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Iraq elections.. still doesn’t justify Bush’s decision..

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The recent elections in Iraq to date are a success with an excellent turnout and clean voting, to many people that will become a flag waver to state that the Blair/Howard/Bush administration’s policy to invade Iraq was the correct one, and with freedom for all and a victory for democracy.

I have stated in numerous earlier journals that the war was the wrong thing to do, a good outcome out of the election still does not justify the decision’s, why because the war was not needed to sort the problems out, if fact it caused more strife than good….in fact it gave Al-Qaeda more victories and success than they ever dreamed of…Bush more than played right into their hands, he gave them a mandate to power and road to fulfilling their ultimate desires.

The great Idea for Iran and Al-Qaeda is for a large Muslim state, a New Persia so to speak, a major force in the middle east that would have been a major power situation, the dream is for parts of Western Pakistan or all of Muslim Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and most importantly Iraq to be all one united state (New Persia), a vocal and powerful Muslim union, against all of the rest of us, so if this union was powerful and strong enough then the rest of the Muslim world might have joined to create a large significant population of sheer faith, and power..the idea is flawed in the fact that a huge percentage of the Muslim world don’t agree or want the severe ethics of the Iranian-Al-Qaeda-Taliban Islamic doctrine..

The flaw for Bush was not going in and stopping quickly this central core of Taliban and Al-Qaeda fundamentalists and their leaders, the same that stuck a severe blow in the lower part of New York City, but by not snuffing out this central candle, it then gave Iran a voice and a power, and the rise of Pakistani radical Muslim groups to arms, but by going into Iraq really gave the New Persians a chance and an opportunity they could only dream of,  first by removing an major adversary to their ideals, Saddam Hussein. His Imposed War 1980 to 1988 where they threw babies at each other had descended into a terrible trench warfare situation, and it had cost both sides dearly, but secondly quickly opened up Iraq to sectarian warfare, Al-Qaeda were very quickly able to gather strength of the promise of a radical Muslim uprising, the ideals quickly took hold by putting the Americans into a rear guard action and creating two war fronts both weak, Al-Qaeda and friends nearly won, the line was very close, Iraq could have become New Persia, or part of it as the country could have been segregated up between the minorities, Shia, Sunnis and mainly the Shi’ite republic with Moqtada al-Sadr as leader which would aligned itself with Iran, so what went wrong..

The Petraeus plan of an “surge” of 30.000 troops was a masterpiece of saving the whole catastrophe from happening, it worked on two fronts, finally slowing down the insurgents, and stopped the mess from slipping into complete failure, its timing was almost too late, finally American armed forces did their job which was be a force to be reckoned with, it worked and it worked brilliantly, but another thing happened as well which turned Iraqis to the polls in numbers, Barack Obama was now going to succeed Bush as the next President, make no mistake, the insurgency knew quickly that Obama would be a very different opponent, why because he is not a blood and thunder type of Commander in Chief, but a wily sniper take you out type, and he will and they know that now Al-Qaeda’s days are numbered, Obama will strike and hard and more efficiently than Bush ever was, Petraeus is already there, working..finding answers, putting his ideas into action, and they know what is coming, The Taliban has already struck Kabul quickly just days ago, making noises that they are ready for the impending action,  Iran has already moved the other way by making noises about opening a line of communicatioto the West, the chips are starting to fall, as when the troops leave Iraq en-mass then they will be deployed into Afghanistan and in the shear numbers to do the job that should have been done 5 years ago.

You will say that with Iraq’s quickly changing situation that this is the reason for Iran’s sudden change of heart, and I am still wrong, the path of history is now going in this direction; which will then change the situation.

but what if..Bush had done the right thing back in 2003 and had hit the Al-Qaeda army and its Taliban Brothers hard, say a conflict of two years, knocking out the core of fanatics, Iran would have been isolated straight away, Pakistan also, taking away the core forces and the rhetoric, It would have been easier for the Pakistani authorities to clean up the remainder and stop the spread of the fundamentalism embedded in the western provences, the threat to the west would have quickly eased, London may have still happened, Bali also, but Spain and smaller threats would have been dissolved, America would also have had more cooperation from Europe in troops and support in that they were doing it their way and not the American Shock and Awe route.

The big question is here is still Saddam Hussein?..well remember he was straitjacketed tight at the time, The first Gulf war had certainly had an severe impact of totally diminishing the strength and the fighting of his forces and that was shown with the second war, there was simply very little resistance to the invasion, Saddam was locked down by everyone, Turkey to the north, Syria to the west, the coalition forces to the south and the United Nations on everything else, his population was starving and his options were getting smaller by the day, If the Amer-Afgan war had been a quick success his options would have been even worse, America could have just sat on his borders and tightened the noose and waited for him to kill himself or his power dissolve down into civil war, which it did anyway.. remember Iraq was a thriving democratic country before Saddam and his Baath party took control, so only a small push would have been needed for him to capitulate to his fate, shear economic loss and his starving population would have fixed his situation, he was already running from palace to palace to stay alive,  still an invasion could have been mounted if the United Nations required one, but unlike the failed one in 2004 it would have ended in Bagdad as the fundamentalism would have no basis to ignite, but the reality was Saddam was finished right after the first gulf war..it was only time till it ended one way or the other…the invasion was not needed..but help and rebuilding the nation would have been offered if the Iraqis had taken over the power of the country, for of course its greatest asset is still it’s oil, the Wests overwhelming number one need, and again the right sort of government would have evolved just like there are in these elections taking place right now and not a puppet government that is aligned with United States interests, again that is not what the Iraqi people want, The Americans say they they were giving them democracy, but it is a Untied States type of forced democracy and not an Iraqi one, in other words.. Imperialism.

The biggest difference if Bush had of quashed the fundamentalists would have been saving of the shear loss of life, In Iraq and around the world, including Pakistan and India, heightening the safety of the world’s populace including Muslims and Arabs and quickly reducing the tension between faiths,

There are still raging fires burning right now, Israel, Palestine, Africa, Kashmir all hard to fix, but it an be easier without Islamic fundamentalist’s rhetoric and violence, they as well as us have to accept we all now live in a Global Society that cannot go back to 1800’s style warlord kingdoms, yes these people have grievances and it is the global communities responsibility to help and fix their problems, by raising their living standards and provide them with basic human rights, that is the work of the United Nations, to speak and act for all of us, so these sort of ethnic and religious differences are attended to and not reduced to warfare and human suffering, we all have to be responsible towards each other’s faiths and respect our differences, most conflicts are created out of loss, suffering and pain and mostly greed of one taking advantage of a weaker situation, it is time to stop and understand that we all have basic rights..respect each other, and that includes the terrorists killing indiscriminately and governments and companies behaving responsibly or irresponsibly, its a big ask but its a start.

Barack Obama is hope for a better world, the Bush route is not acceptable and has proven it can’t work, change the basics and the rest will fix themselves, Obama knows that reducing America’s dependence on Oil can change the world, for the better, his work at home will stop America invading countries like Iraq for their resources, this sort of thinking can change things and stop conflicts, but there are other times there is a need for the hard hit, Bosnia or to stop other maniacs ruling and killing to their advantage, but with the support of the rest of the global community..

..we all have a responsibility towards our own…to do the right thing and at the right time; to give us a home so we all can have a chance to live a fair and safe life, not for our own advantage but for what is right, Some say that the invasion of Iraq was doing this, it was, but at the wrong time, and for the wrong reasons and we all suffered no more so than the Iraqis themselves, while the true monsters ran amok and created the world in their eyes, and world of hatred, pain and revenge for things that simple people leading ordinary lives in other countries with no connection to the hatred are now dead, payed for with their own lives..caught in the crossfire of a clash of beliefs and idealism, they never asked to die or be involved in something that is happening across the other side of the globe,  that is the right from wrong…that is what George W Bush/Blair/Howard  got seriously wrong, they saved the wrong people..

Person of the Year 2008….George W Bush?

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Every media will proclaim the victory of Mr Barack Obama as the wonderkind of 2008, change and the future, however the person that had the most impact on the year was really George W Bush…Bush!, I can see you already pulling your face in disgust and picking up your shoe,  but the story is that George W is the reason Barack is now President-elect and not anyone else, as timing in Politics is the same as in comedy, it is knowing when to say something or when to shut up, or when to be in the right place at the right time and when not too be, Barack was the star performer, Bush the worst….and because of the collapse of his Administration, his office, and that he created such a vortex of catastrophic failures during his two terms and as they all came to a decisive conclusion at one single point in time,  he was the Person of the year 2008…the one person who had made the biggest impact on the world in that single year.

As Harry Truman said “The buck stops here”…at the desk of the President, and George W was sitting at that desk.

But it is the tragedy of George W Bush that will haunt the world for many years, right down to you and me on the street, and proves that not everyone with the wish should or could be a President of a major superpower, at least we are still here, George at least didn’t do the really really stupid thing, but the feeling is that is only because some West Wing staff member locked the nuclear keys in a drawer, then forgot about them and went home, and because of that, Iran and us can now breath a little easier at least in the new year.

This Journal is not here to Bush bash or anti American bom bahing, but facts are facts and we and history will have to live with the created mess everyday, but the reality of the last eight years has brought the world to its knees, its time to look at how and why it happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again..and how Barack Obama can thank his lucky stars, that the 43rd President was George W Bush.

Every country has several faces it shows to the world, I am of British decent and is proud of its achievements, its history and its people, however we as a nation had some dark spots, Colonialism, Slavery, Cricket to name a few, we also introduced the Industrial Revolution and created the advancements that made the modern world it is today, but at the same time created atrocious housing and inhuman working conditions to fill the employment of the Northern Mills, and just to make the proprietors rich…and so what George W Bush created was the other side of the American Dream, the dark side..it was always there, it just needed the right vessel to become mainstream, hopefully these lessons will be absorbed not only by the new administration, but by all Americans in that we all have several makeups to our characters, its just some should be repressed or dissolved for good..we the British have to live with some aspects of our past…but we have learn’t from the mistakes and made our country stronger.

But Bush created almost something new, the aspect of uncontrol by doing things that would seem right but are dangerous to unleash, most decisions were made by one dimensional thinking, not taking stock of other outcomes, weighing up the for or against, they are almost all reactive in their conception,  if i do this, this will happen, but in this world there are several aspects or more to every situation, most politicians understand this, that is why most decisions are compromises not the whole ticket. So how did a man that thought this way or could be persuaded to simple logic to allowed to run for such an important office..

Carl Rove, Bush’s maestro Campaign manager is a master of manipulation and demographics, and found that if Bush used most minority extreme groups like the Christian Evangelical Right, Gun Lobby, Pro Life and every other party angry about their extreme minority causes he could get elected, dangerous, of course it is, but there was some very powerful people behind all this rabble as well, and we will get to them soon, This and a hand on the heart of extreme patriotism got George W to the line but but not quite over it in the November 7th 2000 election, because some discause had broken out in Florida, were his brother Jeb Bush was Governor, that after the 3rd recount that had went back and forth from the Florida Court to the US Supreme Court, the tally from the final machine recount stated that Bush had won the Florida vote by a margin of 537 votes out of six million cast, but many voters were not allowed to vote or others were not even counted, fair in an democratic country, and most of the abstained votes were black, isn’t that racist?..but George however was over the line and into the office of the President of the United States Of America…power not a vote had bought George W Bush to office, but the problem for W, was the fact he was now in a situation were as there were a lot now of people saying to him,” your in kid, now you are going to do this for us”, and the…them were the dark side of everything that should be kept under control, in other words they had control of the country and not the President,  So you had a Supreme power not incontrol of his power, a recipe for disaster and so what slowly unfolded over the last eight years was…power out of control.

The Republican Party did control the senate as well, helpless Democrats were reduced to fractions and the one thing Republicans do well is big business, corruption and adorn themselves with every trophy they can shower upon themselves that their elevated position can deliver, plus they could use all the power they could muster inside the White House and in Washington generally, power inside the White house was cornered by not the President, but by the Vice-President Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield, Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist, Carl Rove and Ralph Reed and be the “them” of other powers that put George W in the Oval Office, Cheney is a hawk in the extreme, or a bully would be more of a description, Cheney consumed power like a nuclear bomb consumes cities, and all that was needed was a spark…and it wasn’t long in coming..Sept 11 2001.

The details of the terrorists involved are debated in another blog coming, but here it was an excuse to show American arrogance to the extreme and an opening in the  darker side to the American Character, Cheney, Dept of Defense Head Rumsfield and their merry Neo-Con band were not interested in Al-Qaeda and Bin-Laden, they were to them mere pebbles on a beach even though they had left a large hole in lower New York City, Iraq was more to their liking, and for many reasons, one was its Oil, which is a giant money exporter and a desirable consumable in the USA, so why not just hand it over to the Texans to which George W was one of their kind, The Saudi’s were getting more difficult in their demands everyday and getting use to using their rising power; and it left the world’s most gulping consumer vulnerable and exposed to their demands,  Second was that to eradicate Saddam Hussein and to put a puppet government in control would also strengthen Israel’s precarious position in the Middle East, Third, Cheney’s former post was as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Halliburton, a so called energy company that had its fingers in many pies, including the US Military.

So now you have to understand how the US goes to war in this day and age to see the big picture on how Iraq was a great business deal first and a moralistic help on saving the Iraqi population second, first the strike was done,  Shock and Awe was started March 20th 2002 and completed with a victory on the 1st May…then the corporations moved in, their task was to rebuild Iraq, at a cost to the American Tax Payer and to the ownership of the Iraq’s themselves, everything in the American Logistical Command is put out to private tender, so the people working in Iraq are not Military but civilians, even security firms were not soldiers but civilian armed guards, the rest were builders, suppliers, truckers, fast food joints, IT workers,  just ordinary Americans just doing a very well paid  job in an Middle Eastern Country or now the 53rd State of the Union, making not peace but money, and a lot if not all of it went went back into the Republican Party’s Senators coffers and their large Company Banks, including Halliburtons or KBR.. a major construction company which was another subsidiary or Brown & Root Services another division and so on…The War is and was only about profit for America and not peace, but the problem was The White House didn’t expect the Iraqis to fight back and why shouldn’t they, it was imperialism in its extreme, and so a prolonged tactical insurgency took hold and pulled the Americans down into a quagmire of incompetence, complete loss of authority and loss of respect of American Military Might.

Now at the same time that Business Iraq was opening its doors, The Bush Administration decided that there was still way too much regulation around Wall Street, Bullish that the markets had survived the greed of the Dot.com bubble, and hoping it was not going to spread too far (down) in losses,  there then was the de-regulation for the markets, de-regulation was started by the Clinton Administration to create a smaller more efficient Government,  but it was soon seen more as a cash cow by the Bush Administration, so they put their foot on the accelerator, Energy was one that was ripe for picking, and soon it was game on, it lasted a year with Enron already in court for the so called accountancy misdemeanors, then came WorldCom, a few…no a lot more and more were then hauled before the courts including Halliburtons, and for more and more infringements of corporate law.

From The White House there was nothing but silence…Greed is good, don’t rock the boat, now all was in place for everything to go stratospheric, and it did…for years…Alan Greenspan the Chairman of the Federal Reserve first dropped interest rates from 3.5% to 3.0% then again then again to 1.0% after the self inflicted energy accounting scandals to try to stimulate the housing market, fair enough but with no real checks and balances from Washington, Wall Street then went on to the biggest bull boom of its life, so Wall Street started its Sub-Prime lending boom, almost giving loans and credit away, and reaping billions in rewards, companies thrived in an free market place with no restrictions…Oil was so cheap it was thrown away, Credit so available that children could get credit cards (A couple of dogs got their cards dropped in the mailbox too)…it was hysteria in a buying spree like no other, and Americans and the world lapped it up…..it was almost like George was on the street handing out $100 bills, but only to the very rich, and they gave them unreasonable Tax breaks too…Under Bush to be rich was good, to be very very rich was better. Continue reading