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“One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in chief. My father had all this capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it…If I have a chance to invade…if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it. I’m going to get everything passed that I want passed and I’m going to have a successful presidency.”  (George Bush, 1999)[1]

George Bush was planning to invade Iraq as early as 1999 if he could find a reason to do so. Any reason. And when he was elected president for the first time, he wasted no time in planning the attack on Iraq and beginning his reign as a “great leader.” 

Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, who was fired by Bush for policy differences on taxes, later provided interviews and 19,000 internal documents for Author David Suskind’s book, “The Price of Loyalty.”

According to O’Neill, “From the very beginning, there was a conviction, that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go.” That was the number one topic “10 days after the inauguration-eight months before Sept. 11.” [2]

O’Neill, a member of the National Security Council, said the meetings were “…all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The President saying, ‘Go find me a way to do this.'”

One of the classified memos at a meeting included a ‘Plan for post-Saddam Iraq.’ Suskind said, “…they discussed an occupation of Iraq in January and February of 2001.”

One topic of interest was allocating Iraq’s oil wealth. A Pentagon document from March 5, 2001 dealt with “Foreign Suitors  for Iraqi Oilfield contracts,” with maps for future exploration.

Bush believes that the world would be more peaceful and prosperous if free trade agreements and democracy (which brings freedom) were the controlling forces. Toward that end, Bush has set out to spread democracy, by force if necessary, and connect the world’s democracies with trade agreements. Basically, he wants to make the world safe for global corporations to earn huge profits and for American workers to accept wages more in line with the third world in order to be more “competitive.”

Large trading regions (North America, then the Free Trade Area of the Americas, for example) would be in control of their member states. (Note that the European Union is about to force a constitution on their 27 member states without a referendum. The EU government now holds sovereignty over local governments, passing up to 80 percent of Britain’s legislation with no input from the British Parliament. The EU is attempting to set up a unitary sovereign state, with control over the member states. Democracy? [3]

In his 2002 speech on “The National Security Strategy of the United States,” Bush spoke about his plan for the world:

‘…the United States will use this moment of opportunity to extend the benefits of freedom across the globe. We will actively work to bring the hope of democracy, development, free markets, and free trade to every corner of the world.’

“Free trade and free markets have proven their ability to lift whole societies out of poverty–so the United States will work with individual nations, entire regions, and the global trading community to build a world that trades in freedom and therefore grows in prosperity.” [4]

Bush, with fast track authority (no challenge from Congress) has racked up a list of free trade ageements with single states and entire regions (European Union). He would also like a Middle East trade agreement, which would include Iraq. [5]

These free trade agreements have been a failure and those responsible can only mention that the volume of trade went up. The rest is a disaster. In NAFTA the United States lost a million good paying jobs, now has continuing trade deficits, and the number of illegal aliens from Mexico is up as millions of displaced farmers, victims of massive imports of cheap U.S corporate corn, make their way north to America for jobs. And that’s just for starters.

Bush, again on National Security Strategy: “Today, humanity holds in its hands the opportunity to further freedom’s triumph over all these foes (tyrants). The United States welcomes our responsibilty to lead in this great mission.” (Perpetual war. A Crusade.) [6]

Justin Raimondo, quoting George Bush on Iraq from a 2004 meeting with the press: “…freedom is the Almighty’s gift to every man and woman in this world. And as the greatest power on the face of the earth, we have an OBLIGATION TO HELP THE SPREAD OF FREEDOM.” [7]

He describes Bush as “smoothly messianic,” referring to a comment from the President to Bob Woodward (Plan of Attack), “…I believe we have a duty to free people…I would hope WE WOULDN’T HAVE TO DO IT MILITARILY, but we have a duty.”

Bush, in response to a question, said; “…can you ever win the war on terror? Of course you can. That’s why it’s important for us to spread freedom throughout the Middle East…”

In a 2005 documentary on Mideast peace, Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath told the BBC that he and a Palestinian delegation met with George Bush at Sharm el-Sheik in 2003. Shaath said that Bush told him and Mahmoud Abbas; “I’m driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, ‘George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.’ And I did, and then God would tell me, ‘George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq.’ And I did.

“And now again, I feel God’s words coming to me. ‘Go and get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.’ And by God, I’m gonna do it.” (Ewen MacAskill, October 9, 2005, Guardian)

(The SanFrancisco Chronicle, which also published the account, later printed a denial by Scott McClellan, White House spokesman, who wasn’t there at the meeting. But the two Palestinian leaders repeated their statements for the record.)

It’s clear that George Bush’s reason for invading Iraq was bogus and that the real reasons are unacceptable among the community of nations. How much more damage can he do to our nation in the next 16 months?

  1. George Bush, 1999, interviewed by Mickey Herskowitz, who worked on the Bush autobiography.
  2. CBS News; 60 Minutes
  3. British Citizens want out of European Union, August 2, 2007
  5. This blog, Bush Agrees to deep Economic Integration with the European Union, June 15, 2007
  6. ibid, #4, Bush Doctrine
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