reagan official opposes invasion of iran
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Another conservative Republican against Bush.
U.S. Invasion Of Iran Draws Closer
By Paul Craig Roberts
Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith is the neocon
Likudnik who was tasked with cooking up the false
"intelligence" that President Bush used to deceive the
US public into supporting an illegal invasion of Iraq.
With the US military now trapped in the Iraqi
quagmire, Feith wants the US to attack Iran.
President Bush falsely claimed that Iraq had weapons
of mass destruction, that Iraq was linked to the
terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, and that
Iraq would give weapons of mass destruction to
anti-American terrorists. Senior members of the Bush
administration terrified the
US public with prospects of mushroom clouds going up
over US cities.
Having been proved 100% wrong about Iraq, the Bush
administration now claims that the nonexistent WMD are
in Iran, or maybe Syria. During recent weeks the Bush
administration worked overtime to terrify the US
public into believing that Iran is building nuclear
weapons and missiles
with which to destroy American cities.
To ward off yet another gratuitous and illegal US
attack on a Muslim country, Europe, the International
Atomic Energy Agency, and US experts such as Gordon
Prather have exposed the Bush administration�s false
But the Bush administration ignores factual truth.
Bush has his own "truth," a delusional "truth"
independent of all evidence.
Israel�s rightwing Likud Party regards Feith as one of
its own. The Jerusalem Post described Feith as "a
staunch supporter of Israel" (Dec. 12). In an
exclusive interview Feith told that paper that despite
the intercession of Britain, France, Germany and the
IAEA against a US attack on Iran, the Bush
administration has not ruled out taking military
action against Iran. [Feith to 'Post': US action
against Iran can't be ruled out, By Caroline Glick]
In other words, the neocon Bush administration has
already decided to attack Iran and Syria. The only
question is what kind of lie can Bush use to get away
But first Bush has to take over the IAEA, which has
steadfastly refused to go along with Bush�s propaganda
against Iran. According to the Washington Post (Dec.
12), the Bush administration has been tapping the
telephones of the head of the IAEA, M. ElBaradei,
hoping to find damaging
information with which to frame, blackmail, or taint
him as an Iranian ally.
Unable to find or to manufacture any evidence against
ElBaradei, the Bush administration is using an
orchestrated campaign of anonymous accusations in an
effort to oust the IAEA director and to replace him
with a US puppet.
The problem is that ElBaradei is more highly regarded
than any member of the tainted Bush administration,
including President Bush himself. So far Bush cannot
find anyone anywhere in the world, including our
British puppet, who is willing to be associated with
the Bush administration�s disgraceful intentions.
The important unanswered question is: why do the
neocons with their proven record of duplicity and
delusion still hold the reigns of power in the Bush
Why isn�t Feith in prison?
Martha Stewart is in prison for "lying" about a
noncrime. Feith�s lies have killed thousands. The Iraq
war is based entirely on neocon lies. The war is
costing the US a fortune it does not have. The war is
producing US casualties comparable to those of the
Vietnam War and has killed a minimum of tens of
thousands of Iraqi civilians.
The neocons have destroyed Iraq�s infrastructure,
alienated the entire Muslim world and made the US the
most hated country on the planet.
What does Douglas Feith think the effect would be on
Shi�ite Iraq of a US attack on Shi�ite Iran? The only
reason the US army in Iraq has not been totally
destroyed is the wait-and-see attitude of the majority
Shi�ites, who expect to take control of Iraq once
there is an election. If the US attacks Iran, the
Iraqi Shi�ite clerics will not be able to maintain
their neutrality toward the US occupation of Iraq.
The current Iraqi insurgency is drawn from Sunni
ranks. Sunnis comprise only 20% of Iraq�s population.
Yet, Sunnis have tied down 8 US divisions while
inflicting horrendous casualties on US troops. If Bush
escalates US aggression in the Middle East, he will
create a larger insurgency.
Imagine the US casualty rate if the Iraqi insurgency
was drawn from 80% of the population. The temporary
Shi�ite insurgency of the minor cleric, Al Sadr,
caused tremendous US consternation. What would be the
US casualty rate if, instead of sitting on their
hands, all the Shi�ites had joined the insurgency?
Iran covers almost four times the area of Iraq and has
more than 2.5 times the population. If Bush attacks
Iran, he will create an insurgency there as well, one
that could spill over into Pakistan, Jordan, Saudi
Arabia, and Egypt.
Bush�s war is achieving a Shi�ite unity that will
redraw Middle Eastern boundaries and eliminate secular
Muslim governments. Shi�ite unity will merge with the
anti-American terrorists and drive all Western
expatriates out of the Middle East. Indeed, the
departures are already underway. Israel will be
isolated, exposed to the consequences of its
aggression against the Palestinians.
Fox "News" and right-wing talk radio crazies misinform
us that we are kicking terrorist butt, but in
non-delusional reality, we are unifying Islam and
ending forever Western influence in the Middle East.
COPYRIGHT CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury in the Reagan administration and formerly
Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial
page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He 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.
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> The neocons have destroyed Iraq's infrastructure,An interesting article, though I think the guy may want to use less
> alienated the entire Muslim world and made the US the
> most hated country on the planet.
drastic terms. And I think the bad guys have done plenty of damage
to their own infrastructure. But I guess 2000 pound bombs aren't
usually gentle on the infrastructure.
A guy I know recently came back from serving in Iraq (in a relatively
calm location, although they did have mortars lobbed at them a few
times). He said that most Iraqis like the US, and the violent
opposition in Iraq is analagous to the KKK in the US, a small fringe
crazy minority. He also said that a visit to Baghdad showed a
regular, healthy, bustling city of people going about their business,
not the cratered, burning mess that you see on TV.
I think his opinion is probably partly influenced by the US military
mindset. They want to feel like they are part of something noble.
But, he lived there several months, and saw at least part of Iraq
with his own eyes, so that has to count for something.
He also mentioned that the most accurate news reporting he has heard
concerning the occupation has been on NPR. He feels that other
networks have sensationalized the news.
Does anyone else know somebody who has an opinion of the situation in
Iraq, formed by their own experience there?
> Iraq, formed by their own experience there?A link to many links:
Among them, here's a pretty good one:
- At the college I go to, I've met three students who are veterans of
the Iraq war. One didn't talk about it at all except to mention he'd
been there. Another talked about it a lot to me, and told me many
interesting stories. The third I don't know as well, but I saw her
speak at an antiwar rally on campus. It's quite possible I've met
other veterans of the war and didn't realize they were veterans; there
is a big military base in my town, and there are a lot of soldiers who
are also college students.
The two men are no longer in the military, and I don't know if the
woman still is or not. The man who talked about it a lot to me was
discharged with a lot of medical problems. He is rather bitter about
it. He agreed with me that it would've been better for the U.S. if we
hadn't gone into Iraq. He wasn't disturbed by the fact that while he
was getting shot at, I was back over here protesting.
I doubt he would mind if I related some of the stories he told me.
He drove trucks, full of supplies I think. He said that when the
trucks were going down the street they'd often be mobbed by crowds of
Iraqis who would try to climb onto the truck and steal their supplies.
He knew someone whose glasses were stolen like that. And also,
sometimes the crowds would include people with guns and bombs. So the
drivers were ordered to not stop when a crowd got in their way, and
just hope the crowd got out of the way and didn't get run over. My
friend followed the order, and only once did an Iraqi refuse to get
out of the way of his truck. It was a boy who looked about 12. My
friend didn't run over the boy, he swerved around him.
Another time, my friend saw some superior officer decide to go to
sleep under a truck instead of going into battle. The officer ordered
two subordinates to stand guard over him while he slept. The officer
was later given a Bronze Star for his conduct in that battle.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "tonymaloley" <am7788zz@m...>
> Does anyone else know somebody who has an opinion of the situation in
> Iraq, formed by their own experience there?
- I'm under the impression that whoever gave him the Star was unaware of
the truth. I don't know know the officer's name, and even if I did
know I'd be hesitant to make a fuss about it because I don't want to
get my friend in trouble.
--- In email@example.com, "Ram Lau" <ramlau@y...> wrote:
> > was later given a Bronze Star for his conduct in that battle.
> The sleeping battle? Whoa.
- True. We all know corruption exists everywhere, so let's just keep
that as is. I never trust any monopoly, including the military-
industrial complex that Ike was so concerned about some 40 years ago.