Democracy Doesn’t Stand a Chance

They said Iraq wasn’t about oil. The brain-dead base of the Republican party swallowed George Bush’s big bag of bullshit that this war was about promoting democracy in the middle east. Then, today, a bombshell of a story broke in The Independent. Bush is planning to ram through a treaty “…under which US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law…”

President Bush wants to push it through by the end of next month so he can declare a military victory and claim his 2003 invasion has been vindicated.

Victory, my ass.

America currently has 151,000 troops in Iraq and, even after projected withdrawals next month, troop levels will stand at more than 142,000 – 10 000 more than when the military “surge” began in January 2007.

If this were about democracy, a victory would allow the U.S. to bring its troops home knowing that a competent government, of and by the Iraqis, is prepared to take control of its own destiny. Bush and Cheney have something different in mind.

Under the terms of the new treaty, the Americans would retain the long-term use of more than 50 bases in Iraq. American negotiators are also demanding immunity from Iraqi law for US troops and contractors, and a free hand to carry out arrests and conduct military activities in Iraq without consulting the Baghdad government.

Fifty long term bases. U.S. troops and contractors carrying out arrests and conducting military activities in Iraq without consulting the Baghdad government, and immunity from Iraqi law. Sounds like a long-term occupation to me. But, that’s what Bush had in mind from the beginning.

This war was never about democracy. It has always been about oil. Bush and Cheney are both oil men, and they can read the writing on the wall. They wanted American boots on the ground in the middle of the east because that is where the vast majority of the world’s oil exists. As the supplies dwindle, they want to ensure American access to what’s left.

The precise nature of the American demands has been kept secret until now. The leaks are certain to generate an angry backlash in Iraq.

No shit. I just hope that the leaks also create an angry backlash here in America. George Bush and Prick Cheney both need to be impeached. It won’t happen, though. There are too many idiots driving SUVs who are more concerned about whether they can afford to fill up than they are about the morality of this power play. Washington has too many moral idiots representing this constituency.

The US is adamantly against the new security agreement being put to a referendum in Iraq, suspecting that it would be voted down.

In other words, the US is adamantly against democracy in Iraq.

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One Response

  1. Thaddeus,

    I share your disdain and anger at what is happening. My only hope lies in the fact that America still has the power of impeachment, as small as that chance seems right now. I agree that BushCheney, Inc was all about oil from day one. The evidence is pretty overwhelming…I don’t have time right now to list it all , but I’ve been reading and researching this topic for about 2 years now, off and on. Suffice it to say, we all need to be thinking about what might be next for BushCo. Another false flag operation like 911? See ae911truth.org.

    JR

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