George Bush presided
at a wake this week. White American Manifest Destiny is dead,
rotting ignominiously somewhere in Iraq. Neither Bush nor the
corpse knows it yet, but the stench is pervasive and unmistakable.
zombie still has lots of thrashing around to do – some death-force to expend – but
cold cadaverous hands cannot grip the globe with terror much
longer. Incantations will not resurrect him.
changing the world.” Bush offered variations on the mantra five
times during his session with the servile corporate press, April
and his Pirates have been vowing to remake the world since at
least 1992, when Bush Sr. Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney
and Under-Secretary Paul Wolfowitz drew up a strategy to “establish
and protect a new order" that would deter “potential competitors
from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role." During
the eight years of the Clinton presidency the expanding cabal
refined their Plan for global U.S. hegemony, formalizing their
conspiracy through the Project for
the New American Century, in 1997. The Plan to “change the world” by
enslaving it became the defining foreign policy doctrine of the
United States the minute George Bush walked into the White House,
in 2000. The Bush men were consumed by the prospect of world
conquest, compared to which al Qaida seemed less than a fly,
a mere gnat, unworthy of diligent monitoring.
Plan has come utterly undone in Iraq, in full view of a wired
planet. Yet George Bush
behaves as if nationalistic bombast will forestall the inevitable
exit. Incapable of perceiving Iraqis as human beings, Bush conjures
demons. “They seek to intimidate America into panic and retreat,
and to set free nations against each other,” said the President.
But when a force cannot stay, it must retreat. The U.S. cannot
remain in Iraq.
magnitude of what has transpired since the U.S. invasion is
not yet fully understood,
even by much of the Left. The Bush men have already been defeated.
What is unfolding is a terminal debacle, a crack in history.
Bush made it so, and perversely confirmed the epochal nature
of events when he told reporters, Tuesday, “Now is the time,
and Iraq is the place.”
media fog and flatulence, and the fixating horror of televised
obscure the fundamental fact: The Pirates have failed, having
bet everything on a swift takeover of Iraq and its transformation
into a corporate “model” for the entire region, a springboard
for further conquest and corporate colonization. The Plan envisioned
the U.S. military and its corporate camp followers were
fully embedded on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates
rivers, the whole of the Eurasian land mass would be open
to American power projection. Syria would swing wide the
gates to Damascus, lest they be knocked down. Jubilant
Iranians would sing Farsi songs in praise of Coca-Cola
over Ayatollahs, while contributing their crude to the
U.S.-controlled mix. Saudi Arabia would crumble from princely
rot, ridding the U.S. of fat royal skimmers of profits
rightfully belonging to people of Aramco. (, June
Plan assumed the Shock and Awe of “The Mother of All War Shows” (the
title of our pre-war, January
30, 2003 Cover Story) would cow the entire planet, making
the world “malleable, ready for reshaping in the not-yet-defined
New Order? Even the “Coalition of the Bribed” is crumbling.
28 of last year, just four months after the fall of Baghdad,
it was clear to that “The
Pirates Have Already Lost Iraq.”
purpose of the U.S. occupation is to achieve “transformation” – the
key word in every Pirate script. Iraq must be made safe for
a U.S. corporate makeover, a shining “example” to the rest
of the region of what Dallas-type development can do. Yet that
goal is far beyond the horizon, since the U.S. military cannot
protect itself at present troop levels, and has no reserves
to call upon. U.S. commanders need hundreds of thousands more
troops simply to defend themselves and oil pumps and pipelines
at the current level of Iraqi resistance. Too late, the corporate
media now begin an urgent discussion of the need to “transform” the
U.S. military into a force fit for occupation – raising the
specter of a draft. “Transformation” appears to be working
was eight months ago. U.S. reserve units have since been
effectively “drafted” – and
still there are not enough troops to meet the “force protection” requirements
of the casualty-averse U.S. military. There never will
be. It is too late for a formal draft, which in any event
would destroy the domestic social base of the Pirate enterprise.
Mercenaries, who do not rate “force protection” and whose deaths
don’t show up on “American” casualty lists, comprise the
second largest “coalition” cohort. Their
growing presence is another admission of U.S. failure.
French daily, Liberation summed up the view from
Sunni guerilla war continues, some of the Shi'ia are in
rebellion, the Provisional
Iraqi Authority is powerless, the country's reconstruction
compromised by the lack of security, and GIs coming home
in sinister body bags are ever more numerous. They are no
longer even pretending to try to win "the hearts and
minds" of a populace that Bush was supposed to want
to liberate, and they have allowed themselves to be dragged
into a true guerilla war….
worst is not certain. However, what is sure is that Bush has
no solution to the Iraqi problem. He is the problem.
The leftist French
newspaper, in fact, understates the case, as if the personality
of George Bush is at issue, rather than the future of world
order. Iraq was the lynchpin in the Bush Pirate’s lunge for
global hegemony, a “crusade” which was to begin with the overthrow
of the straw man, Saddam Hussein, and culminate in a glorious,
U.S.-imposed “New Order.” Despite the abject failure of The
Plan, the Pirates see no option but to “stay
the course” - a guarantee of even more colossal defeats.
Bush told the White House press (inverting the meaning of the
word “free”), “A free Iraq will change the world.” It
is precisely because the Bush men have staked the entire global
imperial enterprise on Iraq that we must ask, “Will a U.S.-free
Iraq change the world?” The answer is yes – profoundly so.
is composed of things in motion. The Pirates understand
this, in a degenerate
fashion. They sprang at the “opportunity” (September 11, but
any excuse would have sufficed) to set in motion a world conquest,
at the time and place of their choosing: Iraq. The Plan failed,
but other forces have now been set in motion, forces beyond
the control of the initiator of the aggression. “It'll change
the world,” Bush insisted for the fourth time on Tuesday, reading
the direction of events, backwards. Pirates should be careful
what they wish for.
projected June 30 transition to Iraqi “sovereignty” is nonsense,
signifying nothing worthy of the term (see Jonathan Schell, “Phantom
Sovereign”). The date serves mainly to illuminate the stupendous
U.S. failure to create a politically significant comprador
class willing to wear the American leash.
Klein encapsulates the Americans' supremely arrogant and racist ”transition” scheme:
United States will maintain its military and corporate presence
through fourteen enduring military bases and the largest US
Embassy in the world. It will hold on to authority over Iraq's
armed forces, its security and economic policy and the design
of its core infrastructure – but the Iraqis can deal with their
decrepit hospitals all by themselves.”
corporate media pretend there is “power” for the Iraqis somewhere in that formula – but
that doesn’t matter anymore, as events have overtaken and made
irrelevant the Bush men’s Potemkin transition structures. None
of the Pirates have any idea to whom they will be handing over
the chimera of sovereignty; the United Nations special envoy
has called for the dismissal of
the entire, hand-picked Governing Council on June 30 in favor
of a “technocrat” body; and a number of council members have
already resigned or signaled their intention to do so.
U.S. has irreversibly lost control of events in Iraq. No
amount of collective punishment
of cities, Phoenix-type assassination programs, or reshuffling
of the dwindling number of puppets, can change that. Iraqis – Arab
Iraqis, certainly – are experiencing a national renewal, forged
in opposition to the United States. The Washington Post
noted the sea
change, on Tuesday, in an article titled, “Fallujah Gains
"What is striking
is how much has changed in a week – a week," said Wamid
Nadhmi, a political science professor at Baghdad University. "No
one can talk about the Sunni Triangle anymore. No one can
seriously talk about Sunni-Shiite fragmentation or civil
war. The occupation cannot talk about small bands of resistance.
Now it is a popular rebellion and it has spread."
popular response – of Shiite and Sunni giving aid, shelter
to refugees and even volunteers to the fight – has pushed fears
of an Iraqi civil war to the background. The fighters in Fallujah
are said to include Mahdi Army militiamen loyal to the radical
cleric Moqtada Sadr.
Sadr will not improve the U.S. position – indeed, there is
no scenario rooted in Iraqi realities that can extricate
the Bush men from
their failure and its global ramifications.
UN cannot save the Project for a New American Century’s plan from ruin – even
if the Iraqis acquiesced to UN supervision, which is problematic
given the world body’s collaboration with U.S. persecution
of Iraq since 1991. In any event, the United Nations was (and
remains) on the Bush men’s liquidation list, as an impediment
to American global rule. Any success for the UN represents
a defeat for the Pirates.
Former National Security
Advisor Zbignew Brezinski speaks
of “generalized hatred” against the U.S. in the Arab world.
Such hatreds can only increase with Bush’s total capitulation,
the day after his “Change the World” speech, to Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon’s West Bank annexation plan. Yet the
administration’s favorite think-tankers persist in putting
forward fantasies of an “Arab solution” to the American quandary
in Iraq. They are hallucinating – cognitively damaged minds.
Arabs will not save The Plan; no one can.
at U.S. behavior
the beginning of this commentary we said White American Manifest
dead, having gasped its last deep breath in Iraq. More than
a defeat for the Bush cabal, the Iraqi fiasco has exposed America’s
glaring unfitness to play a leading role in a modernizing
world. Its armed forces, in particular, drawn from a population
that has been reared in a continental bubble of ignorance and
white supremacist delusion, are incapable of treating non-whites
The blooming of Iraqi
national solidarity is in part a result of American racism
and, at times, barbarism. Among the soldiers are men who revel
in ripping Korans,
who used sniper rifles to murder women
and children in Fallujah, and whose commanders have refused
from the beginning of the occupation to even record the deaths
of the Iraqi civilians whom they purport to protect.
the British, who former UN Ambassador Andrew Young once said “invented racism,” are
appalled and alarmed at American behavior in Iraq – conduct
that threatens the lives of British soldiers in charge of the
southern part of the country. The UK
Telegraph reported the comments of a “senior Army officer.”
from his base in southern Iraq, the officer said: "My view and
the view of the British chain of command is that the Americans'
use of violence is not proportionate and is over-responsive
to the threat they are facing. They don't see the Iraqi people
the way we see them. They view them as untermenschen [German
for “sub-human”]. They are not concerned about the Iraqi
loss of life in the way the British are. Their attitude towards
the Iraqis is tragic, it's awful.
US troops view things in very simplistic terms. It seems hard
for them to reconcile subtleties between who supports what
and who doesn't in Iraq. It's easier for their soldiers to
group all Iraqis as the bad guys. As far as they are concerned
Iraq is bandit country and everybody is out to kill them."
racial warfare was horrifically successful against Native
Filipinos and many other victims of Manifest Destiny – but
was defeated, at terrible cost, by the Vietnamese. The Iraqis
are thwarting them again. The American worldview, stunted and
deformed by racism, does not prepare the nation to interact
with non-white populations without reverting to type. Thus,
the American military is a blunt instrument with limited uses.
Only its machines make the US a military superpower. The human
resources of the United States, civilian and military, are
patently unfit to rule the globe. This elemental fact will
become more obvious with every deployment – even to Americans.
The U.S. can punish
darker nations and peoples, but it cannot exercise lasting
authority over them. Unless it learns to coexist with others
on the planet, it will be shunned and eclipsed.
Bush Plan for global conquest was doomed from the start,
based as it was
on peculiarly American delusions that are organic to the nation’s
hyper-racist history. John Kerry doesn’t have a plan for Iraq.