There is a dreadful disconnect
between the American conversation on Iraq, and the opinions
of Iraqis and most people in the world. We know that
more than 80 percent of Iraqis want the U.S. troops
to get out of their country. This figure is so high,
it reflects a consensus among all three major groups:
Shia Arabs, Sunni Arabs, and Kurds. If Americans respected
Iraqi opinion – their true democratic aspirations
– there would be no question that the U.S. would
leave. But instead, the corporate U.S. media pretends
that America has brought democracy to Iraq, while disregarding
Iraqi opinion. Only American opinion counts.
But it gets crazier, because a majority of Americans
also want the U.S. to get out of Iraq, forthwith. So
it appears that American public opinion doesn’t
count for much, either. Americans want out of Iraq,
and Iraqis want them out, but the two war parties, Democrats
and Republicans, operate in a different reality zone.
They continue to speak of the “necessity”
of an American presence in Iraq for an unknown time
frame. Senator Barack Obama, who many of us invested
great hopes in, sings the same nonsensical song. Nancy
Pelosi, a former leader of the Progressive Congressional
Caucus and now leader of House Democrats, exerts her
powers to muzzle the majority of her party that is anti-war.
Eighty-five percent of Democrats want out of Iraq, quickly.
But Obama and Pelosi are listening to other voices.
None of this has anything to do with democracy, either
for Iraqis or for Americans.
Worst of all, the Congressional Black Caucus has been
neutered, as a body. Ninety-five percent of African
Americans want out of the war, according to polls. All
but two of the 42 Black members of the U.S. House of
Representatives depend on these Black voters for their
political existence. Yet the Black Caucus effectively
takes its marching orders from Nancy Pelosi, disregarding
overwhelming Black anti-war opinion. There is no semblance
of democracy in the air.
So, whose voices are being heard? Certainly, not the
vast majority of Iraqis, nor a clear majority of Americans,
nor an almost universal share of African Americans.
It is the corporate dialogue that reigns in the land.
They deploy the raw power of media monopoly to dictate
the options that Americans are allowed, and to give
Iraqis no options, at all. Corporations have bought
the political classes of both major American parties.
Democrats and Republicans are answerable to the same
bosses – and those bosses want to remain in Iraq.
There is a simple term for this state of affairs: dictatorship
of the rich. For Radio BC, I’m Glen Ford.