hold
it responsible for its monstrous crimes.

America has become a land of evil. The rest of the world
hates and despises us. And we are going to pay a
terrible price for it.

Bush`s belief that our superpower status makes us immune
to the opinion of others goes beyond hubris into



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.