November 30, an exhausted looking George Bush, "Commander-in Chief,"
strutted up to the faux-riveted, banner-emblazoned and Hitleresque
war-stump and dictated his latest "Plan for Victory" in Iraq. Apparently,
the crotch-strapped President's famous "Mission Accomplished" victory
declaration was a little premature because the slaughtering work of
spreading freedom in Iraq will not end on his watch without "complete
victory." So Bush was back before his favorite audience, this time a
fawning full-house of sworn-allegiance, duty-bound, invite-only Naval
Academy midshipmen, to explain to the increasingly disgruntled “Land of
the Free” how he intends to prosecute his on-going atrocity in Iraq.
In all of America, Bush could
not have chosen a less critical, more muzzled and gullible crowd to peddle
his pullout from the quagmire. No embarrassing outbursts from this
plebeian crowd, only rapturous ovation on every cue. Nevertheless, Bush
stumbled immediately by pointing out the military record of his Neocon
crony, Rubberstamp Rumsfeld, who was sitting in the audience. This only
emphasized to everyone the chickenhawk President's own sorry AWOL military
desertion and his "VEEP-for-torture's" five deferments. The cowardly
hypocrisy of it all hung in the mind's eye for the duration of the
oration. One wonders what went through the minds of the midshipmen, whose
"Honor Concept" code of ethics states that "Midshipmen are persons of
integrity: who stand for that which is right. They tell the truth and
ensure that the full truth is known. They do not lie, cheat or steal."
What were they thinking, these future torturers, cluster-bombers, DU and
Willy Pete dispensers, as they listened to, and dutifully applauded their
Here's the nutcase "Plan for Victory" in a nutshell (with emphasis):
1) "... To all who wear the uniform, I make you this pledge: America will
not run in the face of car bombers and assassins so long as I am your
2) "... We will never back down. We will never give in. And we will never
accept anything less than complete victory..." (Applause.)
3) "... And as the Iraqi security forces stand up, coalition forces can
stand down -- and when our mission of defeating the terrorists in Iraq is
complete, our troops will return home to a proud nation..." (Applause.)
1 and 2 we've already heard ad nauseum, so lets have a look at the
standing up and standing down business. Here's a bit of recent history to
set the context for Bush's latest brainwave:
Apr. 5, 2004 "... Suddenly the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC), a
paramilitary force trained by the Americans, turned on the US soldiers and
started to shoot at them instead .The Americans fled their vehicles
and began to battle both the Mehdi Army of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
and the ICDC members. Their vehicles were set ablaze..."
Nov. 8, 2004 "... Iraqi battalions fighting alongside Americans during
the assault of Fallujah suffered mass desertions. One Iraqi battalion
was reduced from 500 men down to 170 -- with 255 members quitting over one
Dec. 21, 2004 "... Nineteen US soldiers were killed in a suicide
attack inside a massively fortified US military base in Mosul. George
W Bush offered his condolences but stressed that troops had a vital
mission of peace in Iraq..."
Aug. 8, 2005. "... Iraqi
soldiers being trained by US troops inside Taji military base, are afraid
to set foot outside.” We’re all afraid. I can't go outside the base
wearing these military clothes." "We all know soldiers who notice
people photographing them with mobile phones and being followed," said a
Shiite Muslim from Amara..."
Sept. 29, 2005 "... The number of Iraqi battalions capable of
combat without U.S. support has dropped from three to one, the top
American commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, told Congress Thursday,
prompting Republicans to question whether U.S. troops will be able to
withdraw next year..."
Oct. 03, 2005 "... The Senate heard testimony from America's generals,
including top General George Casey, that only 1 out of 119 Iraqi army
and security battalions are able to operate in combat situations without
U.S. military backup. The generals' testimony meant that after two and
a half years of U.S. efforts, only 750 men out of 200,000 can be relied
upon to operate and obey orders independently in combat situations..."
But according to Bush's Plan for Victory, just two months later:
"... Now, there are over 120 Iraqi Army and Police combat battalions in
the fight against the terrorists -- typically comprised of between 350 and
800 Iraqi forces. Of these, about 80 Iraqi battalions are fighting side by
side with coalition forces, and about 40 others are taking the lead in the
fight. Most of these 40 battalions are controlling their own battle space,
and conducting their own operations against the terrorists with some
coalition support -- and they're helping to turn the tide of this struggle
in freedom's favor. America and our troops are proud to stand with the
brave Iraqi fighters." (Applause.)
Are Americans going to buy this latest Bush bullshit? In Bush's simple
mind, Iraqi and American GI's will soon be hobnobbing, chowin' down
burgers and sippin’ brewskis like buds as they rampage around Iraq
together. Newly befriended freedom-fighting troops will be hangin'
poolside down at Saddam's palace and doing some fishing in the
custom-built and stocked manmade lakes, before marauding out on patrol to
go shoot up some rag-head terrorists. Iraq will then blossom into freedom
and democracy, the oil-spigot will be cranked on full bore, the glorious
troops will come home and we'll get yet another "Mission Accomplished"
Readers are reminded that America's dreadful blunder into Iraq represents
a major plank in the shameless Weltanschauung of the Project for a
New American Century (PNAC) global-domination scheme. Here are PNAC's
guiding principles, set out in 1997:
* we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry
out our global responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for
* we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge
regimes hostile to our interests and values;
* we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;
* we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving
and extending an international order friendly to our security, our
prosperity, and our principles.
The Neocons conclude with "Such a Reaganite policy of military strength
and moral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the
United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to
ensure our security and our greatness in the next."
PNAC is comprised of many familiar faces in the Bush regime incuding
Elliott Abrams, John Bolton, Jeb Bush, Linda Chavez, Dick Cheney, Zalmay
Khalilzad, Charles Krauthammer, William Kristol, I. Lewis Libby, Clifford
May, Richard Perle, Daniel Pipes, Dan Quayle, Donald Rumsfeld, William
Schneider Jr., Paul Wolfowitz and Robert B. Zoellick, to name a few of its
This is the sneering, war-mongering, world-domineering, power-tripping
clique of the Neocon cabal, the psychopathic architects and miserable
masterminds of the unwinnable Iraq catastrophe. But they've blown it, the
naked stupidity of their Commander-in-Chief is exposed and America will
pay. The Neocon scheme is exhausted, Bushed.
adj. 3 Cdn informal (of a person) a living in the bush b
crazy; insane (due to isolation ). 4 Austral. & NZ informal
lost or confused.
-- The Canadian Oxford
Ingmar Lee is a British Columbia treeplanter and primeval
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