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The Truth about Iraq You Won’t Get from Bush/Cheney or Our Media

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The weird thing about Iraq is that it has no central government – whatsoever.

The official U.S.-sanctioned ‘government’ sits in the Green Zone and has no power. Mostly, these officials travel overseas on our tax money, sometimes to stand next to Bush or Blair and make announcements. At one point this year, the entire Iraqi cabinet was overseas.

Meanwhile, outside the Green Zone, amidst the facts on the ground that people are always talking about, various militias are running various parts of the country. And in those parts they’re running, they devote their time to offing their ethnic rivals in what some call "sectarian violence" and others call "civil war," and what I'd call your basic Middle Eastern government: warlordism.

It would be easy to split this no-central-government country in three – under the Kurds, who’ve run themselves for years now, and whose warlords don’t allow any Arabs in, and under the Sunni and the Shiite warlords (which the Sunnis don’t want to do, because their area has no oil, and they, who ruled Iraq under Saddam, would find themselves fatally impoverished).

So you can divide the country in three, but how do you divide Baghdad? It would be like trying to separate a rabid threesome of snakes on Viagra. In the capital, Sunnis and Shiites live cheek by jowl. Neighborhoods are mixed; unmixed Sunni and Shiite neighborhood sit right next to each other, on both sides of the river. That’s why the killing in Baghdad goes on regardless, openly in daylight on the streets for all to see, as Shiites and Sunnis try to consolidate the neighborhoods they can consolidate.

The ‘government’ of Iraq is not a government like we understand it. If the U.S. pulled out today, the Iraqi ‘government’ would immediately flee overseas, back to where many of its members have come from – expats who returned to their home country when Saddam was overthrown. They returned after being away for 30 years, not knowing a damn thing about their country anymore, in order to batten on the largesse of the U.S. occupation. This, they know how to do – vampire fleas sucking themselves fat as hogs from our tax dollars like they’re guzzling warm blood on tap. We’re not just talking thousands and millions; we’re talking billions as well. These guys are more corrupt than a clusterfuggian cabal of Abramoffs.

They’re making hay while the sun shines, because they know once the U.S. pulls out, they’ll have to get out of Dodge pronto themselves – to escape being whacked by their own angry citizens. If you read a blog by an Iraqi like Zeyad on Healing Iraq, who appeared recently on NPR's Radio Open Source, you'd realize Iraq is a bigger balls-up than any U.S. media expert holed up in the Green Zone can ever know.

The truth about Iraq is that it has become a vast boondoggle for the benefit of this corrupt 'government' and our own military-industrial complex: for Halliburton’s KBR, for Bechtel, for the extended Bush family (Bush Sr, who gets greased by the Carlyle Group, Uncle ‘Bucky’ Bush, who runs the military contractor ESSI, Neil Mallon Bush of the Silverado savings and loan scam, who helps companies cash in on Iraq, and Marvin Pierce Bush), and for other Bush/Cheney cronies who've connected their fat butts via a direct pipeline into our Treasury, and who've dialed the sucking force of said butts right up to eleven (see four articles posted on my blog this past Monday, which lay out the highway robbery of your tax dollars in Iraq).

Iraq itself is a country bleeding at both ends, warlorded by militias, who use drills and blowtorches on their opponents before they shoot them in the back of the head. Great swathes of Shiite Iraq are under the control of the Mahdi Army, who are killing Sunnis like they’re drowning fresh grosses of kittens every day.

And who created this mess? One Paul Bremer of the CPA, when he disbanded the Iraqi army, and sent them home unemployed with no further pay, but with their guns and ammo in their hands, to fuel the insurgency and "sectarian violence."

That was bad enough. What was maybe worse was firing the entire Iraq bureaucracy that ran the country, because they were Baathists. They were Baathists because they had to be Baathists to get a job from Saddam, but Bremer thought they were the brethren of Satan, so he de-Baathified the administration and Armageddoned Iraq's entire administrative structure.

In two fell swoops, Bremer destroyed the two institutions that held the country together. He left Iraq without any functioning administration, and then ducked out himself.

The irony is he didn't have be the stupidest administrator since Incitatus, a horse that was declared a Roman Senator by its proud emperor-owner. He had a great historical precedent to learn from. How did we get Germany back on its feet after WWII? We pumped in a lot of money, yes. But mainly, we tried and executed a handful of the top Nazi brass, yet we weren’t so dumb as to de-Nazify the whole place from top to bottom. We sort of interviewed people about their backgrounds and lectured them about their politics, but basically we let the rest of the Nazi businessmen, officials, lawyers, and others return to their business as usual to build their country back up.

In Iraq, our neocons were too stupid to follow our own successful historical blueprint. These guys are so dumb, they miss the toilet when they sit down to take a shit. For some pie-in-the-sky conservative dream state, ideologue Bremer wrecked the government that was there. God knows what he was thinking. Did he think he was going to build a new country by letting a bunch of his twenty-something rightwing American staffers in the Green Zone run a foreign place along evangelical lines? Or create a conservative haven with his decrees about a maximum of 15% corporate taxes and other conservative BS – with nobody to enforce these laws? Or privatize the economy and sell it to Halliburton and other U.S. corporations for them to run some capitalist-type heaven in the midst of a civil war? The same U.S. companies who've not been able to get electricity and water back to pre-war levels? The same companies that charge the American taxpayer up to 45% percent overhead for their own staff salaries out of their ‘reconstruction’ budgets, and overcharge the Pentagon for not reconstructing anything?

Today, Iraqis are longing for the days of Saddam, when they had security. And when there was much less snuffing of the neighbors. The country is thoroughly butt-bonked, blood-assed, and bum-buggered for the next 20 years. And we did it, not the Iraqis. We destroyed their institutions, and let them vote for a bunch of corrupt pols who play us for suckers and sit high and dry in the safety of the Green Zone and act like they’re running the country, a country they’re too afraid to travel in, unless surrounded by U.S. Army tanks, jeeps, and Humvees.

What a mess. It’s insoluble. Bush says we’re training the Iraqis to stand up so we can stand down. Such BS. What we’re actually doing is training the Shiites in the army to kill the Sunnis, and giving them the arms to do it with. That’s what we’re doing. We’re knee-deep in a civil war, on the side of the Shiites.

Is Bush telling us any of this? No. All we get from him are the usual. Lies, lies, and more lies. The man can't open his mouth and a lie falls out, which he sucked out of Karl Rove's ass the night before.

It’s an abdication of responsibility last seen in the governments of Caligula and Nero.

Impeachment. Jeez, that’s not enough. In any other epoch, there’d probably be some kind of military tribunal court martial thing. In our country, the whole nation deserves to be court martialed. We have completely destroyed another country. For what? Not even Bush or Cheney could tell you straight anymore, even if they wanted to. They’ve probably forgotten by now that originally, hyped up by the quick success of the Afghan War, they thought the Iraq invasion would net them a friendly puppet regime under Chalabi, who’d give their Texas oil buddies the exploration rights that Saddam gave to the Russians and Chinese. And also score us 14 big fat military bases which the Pentagon are still building in Iraq, from which they hoped to rule the Middle East. There's about as much chance of that happening as Paris Hilton making a videotape of her and Bill Frist doing each other doggie-style.

And what did Bush/Cheney get besides billions for their cronies? Thousands of dead American soldiers; this October alone, a total of 103 innocent young Americans sacrificed for a Bush/Cheney fiasco and another 400 wounded, the worst month ever – plus 665,000 dead Iraqis.

What Bush/Cheney got was blood on their hands, buckets and rivers and Niagara Falls of it.

This is what your President has done, America. This is what your country has done. Your President refuses to acknowledge any responsibility. He’ll never have the guts to do it.

So the question we, as a nation, have to ask ourselves is this: will we?

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About Adam Ash

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Adam, while I appreciate your theorizing about the Iraqi government from thousands of miles away, I wonder if you have ever considered providing ANY kind of documentation or supporting facts for your theories.

    While I’m willing to consider the theory that Iraq has no functioning central government, that doesn’t really fit with the facts that can actually be verified, The government includes representatives from all over the country, provides services all over the country, and has police and troops deployed in lots of different locations. That suggests that it does have a real presence. Remember, Iraq has a FEDERAL government, so local authorities handle most of the day to day government and the central government often works through them.

    But I’ll give you credit for not writing the same article you’ve been writing for months now, except the last few paragraphs, anyway.

    Dave

  • http://jetfireone.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    He’s right Adam, the line should read that Iraq has no EFFECTIVE government.

    Uh… what’s the differnce in the distance that Adam is from Iraq than you or I are…am?

    You don’t have to be an on-site reporter to write an OPINION piece do you?

    …but of course that’s only my opinion!

    Jet

  • http://www.diablog.us Davd Nalle

    Jet, opinions are fine, but I take them more seriously when they’re backed up by some facts. If Adam is going to say the Iraqi government isn’t doing anything outside of Baghdad it’s reasonable to ask him to back that up with some evidence.

    Dave

  • STM

    Adam: You are right about the lack of planning. One of the things that has given the secular nationalists impetus in the insurgency is that they were forced out of work by the invasion. Had that not happened, the country would have ticked along as well as could be expected – for a while, before the old hatreds were on the table again.

    The war was beautifully planned, and is a testmaent to NATO-style military planning.

    Rumsfeld buggered it up a bit, however, in his haste to get the troops on the ground, but as most Iraqis hated the regime anyway, the army managed to melt away for the most part.

    What we’ve lost is the peace. So is it our peace to keep? Yes (even if you believe that the whole enterprise served as nothing more than a vehicle for US and British imperialism) – for now. The real problem here is that Shi’ites are in the majority, particularly in the south, and the US administration – quite rightly – fears Iranian influence created by a power vacuum in any modern Iraq largely ruled by the Shia. That is the crux of much of the current problem in terms of disengagement.

    At a time when Iran is deliberately rattling the sabre, how can we just pull up stumps and walk out, allowing them to extend their sphere of influence into one of the world’s biggest oil-rich regions – given that Iraq is the only other country with a large Shi’ite population and despite Arabs’ dislike of Persians generally, these two groups have traditionally been close simply by dint of their common religious persuasion?

    Seriously, it would be good if anyone could come up with an answer to that issue, as I would hate to see a Shi’ite islamic empire extending east and west from Iran as long as that country has a pathological dislike of America and the west in general. We are now heading into quite dangerous territory on that one single dilemma.

  • Bliffle

    There’s plenty of documentation available. For example:

    Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco by David L. Phillips (Paperback – Jun 30, 2006)

    Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks

    Iraq reconstruction shows ‘limited progress’

    text file for GAO report number GAO-05-876 entitled ‘Rebuilding Iraq: Status of Funding and Reconstruction Efforts’ which was released on July 28, 2005.

    Iraq health update – Summer 2005

    There’s no shortage of hard data to support Adams article.

  • Bliffle
  • http://www.blogger.com Georgio

    Excellent article Adam..even though Biffie has provided links for documentation Dave will say that’s not good enough but anyone with common sense can tell by listening and reading about what’s going on there will agree with what you wrote..for my two cents worth REGION is the main factor with the problems in Iraq and if we stay there 20 more years we will not accomplish a damm thing ..Bush has made the biggest blunder ever and and it’s time to admit what the American ppl have finally figured out(took them long enough).

  • http://adreamersholiday.blogspot.com Lee Richards

    Oct. 6, 2006: Senator John Warner, the Republican Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said that parts of Iraq have taken steps backward and that the U.S. is at risk of losing control in an increasingly violent Baghdad.
    Warner said on Capitol Hill that the Iraqi government is having trouble making strides and is incapable of providing even basic necessities in areas of the country. Warner said, “I assure you, in two or three months if this thing hasn’t come to fruition and if this level of violence is not under control and this government able to function, I think it’s a responsibility of our government to determine:Is there a change of course that we should take?”
    Oct. 30, 2006: George W. Bush at Georgia Southern University: “And they got a unity government that is working hard to repel the extremists who are preventing them.”

  • Lumpy

    Bliffle recommending a couple of partisan opinion-mongering hack books is not the same as providing evidence. obviously a whole bunch of leftists agree with adam. Doesn’t make any of them right.

  • troll

    Adam links to an Iraqi blog with links to numerous others…do eye witness accounts measure up as evidence – ?

    Adam – love the irreverent ideas but not the scatful style…you lost me with the turd ball sucking

  • http://bonamassablog.us Joan Hunt

    I may not agree with you on any of your points, Adam, but you get brownie points for the phrase: “a rabid threesome of snakes on Viagra”.

    Classic!