Riddle me this:
George W. Bush justifies sending thousands of cruise missiles slamming into Iraqi cities to kill tens of thousands of people who have never so much as lifted a finger to harm Americans by claiming that Iraq is a threat to the world. Bush particularly cites the threat of "weapons of mass distruction" (chemical, biological and nuclear weapons).
Yet, when Bush starts the war, the ability of the Iraqi military to resist an American invasion proves to be almost completely ineffectual.
Yet, even as Bush attempts to assassinate the leaders of the Iraqi government in the Iraqi capital itself, the Iraqi military uses no chemical, biological or nuclear weapons to defend itself.
Yet, though the American military sends special operations teams running all over Iraq to find chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, no such weapons are found.
Yet, Bush publicly contemplates using nuclear weapons in the war against Iraq.
Yet, as the occupier of the White House, Bush commands the largest arsenal of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in the entire world.
Bush says he regards Iraq as a threat to the world. Perhaps, as is often the case, Bush is misspeaking. Perhaps Bush regards Iraq as a threat to his world, the world of big oil business.
Political pundits paid to appear on cable TV shows underwritten by Bush's big business compadres pooh-pooh the idea that Bush is invading Iraq because of his family's investments in oil. However, as the war progresses, oil is playing a larger and larger role in Bush's military and political strategy.
Clearly, the war is not JUST about oil. The war is also about personal revenge, and political posturing, and xenophobic Europe-hating, and anti-Arab ethnic prejudice, and the Republican love of war as a really fun extracurricular activity, among other things. However, to claim that the war is not at all about oil is to ignore the public statements and actions from the Bush Administration as its war has come to a boil.
One thing's for sure: this war is not about an Iraqi threat. Saddam Hussein is indeed a bad, bad man, but that doesn't make him a global menace. As the war itself has proven, Iraq is incapable of threatening anyone outside its borders, other than the big Texas oil cartel.
Iraqi threat? We're punching out a pipsqueak.
To be sure, some folks are going squawk at the idea that by starting a war against Iraq, the United States government is purposefully picking on nation with a weak military that is incapable of fighting effectively even in its own sovereign territory. These people will be offended by the idea that the Bush Administration is showing typical bullying behavior by beating up on the feeble Iraqi military while running away from a fight with the relatively strong North Koreans.
These people love to keep Americans in fear of Iraq, and so they'll point out things such as the fact that an American pilot has been shot down over Baghdad, that a handful of American soldiers have been killed by Iraqis, and that a few American soldiers have been captured. They'll cite these events as proof that Iraq is a deadly foe that must be defeated before it threatens the whole Earth with its military prowess.
In order to get some perspective on these claims, let's imagine that the United States was invaded, with thousands of explosive missiles slamming into our largest cities, with Miami and Houston already under occupation, with over 2,000 American soldiers captured and tens of thousands of Americans killed in the attacks just in the first few days. The American president was not to be seen, and may perhaps have already been assassinated. However, five of the invading soldiers were shot, ten were captured, and one of the enemy's jet had been shot down. In this situation, we would certainly not conclude that the American military was a deadly foe. Such a pathetic defense would be a sign of a military that was completely dominated, a military that could not even protect its own citizens, much less wage a war against other nations.
Such is the state of the Iraqi military. There are over a quarter million American troops invading Iraq. The fact that less than twenty of these American soldiers have been killed or captured by Iraqis so far is a solid sign that Iraq could not pose a serious threat to any of its neighbors, much less the United States. For years, there has been no threat from Iraq, and thus, there has been no reason to commit the devastating power of the American military to the destruction of Iraq.
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