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The spin is on once again. How can we make a failed presidency, possibly the worst in U.S. history, look a bit less pathetic. Hey, tie it into current news like he is still president!

I was with most Americans who wanted revenge after the 9/11 attack. Afghanistan here we come. But what happened? We use our military might to go after Saddam, a dictator no doubt, but not the cause of the attack. Instead of finishing what terrorists started in Afghanistan, we are distracted. There were no weapons of mass destruction, no imminent attack on America from Iraq; nothing but sweet crude oil.

Some would say we didn't go there because of our need to control the planet's resources, oh no. We went there to liberate the populace. That is such bullshit. There's dictators and the oppressed all over the world, but if you don't have resources, we're not freeing you. In fact, we like dictators, they are some of our best friends. 

With the civil unrest in the middle east, some republicans would like us to think it is all Bush's doing. Like he magically implanted an idea a half a dozen years ago into non-english speaking prepubescent minds. I'm sure they all rallied to his cry, they were just waiting to muscle up before hitting the streets.

In reality, Bush didn't liberate anything. He's a war criminal that is not allowed in many parts of the word. It's a simple case, prosecutor says he authorized torture, done. Lock the bitch up.

But I guess we should look at the people of Iraq; has it really faired well for them?

I guess we could call Bush the liberator when it comes to Iraq. They went from an American supported secular dictator to a free country with freedom of speech; as long as you praise allah at the end of each sentence. Dictatorship or theocracy, both horrible in my book.

He did chase out two and a quarter million of the educated in the country, they're in Jordan and Syria, so at least those two countries benefitted. Forty percent of Iraqi professionals have left the country. He displaced another two and a quarter million in Iraq, those that lost their homes and jobs are probably not too sure about joy of liberation. Unemployment anywhere from twenty-seven to sixty percent where curfews are not in effect, so we did liberate them from those lousy jobs they had. In 2006, the consumer price inflation was fifty percent, so I guess they are liberated from buying food. Iraqi children suffering for chronic malnutrition was close to thirty percent by 2007, again, liberated from food.

In fact, after ten years of sanctions and the war, the probability of an Iraqi child dying before forty is three times the level in surrounding countries that we haven't liberated. So, Iraqis have been liberated from old age as well.

At the end of Bush's reign of terror, the average daily hours Iraqis had electricity was one to two hours, before the war it was sixteen to twenty four hours. We've liberated them from comfort.

We brought Shock and Awe, that liberated over a million Iraqis, who are now dead or seriously injured.

We have filled the rivers with blood, and some would like to make us think that it was a noble pursuit.

Fuck them.

 

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Comment by Adriana on June 17, 2011 at 10:23am

Here is an article from the New York Times, today, Business Section, so of course it does not deal at all with how the Iraqis feel about anything, but it very nicely makes the point of all the gains and HUGE profits US companies are making in Iraq. It's very important information given that the fact that oil contracts have gone to other countries is being misused to portray the Americans (and Bush) as altruistic liberators who care about the Iraqi people and their freedom.  Read the whole article, very illustrative, especially because it's from a business perspective. Invest with confidence! You'll make a lot of money there! Below I post an excerpt; you can vomit after reading it:

June 16, 2011

In Rebuilding Iraq’s Oil Industry, U.S. Subcontractors Hold Sway

MOSCOW — When Iraq auctioned rights to rebuild and expand its oil industry two years ago, the Russian company Lukoil won a hefty portion — a field holding about 10 percent of Iraq’s known oil reserves.

It seemed a geopolitical victory for Lukoil. And because only one of the 11 fields that the Iraqis auctioned off  went to an American oil company — Exxon Mobil — it also seemed as if few petroleum benefits would flow to the country that took the lead role in the war, the United States.

The auction’s outcome helped defuse criticism in the Arab world that the United States had invaded Iraq for its oil. “No one, even the United States, can steal the oil,” the Iraqi government spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh, said at the time.

But American companies can, apparently, drill for the oil.

In fact, American drilling companies stand to make tens of billions of dollars from the new petroleum activity in Iraq long before any of the oil producers start seeing any returns on their investments.

Lukoil and many of the other international oil companies that won fields in the auction are now subcontracting mostly with the four largely American oil services companies that are global leaders in their field: Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Weatherford International and Schlumberger. Those four have won the largest portion of the subcontracts to drill for oil, build wells and refurbish old equipment.

“Iraq is a huge opportunity for contractors,” Alex Munton, a Middle East analyst for Wood Mackenzie, a research and consulting firm based in Edinburgh, said by telephone.

Mr. Munton estimated that about half of the $150 billion the international majors are expected to invest at Iraqi oil fields over the next decade would go to drilling subcontractors — most of it to the big four operators, which all have ties to the Texas oil industry.

Halliburton and Baker Hughes are based in Houston, as is the drilling unit of Schlumberger, which is based in Paris. Weatherford, though now incorporated in Switzerland, was founded in Texas and still has big operations there.

Michael Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and an authority on oil and conflict, said that American oil services companies were generally dominant both in the Middle East and globally because of their advanced drilling technology. So it is no surprise, he said, they came out on top in Iraq, too — whatever the initial diplomatic appearances.

United States officials have said that American experts who advised the Iraqi oil ministry about ways to restore and increase petroleum production did so without seeking any preferences for American companies.

And immediately after the 2009 auction round won by Lukoil, the United States Embassy spokesman in Baghdad, Philip Frayne, told Reuters that “the results of the bid round should lay to rest the old canard that the U.S. intervened in Iraq to secure Iraqi oil for American companies.”


But Professor Klare said that the American officials who had advised the Iraqi government on its contracting decisions almost certainly expected American oil services companies to win a good portion of the business there, regardless who won the primary contracts
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Comment by Jaume on June 17, 2011 at 12:53am

Don't be unfair: most heads of state go from bad to worse, but remember that Bush actually enjoyed unmitigated success at something near the end of his mandate --

Comment by Julien on June 17, 2011 at 12:16am

Bush the liberator, military intelligence, business ethics...

 

Great post, Neal!

Comment by Adriana on June 16, 2011 at 2:23pm
@JM: Neal is using it ironically, but no, there are people who really believe that GWB was a liberator.
Comment by Jean Marie on June 16, 2011 at 2:20pm

Bush THE LIBERATOR??? is a joke, right?

oh my.

 

i'm initially too overwhelmed with the concept of "bush the liberator" to put words together in reply.  Is like, discussing creationism or something, so crazy, so provabley false, one barely knows where to put a fork in....

amazing how the "Middle East Spring" is occurring without Bush.

Comment by Adriana on June 16, 2011 at 1:55pm

The reality is that American foreign policy has always favored dictators (even putting them and keeping them in power) whenever it was convenient for American political interests or economic interests.  It is definitively not only an immoral foreign policy, but also short-sighted: we think dictators are easier to control than democracies, but on several occasions the dictators became unmanageable, even though we've poured money into their regimes. what else can you expect from a dictator, after all. What about investing in education and programs to decrease poverty and inequality? Now that would be a populace that really loved America.  But no, our approach is to "liberate them" with weapons; first raze their freaking country to the ground, causing countless civilian causalities, dead people but also lost lives in the sense of dreams shattered. A country without adequate infrastructure is not going to remain "democratic" for very long.

But, yeah, they are supposed to love us for "liberating" them, even if we killed their relatives, friends, neighbors and left them with a country in shatters.  The nerve these people have, becoming terrorists, when they should love us for our altruidstic behavior as liberators.

What a crock of shit. Makes me want to vomit. May be I'm ungrateful too, perhaps because I grew up under a US-backed dictatorship. That was no picnic, and it pales in comparison to Iraq.

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