The current leadership of the Republican Party apparently considers military action to be the primary option for dealing with international problems. The best example remains the Iraq War that began in 2003. But it gets worse than this. The leaders of the Republican Party at that time parasitized American patriotism as a way of getting support for an opportunity to enrich military contractors. That is, the main purpose of the war was not war, but money. Here is a brief summary of the story.
After the 9-11 attacks, nearly all Americans were shocked into the realization that the world was a dangerous place for them; they had previously assumed that our nation was invincible. The 9-11 Commission concluded that the Bush Administration had underestimated credible threats of terrorist attacks, as had the Clinton Administration, preoccupied as it was with the Republican-led impeachment attempt. The Commission concluded that American lack of readiness was due to a “failure of the imagination.”
9-11, nearly the entire country was united, ready to
together—a rare moment in which individual greed was laid aside.
Democrats were ready to support Bush. It is unclear whether
Republicans would, if such an attack were to occur again, support
Obama as much or at all. Here was an opportunity in which Bush could
called on Americans to work together for a stronger country. Here was
opportunity to pursue energy efficiency, to lessen our dependence on
Administration immediately saw 9-11 as an opportunity to
American Empire, the very thing that terrorists accuse us of doing, and
allows terrorists to recruit more terrorists or a support base for
Republicans immediately saw the 9-11 attacks as an opportunity to
well known, but which younger readers of this website may not
the Bush Administration used false information to begin the Iraq War.
Bush immediately began linking
It is clear that the Bush Administration was parasitizing the zeal of the American people in support of this war. The name they chose for it—Operation Infinite Justice—clearly had blasphemous overtones, implying that God Himself demanded this war. Bush is reported to have said, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.” This quote, reported by Ron Suskind, has not been disputed.
clear that the Republican leadership created an environment of
hostility, rather than trying to bring people and nations together, in
to the terrorist attacks. Republican pundits fanned the flames of
against anyone who criticized the Iraq War (most famously the Dixie
against any American allies who were not in full enthusiastic support
war (most famously France). What did Ohio Republican congressman Ney
the kind of response that Americans should take at this time? Rather
promote dialogue with
clear that the Bush Administration did not think their strategy
for how to conclude, or even win, the war. Deputy Defense Secretary
Wolfowitz claimed that all our soldiers had to do was to drive tanks
did not want to make the argument to the American
that “We are invading
But oil was only part of the monetary reason for the Iraq War. Perhaps an even bigger reason was federal government money for contractors. The biggest contracts were immediately given to Halliburton, a corporation previously headed by Vice President Dick Cheney. Halliburton took the money, and provided marginally competent services in return. At one point, a Halliburton subsidiary was piping polluted water right out of the river for the soldiers to use. They also charged the American taxpayers almost $100 per load of laundry, even when the soldiers offered to do the laundry themselves.
In July 2010, a report from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction reported that the use of Iraqi oil money, which had been going into a special fund, could not be accounted for between 2004 and 2007. To what extent the provisional Iraqi government, and to what extent the American occupiers were responsible, for this disappearing cash is unclear, but this was during the time before Americans had put the Iraqi government back in charge of normal operations.
detained hundreds of men of Arabic descent and
subjected them to torture. They claimed that “enhanced
necessary in order to obtain important security information. However,
observers, cannot believe this, for the following reasons. First, it is
known that testimony obtained under torture is not reliable. The victim
whatever he or she thinks will cause the pain to stop. I would admit to
secret agent from Mars if it would make them stop torturing me. The
mental manipulation, brought on by physical torture, may also create
memories. Torture, therefore, is a deliberate manufacture of
possibly false theories. And possibly not. That’s part of the
“Do you pray to Allah?” one asked. I said yes. They said, “[Expletive] you. And [expletive] him.” One of them said, “You are not getting out of here health[y], you are getting out of here handicapped. And he said to me, “Are you married?” I said, “Yes.” They said, “If your wife saw you like this, she will be disappointed.” One of them said, “But if I saw her now she would not be disappointed now because I would rape her.”
leadership of the Republican Party has considered war
to be the
solution of choice for international conflicts. Worse than that, their
motivation is not to resolve the conflicts, but to make money while
to do so. The information provided above makes this conclusion
Moreover, when the Republicans were in complete power, they amassed
breathtaking deficit spending in order to get Iraqi oil fields and
contracts. Today, Republican leaders want you to forget that they did
they reinvent themselves—in total contrast to their recent record—as
conservatives. If Republicans get another chance to lead the country,
find it a lot harder this time to ask
I have left out a lot of important information. But the purpose of this website is to provide a brief summary of how the Republican leadership is creating a new climate of life on this planet—one that will, to the extent that they can create it, include never-ending wars for profit.