Showing posts with label Iraq. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Iraq. Show all posts

Friday, October 18, 2013

Accountable - One and All

That's right. All Americans are accountable and answerable for what George W. Bush did.
Juan Cole lays it out in spades in his post today October 17, 2013.
This is worth posting and repeating. (I hope Juan Cole doesn't mind.)

The American Genocide Against Iraq: 4% of Population Dead as result of US sanctions, wars  Posted on 10/17/2013 by Juan Cole
A new household survey of Iraqis has projected the civilian death toll from the Bush administration’s invasion and occupation of Iraq at roughly 450,000. Passive information-gathering techniques like logging deaths in the Western press have produced estimates closer to 150,000, but such techniques have been proven to miss a lot of people. (To my knowledge no one was counting all the deaths reported in the some 200 Arabic-language Iraqi newspapers in the 2000s, so even the passive information-gathering was limited. And, the Wikileaks US military log of civilian deaths did not overlap very much with e.g. Iraq Body Count, so both of them were missing things the other caught.) 
Of those extra deaths beyond those who would have died if the US had never invaded, some 270,000 died violently, with US troops responsible for about 90,000 civilian deaths and militias for another 90,000. Of those killed violently, 60 percent were shot, and 12 percent died from car bombs. Some 180,000 died because of the destruction of the public health infrastructure (lack of access to hospital treatment, e.g.). 
Despite the horrific total, this estimate for 2003-2011 is smaller than the Lancet study of some years ago, which was done under wartime conditions. The authors admit, however, that the death toll could have been even higher; this total is a projection based on 2000 interviews. 
The US/ UN sanctions on Iraq of the 1990s, which interdicted chlorine for much of that decade and so made water purification impossible, are estimated to have killed another 500,000 Iraqis, mainly children. (Infants and toddlers die easily from diarrhea caused by gastroenteritis, which causes fatal dehydration). 
So the US polished off about a million Iraqis from 1991 through 2011, large numbers of them children. The Iraqi population in that period was roughly 25 million, so the US killed or created the conditions for the killing of 4% of the Iraqi population. 
If Iraq had killed 4% of Americans, it would be 12 million people dead. 
Iraq did not attack the United States. It did attack Iran in 1980, but by 1983 the US was an ally in Iraq’s war against Iran. It also attacked Kuwait, which it occupied quite bestially, but it was out by spring 1991. There was no casus belli or legitimate legal cause of war in 2003. Iraq’s main crime appears to have been to be an oil state not compliant with US demands. 
All this is horrible enough. Even more horrible is that the US occupation of Iraq sparked a Sunni Arab insurgency, which is still vigorous. Insurgencies typically take 10 to 15 years to subside. Some 5000 Iraqi civilians have been killed so far this year by that insurgency. US occupation is the gift that goes on giving. 
Despite the Bush administration’s violation of the UN charter and its war crimes in Iraq, none of its high officials has faced prosecution. Some of them even have the gall to come on television from time to time to urge more killing.
I would point out one problem I have with a lot of these kinds of reports from people like Juan Cole is their reluctance to actually call a spade a spade. Point of fact:  "civilian death toll from the Bush administration’s invasion and occupation of Iraq" and continues, "Despite the Bush administration’s violation of the UN charter and its war crimes in Iraq".  The person responsible for the deaths, invasion, occupation, violations and war crimes was specifically President George W. Bush. Justice demands the same accountability that Saddam Hussein got.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Mr. Nice Guy

[ADDENDUM below - Second Addendum - #3 - #4]
Do you think Mr. Obama is getting it figured out that the Republicans are playing this game for keeps?

Face to face, Obama urges GOP to cooperate

Republicans question president, push back on criticism of 'party of no'

This is the MSNBC media take on the President's little GOP confab :: Luke Ressert Tweets:

RussertXM_NBC If you love American democracy, today's display by Obama and the GOP was one of the best examples of our system.

12:16pm on 1/29/2010RussertXM_NBC Obama and the GOP will replay in its entirety at 8pm on @CSPAN. Watch it, I wish Presidents had to do this weekly just like the UK.

"Best examples of our system"? Doing WHAT?

Solving problems and proving real leadership sparring like a box of feral cats?

When is Mr. Obama and his supporters going to learn, it is the Republican's Way and it is THE Republican's Way or nothing? They'll see this country destroyed before they stop trying to enforce their illegitimate and baseless beliefs.

Glenn Greenwald's article today in Salon explains why all American's have a vested interest in a President that upholds and enforces the law. Read it and weep:
Remember the illegal destruction of Iraq?

If the shoe was on the other foot -- Obama, Biden and the Democrat's that were responsible for that past 10 years, you can bet the very first thing Bush, Cheney and their Republican supporters would do coming into office would be to start and investigation in preparation for a criminal indictment and trial -- they'd be judged and awaiting their punishment by now. Instead Obama thought to perpetuate the same crimes and lead the American people on down that proverbial "garden path."


If you've got the time, this is worth reading from Chris Floyd HERE.

Blood is His Argument: Tony Blair's Gentle Cuddling at Iraq "Inquiry"PDF

Tony Blair to a million dead Iraqis, and the grieving survivors of British soldiers: Fuck you.
The scam cover-up of all "High crimes and misdemeanours."

ADDENDUM :: Saturday, January 30, 2009

I watched the Rachel Maddow Show with Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews for a two-hour replay of President Obama's Q&A with House Republicans. President Obama was impressive, even by my standards. The commentary seemed to think that Mr. Obama is on a steep learning curve and he's starting to see these people for who and what they really are. I hope so.

My problem, fear if you will, is that when he finally accepts the impossibility of rational communications with believers with a bully mentality he will make them look like impotent piss-ants. Some of these mealy-mouth people might well wish they'd kept their traps shut and tried a little bipartisan cooperation with the infidel.

ADDENDUM :: Sunday, January, 31, 2010

Another good example of why it's impossible trying to communicate with a Republican believer was demonstrated this morning by Fox News CEO Roger Ailes on ABC's This Week. Here's an excerpt:
Ailes Defends Beck’s Incendiary Rhetoric: ‘He’s Talking About Hitler And Stalin’ Killing People, So It’s ‘Accurate’
Undisputed facts and the truth just get in the way.

ADDENDUM #3 :: Sunday, January, 31, 2010

Nostalgia for Bush/Cheney radicalism
Not even the Constitution of the United States or any of it's laws stand in the way of radical Republican domination. This excerpt says it all:
How much clearer evidence can there be of how warped and extremist we've become on these matters? The express policies of the right-wing Ronald Reagan -- "applying the rule of law to terrorists"; delegitimizing Terrorists by treating them as "criminals"; and compelling the criminal prosecution of those who authorize torture -- are now considered on the Leftist fringe. Merely advocating what Reagan explicitly adopted as his policy -- "to use democracy’s most potent tool, the rule of law against" Terrorists -- is now the exclusive province of civil liberties extremists. In those rare cases when Obama does what Reagan's policy demanded in all instances and what even Bush did at times -- namely, trials and due process for accused Terrorists -- he is attacked as being "Soft on Terror" by Democrats and Republicans alike. And the mere notion that we should prosecute torturers (as Reagan bound the U.S. to do) -- or even hold them accountable in ways short of criminal proceedings -- is now the hallmark of a Far Leftist Purist. That's how far we've fallen, how extremist our political consensus has become.
[ADDENDUM #4 :: Thursday, February 11, 2010]