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They aren't stupid people. I'm talking about Cheney, Rumsfeld, Perle, Wolfowitz and the rest of the neo-con shills who worked so diligently, even before 9/11, to get this country into another war with Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein. Evil, lying, greedy, ruthless, soulless, etc.? Yes. Stupid? No. They aren't sort term thinkers, either.

When the Soviet Union fell apart, the military industrial complex and its enablers were caught off guard. The USSR had been a large, powerful and credible opponent, clearly an international rival and a useful enemy whose mere existence guaranteed giant sized military expenditures. The transformation of Russia and emergence of independent Baltic and Balkan states threatened to slow down the MIC's financial gravy train.

Clearly the USA MIC required a new, powerful, credible enemy. That enemy wasn't really Iraq. Having supported Iraq in its vicious stalemate of a war with Iran, having fought against Baghdad in Bush 41's war, and in running a continuous no fly operation in Iraqi airspace, our side knew how weak Saddam's forces really were.  

Iraq was just a sideshow, a preliminary bout. The people who fomented the Iraq war were willing, perhaps even intent upon using the mission to empower Iran. No other outcome to their plans could occur, save being defeated by Saddam, a virtual impossibility.

Geopolitical speaking, Saddam could barely control his Shia majority. Ahmad Chalibi, the neo-con's first choice to replace Saddam was well known to be an Iranian tool. Many of us on the anti-war side recognized that a Shia majority would take control after and Iraq war and strengthen Iran's influence and power. It is an added bonus that Iran insists that it has as much right to enrich uranium as any other independent state in the World. It enables the neo-cons to dust off their mushroom cloud talking point.

But even without that we would hear the same voices and the same special interests trying to foment war with Iran. The MIC needs that kind of active enemy to paint a sheen of reality and logic onto the illusion that the USA needs to maintain military forces for the purpose of foreign interventions.

The bloated and mostly useless American military-industrial complex is the largest area of waste in our national budget. What America needs for defense is a large enough Navy to keep the seas open to American commerce and enough ground and air forces to defend our territorial interests. Anything more than that is merely the least efficient kind of welfare in the federal budget and a drain on our ability to better serve domestic interests and needs.

The purpose of the Iraq war was to build up Iran into a stronger, more credible enemy. It was foreseen. It was inevitable. It has happened.

I fought in the Cold War. I know how phony it was to treat the USSR as we did after WWII. Iran's empowerment and emplacement, as America's No. 1 bogeyman on the World stage, smells and looks just as phony to me. Cruel, dishonest and ruthless leaders intentionally, it seems to me, took America into a terrifically expensive mission knowing full well that it would inflate the status of Iran as the MIC's next target to continue to justify an interventionist defense budget.  

It's time to put America on a defense, defense budget. It is the future anyway, so we might as well start now.  

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Comment Preferences

  •  Fight US Imperialism., (12+ / 0-)

    Aren't you glad that the clueless won't get a chance to run the country again, just yet? Yeah. Me too.

    by LeftOfYou on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 11:33:22 AM PDT

  •  Oh (0+ / 0-)

    Remind me again why no one pays attention to the far left?  Oh, right, conspiracy theories.

  •  So, Iran is the new Commie Threat, eh? ... n/t (0+ / 0-)

    I take you back to the 60s:

    This Godless Communism:

    Especially read the first issue, page 5:

    The Iranians are coming for our National Monuments, too, eh?

    It fits. Here we go again.

    Ugh. --UB.

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of East Somalia!"

    by unclebucky on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 03:17:58 PM PDT

  •  That smacks of after the fact reasoning. (2+ / 0-)
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    claude, Anorish

    Iran IS being used as a bogeyman, but it's no real threat to anyone, least of all US.
    I seriously doubt that Wolfowitz, Perle & Co were intent on setting up Iran as the next "huge threat", particularly when their stated, published goals were to take over Iraq, Iran, Syria, et cetera, to control the flow of oil that they saw as fueling China's rise. (Don't take my word for it, read the PNAC, it's all there in their own words, signed by the bunch of them)
    It's China that they figured was the big bad enemy.
    They had themselves convinced that Iraq would take about 6 weeks, then they could lilypad from there to go after Iran et cetera.
    They lunged and missed, they fu(ked up royally and it will cost us a couple trillion by the time we're done. And China will get the oil they want and Iran will end up more influential than anyone is comfortable with.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 03:27:28 PM PDT

  •  the original title of the operation was (0+ / 0-)

    Operation Iraqi Liberation

    which says it all.   The name was changed right away.

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 03:59:58 PM PDT

  •  "The Power of Nightmares" (1+ / 0-)
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    A BBC documentary describes this. The politicians and profit takers need to have us in fear to justify us sending money their way to "protect" us. The ones that can come up with the best fear producing methods get the most money.

    Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

    by splashy on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 03:57:35 AM PDT

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