The Americans are not
Donald Rumsfeld, the arrogant Defence Secretary
who brought the US military into disrepute is gone and is replaced
by Robert Gates, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
It was in Rumsfeld that US President George W. Bush first confided
his Iraq plan. It was music to the ears of Rumsfeld who together
with the think-tank, Project for the New American Century, had conceived
a similar plan.
Rumsfeld then set out to rope in the US military
bigwigs who initially scoffed at the plan. They pointed out the
difficulties and obstacles in executing the plan. But Rumsfeld would
not buy any of their counterpoints. As the head of the Pentagon,
he ordered and the generals carried out the plan against many odds.
Some of them recently went public castigating Rumsfeld.
The Project for the New American Century, architectured
by Vice President Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz,
Richard Perle, Zalmay Khaliizad and the likes, called for a significant
increase in US military spending; the strengthening of ties with
US allies and challenging regimes hostile to US interests and values;
the promotion of the cause of political and economic freedom outside
the US and the preservation and extension of an international order
friendly to US security, prosperity and principles.
In short, it was all about America and American
interest at the cost of the rest of the world.
In 1988, the PNAC members, who are largely neoconservative
Republican extremists, in response to Iraq's reported non-cooperation
with the UN weapons inspectors, wrote to the then US President,
Bill Clinton, urging him to oust Saddam Hussein, using US diplomatic,
political and military power.
Their letter argued that Saddam would pose a threat
to the United States, its Middle East allies and oil resources in
the region if he succeeded in maintaining his stockpile of weapons
of mass destruction. The letter also stated "we can no longer
depend on our partners in the Gulf War to continue to uphold the
sanctions or to punish Saddam when he blocks or evades UN inspections"
and "American policy cannot continue to be crippled by a misguided
insistence on unanimity in the UN Security Council." The letter
argues that an Iraq war would be justified by Saddam's defiance
of UN "containment" policy and his persistent threat to
Another report titled Rebuilding America's Defences
prepared by the team in 2000 called for improved planning and noted
that "while the unresolved conflict in Iraq provides the immediate
justification [for US military presence], the need for a substantial
American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the
regime of Saddam Hussein".
"Over the long term, Iran may well prove
as large a threat to US interests in the Gulf as has Iraq. And even
should US-Iranian relations improve, retaining forward-based forces
in the region would still be an essential element in US security
strategy given the longstanding American interests in the region."
In short, the PNAC project was aimed at total
subjugation or domination of the world by the United States. It
was and is an imperialistic agenda which serves the interests of
corporate America and the Zionists.
If the PNAC recommendations are brought before
the American people in a referendum and its hidden motives exposed,
I am sure it would be defeated outright. The defeat of the Republicans
in Tuesday's mid-term Congressional elections is an indication that
the American people are tired of being misled by the neoconservative
cabal and a president who sells American militarism to the unsuspecting
masses. The Democratic victory signals American reawakening.
Although the Bush administration is a virtual
pariah in the sight of the peace-loving majority in the world, the
American people are not. When some 59 million Americans re-elected
Bush at the 2004 presidential election, the London Daily Mirror
on its front page asked, "How can 59,054,087 people be so dumb?"
But at the same time some 50 million Americans did not vote for
Bush in 2004 and Tuesday's election results showed that a large
majority of Americans did not want to be called dumb by the rest
of the world.
Now they expect a change in the president's Iraq
policy. The change in the Pentagon leadership is welcome but it
should not be cosmetic. If the Defence Secretary-designate Robert
Gates continues his predecessor's policy, with Bush, Cheney and
the rest of the neoconservative cabal calling the shots, it will
be tantamount to a betrayal of the verdict the American people have
delivered. If the Democrats do not work towards an early end to
the occupation in Iraq, their success at the 2008 presidential race
will be doubtful.
Some analysts believe that once the dust settles,
the Democrats, who like the Republican politicians, are funded by
corporate America, will go along with Bush's Iraq policy though
they may subject the President's proposals to a greater congressional
The Democrats did vote for the war on Iraq and had voted with the
Republicans when the Bush administration presented the draconian
Patriot Act and the Military Commission Act-legislation that erodes
liberty and goes against the values on which the founding fathers
of America built their country.
Iraq Study Group
Gates, however, is said to be a realist. He is
a member of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel headed by James
Baker (Republican) and Lee Hamilton (Democrat). The group has prepared
a paper which recommends, according to a leaked account last month,
a phased withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and (diplomatic) engagement
with Syria and Iran to bring the violence in Iraq to an end. Since
it was Baker, the Secretary of State under George Bush Snr., who
recommended Gates to Bush for the Defence Secretary job, we can
assume that the new man at the Pentagon would push for the implementation
of the Iraq Study Group recommendations to end the war which is
costing the American people nearly 3 billion dollars a week. But
foreign policy is the prerogative of the President and we don't
know whether Gates will simply follow Bush edicts. Because there
is Vice President Cheney, one of the chief architects of the Iraq
war. With many of the neocons such as Richard Perle and Paul Wofowitz
now admitting Iraq was a mistake, it was largely Cheney who is left
with the president to carry forward the vision of the Project for
the New American Century.
What does the verdict portend for the people of
Nearly 655,000 Iraqi people have been killed as
a direct result of the American invasion-maybe the figure is not
big enough for the Bush administration to wake up because its predecessors'
policy of continuing with crippling sanctions on Iraq for 12 years
prior to the invasion in March 2003 had killed one million Iraqis,
half of them children. Some 2,900 American soldiers have also died
in the 44-month occupation of Iraq.
A video clip posted on an antiwar website (go
shows how US soldiers have become sitting or standing ducks to an
Iraqi sniper called Juma.
Iraqi people would be happy to see an early withdrawal
of the American troops. They are also worried about a viewpoint
prevalent among many Democrats that the problem of Iraq could be
solved if the country was divided along sectarian lines into three
-a country for the Shiite in the south, one for the Kurds in the
north and another for the Sunnis in the centre.
Iraqis, perhaps with the exception of the Kurds,
however, want their country to remain in one piece and the prevalent
viewpoint among the Iraqis is that the Americans should set a timetable
for the withdrawal. A motion signed by 100 MPs has been presented
to the 275-member parliament but filibustering keeps the motion
being taken up for a debate.