- Bush's "surge" speech is a hoax, but members
of Congress and media commentators are discussing the surge as if it were
- I invite the reader to examine the speech. The "surge"
content consists of nonsensical propagandistic statements. The real content
of the speech is toward the end where Bush mentions Iran and Syria.
- Bush makes it clear that success in Iraq does not depend
on the surge. Rather, "Succeeding in Iraq . . . begins with addressing
Iran and Syria."
- Bush asserts that "these two regimes are allowing
terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of
Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops."
- Bush's assertions are propagandistic lies.
- The Iraq insurgency is Sunni. Iran is Shi'ite. If Iran
is supporting anyone in Iraq it is the Shi'ites, who have not been part
of the insurgency. Indeed, the Sunni and Shi'ites are engaged in a civil
war within Iraq.
- Does any intelligent person really believe that Iranian
Shi'ites are going to arm Iraqi Sunnis who are killing Iraqi Shi'ites allied
with Iran? Does anyone really believe that Iranian Shi'ites are going to
provide sanctuary for Iraqi Sunnis?
- Bush can tell blatant propagandistic lies, because Congress
and the American people don't know enough facts to realize the absurdity
of Bush's assertions.
- Why is Bush telling these lies? Here is the answer: Bush
says, "We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We will interrupt
the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy
the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in
- In those words, Bush states perfectly clearly that victory
in Iraq requires US forces to attack Iran and Syria. Moreover, Bush says,
"We are also taking other steps to bolster the security of Iraq and
protect American interests in the Middle East. I recently ordered the deployment
of an additional carrier strike group to the region."
- What do two US aircraft carrier attack groups in the
Persian Gulf have to do with a guerilla ground war in Iraq?
- The "surge" is merely a tactic to buy time
while war with Iran and Syria can be orchestrated. The neoconservative/Israeli
cabal feared that the pressure that Congress, the public, and the American
foreign policy establishment were putting on Bush to de-escalate in Iraq
would terminate their plan to achieve hegemony in the Middle East.
- Failure in Iraq would mean the end of the neoconservatives'
influence. It would be impossible to start a new war with Iran after losing
the war in Iraq.
- The neoconservatives and the right-wing Israeli government
have clearly stated their plans to overthrow Muslim governments throughout
the region and to deracinate Islam. These plans existed long before 9/11.
- Near the end of his "surge" speech, Bush adopts
the neoconservative program as US policy. The struggle, Bush says, echoing
the neoconservatives and the Israeli right-wing, goes far beyond Iraq.
"The challenge," Bush says, is "playing out across the broader
Middle East. . . . It is the decisive ideological struggle of our time."
- America is pitted against "extremists" who
"have declared their intention to destroy our way of life." "The
most realistic way to protect the American people," Bush says, is
"by advancing liberty across a troubled region."
- This, of course, is a massive duplicitous lie. We have
brought no liberty to Iraq, but we have destroyed their way of life. Bush
suggests that Muslims in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine are waiting
and hoping for more invasions to free them of violence. Did Bush's invasion
free Iraq from violence or did it bring violence to Iraq?
- It is extraordinary that anyone can listen to this blatant
declaration of US aggression in the Middle East without demanding Bush's
- Republican US Senator Chuck Hagel declared Bush's plan
to be "the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since
Vietnam." In truth, it is far worse. It is naked aggression justified
by transparent lies. No one has ever heard governments in Iraq, Syria,
or Iran declare "their intention to destroy our way of life."
To the contrary, it is the United States and Israel that are trying to
destroy the Muslim way of life.
- The crystal clear truth is that fanatical neoconservatives
and Israelis are using Bush to commit the United States to a catastrophic
- Paul Craig Roberts wrote the Kemp-Roth bill and was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate
Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor
of National Review. He is author or coauthor of eight books, including
The Supply-Side Revolutin (Harvard University Press). He has held numerous
academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair in Political
Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University
and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He
has contributed to numerous scholar journals and testified before Congress
on 30 occasions. He has been awarded the U.S. Treasury's Meritorious Service
Award and the French Legion of Honor. He was a reviewer for the Journal
of Political Economy under editor Robert Mundell. He can be reached at:email@example.com