With every Bush lie, more American soldiers die

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that George W. Bush continues to lie to the American people about Iraq. Bush lies so much that it is doubtful now that even he can separate truth from fiction.

But the people who actually fight wars, unlike the coward-in-chief who ran and hid in the Texas Air Guard to avoid defending his country in Vietnam, say we are losing the Iraq war and cannot, under current operational strategies, defeat the insurgents who kill dozens, sometimes hundreds, of Iraqi civilians every day.

Marine Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer, a senior American commander in Iraq, told reporters in a phone interview Tuesday that the U.S.-led coalition effort cannot defeat the insurgents with present troop levels.

Zilmer says he has the resources to continue training Iraqis to fight the insurgents but he does not have the forces to actually beat the insurgents.

"If there is seen a larger role for coalition forces out here to win that insurgency fight – then that is going to change the metrics of what we need out here," Zilmer said.

That’s a startling admission for a general who was put on the phone by the White House to try and offset the damage by another military assessment that says American forces have lost control of Anbar province, an area now controlled by al-Qaeda.

A classified report by Col. Pete Devlin, Marine chief of intelligence for the Anbar conflict, says both the American military and the Iraqi government have lost control of Anbar to al-Qaeda and that al-Qaeda’s influence is growing in Iraq.

Even Zilmer, the General assigned by the White House to put out the fire, won’t lie for Bush about the report.

"I have seen that report, and I do concur with that assessment," he admits.

Which adds another irony to Bush’s dirty little war. He lied about a so-called link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda to justify his war to a gullible Congress. Now he admits such a link did not exist but he overlooks the fact that the American invasion of Iraq has given al-Qaeda a chance to gain a strong position in the country along with other terrorist and insurgent groups that did not exist under Hussein’s rule.

Bush claims we must "stay the course" in Iraq because leaving would let the insurgents and terrorists take over. What he doesn’t say is that it was the U.S. invasion that created the conditions that allowed the insurgents and terrorists to gain a foothold in the country.

Most residents of Baghdad must live without electrical power for parts of the day because the U.S. can’t keep the power plants running. Most cannot venture out into their own city because the insurgents rule the streets, not American soldiers and certainly not the puppet Iraqi government that the Bush administration installed.

Soldiers returning from Iraq are given talking points from their commanders and are told to "talk up" the war in interviews with their hometown media. Most throw the talking points away. They know the Pentagon spin is bullshit and the President of the United States is a liar. They put their lives on the line for a man who would not fight for his country when he had the chance and many of them resent doing so.

And who can blame them for being bitter? Every rationale, every reason, every justification for invading Iraq has been proven false. It is a war based on and fueled by lies. Vice President Dick Cheney bragged that American soldiers would be greeted as liberators. They are booed and cursed as invaders and occupiers. Bush continues to paint rosy pictures of success as increasing numbers of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians die.

Yet the President will continue to lie and his lies will continue to get air play thanks to a well-orchestrated media manipulation program put together by his operatives.

"As the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks unfolds, it has come to look less like a sad remembrance of the past and more like a troubling glimpse into the future, a window to a new-age totalitarianism that looms before the United States, where a powerful right-wing government tells lies aided and abetted by friendly media corporations," says journalist Robert Parry, a former Newsweek and Associated Press reporter who broke many of the Iran-Contra scandal stories during the Reagan years.

Writes Parry on Consortiumnews.com:

So, even as the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee finally acknowledge some of the many Iraq War falsehoods told by George W. Bush and his senior advisers, Bush’s misfeasance and malfeasance are obscured by Disney’s ABC-TV "docu-drama" pinning most of the blame for the 9/11 catastrophe not on Bush, but on Democrats.

With Disney’s selection of a right-wing director and with the secrecy that surrounded the project – that gave Democrats little time to react – "The Path to 9/11" also had the sickening feel of a collaboration between a giant corporation and the Republican government in power.

So, less than two months before a pivotal national election, with Americans increasingly wondering how the nation got into the mess it faces today, this joint project of Disney and pro-Bush operatives provides a narrative that focuses not on Bush blowing off CIA warnings of an impending attacks in 2001 but on events dating back to 1993.

Republican sources tell me Bush’s political guru Karl Rove was "up to his eyeballs" in personal involvement with the ABC mini-series. That should come as no surprise to those familiar with Rove’s modus operandi.

Concludes Parry:

Karl Rove and other Republican strategists project what effectively will be a one-party state, with the Republicans controlling all branches of government, using the federal courts to redefine the Constitution and keeping Democrats around as foils and boogey men to stir up the conservative base with warnings about the enemy within.

On this fifth anniversary of 9/11, President Bush and his Republican supporters are trying hard to revive the lost sentimental unity that followed the attacks. But the saddest legacy of that tragic day may be that it marked the path toward the end of the noble American Republic and the start of a new totalitarianism.

Parry is right. What Bush and his band of co-conspirators have accomplished is no less than a coup to overthrow the government of the United States.


  1. Speaking truth to power does not mean endless pleadings with crooks who are only capable of lying, bullying and stealing a fast buck.

    Talk to people you know. Do not try to convert or persuade. Just say what you think.

    Crooks are not open to moral, intellectual, or any other kind of persuasion. They can only operate from behind fairly trustworthy people.

    The words: crooks, suckers, etc. should be constantly on your lips. Everything these people do is a con. They aren’t geniuses. They are just con artists with way too much money and power.

  2. Joyce

    Great article on Bush and his short comings. I agree send Bush-Cheney-Rumsfield and Rice to Iraq after their tenue.The Bush Administration makes me sick, it appears to me they are destroy the USA.
    Keep up with the good articles on the Bush admin.,since every other news reporters are afraid to come out with the truth about George.

  3. Doubtom

    Sending the immediate coterie of IdiotBush only gets the more obvious characters in this fiasco. Some are getting off easy Like Wolfowitz, Wurmser, Feifh and the rest of those little toy soldiers of Israel. And let’s get Bill Kristol over there too. We simply need more jews over there!. Send AIPAC also.

  4. Lance

    Just get out of the US while you can. In a few short years, US Debt will be reclassified as Junk Bonds by Standard & Poor. Then Phase II of the Neocon plan will go into action. You don’t want to be here when it happens. Regardless of who is in office, the NeoCons have already won.

  5. Rice Farmer

    Keith is on the money. Journalists who keep calling Bush a “failure” have themselves failed to see the neocon plan and don’t understand that things are going according to that plan.

    Same for the response to Katrina. There was never any effort to really help people, just to squander millions on payments to cronies to do little or nothing. As a result, large swaths of land can be opened up for “redevelopment.”

    Sure, Bush himself is an incompetent coke head on the edge of insanity, but he’s just a marionette whose strings are pulled by Rove and the other neocons.

  6. Chuck

    Just a few thoughts (in a nutshell) –

    We have one party control of the federal government.

    This party is closely allied with the banking, oil & gas, and drug industries. This means that those who write the law and those who control money, energy, and helthcare share one huge chunk of power over the populace.

    Now we hear the military wants to test non-lethal weapons on crowd control of USA citizens.

    Does this raise any alarm bells with anyone?

  7. keith

    As sad as it may seem, rather than an abject failure, I’m now beginning to believe that Bush and his cabal’s plans in the Middle East have actually been a resounding success from their point of view.

    For their apparent collective “stupidity” has resulted in continued turmoil in the Middle East, which, in turn, allows the Government of Israel to continue its decades of racism, apartheid and hegemony in the region. What’s more, Bush and Rummy’s failure to “win the peace” in Iraq and Afghanistan has now virtually guaranteed that our troops will now be there for decades, which is exactly what the Government of Israel wants.

    For decades, the Government of Israel has had both our Presidents and our members of the US Congress by the short hairs. Organizations like AIPAC (backed up by the ruthless scare tactics of the Israeli Mossad operating within our borders) have made absolutely sure of that.

    Doug, you are absolutely correct…none of what the US is now fighting for in Iraq or Afghanistan has anything to do with finding weapons of mass destruction, bringing “democracy” to nations whose people haven’t a clue as to what that word means, protecting our own “national security”, or even lowering the price of oil.

    Rather, I believe our continued presence in Iraq and Afghanistan has everything to do with keeping the developing Moslem world in the Middle East a constant state of turmoil so as to underwrite and enable the Government of Israel’s obsessive need to expand both its borders and its influence in the region. The Government of Israel’s recent shameful performance in southern Lebanon…dropping cluster bombs and anti-personnel munitions on civilian targets…should leave absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind as to exactly what the Israeli Government’s real intentions are.

    In that sense, this is a regional “holy war” with governments comprised of Christians and Jews (along with their willing allies) seeking nothing short of a complete “ethnic cleansing” of the developing Moslem world around Israel. This, my friends, is the real reason why our troops are now fighting (and dying) in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and why they will continue to do so for many, many decades to come.

    What’s more, this ongoing holy war also guarantees that billions and billions of your and my tax dollars will continue flowing into the coffers of the hopelessly corrupt US defense contractors along with their various lobbyists and “think tanks” (not to mention keeping all those campaign contributions flowing into congressional campaign coffers from the now-fully-employed defense constituencies “back home”!). It’s a win-win for everyone. This is, of course, except for the beleaguered US taxpayer and our brave (mostly young) soldiers who are giving their very lives to underwrite such blatant apartheid, shameful collusion and systemic government corruption.

    Regardless of who actually caused it, Bush and the neocons nonetheless used 9/11 as a pretense to invade Afghanistan and then Iraq. And mark my words, sometime after the mid-term Congressional elections and before the next Presidential election; another manufactured “retaliation” by the Government of Israel against Hezbollah (or some other manufactured terrorist “attack” somewhere else in the world) will be used as Bush’s pretense to then invade the next country on the neocon “hit list”…Iran.

    The turmoil in Iraq and Afghanistan is actually working out far better than even the neocons had hoped. It’s providing even more cannon fodder than they’d ever dreamed they’d have to justify their chicanery to a largely ignorant (and therefore easily panicked) American public. This, in turn, insures the US Congress will continue underwriting their overall master plan for the USA to eventually rule the world as the 21st Century’s global imperial super-power.

    If you want to read the post-Cold-War playbook the neocons (along with their willing co-conspirators in the White House and US Congress) are now following, I invite you all to point your browsers to:


    It’s a lengthy read (particularly if you read all 80 pages of the original document) but well worth it to get a better perspective on where Bush and his handlers are leading us.

  8. John

    Bravo Keith. However you neglected to mention the importance of Caspian Sea hydrocarbon reserves. It’s planned to put this area under US/Israeli control hence the need to eliminate the Iranian obstacle. The WMD issue is a complete smoke screen.

  9. South Point Man

    The molech worshipping abominations have proven themselves to be what they are: abominations of evilness.

  10. Bill Robinson

    I don’t know if you will allow another’s words to be published here, but the suggestion was so good that I wanted to add it to your column, so I will try, giving credit to the author:
    By Bill Ferguson (columnist for the Macon (GA) Telegraph) Knight Ridder Newspapers Salt Lake Tribune

    Every great career eventually comes to an end, and when you’re the president of these United States, you only get eight years (at most) to accomplish everything you set out to do. Then you’re an ex-president for the rest of your life.

    I’ll bet that ex-presidents, like most retired people, find it to be something of a shock to have all that time on their hands when they leave the working world. So they find things to do. They work on their memoirs. They build libraries. They give speeches. They support their favorite charitable causes.

    But what about our current president? His term will be up before he knows it, and then it’s back to private life. I’m afraid the transition will be especially difficult for Dubya.
    He is a man of action, and I worry about how he’ll adjust to a life out of the spotlight.

    I think that we, as a nation, owe Bush more than the customary parting gifts of an enormous pension and round-the-clock Secret Service protection when he leaves office. I think we can do better for him. I think we should put him to work, and I know just where he ought to go.

    There is no question that Iraq will be the legacy of President Bush’s tenure, and there is also no doubt that there will still be a lot of work to do there when he leaves office. I believe we should allow Bush an opportunity to stick with the job even after his term expires.

    The next president should appoint George W. Bush to be a special envoy to Iraq and charge him with the responsibility to oversee all American interests there, advise the new Iraqi government, and ma intain the morale of American troops who are carrying out the war effort.

    The position should be a permanent one, and he would not leave until the “hard work” of helping Iraq to establish a working democratic government has been accomplished. Or until he leaves this mortal coil. Whichever comes first.

    But I do not believe Bush should go to Iraq alone.
    He needs some trusted advisors by his side at all times, and the first two names that immediately spring to mind are Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.
    These men have been instrumental in the planning and execution of the Iraq campaign from the beginning, and I can only imagine how much more effective their work could be if they were onsite 24/7 right where the action is, getting their hands dirty in the cause of spreading freedom to that dark corner of the world.

    I know this assignment would be dangerous. The three senior freedom fighters would be huge targets for the forces of evil in Iraq, and there is a real possib ility that one or more of them might meet with an untimely demise in that chaotic environment. But as Bush has reminded us time and again, the price is high but our cause is just.
    Freedom is not free.

    I expect that all three men would be ready and willing to undertake their assignments in the battle zone despite the extreme danger they would face. This would be a chance to show the world that they are willing to put their own lives, and not just the lives of others, on the line for what they know to be right.

    So let’s start a campaign to send the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld team to Iraq in 2008. They deserve the opportunity to “finish the job” in Iraq, and I think that the sight of the three of them tooling around the streets of Baghdad in a lightly armored Humvee would do a lot to improve the morale of all Americans.

  11. SFW

    When does the campaign start to send Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld team to Iraq in 2008? They are the perfect “leaders” for this new “hard job”.
    Where do we sign up? Is there going to be a petition?
    Hurrah, let’s get going.

  12. barbara lochner

    This is the best idea yet. But what about the women? Fair is fair. Condi should at least have equal opportunity to don (special issue highheeled) combat boots and drive her own Humvee. And talk about your helmet hair!!! I can see it now.

  13. David

    What Robert Perry says is true but, it falls on too many deaf ears. Too many Americans still believe the Press is ruled by Democrats. The ABC “Path to 9/11” no matter how many disclaimers were on the screen, too many Americans will percive Clinton was at fault.
    The Bush team and the GOP deserve the credit due for taking over the country. They did a master job of it, the Democrats should be half as bold but alas, they are not. They stood by and let it happen as if they were awe struck, by the Republicans. It will be a up hill battle to get to a place, just to have Americans listen again. I don’t believe for one second that the voters will completely turn around and just vote for them. Too many have done and said nothing, hoping to get elected because a few Republicans were caught with their hand in the cookie jar. The Democrats should have been yelling, getting in the news, making waves but, very little notice was made by any.They won’t get elected by default. If the voters don’t know they are there, they won’t get the vote.