Mar 17, 2009
"I guess my general sense of where we are with respect to Iraq and at
the end of now, what, nearly six years, is that we've accomplished
nearly everything we set out to do...."
What has Dick Cheney really accomplished in Iraq?
that is, made homeless. Some 2.7 million are internally displaced
inside Iraq. A couple hundred thousand are cooling their heels in
Jordan. And perhaps a million are quickly running out of money and
often living in squalid conditions in Syria. Cheney's war has left
about 15% of Iraqis homeless inside the country or abroad. That would
be like 45 million American thrown out of their homes.
invasion and its aftermath. But it seems to me that a million extra
dead, beyond what you would have expected from a year 2000 baseline, is
entirely plausible. The toll is certainly in the hundreds of thousands.
Cheney did not kill them all. The Lancet study suggested that the US
was directly responsible for a third of all violent deaths since 2003.
That would be as much as 300,000 that we killed. The rest, we only set
in train their deaths by our invasion.
been turned from a mixed city, about half of its population Shiite and
the other half Sunni in 2003, into a Shiite city where the Sunni
population may be as little as ten to fifteen percent. From a Sunni
point of view, Cheney's war has resulted in a Shiite (and Iranian)
take-over of the Iraqi capital, long a symbol of pan-Arabism and
fundamentalist parties closely allied with Iran came to power. The
Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, the leading party in parliament, was
formed by Iraqi expatriates at the behest of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1982
in Tehran. The Islamic Mission (Da'wa) Party is the oldest ideological
Shiite party working for an Islamic state. It helped form Hizbullah in
Beirut in the early 1980s. It has supplied both prime ministers elected
since 2005. Fundamentalist Shiites shaped the constitution, which
forbids the civil legislature to pass legislation that contravenes
Islamic law. Dissidents have accused the new Iraqi government of being an Iranian puppet.
and most of it cannot even be traced. I repeat, Cheney gave away $32
bn. to anonymous cronies in such a way that we can't even be sure who
stole it, exactly. And you are angry at AIG about $400 mn. in bonuses!
We are talking about $32 billion given out in brown paper bags.
with big spikes in the murder rate in some provinces that may reflect
faction-fighting and vendettas in which the Iraqi military is loathe to
avoids mentioning all the human suffering he has caused, on a cosmic
scale, and focuses on procedural matters like elections (which he
confuses with democracy-- given 2000 in this country, you can
understand why). Or he lies, as when he says that Iran's influence in
Iraq has been blocked. Another lie is that there was that the US was
fighting "al-Qaeda" in Iraq as opposed to just Iraqis. He and Bush even
claim that they made Iraqi womens' lives better.
The real question is whether anyone will have the gumption to put Cheney on trial for treason and crimes against humanity.
© 2023 Juan Cole
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