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US General Smedley Butler detailed in his "War is a Racket" in 1935 the World War I  racket he had served.  It is now much, much worse.

Vice-President Richard Cheney and his fellow Neo-Cons originally lite the barn fires with their factually unjustified invasion of Iraq in 2003.  Bush-Cheney then torched the secular, but Sunni sect based, ruling Baathist Party and applauded the decapitation of its brutal, but anti-al Qaeda leader, Saddam Hussein.  (Saddam himself had originally been put in place by the US CIA in a coup, but thereafter fell out of favor with the US government because he dared to assert exclusive control of Iraq’s oil industry.)  

Up to his ouster, Saddam had successfully kept the radical jihadists out of Iraq, which even the US intelligence agencies have admitted:

 

“There was no al Qaeda-Iraq connection until the war; our invasion made it so. We have known this for nearly a decade, well before the murderous ISIS even appeared. In a September 2006 New York Times article headlined “Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat,” reporter Mark Mazetti informed readers of a classified National Intelligence Estimate representing the consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government. Titled “Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States,’’ the analysis cited the Iraq war as a reason for the diffusion of jihad ideology: “The Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse,’ said one American intelligence official.”
Now jihadist ever more extreme than al-Qaeda, the ISIS, are an hour outside of Baghdad, threatening the capitol city and its Shia sect residents.  Its Sunni sect population, a minority in Baghdad, is seemingly terrified of the reaction of the Shiite majority as well as the blatantly brutal, although Sunni ISIS.  Likely everyone there is arming.  (The NRA must be delighted.)

Upon dissolving Saddam’s army, the US then paid its private defense industry contractors billions to build a new Iraqi army in addition to building all the infra-structures for the US’s own army in Iraq, along with providing both all their attendant services.  (Chaney’s Halliburton company did very, very well.)

But we went into Iraq to stop its “weapons of mass destruction” build-up (of which they had none) and end its supposed connection to al-Qaeda (which didn't exist), right?

The oil and military industries, having lost their main justification for charging US tax payers for armaments and related oil profits with the dissolution of the USSR , then turned for solace to  the independently bellicose neoconservatives within the Bush-Cheney administration, s to sever its connection with al Qaeda terrorists (which did not exist) cheer-leading for their disastrous (for human beings) invasion of Iraq.  After all, Iraq had the oil that their industries coveted.

(Did Cheney and the other oil and armaments profiteers have the malevolent foresight to see that the invasion of Iraq could set the stage for continuing war among the mid-east’s religious and political sectarians for their further enrichment in the endless future?  Or was that merely a lucky coincidence?)

Idle Hands Holding Guns and Bombs.

The disbanded Sunni military members left their jobs taking their arms, ammunition and bomb-building skills with them.  A portion of these now unemployed Sunnis, put their skills to work blowing up Iraqi civilians in market places in Shiite neighborhoods as well as US soldiers in their multiple new and expensively constructed bases for the next few years.

In between insurrectionist explosions, a Shiite majority was elected to the Iraqi Parliament and Iraq’s current Shiite Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, was put in office in 2006.  He was the US’s approved selection.  But he has since been much too friendly with Iran and so defiantly independent of US policy as to dare to publicly blame US ally, Saudi Arabia, for funding the radical Sunni ihadist organizations they accused of carrying out genocide.  

After several years of mayhem for the Iraqi’s population, millions of whom went into exile, were killed  or locally displaced, these unemployed Sunnis, then called “insurgents”, managed to subdue the US army’s onslaught by agreeing to take huge quantities (still uncounted) of US taxpayers’ cash to quiet down.  (The US military surge was actually a surge of US money to the various groups and tribes of the “insurgency”.  Likely they used the US money to further arm themselves, adding to the profits of the US armaments industry.

But the US’s chosen puppet, Maliki, has since committed the unpardonable sin of acting like he heads an independent nation, thus making himself a candidate for removal.  Maliki has failed to obey the US’s command to play nicely with the Sunni population and include its members, at least decoratively, in his government.

Maliki is thus now blamed for the success of the Sunni ISIS invasion in gaining the support of Iraqi Sunni populations. This week, Maliki was expressly put on the US’s “To be ousted” list. (see  http://www.globalresearch.ca/... ).

 In related news, and following the US's announcement of its desire to depose Maliki, Iran, Russia, China and Syria have now officially put Maliki on their “to be supported list”.  So Maliki may yet survive, even in face of US efforts to replace him with a more malleable puppet.  (http://www.globalresearch.ca/...).  

On the short list for “more malleable puppet” is Vice-President Cheney’s old friend, Ahmed Chalabi.  (Remember Chalabi?  He was one of the chief fabricators of the baseless “Saddam is building a nuclear bomb” and similar myths that the Bush-Cheney administration used to justify its invasion of Iraq in the first place.  After the invasion he was rewarded by being put in charge of the “De-Baathification” program  and other high positions in the Iraqi’s government. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Chalabi>)

The US wants a malleable pawn in Iraq, and Chalabi certainly has the smarmy credentials, but he was in charge of firing all the Sunnis from government in the first place, so a new face might be preferable. ( But the US’s neo-cons might simply not know one. They never knew or cared much about the reality on the ground in Iraq.  After all, they were convinced that they could make their own reality on whim.  (Hat tip to Karl Rove for enunciating that principle.)  

The neo-cons'aim was to create a capitalist paradise in Iraq, with companies freed of state control or even basic regulations, a model country for the “New World Order” or a model of capitalist corruption and greed?

(It has been suggested by a few commentators that the US is using the Sunni ISIS group it helped to create in Syria to set the stage for the removal of the Maliki government it originally ensconced in Iraq.

Facing an invasion by radical Sunni ihadists originally based in Syria but now joined up with various Iraqi contingents (remember the guys with guns the US summarily fired from Saddam’s Iraqi army?), they are now an hour away from Baghdad, having taken most of the territory to the north and west of Iraq.  

Prime Minister Maliki has appealed to the US for military support.  The US has responded with a few special forces troops and an ultimatum that Maliki must leave.  Iran has responded with support for Maliki and strong opposition to a US intervention.

The recent developments of the ISIS Jihadists’ spread in Syria and northern Iraq provides the penultimate orgasm of delight among U.S. “defense” contractors.  
The U.S. taxpayers’ money is now being spent to send armaments to Syria’s supposed “moderate” Sunni jihadists to oust Syria’s president, Assad.  Part of the money – and the armaments and equipment it purchased – has summarily migrated into the hands of the “radical” Jihadists, SISI. Which recently broke with their former al Qaeda brethren. because SISI found Al Qaeda too “moderate”.  No doubt these progeny still give obeisance to their common predecessor, Al Qaeda’s Bin Laden, himself originally armed and supported by the US CIA.  

ISIS, not faring so well at ousting Assad in Syria, took the money and arms they snatched from the US’s somewhat more moderate proxies in Syria, as well as their ample funding from Saudi Arabia’s princes, and moved onto northern Iraq, where they could expect to have an easier time of making their dream of an Islamic caliphate come true, given that northern Iraq is filled with their Sunni co-religonists.  

Now they threaten the walls of Iraq’s capitol, Baghdad. Baghdad, which has a majority Shiite population since the US’s 2003 invasion trashed its formerly Sunni government, led by the Baathist Saddam Husain, who also was originally put in power by the US’s CIA.

In Iraq, the ISIS have allied with former Sunni Baathist military groups  Sunni, with the goal of dethroning the Shiite government of Maliki.  Maliki was put in power by US neo-cons, who are still running the State Department (and likely the CIA) following the reign of US proto-tsar, Paul Brennan.  Brennan, you will remember, was the US guy who brought “democracy” to Iraq, in the guise of ushering in a trillion dollar free-for-all for US military contractors.  

The US army withdrew from Iraq in 2011 pursuant to a treaty signed by President George Bush, the younger, as he was leaving office in 2011.  President Obama carried out the terms of that withdrawal.  President Obama, encouraged by the Bush-Cheney neo-cons he left in government office after his election,  then re-oriented the war machine to Syria.   Obama was on the verge of launching outright war on Syria in 2013 to depose its leader, Assad, when Russia’s President Putin pulled the rug out from under Obama’s threatened bombing by gaining agreement from Assad to demolish all Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.

  (The air munitions industries must have been enraged at that loss of their anticipated bombing profits, while the chemical weapons companies gloated, knowing they would be called upon to replace the destroyed chemicals )  Now it appears Russia’s support for Maliki may defeat Obama’s “Maliki Must Go” ultimatum.

But, from the perspective of the war contracting companies, the more potential warring factionsin the game, the better.  The US government appears ready to fund whichever radical group is most conducive to its given local objectives.  It is no matter to the neo-cons that US taxpayers are potentially funding all sides in the Middle East conflicts.  What a win for capitalism!

As US General, Smedley Butler, said in 1935:  “War is a Racket ”, a very, very profitable one, but not for the majority of citizens of any country, only for the corporations.   
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Originally posted to Justina on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 02:29 PM PDT.

Also republished by Anti-Capitalist Chat and Anti-Capitalist Meetup.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    Convict the War Criminals, Surveilers and Fraudsters. Support universal health care, unions, WikiLeaks, Manning and Snowden. On Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

    by Justina on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 02:29:17 PM PDT

  •  "You're running a Fundraiser" (6+ / 0-)
    “There was no al Qaeda-Iraq connection until the war; our invasion made it so. We have known this for nearly a decade, well before the murderous ISIS even appeared. In a September 2006 New York Times article headlined “Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat,” reporter Mark Mazetti informed readers of a classified National Intelligence Estimate representing the consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government. Titled “Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States,’’ the analysis cited the Iraq war as a reason for the diffusion of jihad ideology: “The Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse,’ said one American intelligence official.”

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 02:37:15 PM PDT

    •  Saddam's contracts with Russia and Japan giving (5+ / 0-)

      those countries access to Iraq's reserve oil fields, coupled with his willingness to use the Euro instead of the dollar as the currency of exchange were two of the primary reasons that the USA felt it was necessary to invade and take down Saddam, their ex-protégé,  at that particular time.

      •  at this point Iran has been accepting (2+ / 0-)
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        Chinese Yuan and Japanese Yen for payments for oil. The US dollar as the reserve currency is weakening

        "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

        by NY brit expat on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 05:16:08 PM PDT

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  •  Can you add Anti-Capitalist meetup to (4+ / 0-)

    the title?! I cannot republish the piece as I cannot access the original ... Can you do the republishing?

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 02:48:58 PM PDT

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      Site keeps telling me I am missing a "/> but doesn't indicate where the problem is located and I can't seem to find it.  Can anyone out there help?

      Convict the War Criminals, Surveilers and Fraudsters. Support universal health care, unions, WikiLeaks, Manning and Snowden. On Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

      by Justina on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 04:32:35 PM PDT

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      •  reposted everything from the email (2+ / 0-)
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        you sent! Sorry I didn't see it immediately, everything has been reposted ... yay for Justina and yay for me! :D

        "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

        by NY brit expat on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 05:14:41 PM PDT

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  •  ACM Schedule (4+ / 0-)

    JUNE

    29th: Annieli

    JULY

    6th: Galtisalie
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    Diomedes77
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    Hi Comrades and Fellow Travellers!

    June has been off to a roaring start (and you thought only March roared).  We finish June with Annieli. This has been a great month of posts and discussion! We have some volunteers for July.  In fact, we only have one opening for the 13th. Galtisalie comes back on the 6th, Diomedes77 is writing for us for the first time on the 20th and we have Geminjen on the 27th; we need 1 more volunteer for the 13th of July.  If you can take that date that would help this important and worthy series keep going.

    Please can you help by volunteering to post. It does not have to be fancy or theory ... it can be about anything from an anti-capitalist perspective ... perhaps an action that is happening that you think is important, a discussion of current events or serious debate ... whatever you feel comfortable with and what you can do!

    Please respond to this post or/and send a private message by kosmail to NY Brit Expat and/or send a message to our email group: dkanticapitalistgroup@gmail.com

    Please, the ACM needs you to write, can you volunteer to keep this great series going?!

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 03:01:54 PM PDT

  •  Fantastic summary of the action Justina. We have (4+ / 0-)

    missed you!

  •  See What Cheney Knew and When He Knew It (5+ / 0-)

    thanks to commenter skohayes this morning.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 03:32:00 PM PDT

    •  Amazingly Blatant Reversal. (2+ / 0-)
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      I wonder if Cheney has any good medical excuse for turning into a vicious war-monger.  Maybe with his heart troubles, not enough oxygen got to his brain, resulting in his brain dead   actions in Iraq.  In 1994 clip is almost seems rational.

      Convict the War Criminals, Surveilers and Fraudsters. Support universal health care, unions, WikiLeaks, Manning and Snowden. On Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

      by Justina on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 05:30:51 PM PDT

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  •  Chalabi may have all that the US needs as a puppet (5+ / 0-)

    but the US has clearly lost control over the situation. The way things stand at the moment, the division of Iraq (initially touted by several so-called foreign policy experts from the US initially) looks like a real possibility. Whatever, the issue is one of extreme blowback on US foreign policy in the region and we are hearing the comments from political leaders that ISIS will be a threat to the US and UK in the future.

    One thing that has been in the news is where are the funds, munitions, material and men coming from and while the Saudi's are denying any responsibility, the elimination of the Shi'ite crescent to the north has long been a fantasy. On the other hand, the Saudi's are also scared of these same people being used against them and their government as well as their buddies in the region (as was the case with Al Qaida); so on the one hand, this is positive, they are also scared about blowback as well.

    Christian Science Monitor discusses some of the patrons of ISIS and discusses the group's wealth and hence financial independence. But as Justina points out, waging war costs money (and earns a bundle), there was clearly money coming out of individual patrons at least in Kuwait (see also: http://leelajacinto.blogs.france24.com/....

    You are probably aware of Tony Blair's insistence on intervention in the mess that they created; I am certain that the ringmasters of this murderous nightmare for Iraqis in the US are saying the same shite;  it is easy to blame their past puppet, but whether they will be able to install a new puppet in this situation is another question and where will that puppet rule? Certainly not in Kurdish lands ... they may be able to install someone in Shia majority lands, but it is dubious whether they can hold. The initial idea of dividing Iraq under sectarian rule was a disaster waiting to happen for the Iraqi people and I fear that we may be seeing this ...

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 03:41:02 PM PDT

    •  oops! forgot the Tony Blair (4+ / 0-)

      link ... if you need a laugh, read the comments. There are a number of people across the political spectrum that are wondering loudly about Blair's dubious sanity and desperate need to justify his historical stupidity ...

      "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

      by NY brit expat on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 04:15:43 PM PDT

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    •  Good Explanatory Comment, NY Brit Ex-Pat! (2+ / 0-)
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      Tony Blair's characterization of events in Iraq are supremely mistaken self-justifications.  He and the US neo-conservative gang caused this mess.  They need to be prosecuted. Maybe then they will have the brains to shut up with their further lies.

      Convict the War Criminals, Surveilers and Fraudsters. Support universal health care, unions, WikiLeaks, Manning and Snowden. On Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

      by Justina on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 04:27:43 PM PDT

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      •  Blair is completely self-deluded and (3+ / 0-)
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        I am remembering his idiotic statement of having "no reverse gear." He is someone that will justify his contribution to war crimes on the basis of necessity and delusions of grandeur.  

        They should have been prosecuted for war crimes and crimes against humanity; they still need to be prosecuted and it is due to the fact that they haven't been that they still have a platform rather than rotting in prison somewhere. The impact of their stupidity has been borne by Iraqi citizens who are once again facing death by a thousand cuts. It is a nightmare for them once again.

        "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

        by NY brit expat on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 05:12:49 PM PDT

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  •  Tonight's ACM has been x-posted to: (1+ / 0-)
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    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 05:03:36 PM PDT

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