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
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
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.