In 1987, at the height of Saddam Hussein's use of poison gas to kill off entire Kurdish towns and Iranian army positions, President Reagan (and Vice President George H.W. Bush, Sr., who, along with fellow Texan James Baker were the foreign policy experts of the Reagan administration) sent DONALD RUMSFELD to Iraq to greet the Iraqi dictator and tell Saddam "no matter the world opinion against you for your war crimes, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOU and supply you with Agricultural credits (worth millions of dollars and as fungible as cash), equipment, and even WMD-PRECURSOR technologies and supplies, especially those chemicals and labs needed to produce the POISON GASES with which Saddam's army drenched Iranian positions during the 8 long years of the Iran-Iraq war. See "Spiders Web: The Secret History of How the White House Illegally Armed Iraq."
#1. How the Bush-Cheney administration may have ENCOURAGED LOOTING in Baghdad and Iraq after the successful invasion in 2003, hoping to DESTROY IRAQI INFRASTRUCTURE more than US bombings had already done, in an effort to make Iraqis jobless, homeless, stateless, economically disenfranchised war refugees who, in turning to the insurgency, could be killed en masse.
#2. Contrary to US 'news' reports, Iraq civilian DEATH RATE SOARS in Summer of 2007
#3. Family of US Marine killed by insurgents in Haditah calls Marine's reaction massacre of 24 Iraqis in Haditha a "HEROIC ACTION"!!
Family Of Marine Killed In Haditha Slaying 'Outraged'
POSTED: 1:10 pm PST December 30, 2006
#4. http://noendinsightmovie.com/ video clip, Movie preview "NO END IN SIGHT" - how careful planning for the post-invasion rebuilding of Iraq was DISCARDED... IN FAVOR OF CHAOS !!
The Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz led INVASION and OCCUPATION of Iraq hoped to achieve its first objective - complete control of Iraqi oil and Iraq strategic territory - by KILLING AS MANY IRAQIS AS POSSIBLE. That goal was accomplished by CREATING A SITUATION OF CHAOS, disbanding the military, disbanding the police, and ENCOURAGING LOOTING. All of which led to an INVIGORATED INSURGENCY, which gave the administration the cover to CONTINUE TO DESTROY IRAQI INFRASTRUCTURE.
The huge Iraq RECONSTRUCTION programs by American companies WERE INTENDED TO BE A SHAM - like New Orleans, their first priority was to REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH UPWARDS, from taxpayers to Bush-Cheney cronies such as Halliburton corporation, a company which is STILL PAYING DICK CHENEY in "deferred stock options" which go up in value with every billion-dollar government contract that Halliburton receives but doesn't complete.
Like Vietnam, today entire swaths of Iraq are considered "FREE FIRE ZONES" where the US military has unlimited authority to kill anyone, with very little oversight, and what little oversight there is provided only by the military itself.
The darkest of all suspicions about Rumsfeld's postwar strategy
Why the Administration may have purposely encouraged looting after the fall of Baghdad.
Over the last four years, I have been personally conflicted over which was more outrageously horrible: the decision to go to war in the first place, or the manner in which postwar planning was executed? Both were bad, no doubt there. But there was something said about the latter last night on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher that jolted my emotions. Let me say that as someone that follows politics on a daily basis, I am rarely shocked. But what I heard last night personally disturbed me, and will get all of you grinding your teeth.
Remember all the looting throughout Iraq after the US invaded? Many Pentagon-types concede that the US should have done a better job protecting the Iraqi infrastructure. Well, according to former U.S. Ambassador Barbara Bodine, one of the three panel guests on the show, the Administration actually wanted there to be mass looting in Baghdad because it would help downsize government. In other words, Rumsfeld wanted to implement Ronald Reagan's limited government model in Iraq.
So I did some digging on the issue. I found a 2003 story in The Nation magazine that confirmed this strategy. It's quite disturbing that Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld would want there to be looting. But it all makes perfect sense:
As the Bush Administration becomes increasingly open about its plans to privatize Iraq's state industries and parts of the government, Bremer's de-Baathification takes on new meaning. Is he working only to get rid of Baath Party members, or is he also working to shrink the public sector as a whole so that hospitals, schools and even the army are primed for privatization by US firms? Just as reconstruction is the guise for privatization, de-Baathification looks a lot like disguised downsizing.
We need to ask ourselves what the purpose was behind Reagan's ideology? Why do conservative Washington insiders want limited government? Is it because their brand of government would be more efficient, or because the phrase "limited government" is code for selling democracy to the highest bidder?
Republican leaders want you to think that less government means less spending and more rights for you. But actually, there will be spending no matter what. It's just a question of who will be in charge. Do you want government, which is bound by disclosure laws, to do the work? Or do you want corporations, whose motives are less about spreading democracy than making a profit on Wall Street? Oh boy have we been used!
But the main idea is that Rumsfeld wanted this "limited government" model to be implemented. He tried. He failed. Now there is no end in sight.
#2. DEATH TOLL in Iraq SOARING
AP's Count: Contrary to Claims -- Civilian Deaths Soaring in Iraq
Published: September 01, 2007
BAGHDAD Civilian deaths rose in August to their second-highest monthly level this year, according to figures compiled Saturday by The Associated Press. That raises questions about whether U.S. strategy is working days before Congress receives landmark reports that will decide the course of the war.
At least 81 American service members also died in Iraq during August — an increase of two over the previous month but well below the year's monthly high of 126 in May. American deaths surpassed the 80 mark during only two months of 2006.