By Derrick Broze
March 19, 2013
On the evening of March 19th 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom began and the United States dropped bombs on Baghdad, Iraq.
Ten years on and what is there to show?
An estimated 4.5 million displaced Iraqis, 1 million dead, over 4,500 American soldiers killed and $4 trillion dollars wasted on war.
The Iraq War was false from the very beginning. Lie after lie was told to the American public to convince them that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was somehow connected to the 9/11 attacks. We now know these claims to be completely wrong.
Over the past ten years many prominent officials have admitted the Iraq invasion was not about freeing the Iraqi people but instead about Geo-political influence and, at least in part, Oil.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan wrote, “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.”
Current Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in 2007: “People say we’re not fighting for oil. Of course we are.”
The idea that this invasion was related in anyway to chasing down Muslim terrorists is outright lunacy. The well known Neo-Conservative think tank, Project for a New American Century had long been pushing for an attack on Saddam Hussein. On September 20, 2001 PNAC sent a letter to President George W. Bush calling for regime change.
“It may be that the Iraqi government provided assistance in some form to the recent attack on the United States. But even if evidence does not link Iraq directly to the attack, any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. Failure to undertake such an effort will constitute an early and perhaps decisive surrender in the war on international terrorism.”
The PNAC had been making such demands since before 9/11. During the Clinton Administration there were a number of PNAC reports claiming a need for the United States to topple Hussein. On January 16, 1998 members of the PNAC, including Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and Robert Zoellick drafted an open letter to President Bill Clinton urging him to remove Saddam Hussein.
They argued that Saddam posed a threat to the United States, its Middle East allies, and oil resources. They also pushed propaganda about the Iraqi leader maintaining a stockpile of Weapons of Mass Destruction. So what does it matter that some neo-con think tank believes war is good?
Well check the roster of those involved and you will find 18 members of the Bush administration that helped carry out this plan which seems to have been premeditated. Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and others wrote about the need for a “New Pearl Harbor” to build support for war in the middle east. Once in their positions of power they had the ability to make these musings become reality. President Obama has drawn down the war, leaving behind private mercenary contractors and a number of international oil firms. Despite shrinking numbers of troops in the country the violence continues.
Even today Reuters reported:
“More than a dozen car bombs and suicide blasts tore through Shi’ite Muslim districts in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and other areas on Tuesday, killing nearly 60 people on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.” In his first four years Obama made it clear he has no intentions of pursuing investigations of the many follies surrounding the Iraq war and the Bush administration.”
Mr. Obama has in fact expanded the U.S. war machine and created his own Drone War. As the Iraqi citizens fight for their lives and oil companies carve up the country, Obama is meeting with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the fate of Syria. The Neo-Con plan continues.
The United States is entering its 12th year in Afghanistan, 10th year in Iraq and adding more countries to the list, has war become normalized? CNN admits the war in Iraq was based around oil not terrorism and a growing number of Americans have no idea how many countries the U.S. is currently occupying.
How much longer can we be expected to believe we are the good guys? In our search for freedom at home let us not forget those who have lost their lives to this war machine. Until we expose the inner workings of this Corporate-Fascist-Military-Industrial complex we are bound to be enslaved to it. Exposing these criminals and ending the wars based on lies should be of highest priority. Let’s not let this war drag on another day.
Derrick Broze is a founding member of The Houston Free Thinkers. He writes for dev-test.intellihub.com a popular independent news website. He can be heard on Orion Talk Radio, Local Live Houston and the upcoming Unbound Radio. Find his work at www.theconsciousresistance.com and www.thehoustonfreethinkers.com