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October 10, 2006

It is clear that the Bush administration made a decision to invade Iraq, and then started to search for a policy to justify it. It was a decision in search of a policy. As we know they focused on the nonexistent "threat" from Iraq to the US; non-existent because Iraq had nothing to do with the events of 9/11.

Australia signed up to interventionism, war, empire and "creative destruction," in the Middle East because our future depends on being a good ally of the US. Australia then tacitly condoned the systematic use of torture by the Americans and the dumping of the Geneva Convention. Australia echos the Washington neocons war cries at Iran and even talks in terms of "national greatness" achieved through democratizing the world at gunpoint.

Yet Iraq is a debacle; the Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan; and Osama bin Laden is still at large. It's a record of disaster: muscular unilateralism is a failed foreign policy. What the US is doing is seeking to encompass the "Greater Middle East" with a network of small military bases, each with 1,000 to 3,000 personnel. Does the Bush administration build up the Terror/ al-Qaeda bogeyman to justify the military occupation of strategic countries that have or are near to major oil and gas reserves?

In the United States the presidency, the vice presidency, the cabinet, the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Supreme Court are all, and have for some time, been in the hands of the Republicans. Currently, they are acting to salvage an authoritarian, Big Government GOP from looming electoral disaster---losing big in the mid-term elections in 2007 and then in the Presidential elections in 2008. Since perpetual war and eternal debt are not electoral winners, salvaging means doing something to shore up the Republican's collapsing political base. So the Republican leaders are endeavouring to constrain the Democrats in their critique of the Iraq war: through a bill to legitmate the use of torture and label the Democrats as 'soft on terrorism'.

is the otehr strategy to use the Baker loose federalism proposal to divide Iraq into the Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish regions of Iraq. Would that division end up as partition? What happened in Iraq is that the US deposed the formerly ruling Sunni Arabs in favor of the Shiites and the Kurds. So the former ruling group is fighting back against a tripartite alliance of the US/Kurds/Shiites and it is attempting to roll back their new dominance.The failure of the Bush administration in Iraq has been to publicly acknowledge how bad the situation was and that the insurgency has cost thousands of US soldiers' their lives.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:14 AM | | Comments (0)