iraq war of 2003: 10 years later

February 22, 2013

The 2003 invasion of Iraq lasted from 19 March 2003 to 1 May 2003. Eight years, eight months and 26 days later, on 15 December 2011, finally U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta officially declared the Iraq War over, at a flag lowering ceremony in Baghdad.  March of 2013 brings us to the 10th anniversary of the war against Iraq.  The question is:  are we able to see clearly the effects of the Iraq War 10 years later and learn from it?

Iraq war 10 years after

But even that considerably smaller figure of $4-$5 billion is still much less than it would have cost the Bush administration to simply pay attention to the flood of warnings pouring into Washington from foreign intelligence agencies, our own CIA, and from FBI field operatives during the spring and summer that preceded the 9/11 attacks, and preventively order commercial airline cockpit doors to be locked in flight, just as the Israelis had been doing for the previous 30 years.

Such a step, appropriate in light of the circumstances would have saved the lives of the nearly 3,000 killed in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. A serious investigation into the 9/11 tragedy was prevented by the terms of the Bush administration’s Victim’s Compensation Fund, which used US taxpayer money to pay an average of about $1.8 million to each of the 9/11 victim families willing to sign an agreement not to sue and thus force disclosure of the extensive negligence and security breaches that led up to the tragic events.

So, what did the paths taken towards invading Iraq instead accomplish?  Ten years later, the Taliban has been returning to Afghanistan; they never were a threat to the US anyway, having several times attempted to turn Osama bin Laden over to the US. George W. Bush. Yet, our government managed to turn 2 wars over to al-Qaeda, instead of just the one it had been trying to provoke since 1996 with the purpose of draining the US economy.  This greatly helped the terrorist organization accelerate the realization of its loudly stated goal of harming the US financially.

What was the result of all this over-the-top spending?  It took 10 years and a Democratic administration to take care of bin Laden after Bush blew the opportunity in Tora Bora in December 2001.  Iraq still has a strongman government; only now the current version is Shia instead of Sunni developing an ‘Axis of Evil’ alliance with Iran and contracting to sell most of their oil to China instead.

 

All these non-accomplishments of the Bush administration came at the cost of nearly 7,000 US dead in both the Iraq war starting 2003 and the Afghan war.  As many as one-third of returning Afghan-Iraq vets are showing signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the number of suicides among these returning vets is becoming higher than the rate of combat deaths.  The cost to Afghanistan and Iraq is somewhere between 200,000 and 1,000,000 dead civilians. The conflicts created 3,000,000 orphans and rapidly rising birth defect rates, a stunning and life-long witness of the failure to ‘win their hearts and minds’. [1]

As the Vice-President of Iraq asked, rhetorically, in the opening days of the 2003 Iraq War, ‘What is George Bush trying to do, create an entire generation of terrorists?’  As Edward R. Murrow once observed, “The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer”.

Incredibly oblivious to the above mentioned facts, there are still those that want to maintain Bush kept us safe from terrorism.

What planet have these seceded to – Delusionus?

Well, as a result of the Iraq war of 2003-2011 and its mismanagement a lot of people in the 6 counties surrounding Washington D.C. got rich beneficiaries during the Bush administration years, one of the most corrupt administrations in US history.

George W. Bush’s 2003 Iraq War demonstrates much of what is wrong with aggressive neo-conservative foreign policies.  Its lessons are made most clear within the perspectives of the philosophers of War – particularly Sun Tzu and America’s own Colonel John Boyd – who provide sharp understanding to the Bush administration’s unfortunate choices. As Dr. Andrew Krepinevich of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments noted on our ‘War on Terror’, “Being on the wrong side of cost imposition is not a characteristic of strategic competence”.  Staying on the wrong side has even higher costs.

These lessons must be learned, for if we fail to do so, it is likely our $1.2 trillion/year military will become increasingly vulnerable to the asymmetric defenses of local hegemons, such as Iran, with its 0.015 trillion/year in military expenses, or China, our nearest military competitor.  China with its $0.14 trillion/year defense budget is choosing to put most of its money into developing its economy instead, and plans to deal with our aggressive $6 billion super carriers using relatively inexpensive anti-ship ballistic missiles!

Those who continue to advance the unnecessary and ineffective case for big government militarism as the answer to every problem are keeping us on the wrong side of strategic competence.

Combine this position with our increasingly hollowed out economy – ‘free trade’ they call it, having no historical memory that the same thing doomed the British Empire a hundred years ago – and the replay of another Iraq-type Middle-Eastern scenario (such as Lt. Gen. Paul Van Riper’s demonstrated during Operation Millennium Challenge) is the sort of thing that brings down a great power. [2], [3], [4]

With more than 600 references, the book “Iraq War 2003: What Really Happened Behind the Political Scenes” by Charles Edmund Coyote provides an thorough analysis of the political atmosphere that led to the Iraq war of 2003 and its effects on the decline of the American economy.

 

References:

[1]     4.5 Million Orphans in Iraq: Protests Over Food and Shelter, Global Research TV, 22 February 2011; http://tv.globalresearch.ca/2011/02/45-million-orphans-iraq-protests-over-food-and-shelter

[2]     THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GREAT POWERS, Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000, BY PAUL KENNEDY, pp178-228, Vintage Books, New York, Copyright © 1987 by Paul Kennedy

[3]     War games rigged? General says Millennium Challenge 02 ‘was almost entirely scripted’, By Sean D. Naylor, ArmyTimes, 16 August 2002; http://www.armytimes.com/legacy/new/0-292925-1060102.php

[4]     Wake-up call, Julian Borger, the Guardian, 5 September 2002; http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/sep/06/usa.iraq

 

The title of the book tells a lot about its content: Osama bin Laden and his escape in Tora Bora; neoconservative philosophy of the Bush administration; the project of the New American Century; reasons of the Iraq war; facts about the Iraq war & the Bush administration most do not know; analysis of the long term cost of both wars; its effects on the American economy and recession; casualties in Iraq, Afghanistan and US troops; history background of the first Iraq war, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, George W. Bush, etc.

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Neo-conservatives, Media and Democracy

October 15, 2008

If the United States is to remain a great nation, Free Speech must be held high. It is the light by which democracy finds its way. This profound contribution to the success of our nation and an enlightenment of the human condition, coming only through centuries of struggle, is one of the crowning achievements of civilization and surest supports.

As long as the small and narrow remains a common denominator in human society, it will remain under threat. It is appreciation of the ability that free speech has to ennoble that is itself, the evidence of greatness and means by which we are conducted to the wide vistas that are the human heritage.

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A Tsunami of Fiscal Incompetence!

October 1, 2008

From my reading of counter terrorism experts and former CIA agents, I see little reason to doubt Pulitzer Prize winning author, Ron Suskind, and his  report that sources within the Central Intelligence Agency believe Osama bin Laden successfully sought to manipulate the otherwise close ’04 Presidential race to George W. Bush’s favor:http://www.consortiumnews.com/2006/070306.html

American dollar

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Just do not blame Obama for that…

September 21, 2008

Bush’s spending have been undermining a lot of America’s immediate economic future.
The American Eagle

Let’s reflect for a moment on the profound developments in human consciousness that formed the liberal context in which, not very long ago, our nation was conceived.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” — Thomas Jefferson

If it is impossible to be both ignorant and an American patriot, it is essential to consider seriously the thesis of economic historian Paul Kennedy, whose book, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, is considered the most comprehensive overview of Great Power history.

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Jay Leno cannot possibly have said this!

September 20, 2008

Jay Leno‘The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain’t happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, ‘What are we so unhappy about?”

A.. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B.. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?

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BIN LADEN’S possible OCTOBER surprise…

September 20, 2008

We received the following email and thought it was so important that we had to share. Actually it proved to be an article written by Joseph Nye and published on Oct 15, 2008 at FT.com. It is so important, that we thought American people should be aware, and get not sidetracked before the elections.

Americans are transfixed by the aftermath of the September surprise in financial markets. Could there be a very different surprise coming in October?

The public thinks Democrats do better on economic issues, and the financial crisis erased the bounce in the polls that John McCain received from the Republican convention. After the second presidential debate, Mr Obama widened his lead, but dangers remain. Polls show that Republicans do better on the issue of terrorism. Last June, McCain adviser Charlie Black was reprimanded for having the temerity to point out that the intrusion of a terrorist event into the campaign would “certainly be a big advantage” for Mr McCain. Mr Black may have been politically incorrect but an objective analysis suggests he might be right.

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List of Books that Sarah Palin wanted to be banned

September 16, 2008

Below is the list of books Sarah Palin tried to have banned. This list was found at:

http://www.librarian.net/stax/2366 /sarah-palin-vp-nominee/#comment-119807

We do not have any documentation that can support its accuracy and one may claim that the list below is not accurate, since several of the titles listed, most notably the Harry Potter books, had not been published yet in 1996 when Sarah Palin attempted to fire the librarian. According to New York Times, “Shortly after becoming mayor, former city officials and Wasilla residents said, Ms. Palin approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some books, though she never followed through and it was unclear which books or passages were in question…. The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to “resist all efforts at censorship,” Ms. Kilkenny recalled. Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons but changed course after residents made a strong show of support… Once in office, Ms. Palin asked many of Mr. Stein’s backers to resign — something virtually unheard of in Wasilla in past elections. The public works director, city planner, museum director and others were forced out. The police chief, Irl Stambaugh, was later fired outright.”

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Neocons pushing towards NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON

September 5, 2008

In an interview on August 27, 2008 on Alex Jones Radio broadcast, Paul Craig Roberts claims Bush neocons are leading the United States into a nuclear confrontation with Russia over the situation in Georgia and South Ossetia. Roberts gives the conflict “almost total certainty if John McCain gets in office… this is not something that will happen in the next fifty years, it’s going to happen in the next two or three years.” Bush Neocons push- ing towards Nuclear Armageddon in the next two or three years.

Paul Craig Roberts is an economist and a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate. He served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration earning fame as the “Father of Reaganomics”. In 1992 he received the Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 1993 the Forbes Media Guide ranked him as one of the top seven journalists in the United States…

Listen to the interview with Paul Craid Roberts

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