which seeks to explain, excuse, or simply erase those preceding lies.
Within this general category of Revisionism; one sub-category stands out as an especially despicable form: the war-Revisionism which is an endemic component of the One Bank’s propaganda campaign. Clearly the only thing which could possibly be more-evil than war itself is to attempt to “excuse”, “explain”, or simply erase the worst episodes of history.
This is especially true given that those entities with the strongest motive to engage in such vile Revisionism are the entities originally responsible for either perpetrating or provoking those wars. As such, it was the ultimate in repugnance this week when Bloomberg trotted-out the Bush Neo-Cons, architects of the Iraq War – and then allowed these career-liars to blame the (corrupt) regime which succeeded them for the mess they created.
Here history (real history) is unequivocal. It was these neo-cons who were solely responsible for creating all of the conditions which supposedly justified their invasion of Iraq. It was the neo-cons who fraudulently fabricated the pretext for invading Iraq. It was the neo-cons who brutally and incompetently bungled every aspect of the subsequent invasion/occupation, from a tactical and strategic standpoint. And it was the neo-cons who made their own “deal with the Devil”, in order to whitewash a thin veneer of “victory” over their humiliating defeat.
While George Bush Jr. is the Cowboy Bully who loved to take credit for “taking-down Saddam Hussein”; it was Junior’s daddy, George Bush Sr. (and the neo-cons of his era) who created Saddam Hussein. Imposing Hussein upon the people of Iraq as their “strong-man” (puppet) was supposedly the antidote to the “radical” government in Iran.
His role was at least to militarily preoccupy – if not engage – Iran, and to that end, Western neo-cons supplied Hussein’s puppet-regime with any-and-every piece of nasty military technology in their own arsenal (with the exception of nuclear weapons). Indeed; it was only because it was the neo-cons themselves who had originally supplied Saddam Hussein with all of his “weapons of mass destruction” that the Rest of the World took them seriously when they lied about what he supposedly still retained.
Backtracking even further; what made the government of Iran “radical”? After the U.S. overthrew the democratic government of that nation, and planted the brutal/corrupt “Shah” on the throne of Iran (as another of its Oil Puppets); Iranians not only had the audacity to remove that Thug from power, but they have resisted the endless/subsequent efforts (by the U.S.) to install a new Puppet-Thug in his place.
When Hussein, himself, decided to cease playing the role of Oil Puppet for the U.S.; it became the new obsession of the neo-cons to remove him from power, and install a more dutiful (and grateful) Puppet in his place. They fabricated a pretext for war, and then perpetrated an invasion which was tactically/strategically incompetent – even by the standards of the same military (and same neo-cons) which previously brought the world “Vietnam”.
With such overwhelming military superiority that the Bush Neo-Cons didn’t think they needed to “fight smart”; they then made a Herculean effort to prove themselves wrong, snatching defeat from the jaws of Victory. The more arrogant they got, the more brutal they got; and the more-brutal the Bush Neo-Cons (and their henchman) became, the more they alienated the Iraqi peoples – all of them.
Torture, gulags, and the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians became merely the latest war-crimes of U.S. neo-cons. Having stoked a fierce “resistance” with any/every form of provocation known to humanity; the Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight then demonstrated themselves incapable of coping with that insurgency.
With U.S. war-casualties spiraling higher like the money-printing of the Federal Reserve, and as a massive plunge in “support for the war” (from the previously acquiescent U.S. Sheeple) was about to force a Vietnam-like retreat; Bush and his gang of incompetent, neo-con bullies got really desperate. In order to drive a wedge between the Baathist Sunnis (fighting a more-conventional insurgency) and the more-radical (but also Sunni) “Al Qaeda-in-Iraq”; the Bush regime bought-off the Baathists – the same political element whom they originally invaded Iraq to depose.
They armed the Baathists (again). They trained the Baathists (again). And in doing so; they earned the eternal enmity of the Shiite government in Iraq, which was originally another one of their own puppet-creations. It was because the Bush Neo-Cons had re-armed and re-trained the Sunni bloc – the only possible threat to the new Shiite government – that the current al-Maliki regime (more or less) threw out the U.S. military in 2011.
With the Baathist Sunnis and the “terrorist” Sunnis having now reunited (surprise! surprise!) as “ISIS”; this more-or-less brings us to the present. U.S. neo-cons have now armed-and-trained Baathist Sunnis for a second time (in little more than 30 years). They’re also solely responsible for creating the (so-called) “terrorists”, as it is now a matter of public record that there was no terrorism of any kind inside Iraq, until the Bush Neo-Cons incubated it with their shockingly brutal (and illegal) invasion and occupation.
Being career-failures; U.S. neo-cons are also the world’s most-experienced Revisionists, needing to “explain”, “excuse”, and simply erase more of their own crimes-and-blunders than any other cabal of political psychopaths in the modern history of humanity. And now they’re at it again.
Not surprisingly; we see the propagandists of Bloomberg pimping for these neo-cons, and allowing them to once again practice their Revisionism as they attempt to wallpaper-over their latest crimes-and-blunders: the Iraq invasion, occupation, and Deal:
Dick Cheney is back, warning of terrorists “on the march.”
Condoleezza Rice has re-emerged, urging patience in the Middle East. Even the ubiquitous John McCain has amped up his rhetoric, calling on President Barack Obama “to get rid of his entire national security team.”
The band of architects and supporters of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq that ousted Saddam Hussein is back together, many of them waging a blame-Obama media offensive [i.e. Revisionist campaign]…
The interventionist Republicans, who sometimes called themselves neoconservatives, are portraying Obama as a weak leader because of his decision [i.e. the treaty negotiated by the Bush regime in 2008] to withdraw troops from Iraq in 2011 after failing to reach a security agreement with the Iraqi government for an extended U.S. Presence… [emphasis mine]
Clearly the Revisionism above spewed by the Bush Neo-Cons (and parroted by Bloomberg) has less factual content than the average made-for-TV movie from Hollywood “based upon actual events”. The only thing more inadvisable than providing these war-criminals with a platform (now that they have crawled out from under their rock) would be to listen to anything they had to say.
Who could be less-qualified to “give advice” on Iraq than any other creatures on this planet? No one. But knowing nothing has never prevented the Bush Neo-Cons from inflicting their views upon us in the past, and (thanks to Bloomberg) they are doing so once again.
The only possible value in heeding any of their Revisionist double-talk would be through making the persuasive argument that the “optimal policy” here for the Obama regime would be to do the exact opposite of what the Bush Neo-Cons now recommend. However, after 40 years of U.S. neo-cons creating a worse and worse mess in Iraq; even that suggestion seems unlikely to yield any least-worst policy option.
This article is brought to you courtesy of Jeff Nielson From Bullion Bulls Canada.