With eight weeks left in the race for the White House, America’s attention is focused on the most popular issues:
- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s problems: pregnant unwed teen daughter, child with Down Syndrome left in the care of others, “Trooper-gate” scandal, allegations of abuse of power, charges of racist remarks and the list goes on.
- The attacks between John McCain and Barack Obama over who will save the U.S. economy (even as the federal government prepares to swoop down and confiscate Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae).
Meanwhile, the damage to lives, communities and the environment in Iraq and Afghanistan go on with few paying attention. The Bush administration continues to hold aloft its so-called success in Iraq attributed primarily to the “surge” that it foisted upon Congress and the American people along with the invasion in 2003. That surge wasn’t responsible for this year’s sudden decrease in violence in Iraq, says Bob Woodward in his new book, The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008.
The Surge of Propaganda
As I have been saying for months, Shiite Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr played a major part in the efforts to quell the violence in Iraq, but the Bush administration has used a compliant press to promote its propaganda to influence the public that its “surge” in forces resulted in what it now claims as military success in Iraq. Indeed, anything can be described as a military success since the media and the American public are preoccupied with everything except the most significant issue of our lifetime — the U.S. involvement in the Middle East.
As we head down the final stretch toward choosing yet another Commander in Chief who will adhere to the status quo, the public has forgotten that there is a war going on. The Republican platform, which consists of 55 pages of issues, devotes a single paragraph to the Iraq war. Senator John McCain, who has experience serving in the military and is touted as a “war hero,” has been content to allow year after year pass by (including this one) without challenging the Bush administration on flagrant abuse of the military.
On the Democratic side of the aisle, Senator Barack Obama, who is charged with a lack of experience in foreign relations and commanding a military outfit, has stayed as far from the issue as he possibly can.
War? What War?
If we read the front pages of America’s newspapers over the past nine months, we would discover that nothing of any substance has taken place regarding the war in Iraq. The American public is woefully uninformed on the following issues:
- The U.S. military conspired with its so-called enemies in Iraq to quell the violence. That included a deal with Muqtada al-Sadr and the hiring of thousands of those opposed to U.S. presence in Iraq.
- The U.S. military has conducted strategic talks with Iran on security in Iraq.
- The U.S. military has doubled its security force in Iraq through the hiring of high-paid civilian contractors.
- The U.S. is secretly involved behind the scenes in manipulating the Iraqi Oil Ministry in order to achieve goals on an agenda for U.S. oil companies.
- The U.S. has been accused by Iran and numerous other nations (including our own Senate Intelligence Committee) of invading Iraq under false pretenses and sustaining combat operations that have damaged the lives of more than one million families, destroyed entire infrastructures and polluted the land, air and water.
- The U.S. has sought to force Iraq to use its own economic resources to assist in rebuilding the destruction set in motion by the U.S. invasion.
- The U.S. is responsible for a protracted war that now expands across Afghanistan and into Pakistan.
- The U.S. is responsible for the strength of the Pakistani dictator Gen. Musharraf, who sought to retain power despite a massive opposition against his leadership in the aftermath of the suspicious assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
- The Bush administration has been under constant massive opposition from public demonstrations, protests, organized grassroots campaigns, congressional investigations, articles of impeachment, impeachment hearings, a barrage of books exposing the lies and deceptions of the White House and public exposure of the lies and deception propagated by the Pentagon.
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