for the United States.
The United States of America is no longer engaged in a war in Iraq. I’ve been saying this for months – and at this point, even the New York Times seems to be getting the picture. As more and more Iraqis are dying, fewer and fewer Americans are being caught in the crossfire. How is that a nation which spends billions of dollars per month manages to keep it’s own soldiers so safe in two nations that are so clearly out of control?
The British are getting smacked around in Afghanistan. Only the capital city is really under control. The US media doesn’t even want to talk about Afghanistan. The biggest story out of that country has been the friendly-fire death of former NFL player Pat Tillman. In a decade, the hot story out of Afghanistan will be of profiteering ex-soldiers and narcotrafficking in heroin. That’s only a matter of time. The other untold story that will emerge will be the manner in which the US seizes control of vital oil pipelines and retains currency hegemony over competing global powers.
These stories are mere sidelines to the carnage that is being reported in Iraq. The body counts are growing – and while Tommy Franks reported the US does not do body counts, it’s clear that the US troops have managed to stay out of harm’s way.
When President Bush stood on the aircraft carrier and declared the US was done and that the mission was accomplished, he was probably telling the truth. The US had deposed Saddam Hussein and thwarted the Iraqis efforts to shift their oil trading from dollars to euros. I know much better than to suggest that the true purpose has anything to do with “democracy” or “freedom.” People simply don’t fight over these ideals – except to the extent that their are economic implications. Even the War for Independence in the US began as a tax revolt. The propaganda and revisionism of teachers, notwithstanding, the “Founding Fathers” opposed the British crown for economic reasons. The idea that slaveholders revolted over the concept of “freedom” (as it popularly perceived) is simply too contradictory to contemplate.
The nature of violence in Iraq is such that one can’t help wondering about the US deployment. The security situation on the ground is infinitely worse than it was before this incursion. The prospects for resolution (from an Iraqi perspective) are minimal. The US troops are unable to protect much more than their supplies and weapons caches. The war is over. The only thing left to be determined is how much longer private corporations will be allowed to bleed American taxpayers while also bleeding Iraqi citizens.