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Now That Iraq Has Gone So Well, Part II

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As American deaths in Iraq pass 2,000, our President wants to open a new killing field in Syria:

Bush told Al Arabiya television channel … what the U.S. would do if Syria did not change its policies: "We’re going to use our military. It is the last, very last option. No commander in chief likes to commit the military, and I don’t. But on the other hand, you know, I have worked hard for diplomacy, and I will continue to work the diplomatic angle on this issue." [U.S. and Allies Seek Action Against Syria LA Times 10/26/2005] (Story links open in new windows)

It’s hard work, but someone has to do it, right?

At least that’s the neocon view, and apparently the brainwash they did on the W in 2001 has really stuck.

Neocons have been pushing for this since at least 1992, when Paul Wolfowitz and Scooter Libby were working for then Defense Secretary Dick Cheney (amazing how the tentacles have captured American power). They’ve kept up the pressure (see Now That Iraq Has Gone So Well …) and it seems to be working.

What do you think?

Was the invasion of Iraq worth it? Do you want to continue spending American lives and our way of life by invading another country to further neocon and Israeli foreign policy? (If you don’t believe that’s the motivation, check out the foreign policy speech Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave to the American Congress here – it was written by Richard Perle, Doug Feith and several other American neocons. And more on the neocons. )

Write your Senators and House Representative and let them know what you think.



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  • tommyd

    Iraq is an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions. The Iraqis overwhelmingly want the American occupiers OUT immediately. But you won’t hear that on Fox “News” anytime soon. All we hear is that General W Bush says we must “stay the course”. What course?

    Now he’s ramping up the rhetoric towards Syria. Let it be known, and according to different media around the world, the Syrians actually LIKE President Asad and despise America’s illegitimate rhetoric towards their president. See, George W Bush and his cabal of hideous neocons have already LOST the hearts and minds of Syrians. What does it mean?

    If America is stupid enough to attack Syria, get ready to welcome WWIII folks because I highly doubt the rest of the world is going to tolerate another bloody and illegal war waged by fanatical American neocon extremists. A war on Syria will unleash a huge war.

    Sometimes I think that America’s Empire must collapse in order for the true American REPUBLIC to live again.

    What do YOU think?

  • What American Empire? Guam and US Samoa?

    Whatever the administration is up to, it’s not empire building.

    BTW, your link to Netenyahu’s speech seems not to actually be a link to the speech but to a position paper authored by people at SAIS, a left-wing foreign policy think tank. It does have a couple of Neocons credited, but most of the people listed there are anything but Neocons, though they may be pro-Israel.


  • uao

    An empire doesn’t need to possess territories to be an empire. You can build one with puppet states, political toadyism, and by forcing sovereign nations to do your bidding or risk attack.

    Of course, such empires always meet with disaster in the long (or not so long) run.

    As for Syria, at this point in history our president has no credibility whatsoever to declare war on anyone.

    Should he do so, I vote impeachment.

    And deportation to Yemen of all Americans with the surname of Bush.

  • Matt

    Iraq is going remarkably well. The war went quickly, Saddam, who killed so many of his countrymen, is out of power and facing trial soon. A constitution has been drafted and adopted, elections for a permanent government will take place by the end of the year, an army is being trained. Most Iraqis did greet our troops as heros and liberators.

    In a very short time, Iraq will show its neighbors that a locally grown democracy can prosper and provide for the people.

    Syria may well have Iraq’s WMDs and is trying to prevent the freedom of Iraq, as it did in Lebanon. Should we and the thoroughly corrupt UN continue to allow this?

  • tommyd

    Thanks Matt, for the Pollyanna assessment of Iraq. Thank you very much…. and please, um, don’t forget to take your medicine today…..please.

    Now for the reality:

    from the Telegraph UK Report…

    The survey was conducted by an Iraqi university research team that, for security reasons, was not told the data it compiled would be used by coalition forces. It reveals:

    • Forty-five per cent of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified – rising to 65 per cent in the British-controlled Maysan province;

    • 82 per cent are “strongly opposed” to the presence of coalition troops;

    • less than one per cent of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security;

    • 67 per cent of Iraqis feel less secure because of the occupation;

    • 43 per cent of Iraqis believe conditions for peace and stability have worsened;

    • 72 per cent do not have confidence in the multi-national forces.

  • Dave, Netanyahu gave that paper as a speech to the US Congress a few days later, using the text and talking points you see there. You can read the details of the neocons quest to create the unilateral invasion of Iraq at my ‘WHAT THE HECK IS A “NEOCON”?’ – Part I.

    It had nothing to do with 9/11.