Billions of dollars, a useless enemy,
and no one seems to know why
By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist
This is not a war. Iraq will not be
a war. Do we understand this? We do
not seem to understand this. This is heavily corporatized power
killing each other for oil and capital. Oh yes it is.
Let's be perfectly clear. You cannot have a war when the so-called
has done nothing to provoke you and is absolutely no threat to
national safety and has no significant military force and has
chance of even setting off a firecracker near your own overwhelming
machines, and whose only weapons of minimal destruction are the
short-range warheads and biochemical agents we sold him 20 years
kept selling to him, even after we knew he was gassing his own
You cannot have a war when there is nothing to fight against,
essentially going to be a huge U.S. military stomping/bombing
when, just like Afghanistan, we stand to suffer zero U.S. casualties
(except for those we seem to kill ourselves), and we just bomb
and kill and kill and shrug.
Let us look closer: The U.S. buildup for war with Iraq is
the biggest in
decades. The Iraq operation, in the words of Lt. Gen. Thomas
will be "the most massive precision air campaign in history,"
well, because we can. Because we want to annihilate everything
as fast and
ruthlessly as possible, simply because the longer such an operation
and the more expensive and obviously pointless it becomes, the
everyday citizens snap out of it and begin to say, wait, why
are we doing
Saddam's meager military, let us be reminded, is a tiny quivering
of what it was 10 years ago during Desert Storm, and even then
U.S. forces less than four days to almost completely annihilate
Now it's even weaker, due to ongoing sanctions and U.N. oversight
decade of continuous U.S.-led bombing raids on Iraqi targets
read about. Hell, this time we should have those thousands of
soldiers and innocent civilians dead and slaughtered in a weekend.
This is a Mack truck versus a Pinto. This is an F-16 versus
airplane, a Tomahawk missile versus a spit wad. There is no contest.
is exactly the wrong term. The U.S. attack on Iraq will be, of
massacre. Go team.
Now let's say you sense this all to be true. Let's say you
have a queasy
feeling deep in your gut as you realize no one is talking about
why we need to launch a second simultaneous war to go along with
unwinnable assault we're still running in Afghanistan.
Remember Afghanistan? Yes, we're still there, warring away.
attacking and killing. Haven't caught a single al Qaeda leader
yet. That looks bad for Dubya. Killed a few thousand civilians
So, let's boil it down: Why go to war with Iraq? Can't find
Osama, is one
reason. That looks bad. Really, really want to steal all that
oil for ShrubCo, is another. Saddam is clearly a very bad guy
his own people and snickers in America's general direction, is
But then again, so are at least a half-dozen other vile tyrants
world. Volatile, nuke-ready North Korea? Let's open some talks.
oil-ready Iraq? Let's massacre. Hmm.
Perhaps you wonder why no one is asking any of these questions,
Perhaps you wonder just where in the hell is the spineless
major media in
all this, as they watch the chicken-hawk Shrubster himself, between
swings, announce how tens of thousands of American troops are
to the Gulf alongside an enormous billion-dollar military buildup
imminent gobs of heaping death raining down upon a paltry oppressed
and coming up next on CNN, we interview that dumb guy from "Joe
Perhaps you wonder where is the national TV coverage of all
anti-war protests, hundreds of
thousands of people, all over the world,
from Spain to Berlin to New York to San Francisco.
Perhaps you wonder where are all the "serious" journalists,
risk-taking news agencies pointing up the absurdity of it all,
imminent horror, the outrage. Could it be these news agencies
are owned by
major conservative corporations? Could it be they're all terrified
losing ratings, of saying something unpopular, of invoking Cheney's
of losing advertiser dollars and that ever-precious, ever-dwindling
dumbed-down audience? One guess.
And besides, who needs a reason for a massacre anymore? This
is the age of
the preemptive-strike, screw-you Bush regime. Who needs, for
Monroe Doctrine, that crusty old rag stating how America will
go to war
only as a last resort, as a defensive measure, and won't become
in unwinnable foreign wars that are none of our business?
Who needs every precedent ever set by international law? Who
U.N. Charter? Who needs confused congressional approval? Who
Screw it all, says Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, his
gleaming like the devil's own golf balls. Let us become an ever-more-hated
rogue nation, attack whomever we want, whenever we want, with
international support and much international disgust. Let us
childishly, within months, the generous and compassionate goodwill
afforded our country by our international allies in the wake
Let us wantonly kill innocent civilians and children and thousands
Iraqi soldiers who, let us repeat, did nothing to provoke us.
Yes let's. Why? Shhh.
Let us be clear. Saddam is not a threat to the U.S., and never
He is merely yet another cowardly and murderous thug, much like
countless other despots and autocrats, from Marcos to King Fahd
Sharon, the U.S. has added to its payroll when it served our
whom we then backhand when we need economic stimulus, or when
president needs a boost to his approval ratings, or when the
pals of the Bush WASP mafia need more billion-dollar petrochemical
defense contracts. Aha. Perhaps this is why.
We are, in short, going to attack and massacre Iraq for the
to protect America's corporate interests, to feed the gaping
maw of the
military-industrial complex. Same as it ever was.
But let us be perfectly clear: We are most definitely not
cranking up the
appalling war machine for your sake, or for the country's protection,
for our commendable standing among our humanitarian allies.
We are not doing it to defeat terrorism (it will have the
effect), or to make the streets safer for our children, or because
found big scary WMDs (they haven't -- not a one) -- or even for
good. And to believe we are is, quite simply, to be wholly misinformed
openly, flagrantly, deliberately deceived.
Do we understand this?
We must, we absolutely
must, try and understand this.
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