Reality can be hard
on theorists -- just ask that gaggle of conservative geniuses who
designed and pushed the invasion of Iraq.
The theory propounded
by Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and President Bush's other
"Big-Thinker" war hawks (none of whom have ever actually been in a war)
was that crushing Saddam Hussein would cause the flowering of a
pro-American democracy in Iraq. In the glorious vision of these
theorists, grateful Iraqis would shower American troops with rose
petals, Halliburton would quickly rebuild the country's infrastructure,
U.S. corporations would install a pure capitalist economy, and our
troops would be home by summer, having turned over power to a secular
government, largely handpicked by us.
Of course, the
reality is that our troops are still mired there, showered with bombs
and bullets rather than roses. The economy is a wreck, and far from
becoming a Mideastern bastion of American empire, Iraq has become an
incubator for anti-American terrorists.
But the greatest
embarrassment for White House theorists is that the recent elections in
Iraq produced the exact opposite of what they assumed. The theory was
that secular Iraqi politicians long allied with the CIA would win,
giving Bush & Co. an Arab ally to counter the Muslim theocracy in
neighboring Iran. In theory, thus Americanized Iraq could then be
counted on to side with the United States on everything from Mideast oil
prices to Israeli policy.
But -- oops -- the
White House candidates got skunked! The election was won by a religious
slate handpicked by Iraq's top Shiite Muslim leader. Moreover, the two
parties that now control three-fourths of the new government's
legislative seats have long standing and very close ties not to us --
but to that Islamic republic right next door in Iran.
One of the greatest
ironies of Bush's war is that it has created a new ally for Iran, the
very country that the conservative want to attack next.
Jim Hightower is the best-selling author
of "Thieves In High Places: They've Stolen Our Country And It's Time To
Take It Back," on sale now from Viking Press.
www.jimhightower.com Distributed by
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