The American game plan in Iraq is a sham
and a lie to everyone else in the world - except to some
Americans, and not even quite half of them.
The alternately whining, churlish, or threatening
George Bush keeps shouting "victory," but it
is he and his gang of pirates that have been beaten. Bush
takes credit for elections that the U.S. never wanted
in the first place, but were obtained under the Shi'ite
religious leadership's threat of mass action. Ayatollah
Sistani knew that his followers would sweep the elections
to become the dominant political force in Iraq. The original
American plan for "victory" called, not for
general elections, but a farcical pyramid of local potentates
easily manipulated by the U.S., with the Americans sitting
on top of the pyramid, in perpetuity. That plan was defeated
by the armed resistance and Sistani's political maneuverings.
The buffoonish Secretary of Defense, Donald
Rumsfeld, hectors reporters, demanding patience in developing
the Iraqi armed forces and police that he, himself disbanded
at the beginning of the occupation. He cannot admit, and
may not understand, that the scattering of Iraq's army
provided the manpower and skills for a ready-made resistance,
a circumstance that any intelligent observer could have
predicted - and that many of us did predict. But Rumsfeld
is not intelligent. The Iraqi "battalions" that
he speaks of are largely made up of Kurdish and Shi'ite
militias, on which the U.S. has become dependent. The
Kurdish troops are loyal to their own two political parties,
while many of the Shi'ite soldier's fidelity lies with
their own militia, political and religious leaders. Rumsfeld
and his crowd accomplished this "miracle" -
but it's certainly not what they intended.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lies
through her smile - her principle skill - as she crisscrosses
the world hailing Iraqi "sovereignty" and "democracy."
Of course, Iraq cannot be sovereign while under occupation
by a power that reserves to itself the time of withdrawal.
But even Iraq's technical sovereignty was pried loose
from the slipping grip of the Americans by the United
Nations. That, too, was never part of the plan.
The plan never included real sovereignty,
nor one person-one-vote - especially not the rise of a
government and military whose leaders spent decades of
exile in Iran, which was to be target number two or three
of the actual Bush war plan.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell now
claims that he wasn't part of the real plan or its defeat.
"I was kept out of the loop," says Powell. Which
means he's just another clown with a frown. For Radio
BC, I'm Glen Ford.