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The Iraq War Provides an Ominous Warning

Friday, 19 Dec 2008 09:05 AM

By Lev Navrozov

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When George H. W. Bush moved with his family to Texas, he explained that they “just wanted to make a lot of money quick.”

However, his son did not turn out to be a quick Texas oilman billionaire. But he did receive two university degrees (at the bottom of the class, according to Kitty Kelley), was elected U.S. president twice, and on May 22, 2003, he signed Executive Order 13303, which granted to U.S. oil corporations in Iraq immunity from both criminal persecution and civil litigation regarding anything they can do in their dealings with Iraqi oil.

Now, how to create an undeniable justification for invading Iraq to use its oil as per Executive Order 13303?

When his father, George H. W. Bush, was president, he appointed April Glaspie as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and on July 25, 1990, she met with Saddam Hussein in the presidential palace in Baghdad. Kuwait was siphoning Iraqi oil underground across their border. Iraq could not stop that theft without invading Kuwait (which once was part of Iraq). “What is the United States’ opinion on this?” Saddam asked.

Glaspie said, “We have no opinion on your Arab-Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary[(of State James] Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given in Iraq in the 1960s, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America.”

So, on Aug.t 2, 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, and there started an argument in the United States as to the Glaspie-Hussein dialogue. She appeared on TV and suggested a series of her programs on the subject, but after that she did not appear and she has disappeared forever, according to the media today, 18 years later.

Anyway, Saddam was an aggressor, apart from other crimes of his, such as the production, reported by the CIA, of WMD (chemical and biological weapons, used in World War I) and even the intention to produce a nuclear bomb!

Iraq’s production of WMD was demonstrated by CIA Director George Tenet at the meeting of the National Security Council on Jan. 30, 2001, attended by the newly inaugurated President George W. Bush.

Tenet had brought along the photograph, taken by a U.S. surveillance plane, of an Iraqi plant, and assured those present that the plant was producing either chemical or biological materials for WMD. But how did the CIA know that the Iraqi plant was producing chemical or biological charges for WMD, and not cement or sugar? Tenet pointed out “the round-the-clock rhythm of shipments in and out of the plant.” See?

What the director of the CIA did not know was that societies like Iraq try to use a plant’s equipment around the clock, and not just eight hours a day.

But what about the nuclear bomb Iraq was planning to produce?

From 1964 to 1978, China had 25 tests of its new nuclear bombs, which were instrumentally detectable abroad. The largest bomb, tested on Nov. 17, 1976, was equivalent to 4 million tons of trinitrotoluene (TNT).

But while it was OK for China to test its nuclear bomb in 1976, it was criminal for Iraq even to “plan” any nuclear bomb in 2002!

The war of the United States, Britain, and other countries with Iraq has been a war with a midget, nay, a speck of dust, compared with China, but it has lasted longer than World War II (I disregard the 13 years since George H. W. Bush provoked Saddam into the conquest of Kuwait), and demonstrated that given such “political establishment” the United States cannot survive in the world of today.

President George H. W. Bush, two-term President Clinton, and two-term President George W. Bush were zeros at best. When I wrote this about President George W. Bush four years ago, the indignant answer was: “He has been elected by the majority of the American people!” What about today when fewer Americans approve of him than of any former president? Something is wrong with the presidential elections!

What about the Congress? The Congress approved the invasion of Iraq, which entailed five years of human and material losses. (The children who starved to death in Iraq as a result of the “sanctions” before the invasion are rarely mentioned, as are 100,000 Americans rumored to have been wounded in Iraq.)

The military? It could not — for five years — defeat a speck of dust as compared with China. Nor did they explain what was happening.

By 1945, the United States and Britain have achieved a high level of military development. But China makes this level insufficient, as the tragicomic “Iraq war” has demonstrated.

I haven’t heard or read the word “mediocrity” applied to any American academic or official. Every scientist or official is as intelligent and/or creative as per his or her rank. President George W. Bush? Sh-sh-sh! “President” is the highest official rank! So President George W. Bush is a man of genius. All U.S. presidents are men of genius. Unless they happen to begin the Iraq war.

On Dec. 6, 2008, Yahoo! news reprinted an essay under the title, “Is Einstein the Last Great Genius?”

The essay begins: “Major breakthroughs in science have historically been the provinces of individuals, not institutes. Galileo and Copernicus, Edison and Einstein, toiling away in lonely labs or pondering the cosmos in private studies.”

My question is, If it was possible to elect (twice!) George W. Bush, whom is it not possible to elect as U.S. president? And what will the free West do when the war will not be an attempt to filch some oil from a small “Third World” country, but a desperate defense against a military colossus with its global post-nuclear superweapons?

You can e-mail me at navlev@cloud9.net.

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