carnage, was predicated upon misrepresented, false, perhaps even fraudulent intelligence,and sought to eliminate weapons of mass destruction in a country which did not have anyand which never posed any overt threat to the United States.Some 52 percent of Americans currently feel that the US is in greater danger fromterrorism today than before we invaded Iraq.
This causes one to wonder if AIPAC,Wolfowitz, and Pearle agitated so aggressively for this war more to defend Americaninterests or Israeli. Both gentlemen were incessant, even obsessed, with the vaporousIraqi nuclear threat but doltishly mute on what experts say is Israel’s secret stockpile of over 200 nuclear weapons, including a hydrogen bomb.
In 2005, 82% of Iraqis were “strongly opposed” to a continued US presence,
and 59%of Americans wanted our troops to leave as soon as possible.
In 2006 those positionsstill hold with a majority of Iraqis wanting the US to leave
Some 62% of Americans believe our getting involved in Iraq in the first place was a mistake.
Butwhen Congress was presented with a resolution to remove U.S. troops, fewer than 1% of its members voted for it,
a clear sign that AIPAC, Christian extremists, and Halliburton-type special interests have gained such access and influence as to nullify the democraticwill of the majority of Americans
Iraqis.Recall that the crash of Columbia was caused by a damaged and weakened undercarriage.Down here on earth—and on the other side of this metaphor
there are numerous fissuresin the underbelly of the Bush administration: Kofi Anan called the invasion of Iraq acrime and a violation of the UN Charter. A Belgian international tribunal is consideringcharging Bush, Rice, Wolfowitz and others as war criminals. The EU is livid over America’s secret prisons and the transport and torture of citizens within its territory, clear violations of the European Convention on Human Rights.
And revelations about presidential domestic spying on US citizens without court orders
has persuaded legalscholars to announce that Bush has admitted to an “impeachable offense.”
Bush’s popularity is at an all-time low with 62% disapproving of how he is handling the job as president, and almost a majority of Republicans feeling the same way (about 47%), whilea whopping 75% disapprove of how he is handling the war in Iraq as we near the end of 2006.
The situation on the ground is dire and rapidly devolving into civil war, with over amillion Iraqis leaving the country as refugees along with a third of the entire professionalclass. Over a hundred lecturers at Baghdad University alone have been murdered, mostlyfor teaching women.
But these Iraqi-related issues are mere perforations and pockmarkscompared to the gaping hole in the underbelly of the nation caused by the financial bludgeoning it has endured under the Bush administration.The US has spent over half a trillion dollars on Afghanistan and Iraq already
and ishemorrhaging with expenditures of over $2 billion each week in Iraq alone
. . . whichleads us to consider our third symbolic event. . .