Washington Dead

US Government Caught in More Neocon Lies 

by Joseph Zrnchik

 jar2 logo

During the Iraq invasion the US neocon political elite and their celebrity talking heads on network news incessantly blamed Iran for US failures in Iraq as each metric devised by policy wonks proved any chance of political or military success, or even progress to be a rapidly fading hope. As reality and desperation set in, the US’s only hope was to create some form of short-term stability that could be passed off as success so that Bush could pass the buck to whomever would follow in the presidential line of succession. Bush had politically benefited from grabbing the Iraqi lion by its tail, but was now unable to let it go of it.

The neocons unashamedly argued that the Iraq invasion and occupation was continuing to prove a success even as failures began to mount and the neocon narrative proved to be an ever-growing pile of rubbish and ideological absurdity. It was then the neocon chicken hawk brigade began repeatedly blaming Iran for its alleged hand in destabilizing Iraq. Repeatedly, captured weapons were placed on display by someone who’s character proved to lack any moral compass, namely General David Petraeus.

Petraeus devised a plan on which he would bet and then later trade on the future of Iraq and the US for short-term political gains so that the Republican party could continue to sell itself and the Iraq war to the American public in hopes that the future of Iraq would somehow work itself out. Petraeus’s plan was to arm Iraqi Sunnis who were the former Baathist military of Saddam and gain time through bribes of weapons and jobs for Saddam’s military manned by who were being sold as new entities called the Sons Of Iraq and the Awakening Councils. These groups were promised by the US that they would be incorporated into a new Iraq as the US became their funding source while the Iraq Shiite government balked at funding the very same people that has served to oppress them under Saddam’s reign.

Petraeus told the US political establishment that theses groups would not only deter sectarian revenge attacks on Sunnis by the emerging Shiite militias such as the Badr Brigades and Madhi Army, but they would serve to drive al Qaeda out of Iraqi society where it had found a foothold only after the overthrow of Saddam. It was upon this hope that any chance of stability and the entire US adventure hinged. However, a stable Iraq ruled by Shiites was not the type of stability Saudi Arabia was willing to accept. As US funding for Sons of Iraq and the Awakening Councils was cut off, al Qaeda was able to immediately build on the Sunni betrayal and create conditions that would lead to an ever-increasing downward spiral of sectarian slaughter in which al Qaeda would revel and grow its ranks.

As the media trumpeted Patraeus’s success, he began spending an increasing amount of time courting his hagiographer whom was writing about the seemingly military genius of Petraeus. However, current events and hindsight now prove he helped give rise to the enemy that now stands ready to completely defeat the US government’s Middle East plans for hegemonic domination. But, the neocons could not promote war with Iran unless they could portray Iraq as a success waiting to be completely realized once the meddling Iranians were subdued. It was then the US military began displaying captured weapons that were supposed to prove heavy Iranian involvement while the neocons began institutionalizing the phrase, “Real men go to Tehran.” This propaganda was then coupled with the lie that “Iran is killing American soldiers.” As Petraeus armed Iraqi Sunnis that now compose ISIS as a bribe to get them to momentarily stop fighting the US-sponsored Shiite government, the neocon “Surge” was falsely made to look like a successful military strategy that would soon break the back of the Iraqi resistance. We now know that these very weapons and organizational structure provide by US money gave rise to ISIS, a group that was is proving to be the US’s most formidable enemy in the Middle East. It is now widely understood that the neocons’ lies about US successes in Iraq were sheer and utter nonsense that was propaganda targeting the American people. This propaganda was designed to get Americans to continue to support the Iraqi occupation as a steppingstone to eventual war with Iran.

Unfortunately for the neocons the CIA became tired of being blamed for the Iraq fiasco. The neocon’s Expanded Iraqi Desk that later morphed into Doulas Feith’s Office of Special Plans was specifically instituted to circumvent CIA analysis. As the neocons began using the CIA to provide cover for its Iraq failures, the CIA sought to ensure its analysis of supposedly captured Iranian weapons could not be used as a future casus belli. The CIA went on record to report that these captured weapons had absolutely no Iranian connection and admitted Iran had no part in or interest to destabilize Iraq. Iran also immediately began protesting by insisting that it supported the US-sponsored Iraqi government. Yet, the neocons stood and looked ignorant and gullible Americans right in their eyes and said Iran was killing American soldiers and therefore must be attacked before it caused the downfall of the US plans in Iraq. Iran swore it had absolutely no interest in attacking the Iraqi government or derailing US plans for a stable Shiite-led country, and this proved true as it was seen that many of the Shiites that were in the Iraqi government were the same individuals Iran had provided exile for while protecting and succoring leaders of what became Iraq’s new Shiite-led government.

The neocons had hoped that a cakewalk victory in Iraq would allow the US to encircle, threaten, attack and finally invade Iran. This plan proved to be the delusional folly of fools who had the Iraq war so wrong that to now promote such nonsense would now make one a certifiable lunatic. The Iraq war stands as a monument to neocon incompetence and mendacity and has so weakened the US that it must now ally itself with Iran and provide accommodations to Iran on the Iranian nuclear issue.

ISIS has exposed the fact that the US wasted its wealth and the blood of its sons on a neocon fantasy. The US has failed miserably in Iraq and has shown its inability to anticipate or even understand what effects US policy will have in the Middle East. Yet, the US continues in its delusions as Hillary Clinton tries to get Americans to believe the problems the US now faces in Iraq are the fault of Assad and the US’s failure to support Syrian rebels before Assad’s war in Syria gave rise to ISIS. It is never discussed that the US armed ISIS. It is never discussed that the same people who invaded Libya are the same jihadists the US armed to attack Assad. It is also never mentioned that there is not enough moderate Syrian opposition to fill a bus. And while the US persists in this delusion, not unlike Hitler moving around phantom Nazi divisions before the fall of the Third Reich, the neocons tell us we need to reinvade and occupy Iraq as the Republicans try to get Americans to believe that Obama lost Iraq by pulling out on a timeline Bush had negotiated as Iraq refused any extension to the US as the result of the Iraqi government being no longer willing to excuse US war crimes.

So, whatever your political persuasion, go ahead a believe whatever nonsense helps support your political party’s world view. Democrats can blame Republicans and Republicans can blame Obama. The fact is that Iraq was lost on the day Bush invaded. When Americans finally realize this truth, maybe they will stop believing the lies of their party. There is only one way to fix Iraq and that is to recognize Bush’s invasion as the supreme war crime that gave rise to all the other crimes that followed.

The US wanted to wage war on Russia for Flight MH17. It is now widely known, except in the US, that the plane was shot down by the Ukrainian government. The US wanted to invade Iran for a nonexistent nuclear weapons program. The US invaded Iraq for WMDs that did not exist. The US wanted to wage war on Syria for the deployment of chemical weapons it has since been discovered was released by al Nusra to drag the US into the conflict. The US waged war on Libya to prevent hypothetical massacres everyone knew Qaddafi had no intent on perpetrating. Hillary was caught laughing on video as he was bayoneted in his rectum and left to die. She then memorialized the saying: “We came. We saw. He died.” She watched with glee as Saudi takfiri jihadists killed him and established a means for looting Syrian gold. Bush mocked the absence of Iraqi WMDs at the White House press dinner. Our nation is led by uncouth barbarians and psychopaths.

To deny the entire US political establishment needs to be tried would be to deny reality. So long as a significant portion of humanity is willing to accept politicians’ lies, we will be stuck in a world where slaughter by the politically powerful becomes socially accepted and their crimes honored as the work of statesmen.

How much better the world would be if is accepted as law The Nuremberg Principles which state:

The Nuremberg Principles

Principle I. Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.

Principle II. The fact that internal law does not impose a penalty for an act which constitutes a crime under international law does not relieve the person who committed the act from responsibility under international law.

Principle III. The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law.

Principle IV. The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.

Principle V. Any person charged with a crime under international law has the right to a fair trial on the facts and law.

Principle VI. The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law:
(a) Crimes against peace:
(i) Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;
(ii) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).
(b) War Crimes:
Violations of the laws or customs of war which include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation of slave-labour or for any other purpose of the civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war or persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.
(c) Crimes against humanity:
Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhumane acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial, or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace or any war crime.

Principle VII. Complicity in the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity as set forth in Principle VI is a crime under international law.

I can be reached at jar2@jar2.com