Bush Has Achieved America`s Demise

The United States as Defined by the Founding
Fathers No Longer Exists

When does "collateral damage" so dwarf
combatant deaths that war becomes genocide?

Bush`s illegal invasion of Iraq has cost 655,000
Iraqis their lives. That is the conclusion of a study
financed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology`s
Center for International Studies and conducted by
physicians under the direction of Johns Hopkins
University epidemiologists. These are deaths over and
above the pre- invasion mortality rate. Bush`s illegal
invasion raised Iraq`s mortality rate from 5.5 deaths
per 1,000 people per year to 13.3 deaths per 1,000
people per year. The study is published by the
distinguished British medical journal, The Lancet,
and is available on the journal`s online site (October

The study uses a scientific method known as
"cluster sampling."
In 87% of the deaths, the
researchers requested death certificates, and more than
90% of the surveyed households produced the death
certificates. Violence accounted for 601,000 deaths and
disease and destruction of civilian infrastructure
accounted for 54,000 deaths. The violent deaths are
attributed to gunshot wounds, coalition air strikes, and
car bombs.

Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist

Gilbert Burnham
says, "We`re very confident with
the results."
Columbia University epidemiologist

Ronald Waldman
says the survey method used is
"tried and true"
and that "this is the best
estimate of mortality we have."

When asked about the report, President Bush stated:
"I don`t consider it a credible report." Bush, of
course, is not reality-based, and he knows that any
unfavorable news is "enemy propaganda." That`s
what the neocons who pull his strings tell him, and that
is what he believes.

What percentage of these 655,000 deaths were
insurgents or "terrorists"? Probably 1% and no
more than 2%. Bush`s "war on terror" is, in fact,
a war on Iraqi civilians.

Bush`s invasion has also spawned sectarian conflict
or civil war, although the Bush regime denies it. Even
Bush is smart enough to know that "bringing freedom
and democracy to Iraq"
is not compatible with
setting off a civil war in Iraq. Since Bush, the
faith-based, believes that he is bringing "freedom
and democracy to Iraq,"
he cannot accept the fact
that he has started a civil war.

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians are not the
only innocent victims of Bush`s illegal aggression. The
New York Times (October 11) reports that
Department of Veterans Affairs documents show that about
one in five US soldiers who have served in Iraq or
Afghanistan have suffered at least partial disability.[
Suggests Vast Costs Loom in Disability
, By Scott

To date more than 100,000 US troops who are veterans
of these wars have been granted disability compensation.
Although the US cannot put on the ground in Iraq more
than 150,000 troops at one time, 1.5 million troops have
served so far and 567,000 have been discharged of which
100,000 are receiving disability payments.

Paul Sullivan, director of programs for Veterans for
America, says that the current rate of injuries will
produce 400,000 American veterans suffering 30% to 100%
disability. Apparently, one of the severe forms of
disability is post-traumatic stress, which does not
count as a physical wound.

What is America`s reward for Bush`s illegal wars that
have killed 655,000 Iraqis, an uncounted number of
Afghanis, and disabled as many as 400,000 US troops?

According to the US National Intelligence Estimate
and to practically every Middle East expert, Bush`s
invasions have radicalized the Muslim Middle East,
created legions of recruits for extremists, undermined
America`s puppet rulers, imperiled Israel, and destroyed
America`s reputation.

We are talking about over one million casualties that
have no other cause than blatant lies by Bush, Cheney,
Rumsfeld, Rice, the bloodthirsty neoconservative cabal
that occupies Bush`s subcabinet, and their corporate
media propagandists, especially The Weekly Standard,
Fox News, National Review, CNN, and the Wall
Street Journal
editorial page. The Bush regime
deceived America and the world with its lies that Saddam
Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that would be
turned against the West by terrorists. By giving
speeches that continually mentioned Iraq in the same
context as 9/11, the Bush regime created the widespread
impression, still prevalent among Americans, that Iraq
was responsible for 9/11.

What kind of government would destroy the lives
through death or disability of over one million people
for no valid reason?

The same kind of government that fires its own
lawyers for doing their constitutional duty. Navy lawyer
Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift was assigned the task of
bringing Salim Hamdan to a guilty plea before the
unconstitutional military tribunal that President Bush
created for Guantanamo detainees. Instead, Cmdr. Swift
did his duty and defended his client, winning in the US
Supreme Court. The Bush administration retaliated by
blocking Cmdr. Swift`s promotion, which killed his
military career and sent the chilling message to all US
military and government attorneys that constitutional
scruples are career-enders in the Bush regime. Anyone
who stands for the US Constitution is against Bush and
his neocon regime.

The Bush regime is proceeding exactly as the Nazi
regime proceeded. First, eliminate every person of
conscience and integrity from the government. Second,
redefine duty as service to the leader: "You are with
us or against us"
–a formulation that leaves no
place for duty to the US Constitution. Patriotism is
redefined from loyalty to country and Constitution to
loyalty to the government`s leader.

Americans are too inattentive and distracted to be
aware of the grave danger that the neoconservative Bush
regime presents to American liberty and to world
stability. The neoconservative drive to achieve hegemony
over the American people and the entire world is similar
to Hitler`s drive for hegemony. Hitler used racial
superiority to justify Germany`s right to ride roughshod
over other peoples and the right of the Nazi elite to
rule over the German people. Neoconservatives use
"American exceptionalism"
and "the war on
There is no practical difference. Hitler
cared no more about the peoples he mowed down in his
drive for supremacy than the neoconservatives care about
655,000 dead Iraqis, 100,000 disabled American soldiers
and 2,747 dead ones.

When Bush, the Decider, claims unconstitutional
powers and uses "signing statements" to negate US
law whenever he feels the rule of law is in the way of
his leadership, he is remarkably similar to Hitler, the
Fuhrer, who told the Reichstag on February 20, 1938:
"A man who feels it his duty at such an hour to assume
the leadership of his people is not responsible to the
laws of parliamentary usage or to a particular
democratic conception, but solely to the mission placed
upon him. And anyone who interferes with this mission is
an enemy of the people."

"You are with us or against us."



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.