We Have Nothing to Fear but Bush Himself
Suppose you are the party
responsible for invading a country under totally false
pretenses. Suppose you had totally unrealistic
expectations about the consequences of your gratuitous
What do you do when, instead of
being greeted with flowers, you find your army is tied
down by insurgents and you have no face-saving way to
get out of the morass? If you are the moronic Bush
administration, you blame someone else.
Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Rice, Cheney
and Bush blame Syria and Iran for the troubles that they
brought upon themselves. The Iraqi insurgency, say the
Five Morons, is the fault of Syria and Iran.
Here is Rumsfeld excusing himself
for his dismal failures in Iraq:
"Partly it`s [the insurgency] a function of what the
Syrians and the Iranians are doing."
You see, the facts that the US
invaded Iraq on false pretenses, killed and maimed tens
of thousands of Iraqis, shot down women and children in
the streets, blew up Iraqis` homes, hospitals and
mosques, cut Iraqis off from vital services such as
water and electricity, destroyed the institutions of
civil society, left half the population without means of
livelihood, filled up prisons with people picked up off
the streets and then tortured and humiliated them for
fun and games are not facts that explain why there is an
insurgency. These facts are just descriptions of
collateral damage associated with America "bringing
democracy to Iraq."
The insurgency, according to the
Five Morons, is because Iraq and Iran won`t close their
borders, thus letting in "terrorists" who are
responsible for the insurgency. Some might think that
this accusation is an example of the pot calling the
kettle black coming as it does from the US, a country
that has not only proven itself incapable of
closing its own borders but also has demonstrated no
respect whatsoever for the borders of other countries.
The Bush administration, which
already held the world record as the most deluded
government in history, has now taken denial to
unprecedented highs by blaming Syria and Iran for its
"Iraqi problem." Why didn`t Americans realize that
it is dangerous to put a buffoon in charge of the US
government who hasn`t a clue about the world around him,
what he is doing or the consequences of his actions?
Why is Secretary of State Rice
trying to set Iran up for UN sanctions—which the US can
manipulate to justify invading another Muslim
country—when the US has proven to the world that it
cannot occupy Baghdad, much less Iraq?
Are Iran and Syria going to quake
in their boots after witnessing the success of a few
thousand insurgents in tying down 8 US divisions? The
bulk of the US force in Iraq is engaged in protecting
its own bases and supply lines. It was all the generals
could do to scrape up 10,000 Marines for their pointless
assault on Fallujah.
What is the point of the Bush
administration`s bellicosity when it has been
conclusively demonstrated that the US has insufficient
troops to successfully occupy Iraq, much less Syria and
Iran? The American people should be scared to death that
they have put in power such deluded people.
Are Americans going to fall for the
same set of WMD lies a second time? Are Americans going
to deliver up their sons, and perhaps daughters as well,
to be drafted and sent to the Middle East to be killed
and maimed for no American cause?
The US Treasury is empty. The once
"almighty" dollar is
tottering. The US military is stretched to the
breaking point. Former allies look askance at America.
Hatred of America has reached an all time high.
The Bush administration must bring
its policies in line with its means before it leads our
country into greater disaster. The Bush administration
and its deluded sycophants must stop poking fun at
"reality-based" experts and listen to a reality-based
There is no possibility of the US
imposing its will on the Muslim world. By its behavior
the Bush administration is confirming Osama bin Laden`s
propaganda and breeding more terrorists. Much better to
address the causes of Muslim discontent—America`s
enabling of the Israeli government`s mistreatment and
dispossession of the Palestinians, and America`s export
of "culture" that glorifies the sexual
promiscuity of women.
It does not serve America for Bush
to impose Ariel Sharon`s agenda on the Middle East.
Bush`s insane policy is producing rising anger that
endangers Israel and America`s puppet governments in
Egypt, Jordan, and Pakistan along with the Saudi regime.
Ironically, this is recognized by Egypt`s Mubarak and
Jordan`s King Abdullah, who was unable to refrain from
pointing out that Bush has managed to create a
Shi`ite crescent from Iran to Lebanon.
What, King Abdullah wonders, will
be the next unintended consequence of the moronic
administration that the American people in their
superior wisdom and virtue have seen fit to empower in
Washington. "If our aim is to win against terrorism,
we can`t afford more instability in the area,"
warned the king prior to the ill-fated US invasion
of Iraq. "It`s the potential Armageddon of Iraq that
worries all of us."
It should worry Americans, too.
Paul Craig Roberts is the author with Lawrence M. Stratton of
The Tyranny of Good
Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are
Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice.
for Peter Brimelow`s
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the
recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.