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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.
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.