Please read this carefully: from the first day of the invasion of Iraq I gave speeches and wrote about it being a huge mistake. Ignorance prevailed. Corporations were given huge profits from contracts or special inside dealings. Americans would die and be wounded by the tens of thousands. Millions of Iraqi citizens would be displaced. Treasured relics would be stolen because of no preparation in the after-invasion plans. Horrible mistakes would be make. Oil production would plummet. Drinking water and electricity would become scarce. There would be daily terrorist bombings. Worst of all, Iraq would become a quasi-branch of Iran. Yes, Iraq is now heavily influenced by Shia Iran in bed with the Shia majority in Iraq. And George W. Bush, that man whose father helped him escape Vietnam, would land in military dress on an aircraft carrier bearing a huge sign: Mission Accomplished. And Dick Cheney pranced around like a proud peacock. Let us never forget.
I have written since Day One of the Iraq invasion that it would ultimately be a failure because Iraq was never a unified nation. It was cobbled together by European colonialists, and these same colonialists were forced to use their tremendous power to hold the "nation" together. It would always take a iron fist to keep Iraq united because it was not a nation, but a splintering of regions and peoples, primarily Shia, Sunnis, and Kurds. Without the colonial power or Saddam's ruthless power, Iraq would disintegrate. Look at it. The elections are frauds. The Shia are leveling their revenge on the minority Sunnis who held power because of Saddam. The Kurds are making overtures about independence, and are only going along thus far in hope of getting oil revenue.
No "new strategy" will help Iraq. When U.S. troops leave, it will disintegrate further. The major part of Iraq that will remain will be the Shia section, closely tied to Iran. It is inescapable. The Kurds will fight for independence, perhaps first becoming semi-autonomous. The Sunni future is in doubt. Corruption and under-the-table dealings in oil will be common. Elections will continue to be fraudulant. Democracy, as we know it, will exist only in some remote form. We have made a mess of Iraq. But the Shia will not complain because they stand to make some major advances, at the expense of others.
The terrible tragedy in Iraq is made worse as we find out that the Bush administration planned an invasion of that country BEFORE 9-11. Political leaders in Britain have testified to this. There was a long-standing plan to invade Iraq, yet no after-invasion program was established. It was a doomed philosphy, put together by the likes of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Pearl, and the rest of the mob. The United States was donated to huge military-industrial corporations. Halliburton and Blackwater are today singled out by Middle Easterners in a hateful manner. People in the Middle East know what happened when we turned our economy and youth over to huge American corporations. The corporations profited, the young died or were wounded. Some legacy. The world knows it. Too many Americans do not.