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July 18, 2003

This statement acknowledges what is going on in Iraq. The new head of US Central Command, John Abizaid, said that the United States forces in the Gulf face a "classical guerilla war". A welcome break from the rhetoric that has been coming out of Washington. Consider this gem of revisionism by Bush:

"The larger point is, and the fundamental question is, did Saddam Hussein have a weapons program? And the answer is, absolutely. And we gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we decided to remove him from power, along with other nations, so as to make sure he was not a threat to the United States and our friends and allies in the region. I firmly believe the decisions we made will make America more secure and the world more peaceful." (my emphasis)

Its a macabre joke. I recall watching Hans Blix & the boys from the UN in Iraq prior to the war assessing how far Iraq had complied with its obligations to declare its weapon of mass destruction.

Courtesy of Juan Cole over at Informed Comment we have this article by Col. Dan Smith, entitled, Descending into the Quagmire: The Occupation of Iraq, from Counterpunch. It gives the background on the guerilla war scenario.

It ends by saying that:

'Having dislodged the previous regime by force, the U.S. increasingly is caught in the quagmire of depending on force to control the Iraqi people in the name of national and regional "peace."'

That seems to be a good description of what is currently happening. The geo-political strategy behind the realist's regional peace is to secure Israel's interests by ensuring Israel's continued regional supremacy.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 9:24 AM | | Comments (0)