What Is Bush's Agenda in Iraq?

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For
what purpose has President Bush sent 1,741 U.S. soldiers to be killed in action
in Iraq (as of June 19, 2005)?

For
what purpose have 15,000—38,000 U.S. troops been wounded, many so seriously
that they are maimed for life?

Why
has the U.S. government thrown away $300 billion in an illegal and pointless war
that cannot be won?

These
questions are beginning to penetrate the consciousness of Americans, a majority
of whom no longer support Bush’s war.

Bush’s
Iraq war is the first war for which Americans have not known the reason. The reasons
they were given by their president, vice president, secretary of defense, national
security adviser, secretary of state, and the sycophantic media were nothing but
a pack of lies.

The
top-secret
British government memos
leaked to a reporter at the London Sunday Times
make it completely clear that prior to the invasion President Bush knew that Saddam
Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction.

The
memos make it completely clear that Saddam Hussein had no responsibility whatsoever
for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The
memos make completely clear that the British government regarded the invasion
of Iraq as a war crime. The memos show the British government scrambling to find
some way of creating “cover” in order to obfuscate the illegality of the invasion
that Prime Minister Tony Blair had promised Bush to support.

One
of the cover plans was itself illegal. According to yet
another leaked top-secret British memo
in the Sunday Times on June
19, Bush decided to sharply increase the U.S. bombings of Iraq in the hopes it
would goad Saddam Hussein into a response that could be used as a pretext for
invading Iraq.

According
to the Sunday Times, the British Foreign Office advised the British Cabinet
that legally, “the allies had no power to use military force to put pressure of
any kind on the regime.”

The
Bush administration falsely claimed that the bombing was legal in order to enforce
compliance with UN Resolutions 688 and 687. However, the British Foreign Office
advised Bush’s poodle, Tony Blair, that the American view “is not consistent with
resolution 687, which does not deal with the repression of the Iraqi civilian
population, or with resolution 688, which was not adopted under Chapter VII of
the UN Charter, and does not contain any provision for enforcement.”

In
his June 18 weekly radio address last Saturday, Bush again lied to the American
people when he told them that the U.S. was forced into invading Iraq because of
the Sept. 11 attack on the WTC. Bush, the greatest disgrace that America has ever
had to suffer, actually repeated at this late date the monstrous lie for which
he is infamous throughout the world: “We went to war because we were attacked,
and we are at war today because there are still people out there who want to harm
our country and hurt our citizens.”

Whoever
the “people out there who want to harm our country and hurt our citizens” might
be, they were not Iraqis, at least not until Bush invaded their country, killed
tens of thousands and maimed tens of thousands more, detained tens of thousands
others, destroyed entire cities, destroyed the country’s infrastructure, and created
mass unemployment, poverty, pollution, and disease.

The
only reason Iraqis want to harm the U.S. is because George W. Bush inflicted,
and continues to inflict, tremendous harm on Iraqis.

If
the Bush administration has its way, the Iraqi insurgents will be joined by the
Iranians, Syrians, Saudis, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Jordanians, and Palestinians.
The “people out there who want to harm our country and hurt our citizens” will
increase exponentially.

In
print and on TV, Bush’s neocons have made clear their desire to see the U.S. at
war with the entire Muslim world: Today Iraq, tomorrow the Middle East. That the
neocons believe the U.S. can win such a war when the U.S. cannot even occupy Baghdad
or control the road to the airport indicates a frightening insanity at the center
of the Bush administration and a criminal disregard for the lives of Americans
and Muslims.

The
neocons assured Americans that the war in Iraq would be a cakewalk over in three
weeks!

The
neocons told us that only 70,000 troops were needed to bring Iraq to heel!

Neocons
fired the top generals who had truthfully told Congress that several hundred thousand
troops, at least, would be needed!

Neocons
told Congress that Iraqi oil would pay for the invasion and that America did not
have to worry about the cost! So far, that is a $300 billion mistake.

And
Bush has retained and promoted these morons!

No
one has been held accountable for this enormous disaster.

How
many more American troops are going to be killed and maimed for Bush’s lies? How
many more Iraqi civilians must be killed, maimed, and locked up?

Bush’s
Iraq policy is based on lies, and force based on lies cannot bring democracy to
Iraq or any other country.

Bush’s
lies are discrediting and destroying democracy in America. His PATRIOT Act alone
has done more damage to Americans’ freedom than Osama bin Laden.

Why
did Bush invade Iraq? Cynical Americans say the answer is oil. But $300 billion
would have bought the oil without getting anyone killed, without destroying America’s
reputation in the world, and without stirring up countless terrorist recruits
for al-Qaeda.

Congress
gave Bush the go-ahead for the invasion because Congress trusted Bush and believed
his word that Iraq had fearsome weapons that would be unleashed on America unless
we preempted Saddam Hussein’s attack by striking first. Congress did not give
Bush the go-ahead for initiating a war in order to spend hundreds of billions
of dollars and thousands of American lives “building democracy in Iraq.”

Will
President Bush ever tell us the real reason why he committed America’s treasure,
the lives of American soldiers, and the reputation of our country to war in Iraq?

Does
he even know?

June
21, 2005

Dr.
Roberts [send him mail] is
John M. Olin Fellow at the Institute for Political Economy and Research Fellow
at the Independent Institute. He is a
former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, former contributing
editor for National Review, and a former assistant secretary of the U.S.
Treasury. He is the co-author of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions
.

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