Tag: foreign policy

Delusions of Empire – Iran in Iraq 15 Years After Bush’s War

Bush Mission Accomplished on aircraft carrierEveryone who wants to know already understands how disastrous President Bush’s Iraq War has been. Hundreds of thousands of lives lost, perhaps several million displaced people and financial costs in the $ trillions. This to depose a dictator not much different than many dictators the US has supported and continues to support elsewhere. After the close of the military phase we undertook the completely idiotic grand administration of the country by Bush’s cronies, most notably Paul Bremer. In his role as the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, Bremer ruled by fiat. His first two orders were to disband the Ba’ath Party and dismantle the Iraqi Army. In one fell swoop he released a swarm of armed angry men to the countryside. The rest is the rapid decline into violence and chaos and the creation of Iraq as a central rallying point for extremist of all brands. It turns out that exporting American democracy, rule of law and all the other delights of our civilization was not as simple as shock and awe that began the war.

The ensuing history up to this day can only be seen as a catastrophically expensive and destabilizing bit of American overreach for objectives that were never clear excepting the weapons of mass destruction that were never found.

In the context of ceaseless angst and drum beating by politicians and experts over the threat of Iran to us and the rest of the world there is new evidence that the Iraq War has redounded to the benefit of Iran. In the July 15, 2017 NYTimes Tim Arango wrote an article about Iran’s quite comprehensive penetration of Iraqi society and government and the pipeline that exists between Iraq and the fighting in Syria. “Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over'” appears to be Part 1 so presumably there will be more to follow. 

John le Carré on Bush’s Iraq War – The United States of America Has Gone Mad

John le Carre - wikipedia imageJohn le Carré, author of many beloved spy novels, e.g., Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy, wrote this piece critiquing the then upcoming War on Iraq in January 2003. Besides pointing out the very strong connections between big oil and the Bushes, many other elements of the critique continue to be applicable to current American foreign policy.

Here it is reproduced in its entirety:

A Strange Sense of “Expertise” in the Cain Case in Milwaukee

This week’s installment of the Republican race for the honor of running for President bought us the eye-rolling scene of Herman Cain rolling his eyes trying to answer the question, “Do you approve of how Obama handled the Libyan matter?”

The media leapt on this as an example of Cain’s lack of knowledge and expertise in foreign policy. What do they think is expertise? If one simply read the daily newspaper or watched the evening news with any regularity over the last year one could readily come up with a range of critiques of Obama’s policy in Libya, none of them expert, though many trenchant and much more interesting than Cain’s fumbling. This as not a lack of expertise in foreign policy. This is an example of a man who clearly is not even involved in the day to day news of world let alone a deep thinker.

In case you missed Cain in action, here is the Milwaukee Journal version on YouTube.