US Violence & Iraq-Faux-Rescue Redux
So two and a half years ago Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, US puppet, got a little too uppity and refused to make a SOFA (Status of Forces) Agreement with the US so the US could leave 10,000 troops indefinitely deployed in Iraq at “strategic bases”.
Bill Van Auken in “Washington escalates intervention in region-wide Middle East war” writes;
Key among these provisions, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby, is blanket immunity from Iraqi or international law relating to the slaying of Iraqi civilians or other war crimes.
I think at this moment of the “Collateral Murder” video Chelsea Manning discovered and released for public awareness (she is now serving 35 years of incarceration for exposing this evidence among so much more of massive US war criminality). The chilling video shows a group of gunners in a low flying Apache helicopter shooting at a group of Iraqi civilians below them, including a good Samaritan and his two children who arrived in a truck after the first wave of shooting. The audio reveals that the murdering was accompanied with shrieks of victory and delight as if at video-game play. None of the soldiers was ever prosecuted.
Another hero, Ethan McCord, Iraq veteran and whistleblower happened to be on the ground in Baghdad close to the time and place of the Collateral Murder atrocity. He rushed to the aid of the victim children. McCord has revealed that the real but unofficial rules of engagement in Iraq for US troops were that there were no rules. In fact, it was a common practice for troops to resort to 360 degree rotational fire, say in a crowded marketplace, when any kind of threat was discerned.
Not hard to imagine why immunity for US soldiers was an issue with Maliki and an embittered Iraqi citizenry.
Now the Obama administration has all the aces, for this hand, anyway, in “negotiating” with Maliki. It will get its bases. As for Maliki, he hasn’t got a prayer of lasting as prime minister. Though the US can’t directly “fire” Maliki. it has its fake "pro-democracy" stance to sustain. It can simply play mafiaso blackmail -- make him an offer he can’t refuse to go away -- in this case, by using the formidable threat of ISIS jihadists.
You know who I mean? Those ferocious jihadists that the US is supporting and pretending not to in Syria. On the side of the angels when they are slaughtering and beheading supporters of Assad. In Iraq in they are in league with the devil? Well, actually, yes. If the nickname fits, USA!
This is what Van Auken has to say about ISIS:
... the reality is that this Islamist militia is Washington’s own Frankenstein’s monster. It was forged first through the US military destruction of Iraqi society and the divide-and-rule strategy of the American occupation that fueled the bitter sectarian bloodbath that wracked the country. While suppressed in Iraq, this tendency had a dramatic resurgence in Syria as the US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other regimes in the region funneled arms and other support to the Islamist-dominated “rebels” carrying out the sectarian war for regime change against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Van Auken reminds us that Obama won his first election by posturing as an "opponent" of the Iraq War against a more outspoken militarist, Hillary Clinton, and a more easily recognizable crazed war addict, John McCain. Now, no surprise, Obama is playing the “terrorism” card to justify more violent US militarism. Once more he is playing Lucy and the football to coax Americans down one more, in fact an already travelled, “garden path” to war. Van Auken:
In his statement delivered at the White House on Thursday Obama attempted to sell the renewed deployment of US forces in Iraq as part of Washington’s global war on terrorism—he repeated the words “terrorism” or “terrorist” 10 times in the short briefing. In reality, however, the US ruling establishment’s response to the collapse of the US-trained Iraqi military in the face of broad-based insurgency by Iraq’s Sunni minority is directed at pursuing far broader aims, both regionally and globally.
Do you think the US military establishment and politicians, including Obama, seriously give a rat’s ass about the welfare of the Iraqis or for that matter cannon fodder mostly poor and/or idealist kids among US and allied troops in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere? Yeah, Obama does his photo ops with surviving and maimed soldier heros and talks the talk. Come on! All those “honor the troops” pols, Dems AND Repubs, along with a blood-lusting amoral mainstream media don't seriously care!! Look at the statistics! Look at the bloodbaths! Not a rat’s ass about humanity! Ends justifiy the means with their agenda of hegemony. Creating mayhem and divisiveness is a plus.
The Obama administration and the Pentagon wanted those military bases and now they will get them. Do they want the country of Iraq or any Mid-East country or ANY country, save itself and Israel, to be safe and stable? Care to buy a bridge leading from Manhattan to Brooklyn if you do?
US heart of darkness realpolitik is to DE-STABILIZE AND OPPRESS ALL MIDDLE EASTERN NATIONS, OR FOR THAT MATTER ALL NATIONS INCLUDING IRAN AND NOW RUSSIA AND CHINA for the power mania of itself and crony Israel. To loot and plunder all resources, particularly for -- spell it with me now -- O-I-L!!! Profits uber alles. Loss of human lives, so not a biggie.
This points to another major strategic aim in the Iraq intervention, which is to weaken Iranian influence in the country as part of an overarching strategy of subduing every power that poses an impediment to US imperialism’s drive for global hegemony.
The US intervention in Iraq is part of a broader intervention into a developing region-wide war that has been ignited by a succession of American military operations, ranging from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to the use of Islamist militias as proxy forces in the 2011 US-NATO war for regime change in Libya and the instigation and support for the ongoing sectarian civil war in Syria by Washington and its allies, including Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni Persian Gulf monarchies.
In other words, the latest intervention—like the catastrophic nearly nine-year-long war and occupation that preceded it—is ultimately about oil and who controls this strategic resource.
It was to establish American imperialist hegemony over the oil reserves of the Persian Gulf that Washington launched its war based on lies in March 2003, killing upwards of a million Iraqis and sacrificing the lives of some US 4,500 troops in the process. US imperialism has never given up on this goal, even while forced to pursue it by other means.
There is also another ugly angle to the US response to Iraq’s present plight. Last September the Obama administration was forced to back down from its intention to carry out air strikes against Assad’s regime in Syria. Now, it can exploit this present Iraq scenario to bomb Syria while bombing Iraq.
Van Auken reveals that US officials while talking to the Washington Post on Thursday said that the administration sees Iraq AND Syria as “a single challenge”! In the guise of fighting terrorism, the US could carry on with its latest in a series of regime change campaigns -- this time with Syria. Van Auken adds that Senator John McCain is thrilled with this dual agenda. Of course he is.
Are we Americans going to be punked into bobbling our heads and colluding with mass war criminality one more time?
Admittedly, DC establishment propaganda pouring out of the magic and mendacious tv box 24/7 or from the diabolical, undeservedly revered establishment press like the New York Times or Washington Post that led us so smoothly into prior criminal warring is overwhelming. But c'mon, it shouldn't be all that confusing judging from how often we have been punked and how many MILLIONS of devastated or ended human lives have resulted!!!
[cross-posted on open salon]