May 13, 2008
In the video here, Barack Obama tells us he believes George Bush Senior “did an excellent job when it came to the Gulf War” and this serves as a “model for how we should be operating.” In addition to Obama’s praise for slaughter and untold suffering, the presidential candidate told his audience the first Bush administration had engaged in “incredible and hard diplomatic negotiation,” a declaration that is completely at odds with reality. In fact, the United States had long planned to attack Iraq, years before Saddam invaded Kuwait for stealing its oil by way of slant drilling and violating OPEC oil production agreements, thus undercutting the price of oil in order to destroy Iraq’s economy.
In 1989, the Pentagon had drawn up plans to invade Iraq. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., colorfully known as “Stormin’ Norman” — “Mass Murdering Norman” works better — was named Commander of the so-called U.S. Central Command, which was the renamed version of the Rapid Deployment Force, and as commander he oversaw the plan to invade Iraq. During January of 1990, massive quantities of United States weapons, equipment, and supplies were sent to Saudi Arabia in order to prepare for the war against Iraq.
CIA Director William Webster, writes Francis A. Boyle, “and the CIA assisted and directed Kuwait in its actions… in demanding immediate repayment of loans Kuwait had made to Iraq during the Iraq-Iran War… and in breaking off negotiations with Iraq over these disputes.” In doing this, the United States “intended to provoke Iraq into aggressive military actions against Kuwait that they knew could be used to justify U.S. military intervention into the Persian Gulf for the purpose of destroying Iraq and taking over Arab oil fields.” But if we listen to Obama, the United States was involved in sincere and “incredible and hard diplomatic negotiation,” a statement that reveals either Obama’s ignorance or disingenuousness.
It is common historic knowledge that U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie tricked Saddam Hussein into invading Kuwait. Glaspie “assured him that the United States considered the dispute to be a regional concern, and that it would not intervene militarily. In other words, the United States government gave Saddam Hussein what amounted to a ‘green light’ to invade Kuwait.” Saddam, of course, was an easily fooled chump, as the U.S. had played a similar trick in 1980, when the Carter administration gave a “green light” urging Saddam to attack Iran, resulting in a catastrophically tragic war — 900,000 Iranians and 300,000 Iraqis were slaughtered.
Obama, as a stand-up for the likes of Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski, both Rockefeller operatives, does not bother to mention in his speech that Bush Senior violated the Constitution and lied to the American people in order to invade Iraq. He said the act of moving 40,000 U.S. military personnel into the Gulf was “defensive.” From the outset, Bush “deliberately misled, deceived, concealed and made false representations to the Congress to prevent its free deliberation and informed exercise of legislative power,” as Boyle explains. Moreover, Bush intentionally usurped Congressional power, ignored its authority, and failed and refused to consult with the Congress. He instituted a naval blockade of Iraq — an overt act of war, no matter who writes the history books — without approval of Congress or the neolib lapdog organization, the United Nations. He sent an additional 200,000 troops without consulting Congress or acquiring its approval.
Soon enough, Bush turned these “defensive” forces into offensive forces. He “strong-armed legislation through Congress that approved enforcement of U.N. resolutions vesting absolute discretion in any nation, providing no guidelines, and requiring no reporting to the United Nations.” Bush “knew full well that he intended to destroy the armed forces and civilian infrastructure of Iraq. Those acts were undertaken to enable him to commit a Nuremberg Crime Against Peace and war crimes. This conduct violated the Constitution and Laws of the United States and especially the War Powers Clause found in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, the U.S. War Powers Act of 1973, 87 Stat. 555,” notes Boyle.
“The United States is knowingly violating Article 54 of the Geneva Convention which prohibits any country from undermining ‘objects indispensable to the survival of (another country’s) civilian population,’ including drinking water installations and supplies, says Thomas Nagy, a business professor at George Washington University,” Stephen Gowans wrote in 2001. “During the Gulf War, coalition forces bombed Iraq’s eight multi-purpose dams, destroying flood control systems, irrigation, municipal and industrial water storage, and hydroelectric power. Major pumping stations were targeted, and municipal water and sewage facilities were destroyed.” But it was worse than this, far worse, according to Nagy.
Nagy says that not only did the United States deliberately destroy drinking water and sanitation facilities, it knew sanctions would prevent Iraq from rebuilding, and that epidemics would ensue.
One document, written soon after the bombing, warned that sanctions would prevent Iraq from importing “water treatment replacement parts and some essential chemicals” leading to “increased incidences, if not epidemics, of disease.”
Another document lists the most likely diseases: “diarrheal diseases (particularly children); acute respiratory illnesses (colds and influenza); typhoid; hepatitis A (particularly children); measles, diphtheria, and pertussis (particularly children); meningitis, including meningococcal (particularly children); cholera (possible, but less likely.)”
Then U.S. Navy Secretary John Lehman estimated that 200,000 Iraqis died in the Gulf War, but many more have died since. UNICEF estimates that well over a million Iraqis have died as a result of the U.S-led sanctions regime, in place for the last decade. Some 500,000 children have died, and an estimated 4,000 die from various preventable, sanctions-related diseases, every month, says the U.N. agency.
Obama does not mention this tremendous and criminal loss of life. Instead, he concentrates on how much the invasion and medieval siege of Iraq cost. “You know how much that whole thing cost us?” Obama asks his audience. “20 billion dollars.” And then he takes the second Bush administration to task for spending $600 billion for the second invasion and occupation of Iraq, actually phase two of the original illegal and immoral attack. Not a single word on the million plus people who have so far lost their lives. Disgustingly, when Obama declares “that’s the kind of foreign policy I want to pursue,” the audience applauds. But then, as usual, the people are easily tricked, just like Saddam Hussein, and are bedazzled by cheap slogans and snake oil salesmen and enthusiastically offer up their plaudits. Dictators and tyrants have enjoyed this sort of support for centuries.
If selected, Obama will usher in the next round of imperialistic mass murder under the Kissinger-Brzezinski banner, that is to say the bloody oriflamme of the neolibs. Naturally, the hoodwinked masses will see this as “change,” as the in-your-face neocons will be obliged to step aside, that is to say retire to their “think-tanks,” teaching positions, and memoirs. Of course, none of these criminals actually step aside, they simply step out of the public spotlight and continue their work in the shadows. It is not a mistake the neolib and neocon organizations are interlocking. It’s a shell game and there really is not much disagreement at the top.
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