December 16, 2011
Leon Panetta, Obama’s man at the CIA and now defense secretary, says the systematic slaughter of 1.5 million Iraqis and the destruction of what was once the envy of the Middle East was a price worth paying.
Panetta’s remarks are reminiscent of comments made by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who said the death of more than 500,000 Iraqi children under medieval sanctions imposed during the Clinton years was a price worth paying.
During a photo-op ceremony designed to make the world believe the United States has accomplished its “mission” in Iraq, Panetta addressed the troops gathered. “You will leave with great pride – lasting pride,” he told them. “Secure in knowing that your sacrifice has helped the Iraqi people to begin a new chapter in history.”
“As difficult as [the Iraq invasion and occupation] was,” and the cost in both American and Iraqi lives, “I think the price has been worth it, to establish a stable government in a very important region of the world,” he added.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
In addition to the well over a million Iraqis who sacrified their lives for the sort of “democracy” envisioned by Panetta and other bureaucrats, the American legacy in Iraq is one of torture, political prisons, and terrorism sponsored by the United States and Britain.
The U.S. installed Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki “has circumvented Parliament, consolidated illegitimate power in a long trend of quasi-dictatorial behavior, harshly cracked down on peaceful political activism, harassed and even attacked journalists that were critical of his regime, and has been accused of torturing prisoners in secret Iraqi jails. In a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, U.S. envoy Ryan Crocker noted in 2009 that Maliki’s turn towards more centralized rule is ‘in US interest.’” writes John Glaser.
Not only is centralized power under the rule of a brutal thug “in US interest,” but so is the methodical destruction of the country and the kangaroo court conviction and execution of Saddam Hussein, a former CIA asset. Saddam dreamed of becoming a new Nebuchadnezzar (and also Saladin) who would unite the Arabs, but his dictatorial rule instead provided an excuse for the U.S. to invade the country and level it to rubble.
The Iraq paradigm for “creative destruction” was so successful, it was applied in Libya and will soon be attempted in Syria and Iran.