According to a CBS News poll, 64 percent of Americans believe “the result
of the war with Iraq was not worth the loss of American life and other costs,”
Reid Consultants. “57 per cent say things going badly for U.S. in
Iraq, 48 per cent say Iraq will never become a democracy, 38 per cent say the
Bush administration hid ‘important elements’ when discussing the
existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.”
Of course, since America is not a democracy—it is supposed to be a constitutional
republic, but that’s an argument for another time—this growing tide
against the “war” (invasion and occupation) will not translate into
troops coming home in the foreseeable future because the global elite in control
of America (and much of the rest of the world) have a vested interest in remaining
there, regardless of how many soldiers (and Iraqis) die as a result.
Consider the poster boy for global terrorism, Henry Kissinger.
“Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger warned against an early
withdrawal of U.S.-led coalition forces from Iraq, saying such a move would
bolster insurgents and terrorists worldwide, causing instability across the
Middle East,” reports Newsday.
Of course, the exact opposite is true—the heavy-handed presence of U.S.
troops in the Middle East bolsters “insurgents and terrorists worldwide,
Kissinger, in a speech delivered to “top NATO officers and officials,”
in other words co-conspirators, also said “that European Union nations
and Washington needed to find another way to get Iran to stop the development
of its nuclear program,” or rather the U.S. needs to kill a few thousand
Iranian kids and grandmothers in sustained bombing raids. Kissinger said “that
Iran could use nuclear weapons as a way to protect itself while continuing to
promote terrorist groups,” for instance Hezbollah, the “terrorist”
group that would not exist if the state of Israel had not invaded Lebanon. Never
mind there is no conclusive evidence Iran is developing nuclear weapons. It
stands to reason Iran has nukes, since this is the threadbare pretext used to
invade Iraq (or one of several, all discredited as lies and fabrications) and
the neocons are simply recycling their excuses in preparation for attacks on
Syria and Iran.
Since Kissinger is a war criminal—not a garden variety war criminal,
mind you, but one of history’s most prolific—and the effort to deliver
“democracy” (i.e., mass murder) to benighted Muslim nations remains
job one for the both neocons and their neolib kissing cousins, it should come
as no surprise Kissinger is advocating finding “another way” to
attack Iran and Syria, although Kissinger did not mention the latter country
where destabilization efforts are well under way.
Dirty tricks, mass murder, electoral monkey wrenching—all of these are
second nature to Kissinger, who was the ex officio chair the 40 Committee, a
high-level body during the Nixon regime with representatives from the State
Department, CIA, and the Pentagon tasked with planning and micromanaging foreign
covert actions. “Incredibly, Henry Kissinger—the man who rivals
Pol Pot for the dubious honor of being the person responsible for the death
of the largest number of innocent people in South East Asia (and far surpasses
Pol Pot in criminality when one factors in Kissinger’s various levels
of responsibility for wholesale slaughter and repression in other parts of the
world)—still wields significant power in the United States; but his role
as eager facilitator of mass murder, totalitarian repression and other atrocities
is never discussed in polite society,” notes the Henry
Kissinger Wanted for War Crimes Poster. “I don’t see why we
need to stand by and watch a country go Communist because of the irresponsibility
of its own people,” Kissinger remarked after the people of Chile elected
Salvador Allende in 1970.
As they say, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks—although
you can drag an old fascist out of the shadows and have him say a few pertinent
things contrary to the growing belief of the American people that the occupation
of Iraq is a dismal failure. It should be noted that the Iraq invasion and occupation
is not a dismal failure—Iraq is a morass of violence, chaos, and covert
operations designed to splinter the country into small and ineffectual statelets
(or ethically determined fiefdoms) and is precisely what the neocons want.