The True Cost of the War

by Paul Craig Roberts
Published: Sep. 02, 2010 – Information Clearing House

Obama’s “end of Iraq war” speech must have shattered any remaining belief in him. Forced to appease both his supporters and the warmonger right-wing, who denounce him as a Muslim and a Marxist, Obama resorted to Orwellian DoubleSpeak. He could only announce an end to the war by praising the president who started it and the troops who fought it. Yet, as most earthlings, if not Americans, surely know by now, the war
was based on a lie and on intentional deception. The American troops died for a lie.

President Obama spoke of the cost to Americans of liberating Iraq, but is Iraq liberated or is Iraq in the hands of American puppet politicians and still occupied by 50,000 American troops and 200,000 private mercenaries and “contractors,” governed out of the largest embassy in the world, essentially a fortress?

President Obama did not speak of the cost to Iraqis of being “liberated.” The uncounted Iraqi deaths, estimates of which range from 100,000 to 1,000,000, most being women and children, were not mentioned. Neither were the uncounted orphaned and maimed children, the four million displaced Iraqis, the flight from Iraq of the professional middle class, the homes, infrastructure, villages and towns destroyed, along with whatever remained of America’s reputation.

All of this was left out of the picture that Obama painted of America’s “commitment” to Iraq which brought Iraqis “peace” and liberated Iraqis from Saddam Hussein in order that that a destroyed Iraq can now be an American puppet state and take its orders from Washington.

As it is impossible for the U.S. government to any longer pretend that the invasion of Iraq was necessary to save America from weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda terrorists, the U.S. government’s justification for its massive war crime has come down to removing Saddam Hussein, who, like the Americans, tortured his opponents.

Does anyone on earth, even among the most moronic of the flag-waving American super-patriots, believe that the bankrupt United States government spent three trillion borrowed dollars to remove one man, Saddam Hussein, in order to free Iraq from tyranny? Anyone who believes this is insane.

Saddam Hussein would have resigned for far less money had it been offered to him.

Do Americans see the irony in the “saving Iraq from tyranny” excuse? The greatest price of the neoconservative war against Iraq is not the $3 trillion or the dead and maimed American soldiers and their broken families. The greatest price of this evil war is the destruction of the U.S. Constitution and American civil liberties.

The Bush/Cheney/Obama National Security State has eviscerated the Constitution and civil liberty. Nothing remains. The fascist Republican Federalist Society has put enough federal judges in the judiciary to rule that the president is above the law. The president doesn’t have to obey the law against spying on American citizens without warrants. The president doesn’t have to obey U.S. and international laws against torture. The president doesn’t have to obey the Constitution that mandates that only Congress can declare war. The president can do whatever he wants as long as he justifies it as “national security.”

The president’s part of the government, the unaccountable executive branch, is supreme. The president can announce, without being impeached, his decision to murder Americans abroad and at home if someone somewhere in the unaccountable executive branch regards such American citizens as “threats.”

Murder first. No accountability later.

The executive branch has exercised unilateral, unaccountable power to deep-six the U.S. Constitution, with little interference from the judiciary and with support from Congress. The executive branch has declared foreign opponents of America’s illegal invasions and occupations of their countries to be “terrorists,” subject neither to the laws of war nor to the criminal laws of the U.S. and, therefore, subject to indefinite torture and detention without charges or evidence.

This is the legacy of the Bush/Cheney regime, and this criminal regime continues under Obama.

America’s “war on terror,” a fabrication, has resurrected the unaccountable dungeon of the Middle Ages and the raw tyranny that prevailed prior to the Magna Carter.

This is the true cost of “liberating” Iraq, that is, of turning Iraq into an American puppet state that sells out its people for America’s interests.

Who will now liberate Americans from the Bush/Cheney/neoconservative/Obama tyranny?

President Obama asserts that America’s war crimes have come to an end in Iraq, but Obama asserts the power to export America’s war crimes to Afghanistan in order to reign in what the CIA director says are “fifty or less” al Queda members remaining in Afghanistan. Bankrupt Americans will now be saddled with another three billion dollars of debt in order to chase after “fifty or less” alleged terrorists. To cover up this extraordinary waste of borrowed money, Obama, following the dishonest practices of prior American regimes, equated al Qaeda with the Taliban, a home-grown movement of hundreds of thousands of Afghans seeking to unify the country.
The least expensive way to combat “terrorists” would be to stop trying to create an American empire in the Middle East and Central Asia and to stop imposing American puppet states on indigenous populations.

The bought-and-paid-for-European-puppet states, who preen themselves with their superior morality, fall in line with Washington, obeying their American master who fills their pockets with dollars. The West having fought tyranny since the Magna Carter, now imposes tyranny both on itself and on the rest of the world.

If HItler and Stalin had prevailed, what would be the difference? Is the Obama regime going to shoot the “enemies of the state,” condemned without trial or evidence, by shooting them in the front of the head instead of in the back of the neck, as was the practice in the Lubyanka?

What other difference is there?


Read more by Paul Craig Roberts:

Are You Ready for the Next Crisis?

The Rich Have Stolen The Economy

War Criminals Are Becoming The Arbiters Of Law

Another War in the Works: America Is Led And Informed By Liars

Why Propaganda Trumps Truth

Europe’s Complicity in Evil

US Hypocrisy Astonishes the World

Why Not Crippling Sanctions for Israel and the US?

Threatening Iran

America, Israel’s Lackey

The World’s Least Powerful Man: The Obama Puppet

For Palestinians, Every Day Is Kristallnacht

Insouciant Americans

A Country of Serfs Ruled By Oligarchs

How Sovereign is Europe? Washington has Murdered Privacy Rights at Home And Abroad

The US Treasury Running on Fumes: The Obama regime has made War the Business of America

4 Comments on “The True Cost of the War”

  1. I-Write says:

    I had a piece on Iraq as well that might interest you

  2. Annie Ladysmith says:

    All you have to ask yourself is one thing, what country possibly gained power by taking out Saddam’s Iraq? Yes, there is only one answer, Israhell! Iran is next on their list as soon as they fill up their underground reservoirs with Syrian water. Then they can nuke whoever they want. They can hit any capital in Europe. They’ll do a deal with Russia as it pretends to “stand by” Iran, giving the floundering American continent to them in exchange for the whole Middle East. And yes, America belongs to Israhell hook, line, and sinker. Israhell can chew it up, spit it out, and toss it to Putin to do what he wants with it. Americans will not see it coming until it is too late, when all along it was as plain as the nose on their faces.

    Stupid people, always believing their country is somehow removed from the suffering of the rest of the world. That somehow they can get away with genecide without a consequence. At this stage, any resistance will be useless to change the global playing field. Israhell does not need the US any longer and in fact the US is now a lumbering liability. Israhell can take out Iran at the push of a button and that is all that is left between them and world dominion. The US is a dying beast and the jackels are lying in wait to tear it limb from limb.
    Israehell will get its people out, there are underground bases everywhere with transportation links, look how easy it was to get their guys out after 9/11. They are the sleeper cells, they are the terrorists, and they are more diabolical than any human could ever imagine.

    They have used the US all along, putting Zionists in executive, legislative, and judicial positions of power and ultimate control of the entire republic. Just get a roster of Congressmen and see for yourself. They also control the UK and the city of London and own everything of value in that despicable country. Read it and weep for they are ready for their final push for a global, Satanic, Zionist state and their plans are moving forward at breakneck speed. How can people be so completely deceived?

  3. Dwight Baker says:

    The guilty go about doing what they do!
    Rebellion is honored among the rich as being a step above others not possessing the actions to do pure evil.
    By Dwight Baker
    September 5, 2010


    They changed their name… the owner has moved out of the US (to avoid indictment)… and now they’ve just been caught bidding on government contracts under 30 different fronts.

    Who are these people? Answers in a short video:

    Inside the criminal mind dwells acts from hell. Like in most things when young they start to prefer the vice side of life. A voice inside them begs them to take more thus they rush to taking what is not theirs comes. Morality seen in family ties that bring about in most acts of innate civility called conscience is shunned. Some if not most of those in charge of our Nation today are from a culture of folks who prefer acts of pure evil. Without a doubt those sociopath runs our nation. They are always on the prowl for taking what is not theirs. They contrive with others of like criminal mind to rob from the general population as just the way it should be.

    They act as superior when in fact they are not. For in a society the only ones to be praised are the ones who produce creations of innovations for the common good for all.

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