In recent hearings of the U.S. Congress with testimony by General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker, plus comments from President Bush and numerous government officials, it is clear that Iraq’s fate is absolutely subsumed by U.S. interests and objectives for itself as a state and regional interests of the U.S.
Anyone who believes that Iraq is truly a sovereign nation is dwelling in fantasyland.
Iraq has an elected democracy determined for it by the U.S. Iraq has a role in the region determined for it by the U.S. The U.S determines the oil laws. The friends of Iraq within the region are to be determined and controlled and monitored by the U.S.
Iraq will not be allowed to veer from a narrow course of actions and policies that are to be carefully vetted by the U.S. government and its operatives as in line with U.S. economic interests. It is all about money, power, economics and U.S. strategic and tactical interests within the region and the world. Iraq is not to be allowed to closely align itself with Iran. Why? Iran is no more a terrorist state than the U.S. is a terrorist state, but Iran is a strategic competitor of the U.S. and that is what truly matters.
Within Iraq there are many factions, ethnic groups, religious orders and populations, and each is monitored and muscled by the U.S. in favor of U.S. interests. The U.S. uses the age-old "divide and conquer" routine that worked so successfully with North American indigenous peoples when the American continent was settled. The U.S. Army formed alliances with Crow Indians against Lakota, with "pacified" Apaches against renegades such as Geronimo, and with some Sunni Sheiks against Al Qaeda and Iraqi Shiia. The U.S. works with Kurds against Sunnis and Shiia. Divide and conquer with the prime beneficiary ALWAYS the U.S. and its economic interests.
During the recent hearings with Petraeus and Crocker, did anyone hear serious discussion and questionings of these men about the state of affairs of Iraqi children, the dispossessed refugees who have had to flee their neighborhoods or even the country to find safety, and others who have suffered from living in a war zone brought for U.S. interests?
Iraqis did not attack the U.S. They did not start this war. They do not want to be occupied, colonized, bartered along with their resources, displaced, maimed and killed, or impoverished even if they can somehow avoid the military carnage. But this state of affairs suits U.S. economic interests, and it will continue as long as U.S. economic interests are all that matters in Iraq.
A truly sovereign Iraq will not require U.S. intervention in drafting its own constitution or economic plans and oil laws. A truly sovereign Iraq will not base U.S. soldiers on its land. A truly sovereign Iraq will not be home to the largest U.S. embassy building in the world, proportionate to the immense oil wealth still lying virtually unexploited under Iraqi sands.
The insurgents know what is at stake, and they know that military opposition of U.S. economic interests makes all such insurgents subject to death by U.S. forces and their recruited Iraqi subjects.
The famous Native American Indian Crazy Horse was killed, not by American soldiers, but at a U.S. Army camp by recruits from his own Lakota people.
Iraq is like South Dakota, Crazy Horse’ home. South Dakota had timber, minerals and gold, and when gold was found in the Black Hills all treaties between the U.S. and the Lakota people went instantly defunct.
Too much economic interest was at stake. When the U.S. White House became a wholly owned subsidiary of the U.S. petroleum industry with the ascent to power of George W. Bush and his petroleum-obsessed administration, Iraq became the new South Dakota. It was not that much more difficult in the 21st century for the U.S. to invade Iraq as it was in the 19th century for the U.S. Army to invade Lakota land.
U.S economic interests and objectives are at stake, and Iraq is paying the price, just as the Lakota paid the price in the 1800’s. Iraq will survive this, but many will die and the colonization will continue until the economic players have reaped the fruit of their bloody labor.