I watched war criminal Gen. Barry McCaffrey
mouth the NeoCon's Iraq strategy on MSNBC this morning. He outlined the apocalypse that would happen if the US withdrew precipitously, and stated that the ideal case would be if the US could draw down occupying forces to around "one or two battalians" in five years. In other words, he is advocating a permanent military presence. This is, and has always been, the Neocon's plan.
The model for this latest Iraq War was not the first Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm), but another Bush I adventure, the 1989 invasion of Panama (Operation Just Cause). In 1989, the Bush I administration overthrew an unpopular dictator, who was a former US puppet, in order to gain control of a country which was strategically valuable. This cost the lives of only 23 US soldiers, and only a couple thousand local civilians. Despite the fact that this invasion was illegal, there was no serious opposition because it was over quickly, and Noriega had little sympathy in Panama or around the world.
After the invasion, the US installed a new puppet government which declared that the US had a right to perpetual occupation, and conviently amended their constitution to outlaw a national military. This cemented American control over a strategic territory.
What a perfect model for Iraq. No one in "intelligence" believed Iraq had Al Qaeda connections or that Iraq was arming with weapons of mass destruction. As a casual observer, I knew that Hussien's plan was to re-enter the community of nations. He began selling oil for Euros in 2000, and while this may have angered the US, it was a clear play for European support to end sanctions.
I am disgusted and ashamed of my country, knowing that the American people can be so easily manipulated to support vicious extreme neoconservative ideology, conceived by a cabal of dangerous fundamentalists and chicken-hawk war profiteers. But I am encouraged now that puplic opinion is turning so decisively against the war.
But the neocons have a sense of political survival and will try to achieve of their goal of perpetual occupation while looking like they are withdrawing. A strategic draw down of troop strength is not acceptable. Anything short of complete disengagement from Iraq is victory for the forces of neoconservatism.
And war criminal Gen. Barry McCaffrey is correct, rapid disengagement will result in anarchy and civil war. I told this to anyone who would listen in Feb and March of 2003. If we invade Iraq, nothing good would come from it, and there is no way out. My sympathies to the Iraqi people, I wish them peace, but US troops must leave.
The other news story I watched with interest this morning is that the US Supreme Court is decaying and falling apart. Oh, and some marble fell off the facade.