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Results of US Invasion of Iraq

Published Monday, March 31, 2008



Iraq was occupied by the US-led troops from 20 March to first of May 2003. Five years have passed since the Bush administration launched the war on terror beginning with the campaign entitled "Operation Iraqi Freedom" to topple the Saddam regime in Iraq. Yet the panoramic picture of Iraq continues to remain in a sombre situation. The US was yet to reach its target to “disarm” Saddam Hussein’s regime of weapons of mass destruction in the fight against “terrorism”, but nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons were never found in Iraq after the military occupation.

          Iraq war is the most expensive in terms of human and material costs in the US history after the Vietnam War. The official statistics released by the US Congressional Budget Office on 4 December shows that the Administration had spent some US $350 billion for military operation in Iraq. Recently, the US Congress approved an additional amount of US $70 billion for the war against terrorism, in which US $50 billion is to be reserved for the war in Iraq.

The actual spending for the war in Iraq could reach US $1,000-1,500 billion, and ten times higher than the initial estimate.

          In the next few months, the Administration is expected to ask the Congress to gear another US $127 billion for the purpose. This shows that the war in the Iraq has cost the US over US $500 billion in three and a half years, equivalent to the 15-year war in Vietnam from 1960 to 1975. It is noticeable that the expenses for the Iraq war rose year after year from an average of US $217 million per day in the first days of the war to the current amount of US $267 million per day.

          According to the estimates by Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz from the Columbia University, Nobel Prize winner in economics of the year 2001, and Congressman Lee Hamilton, the actual spending for the war in Iraq could reach US $1,000-1,500 billion, accounting for one tenth of the US GDP and ten times higher than the initial estimate.   

          They said that the costs for this war should include all indirect expenses such as health care for war invalids and sick soldiers, compensations for families of dead soldiers, social insurance for all those participating in the war and others.

          A report released by the Pentagon on 18 December said that the war had killed 3,195 of coalition troops including 2.984 from the US and injured over 25,000 others. Military experts believed that the US casualties could be much higher. The Pentagon only mentioned those troops killed in action without taking into account the deaths during emergency services and in hospitals. It is estimated that this number should account for 16-30% in the past wars. As a result, the total of US soldiers killed in Iraq should have reached over 8,000, much higher than the war against Vietnam—recent reports talk from about 4000 US deaths.

          Despite increasing losses and expenses, it is still far for the US to reach its targets in Iraq. Many people have hoped that following the elections on December 2005, the establishment of an official government on April 2006 together with the killing of Al-Qua’eda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on June 2006, the situation Iraq would be improved.

Bush and Maliki
With the US military fiasco in Iraq, President George W. Bush has become one of the most unpopular of Amrican presidents.

          However what is developing in Iraq has gone beyond the US expectations. Iraq is falling in a chaotic situation and the sectarian and religious conflicts are pushing the country in the whirl of bloody violence. In an interview with the BBC, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan criticised the US-led war in Iraq was illegal, saying that “the level of violence in Iraq was ‘much worse’ than that of a civil war.”

          A report completed by the Iraq Study Group under the US Congress said that as many as 750,000 Iraqi people had been killed and another 1, 3 million were forced to leave their country since the US launched the war in 2003. In fact, Iraq is being divided into three regions: the south dominated by the Shiites, the central part by the Sunnis and the north by the Kurds. The US forces failed to ensure security and daily minimal needs for the Iraqi people, let alone the efforts of national reconstruction.

          The increasing problems in Iraq are affecting in the US itself and creating outstanding changes in the face of the region and the world at large. There are more and more critics against the US war in Iraq, marked by the resignations of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Ambassador John R. Bolton, Permanent US Representative to the United Nations and recently the commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, Admiral William Fallon. With President Bush’s prestige reduced to the lowest level since he was elected president in 2001, leading to the defeat of the Republicans during the mid-term congressional elections in November, President Bush had to propose ISG that comprises the representatives from both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party led by James Baker, former Secretary of State (Republican), and Lee Hamilton, US congressman (Democrat) find a way out of the deadlock situation in Iraq.

          Since having got bogged down in Iraq, it is difficult for the US to open a second front against the Islamic Republic of Iran which is “the main sponsor of terrorism” and it has failed to bring pressure to bear on the regime concerning their bilateral conflicts.

          The US knows but ignores the fact the IRI is formed from a group of Islamist thugs, masquerading as a State which is responsible for the main problems of the region. The invasion of Iraq unburden the West to seriously consider the criminal background and the constant violations of human rights of this regime, so the regime got the chance not only to further repress its people, but also to interfere in Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel-Palestine conflict.

          With a huge military potential, the IRI is emerging as a power in the region. Bush’s opponent in the US pressurised his administration to make “grand bargain” with the Mollah’s regime and Syria to help stabilise the security in Iraq.

          The US invasion coincided with an escalation of violence and islamisation in the region. Islamists groups like Hamas in Palestine and Hezbollah in Lebanon became significant forces. Many analysts said that the US-led coalition against terrorism is facing the danger of disintegration. So far, over 20 countries, including those actively supporting the war in Iraq, namely Spain, Canada, Japan and Italy, have withdrawn their troops from Iraq.

Since having got bogged down in Iraq, it is difficult for the US to open a second front against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

          The development of the US-led wars in Iraq proved the failure of the “pre-emptive theory” in the anti-terrorist war. Its powerful military strength could destroy other countries’ infrastructure in a short time, but Washington found it impossible to control and stabilise the security situation.

          Regarding this issue, former National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger and new Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates assessed that “the US would not gain a military victory in Iraq.” On December 6, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the strongest supporter for the US war in Iraq, also admitted that “the war in Iraq was a "disaster" and was developing in a wrong trend and the US would not be able to win in Iraq”.

          Iraq is now overshadowed by sectarian violence and lack of any stability, US troops pretend to do a necessary job for disarming militia groups, persuading all the political and sectarian and religious groups in Iraq to achieve a charter on national reconciliation.

          It is not an easy decision for the US to withdraw all 155,000 troops from Iraq at this time, but it is thinking about reducing the combat troops and shifting to positive diplomatic activities to improve the situation. The US administration is also undertaking the contacts and dialogues with resistance groups in Iraq including members of the former ruling Ba’ath party.

          The Middle East situation continues to be tense. Violence is still spreading in Iraq and the country is facing the danger of a civil war. The Palestine-Israel conflict is being landed in a cul-de-sac because it has yet to find a way out. The situation in Lebanon and the nuclear issue in Iran are still latent with a possible breaking out. Under such circumstances, it is extremely difficult to find the solutions to all the issues for the whole region. Therefore, it is necessary for all the concerned parties to make greater efforts to step by step establish a real and lasting peace, democracy and stability in the Middle East. ENDS US IRAQ 31308

Editor’s note: Mr Rashidian is a human right campaigner, political activist and analyst, based in Germany. He contributes to many independent Iranian madia based outside Iran, including Iran Press Service.

 

Comments

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Martin Bebow
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 17:42 [ 1 ]

You seem to be in a time warp. Was this written a year ago and only posted today??

Andrew curulla
Thursday, May 1, 2008 23:50 [ 2 ]

yeah and the picture is of brit anot US troops

Azizam
Friday, May 9, 2008 00:48 [ 3 ]

I have to agree with the first two posts...WHAT THE HELL IS THIS AUTHOR TALKING ABOUT???? I'm sorry, "Mr Rashidian is a is a human right campaigner, political activist and analyst, based in Germany", that explains a lot...well I don't think this tool has ever set foot in Iraq so let me fill you in with some bad news buddy, evil has lost and the people all over Iraq are beginning to believe that America is not going to abandon them and let those animals come back and take their freedom away. BTW, The only terrible price in blood is coming from those morons who join the terrorists and find out too late that there are no virgins waiting for them Mr Rashidian...I think you know deep inside that there are 16 million expat Iranians waiting for "the force" to come and free their land from tyrants too, when that happens you are invited over for some black tea...

Rory
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 10:06 [ 4 ]

All three of you are delusional and of course as is common of people with your warped view point- you do not address any of the points this article was talking about. That is, the deaths and horrifically disproportionate amount of spending on this disgraceful conflict. How on earth would you conclude Iraqis do not want the U.S. out when all sources say they do? Also please do not simplify this to 'evil' and 'good', let me guess- you probably agree with the maniacal rantings of people like Bill O'Reilly? Please have some intelligence and compassion.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 10:41 [ 5 ]

Anyone who believes that the US is trying to do something remotely good in Iraq has been drinking too much of the government's fluoride water.

1) Pre-emptive war is not defensive... it is imperialistic offensive.

2) We are spraying radioactive depleted uranium munitions shells in the amount of thousands of tons. That is a nuke war.

3) We killed a million Iraqis. Innocent civilians most of them. Old people, babies, women, taxi drivers, farmers, students and teachers... not your typical terrorist profile.

4) Evidence shows that the ones most likely to have carried out 911 were those with the means, motive and opportunity. The evidence shows that a small cabal, mafia organization within the US government did the inside job, false flag attack in order to implement a resource war and consolidate police state powers over dupes like some posting here.

Roland Carnaby
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 12:03 [ 6 ]

It is time to overthrow the Fascist regime in power in the USA

Joe Uzer
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 13:34 [ 7 ]

So get with it, what are you waiting for boy?

Roland Carnaby Wednesday, July 2, 2008 12:03 [ 6 ]

It is time to overthrow the Fascist regime in power in the USA

Mark Cunningham
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 14:14 [ 8 ]

Tate

I couldn't have put it better myself.

Its such a shame that so many Americans are oblivious to my norm which is reality. The propaganda machine in the US is overwhelming but it still baffles me as to how many people just get sucked in, why is this? Must be something in the water....and the food....and the atmosphere. Such a shame.

JingoismUnlimited
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 14:49 [ 9 ]

Azizam says: "people all over Iraq are beginning to believe that America is not going to abandon them and let those animals come back and take their freedom away."

Azizam, I was at a gas station recently filling my tank, and a couple of brave American soldiers fresh back from Iraq were talking about how they had tied an Iraqi between two Army trucks and pulled him apart...is that liberating or what?

Fact: the brave American soldiers would have left Iraq long ago if they were actually fighting, instead of cowardly calling in air strikes as soon as a shot gets fired at them. Do you think that indiscriminate air stikes are liberating?

What's the use...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 15:09 [ 10 ]

"As a result, the total of US soldiers killed in Iraq should have reached over 8,000, much higher than the war against Vietnam—recent reports talk from about 4000 US deaths."

I decided to focus on a couple ENORMOUS and I believe purposeful errors. Dare I say an outright lie? YES! I don't believe you are ignorant Mr. Rashidian so I know you can check facts before posting.

In the excerpt of your article I quoted above your numbers and facts aren't even close to being correct. You state that "the total of US soldiers killed in Iraq should have reached over 8,000," which you admit is just a guess on your part and cannot be substantiated by any reputable source from either side of the political aisle.

Then you veer way off the road when you write a blatant lie by stating that the Iraq war deaths are "much higher than the war against Vietnam." Really?

Vietnam War USA Casualites as of November 7 2001:

* 58,209 KIA and other dead

* 303,635 WIA

(including 153,303 who required hospitalization and 150,332 who didn't)

* 1,948 MIA [16]

Iraq War Casualties as of June 30 2008:

*  US       UK      Other*    Total

* 4113      176     138       4427

I'm done I'll let the numbers speak for themselves.

laurie
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 16:28 [ 11 ]

time to throw the dictator of Iran into the fire pit

laurie
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 16:31 [ 12 ]

soon the dictators of the middle east will be nothing but a ball of fire and it will be party time for the rest of the world

OhReally
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 16:34 [ 13 ]

Mr. Rashidian's statement " Since having got bogged down in Iraq, it is difficult for the US to open a second front against the Islamic Republic of Iran which is “the main sponsor of terrorism” and it has failed to bring pressure to bear on the regime concerning their bilateral conflicts. "

...why do you want the US to attack Iran? The countries currently terrorizing the planet are the US and Israel, as any casual observer would see. If you hate Iranians so much, why don't YOU go attack their country? Why do you want to see innocent men, women, and children killed by the millions by US nuclear weapons, as would be the case if Iran is illegally attacks and defends itself?

JingoismUnlimited
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 16:42 [ 14 ]

laurie says: "soon the dictators of the middle east will be nothing but a ball of fire and it will be party time for the rest of the world'

...while blissfully ignoring the dictator/decider/unitary executive currently occupying the white house. Americans only have the freedom to shop and to dissent...your politicians do not listen to you, and your country is really a corporatocracy, run by big business. As long as they keep you occupied with bread and circuses, you are happy and can make crass statements like the ones you posted. You totally believe all of the propaganda spewed by the idiot box.

Iran's "dictator" has a higher popularity rating among his people than Bush does among Americans.

The only reason America is interested in Iran is because of Oil.

Clean up your own backyard...nobody in Iran died in a hospital emergency room recently while being ignored by hospital staff. How's that healthcare plan of yours doing?

Dave
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 17:43 [ 15 ]

The Author of this garbage is at best an amateur . firs off his ramblings are pointless and inaccurate. secondly it is America that is the terrorist nation. which preemptively attacked an unarmed third world nation using ww3 tactics and munitions.while Iran has not attacked another nation. It is America that placed both Saddam and the shaw of Iran in power . It is America that has always been at the source of the evil in this world. the author clearly has the wool pulled over his/her eyes or is trying to pull the wool over our eyes.

a soldier who has been there
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 17:50 [ 16 ]

this and all the other wars are due to greeed, egomaniacal insanity of the elitests, and primarily and most importantly it IS ABOUT OIL AND ABSOLUTE CONTROL OF GLOBAL POWER!. there are 3 countries which have denied the imf into their oil business, these countries have also decided to trade in other than u.s. money, read about kissinger(kiss my ass) and what he promised all the opec cartel countries, and what the condition of that promise was!!!! this is a sick long winded conspiracy of global elitests who's father is none other than lucifer himself, gues who he is father of also-investigate, research these things, free your mind and your ass will follow-peace/out.

ChickD
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 18:02 [ 17 ]

Laurie: You are an idiot, and have likely drank the kool aid, supplied by this ntitwit of a president, who is owned and ruled by Zionists. The real answer is...no more wars for Israel. They don't hate us for our freedom, as some of the other idiots would have you believe. They hate us for our support of an apartheid regime in Tel Aviv.

ChickD
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 18:06 [ 18 ]

Oh, and one other thing, and this is the MOST regrettable thing of all. We have NO ONE in this country who is willing to stand up to AIPAC and all the other shills who lobby on behalf of these Jew bastards. And please don't give me the factually incorrect argument that they are god's chosen people. As for god, he doesn't even permit Israel to exist. If you're gonna' preach religious bullshit you better come well read and well prepared.

John F
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 18:39 [ 19 ]

The laughable thing about this article is that the cost of the war will rise to one tenth of US GDP.... America will pay nothing for it's wars due to petrodollar seignorage.

Think about it, oil production hasn't fallen in line or demand risen enough to co-incide with gas, electricity and food price increases (which have quadrupled in some poor countries)

We're funding this war and private banking bailouts and the rest of the world is sitting back and taking it.

Time to lockdown all oil shipments to the US and trade till they pull out of Iraq and abolish the Fed... the place will heal itself.... most of the sectarian killing is US/Israeli instigated to justofy their continuing prescence.

The greatest evil is not in Zimbabwe, North Korea or Iran, they live in the boardrooms of Wall Street and it's time to drag them out on the street and impale them !

Lee
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 18:40 [ 20 ]

As an American our own Government is more of a threat to all people than any country in the World. Bush is a lying sob from day one, he is spying on Americans 24/7--- all phone calls are listened in on or recorded without a court order. The Iraq war was illegal and never declared as war by congress. Bush is getting away with whatever he wants to do but with hopes by myself and millions of others have hope that International Law will prosecute this sob for war crimes.

george washington
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 18:43 [ 21 ]

if nothing else, the responses which claim total incredulity at the claims of the arguments against the genocidal iraq war betray those who made them to be bushco johnson holders, complete morons, and the lowest common denominator of the population who devour the media-whore lies like so much pablum. it is sad that americans, the people with most access to information and knowledge would so desparately cling to such obvious nonsense and propaganda and even worse, continue to believe the lies of the bush administration and their paid propagandists. please, you ignorant posters, learn some very basic history (which you are obviously totally ignorant of) and it will become crystal clear what is going on. some people will accept any lie so they dont have to accept the truth. even sadder, is that these misguided souls go so far out of their way to justify the murder of at least hundreds of thousands and th displacement of 4+ million or 1 in 6 iraqis. what a shame. you people are monsters no doubt.

Thursday, July 3, 2008 00:47 [ 22 ]

Its at least good to see that the majority of posters - and perhaps a majority of americans - are waking up and removing the veil that the criminal illuminati cabal (aka the govts of US, UK, Israel and others) have put in front of everyones eyes.

The govts of these countries are NOT interested in the citizens well being - they are criminals who want to increase their wealth and power in any way possible. Most major corps are also part. Every medicine - food product - cosmetic, etc is made to harm rather help you. We eat, drink and breathe poison - WHY? - who made THAT choice? Not any of us - just the ones in charge.

Is a sad fact that we have been deceived all of our lives. The bottom line is - Everything you thought was right - is wrong...Everything you thought was good - is bad....and vice versa. Don't believe it? That means you're still behind the veil being deceived. Slap yourself and WAKE UP!!!!!

FreeDumb
Thursday, July 3, 2008 07:22 [ 23 ]

Laurie I hope your hungry because your eating up our contries brainwashing food for thought and you take the cake for being an idiot.But this war was never about freedom. Its about oil, money and securing isreal's dominating position in the middle East and especially of the U.S. Why do we give our tax dollar$ to a country whos per citizen income is much higher than ours. They continue to violate every international law in the book, Why do we keep our mouth shut? Because soon the stars on our flags will be replaced with Israels 6point stars! WAKE UP and SMELL THE GLOBAL TAKEOVER!

freeDUMB
Thursday, July 3, 2008 07:24 [ 24 ]

Laurie I hope your hungry because your eating up our contries brainwashing food for thought and you take the cake for being an idiot.But this war was never about freedom. Its about oil, money and securing isreal's dominating position in the middle East and especially of the U.S. Why do we give our tax dollar$ to a country whos per citizen income is much higher than ours. They continue to violate every international law in the book, Why do we keep our mouth shut? Because soon the stars on our flags will be replaced with Israels 6point stars! WAKE UP and SMELL THE GLOBAL TAKEOVER!

goldman
Thursday, July 3, 2008 11:22 [ 25 ]

Bushfoon is the cause of the miserable state of affairs, he's a total jinx with the anti-Midas touch.

Thursday, July 3, 2008 12:45 [ 26 ]

Iraq will not stabilize now. The Us troops have to withdraw. The complete war was just for nothing which has caused so much damage.

Peter
Thursday, July 3, 2008 14:16 [ 27 ]

Let me illustrate one of the propaganda sound bytes that resonates with the public and is used to justify what can only be qualified as a holocaust in Iraq:

"We fight them over there that we do not have to fight them here in America." This is true for conventional warfare where the defending nation has assets and territory to protect. Thus the enemy is obliged to divert its forces from attack to defense. Naturally it has less or none to spare to harrass its attacker in its homeland.
Not so with terrorists. They are completely free to select the time and place for encounters. Since they are usually transnationalist or at least not easily identifiable with national governments, they have no territory to defend. If they feel that it would benefit their cause to attack in the homeland of the enemy, they are free to do so and matters not one wit where the enemy engages them as they are free to melt away, regroup and attack the soft underbelly-- if they are disposed to do so.

Thursday, July 3, 2008 16:24 [ 28 ]

You may measure the worthiness of the Iraq venture against it's domestic equivalent, the War On The People. You are familiar with the Government acronyms - 'the war on drugs', etc. - for this tirade of illegal home-breakins and other even more blatant daylight black ops, mail and cyberspace intercept, perpetual warrantless surveillance, and the Gold Standard of the Rape Of The National Culture here - the Government's criminal collusion with the film industry and TV wherein the details of their pillagings are threded-for-profit onto the silver screen (do visit my profile at http://www.helium.com/user/show/89941 for a tiny glimpse). But for the skeptics out there, just wait until this very-well-thought-out New World Order hauls out the 30,000 guillotines which Portland, Oregon-based Gunderson Steel Fabrication has compliantly transported to several conventiently-located unused military bases throughout the United States. Hey, a band played on the sinking Titanic, Jdews were formed into musical groups to lullabye their fellows into the Zyklon gas chambers....m aybe Britney Spears videos will be shown on large plasma screens aboard those Gunderson carriage cars. It'll be the last entertainment before losing your head.

lochness
Thursday, July 3, 2008 19:28 [ 29 ]

Although the Iraq war is evil and stupid, and any attack on Iran will be evil and stupid, it will bring about the destruction of the global empire. The empire is in the stage of final expansion, overextended on any number of fronts, its frontline agents, like the soldiers of Alexander and Hitler, far from home, dependent of stretched supply lines, and suffering from a creeping subconscious demoralization. The leaders, like Alexander and Hitler, suffer from hubris-induced insanity, while at the same time, they have committed so much crime they have no choice but to continue forward although such a move means total defeat. What are they to do? Quit their rape and pillage and say "I'm sorry?" "Forward into oblivion!" is the rallying cry of such monsters, and perhaps if we urge them on, it may be the quickest way we are rid of them.

Hybrid Rogue
Thursday, July 3, 2008 21:24 [ 30 ]

I'm surprised that so many are so wide awake here!!!

Lauri...it's your turn hon...smell the coffee???

Breaker
Saturday, July 26, 2008 21:44 [ 31 ]

Who is Dictator I don't think that Iran has a dictator but I am sure there are few dictators round the world. starting with USA. What mark a person as a dictator? A love of animals? Caligula had his horse, the Noble Incitatus. Hitler loved his German shepherd, Blondi. Here Bush qualifies handsomely. Dictators often claim special authorization from higher powers. Dictators have fetishes for certain objects like rugs. Dictators like extravagant ceremonies. Dictators like to work in secrecy. Dictators like to promote themselves. Dictators are not known for their tact. Bush isn’t gonna let Osama use the insanity clause. On that count, Osama may be more generous with Bush. Dictators travel with large entourages to protect them. Often, graven images are made of Dictators. So far so good! Bush is right up there!

Look it up in the dictionary: One who "dictates" A leader who is granted total emergency power usually by the Roman Senate. We may not be in Rome, but the U.S. Senate bowed to Mr Bush by passing the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act, both of which bills pretty much grant "total emergency power." With the Bill of Rights rendered about as nourishing as a Pop Tart, and with the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance act now null, added to something like 800 signing statements, it sure looks like George Bush has declared that George Bush is above the law. But what’s this? George W. Bush is a president not a dictator? Have I made a mistake here? That would be good news! So… if you don’t call yourself a dictator you’re not one? I see. Makes sense. Let’s check by looking at our prime examples shall we? Adolph Hitler was "Der Führer" or "The Leader." Pretty simple but not "Dictator." Kim Jong Il is the "Dear Leader." That sounds so sweet doesn’t it? Josef Stalin was "The General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union." Impressive, but not "Dictator." Idi Amin called himself are you ready? Take a deep breath if you are reading out loud Mr. President… "His Excellency President for Life Field Marshal Al Hadji Dr. Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Conqueror of the British Empire. It must have been the tertiary syphilis. But still… not "Dictator." How about our old buddy Saddam Hussein? His titl "President of Iraq." it’s possible to be a president and a dictator at the same time. Preferring a delicate touch, dictators look for a title that has dignity, historical resonance and universal meaning. See, dictators hate to be thought of as dictators. "The Decider?" In a public hissy fit, George W. Bush let slip out the decision to be a dictator some time ago. Bush even provided his title. Dictators usually do that little thing since; after all, they are… uh… dictators. Always eager to oblige, Congress took the bait and swallowed the hook. All Bush needs is FOX "news reporters" to start calling him The Decider on a regular basis. They say the Constitution will protect US from a dictatorship? Not if The Decider has anything to say about it! After all, it’s just a piece of paper. And so far, nobody has had the courage to throw it in his face hard enough to make it stick. Given the lack of courage on Capitol Hill, George Bush’s assessment was correct: The Constitution is just a piece of paper. Bush has decided it does not apply to him. If that doesn’t qualify him as a dictator nothing will. Fooled by his idiotic behavior, people think he has gone crackers. Acting like a raving lunatic is another good qualification. Fools the people all the time, It worked for Idi Amin and Caligula. Hiding in a self-created delusional world as The Decider is a real big red flag when we look for clues. Come to think of it there is no difference between Spot the Loony and Spot the Dictator! However, what really makes the leader of a country a dictator is when no one can tell him "no." The Decider has been spotted as a dictator and a loony!

Anson
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 15:38 [ 32 ]

It's clearly plain to see that none of you have ever been to Iraq, been to a war anywhere, ever left your mothers tit, or know anything about how the world works. My advice have someone close to you get killed by an Iraqi, and see if it's not a valid war to you. Civilians have died, OMG civilians have died.... WOOPTY FRIGGIN DOO DA DAY, half of the civilian deaths were brought on by other civilians, the remnants of the Iraqi Army, disease, and terrorist groups, the other Half were stupid and drove to fast toward FOB's that have a big sign in Arabic and English that warns "KEEP SPEED REDUCED TO 30 KMH OR YOU WILL BE SHOT." Why were they shot.... well lets see here, has anyone ever seen what an IED does? This war however does have something in common with Vietnam though. The lack of support and help from civilians around the world. The media and the politicians have messed it up so bad there is no hope of ever winning and gaining the respect of the Iraqi people, which is what every soldier had in mind. And last but not least people have started to blame the people who the fault should never EVER lay on, the soldiers who have been there and have seen it. If it is anyones fault it is GEORGE W BUSH, the idiot that he is. Don't ever base a country on its leader! The people of America have disowned him along time ago, I know I sure have. But this isn't and never will be a soldiers fault, for you have not been where we have been and seen what we have seen and been told to do what we did. All soldiers, firemen, EMT's, and police officers of every nation in the world who have taken part in this war deserve the highest respect. Whether we are French, British, Canadian, Australian, Spanish, or American, or any other.... we are soldiers above all. Bush is the one to blame.... and no one else...................................

miley
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 10:52 [ 33 ]

Why is everyone talking about this war? Innocent people are beinbg destroyed for who's mistake? . I watched pictures of small children killed, bombed what ever we want to call it and what are we doing debating about some stupid article? We should consider what wrong is being done in our society. Thats what you guys should talk about.

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