STOP CALLING IT A WAR
By: Ed Henry
There was never any worthwhile resistance from Iraqi forces when, on March
19, 2003 , we started the long awaited invasion of a hapless republic that just happens to
be in the oil rich historic and biblical center of the Middle East. A nation that, at that
time, had some twenty-five million inhabitants, was roughly the size of California, had
been embargoed and starved under the thumb of the United States and United Nations for
more than a decade, and is the perfect spot for additional hi-tech military bases in our
Empires spread towards Iraqs neighbors and eventually China. No matter what
else happens, we wont give up that stepping stone.
This attack was in the planning since George W. Bush took office on January 20th, 2001 ,
despite denials to the contrary. The first symptom might have been the Vice
Presidents secret energy meetings with oil barons that still remain unidentifiable.
(So much for transparent governing)
Nothing stopped us from trumping up all sorts of justification for the invasion. For
the first time in history, we had a president that appeared on television almost every day
for about six months leaning over a podium somewhere to tell us about weapons of
mass destruction in the hands of a madman and, in the same breath, telling us that
Osama been forgotten was out to destroy our way of life and
implying that Saddam was Osama's buddy and had something to do with the surgical attack on
the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
These werent the only untruths broadcast by our president and his administration.
We had Donald Rumsfeld, the Grim Reaper, telling us that he knew exactly where tons of
biological weapons and other deadly devices were buried in Iraq . And we had the Secretary
of State, Colin Powell, appearing before the UN to deliver documents later found to have
come from a California college student some ten years previously and showing satellite
pictures of portable biological labs that later turned out to be the
equivalents of roach coaches that the British sold to Iraq years ago
(thats lunch wagons to you white collar types).
Of course, weve had the usual congressional committees looking into these
allegations of impropriety while finding nothing conclusive or indictable because
its all a point-of-view, opinion, hearsay, stonewalled evidence, or detrimental to
our national security. And naturally, they cannot talk about investigations underway.
Yall come back in twenty years or so when well finally be looking at
rebuilding New Orleans as part of the biggest reconstruction effort the world has
By now, it should be obvious to everyone that we cannot trust the pirates to
investigate themselves. Nothing but an outside independent investigative team has a chance
of penetrating the camouflage and cover-ups of Washington , and thats what
were supposed to have from our elected representatives who sold out to big money and
lobbyists long ago.
Wheres David Shipper when we need him? If you will remember, this democrat from Chicago
took his investigative team to Washington and had them practice on other areas of
government while they were waiting for Congress to decide on impeachment procedures. And
they started to find corruption and malfeasance all over the place before finally settling
down on the Clinton lies about his dalliances with an intern.
Of course, that was also while we were letting the democrats walk off with our
retirement and health care money just as weve permitted anyone in Washington to do
so. At least the democrats balanced the budget during their final year. And then they
threw $230 billion, mostly from entitlement overcharges, against the national debt. It
didnt reduce the amount owed on this credit card, but it did keep it from rising too
much. All so the government could go out and borrow trillions more.
Now were faced with rebuilding a substantial part of our own country due to
natural disasters and theres no way in the world we can afford to do this while
conducting the continuous occupation and rebuilding of a country where we should never
have been in the first place.
Ed Henry is the founder of TUFF, the
Taxpayers Union, and a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
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Published in the November 24, 2005 issue of Ether Zone.
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