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George Bush and most of the Republicans in Congress were alarmed by public reaction to the Bush and FEMA inaction during Katrina. They came up with a strategy to take some of the blame away. They said that everybody was to blame: city, county, state officials and maybe, perhaps, even the President may have incurred a tiny bit of blame. Today they have reworked this strategy to take the growing heat off of the Bush administration for ostensibly lying, or spinning, the truth about going to war with Iraq. They have decided that, like Katrina, everybody is to blame, and maybe, perhaps, even the President may have been misled, innocently but heroically. They are going to stick with this explanation, for the same reason that Bush is going to stay the course in Iraq. They have nothing better. But if they cannot find a good reason for going to war, perhaps they can obscure the issue by introducing red herrings into our daily menu of explanations. Distraction, denial and secrecy are the most valuable tools of the Bush administration and he will play those cards inexhaustibly to enhance his propaganda. It was difficult to find the ostensible reasons in George Bush’s head, or those of his handlers, to declare war with Iraq. The reasons keep shifting, like desert sands, and what seemed clear one day was completely obscured another day. Certainly for religious devotees of Bush the reason adduced was all-sufficient for their support and acceptance. Here it is: "God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did." - Bush to Mahmood Abbas, quoted in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Readers will be familiar with the frequent references Bush has made to his conversations with his Old Testament God. Evidently whatever God wants, is what God gets from Bush. Nothing else matters, no law, no Constitution, no judicial nor diplomatic history of our country, no political “values”, only some sort of Divine whispering into Bush’s ear is sufficient to dismiss all political, social and historical values to undertake a mighty mission for Yahweh. Bible quotations are used by the Bush administration as the basis for legislation to supersede that of a more secular constitution, making us wonder if Iraq had witches that needed obligatory execution. Nothing can be more absolute, more compelling, than the word of some ancient divinity from a backwater pastoral culture that was kept wandering in the wilderness for 40 years and was fed on heavenly mush. It is interesting that all the words of all the other hundreds of divinities or entities of 4,000 years ago are regarded by the Bush people as false, erroneous, superstition, or sinful. But there is no accounting for absolutism, either in politics or in religion. Once you pick your favorite superstition, you are stuck with it. Obviously not all people of the United States share the Bush administration’s evangelical charismatic dogma. They cannot believe that a modern President would act like a Greek emperor on the basis of Oracles, flights of birds, dreams and godlike whispers from Divinities like Zeus or semi-human heroes like Hercules. They want to find other reasons than religious for Bush to declare war, cause endless death, destruction and hatred at enormous expense which will be shifted to their grandchildren eventually. In searching newspapers, magazines, listening to TV or radio, looking at blogs and commentaries, scrolling through old computer files, I found many reasons for Bush and his supporters claiming their absolutist view of the dismal situation. I don’t know how many reasons were “legitimate”, if any, but here are some: Top reasons that George W. Bush invaded Iraq. Because he needed some good distraction to get the public attention away from his desultory performance as peace-time President. Because he knew that by scaring the hell out of the public, they would be forced to depend on him for their safety. Because it would have been too easy to catch Osama bin Laden, thus preventing him from attempting future unnecessary invasions, so Bush let bin Laden escape, thus allowing him to remain as War President and strut about like a war hero. Because he didn’t like Saddam Hussein’s big black mustache, as he could only achieve a sort of straggly weak effect. Because he was jealous of Saddam’s waving a big rifle from the Presidential palace and shooting holes in the sky. Because he was certain that Saddam had many pilotless planes all loaded with biological or atom bombs to bomb the hell out of his precious ranch in Crawford, Texas. Think of all that brush piling up! Because Saddam was not cooperative in the Oil for Food campaign with Bush contributors so their corruption efforts were thwarted. Because Saddam personally arranged the attack on 9/11, paying cash for terrorists to bomb the Twin Towers. Because Saddam personally trained the 9/11 terrorists how to get a plane up in the air but never showed them how to get down again. Because the US was under obvious “imminent threat” of attack from Saddam some day, soon, perhaps to the great alarm of Condi Rice as war might get her expensive shoes dirty. Because Saddam probably had nuclear bombs that someday might possibly reach the U.S. causing incalculable damage to unknown numbers of innocent Americans and ruining their baseball season. Because Saddam had weapons of mass distraction, er, destruction that could ruin all of Walmart’s retail sales and ruin their cash flow. Because Saddam was training the Al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists in order to attack the Republican Senator’s elaborate country homes, pensions and life style and the moral values of Tom Delay. Because Bush wanted to liberate the Iraqi people from an irritable and egomaniacal ruler, making intolerable competition for Bush. Bush just wanted to liberate the Iraqi people by knocking down their old houses and getting rid of excess population, for which he would deserve flowers, thanks and effusive praise. Bush wanted to get American oil out from under the Iraqi sand. Because Bush wanted to mention 9/11 several hundred times and pretend he did something heroic at that time. Because Bush wanted to find the yellow cake that Saddam was importing. Condi Rice wanted the recipe for the cake. Because Bush wanted to stop Saddam from importing aluminum tubes which could be used for Heaven-only-Knows mischief. Because Bush’s friends wanted to apply preemption to somebody to see how it would turn out as preparation for future assaults of Syria, Iran, Libya, and maybe even North Korea. Because the Bush cabinet and speech-writers wanted to prate endlessly on TV about morals, freedom, and “our brave boys” thus getting the public attention off of the dire domestic situation. Because Bush said to Karl Rove, “How can I say “F... you to the entire world??” Because Bush’s trigger finger was getting restless to push a red button so he could smirk and swagger heroically at bringing death to millions of Muslim infidels, thus pleasing Pat Robertson. Because Bush’s handlers wanted to let him think he could make some decisions for himself. Because he heard that Osama bin Laden was someplace in Afhgnistan Afghnistingan Ahfghannistin, oh hell, in Iraq. Because Cheney wanted to save Iraqi oil for his old Millennium Corporation and let Iraqis extract it at minimum wages. Because Bush wanted one or two of Saddam’s old palaces, at least one for Dick Cheney, another for Karl Rove, one for Condi, one for Rumsfeld, one for Wolfowitz, and another where Ashford could retire permanently in quiet ease. Scooter Libby would get one, maybe Jerry Falwell another. Good times! Because somehow the issue of Iraqi oil came up, and Millennium Corporation given the oil without contract, showing how fair corruption can become. Because the Bush invasion of Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with oil, absolutely nothing, no sirree, don’t even mention it. Get it? Because North Korea had nuclear bombs and Iraq didn’t. Because Dick Cheney told him to do it to show his moral authority over the Muslim infidels and besides it’s fun to kill Muslims with Shock and Awe. Because Wolfowitz wanted to see our troops decorated with flowers and kisses by the Iraqis. In return we will throw the Iraqi urchins chewing gum, Mars candy bars, and cluster bombs to blow the little bastards sky-high. Because it would make the entire world jealous of the military and diplomatic prowess of the Bush heroic warhawks entitling them to wear 10 yards of gold braid and to wear Bush Freedom medals prominently suspended from solid gold necklaces. Because the Bush dirty-tricks people could leak the name of CIA agents whenever necessary to distract from serious economic issues. To distract attention from that “global warming” nonsense. To give True Believers something to pray about and demonstrate that their Yahweh is bigger, better, and brighter than any other old divinity from the rubbish heap of history. To show Bill Clinton how a Texan can govern without actually being in Washington To show the world what a BIG smoking gun looks like. To be able to use big colorful symbols to indicate when to be scared, poop in one’s pants, and when to say “just kidding.” Because Bush corporate friends wanted to sell a lot of duct tape with which to seal up homes against poison gas and bacteria. Because Iraq posed a clear and present danger to public awareness of Bush’s governing incompetence. Because Bush wanted to give his troops some healthy exercise sunning and playing baseball in a sandy country. Because by killing Muslims in Babylon, there wouldn’t be enough left of them to set off bombs in London or New York. Because it is better to invade sooner than later before taxpayers can protest. Because it would show those damned French and Germans that Bush can go it alone anytime anyplace. Because it shows True Believers that God is on their side and wants another crusade to kill surplus women, children and abominable infidels. To put a stop to the horrible tyranny of Saddam and substitute that of the Bush neocons. To show that unprovoked attacks are profitable to the military-industrial establishment. To show that Bush intends to impose sovereignty and security on a region that was only civilized for 3,000 years. To show that cowardly neocons can impose massive casualties and destruction without getting their own skins scratched. To let billions of dollars flow through the hands of neocons and let the nation accumulate the largest deficit in history. To let Bush and his Republicans pose in front of flags, and talk about their “brave boys” while prohibiting pictures of coffins and keeping their wounded in seclusion away from dangerous publicity. To practice secrecy and see how far lies, misinformation, deception, stealth, and preemption can take an incurious, manic, petulant, and irritable president to make a “legacy.” To see how far stupidity will distract from the environment and other serious issues of the day. To make sure that “regime change” only works in one direction. To condemn the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as infamous treachery, but the Shock-and-Awe attack on Baghdad as judicious and careful Christian stealth and deceit. To avoid irritable international discussion of world bodies, like the UN, by taking unilateral effective action. To destroy homes, industries, roads, bridges, hospitals and thousands of lives to avenge an attack on Bush’s daddy. To demonstrate that peaceful diplomacy is folly, the UN unworkable, world organizations inept, but Karl Rove is a wonderful guy. To show that an endless cycle of hatred and revenge can be started by cowardly warhawks and result in thousands of deaths for the profit of a few neocons. To please Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson by destroying infidels and showing the superiority of Baptism and Methodist peace efforts by killing Muslims.. To demonstrate that you can kill, torture or abuse any number of Iraqis, so Republican Senators will simply call it “trivial” and perhaps even like a “prank,” thus demonstrating their moral superiority. To prove you can invade a country without knowing anything about it, or being able to pronounce anyone’s name there. To show forcefully that you can lie to invade a country and nobody will dare impeach you but on the contrary a compliant press will applaud your heroic efforts to bring democracy and freedom with cruise missiles. To show that if you have enough money, and control of the armed forces, you can invade any place in the world without undue criticism. To hold daily prayer sessions, to bless your invading army and show that God is on your side. To be able to swagger in military uniform and excite female admiration. To be able to land on an airplane carrier in military uniform, declare a war a complete success and then spend the next several years or decades fighting “terrorism” that Bush started. Because Bush must blast Saddam to Hell. The reason why, I cannot tell. But this I know, and know full well, Bush must blast Saddam to Hell To declare Bush the greatest leader since Newt Gingrich and strut about in monkey pants. To dispossess Arabs who have only lived in their area for 4,000 years. To bring back the famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon by importing cactus and sagebrush from Texas. To add another story on the Tower of Babylon and irritate Allah. Because there is more Sand in Iraq than on most beaches. Because you can play outdoor soccer in Iraq 12 months a year. Because you can travel 1000 miles over sand on a camel? Because successful corporate executives can Own-a-harem. Because you can guarantee Water shortages every summer. Because the Iraqis are now content with power outages, and no longer demand more power, thus saving a lot of effort in useless “reconstruction.” Because Bush can kill any Iraqi for any reason and nobody will do anything about it because Bush talks to his invisible divinity. Because you can test your nuclear weapons in other people’s countries. Because Iraqis don’t bother with toilets, just poop in the street, like people in Alabama. Because you get to occupy Saddam’s palaces. Because Iraqi money looked like Monopoly paper. Because they were resisting our efforts to dominate them by getting huffy and threatening to use force against us. Because Bush holds Iraq accountable for opposing resistance to our invasion and occupation. Because Bush didn’t think Iraqis should fight back for us meddling in their affairs. After all, we are moral Americans on a religious crusade. Because if we’d never invaded Iraq, thousands of men and women would not be facing lives without limbs. But this is a magnificent opportunity for people who manufacture limbs to make a fortune. Because our wounded wouldn’t have endured the anguish of being injured in combat or developed the stress-induced mental illness that will ruin many of their lives and many psychologists, psychiatrists and thousands of other mental illness people would not be able to make a very good living off of our wounded.
Because George Bush said : "Every human life is precious, and yet I have to answer, yes, it has been worth it." Because Bush wanted to give Iraqis sovereignty with a list of exiled leaders and legislation that he personally approved. Because Bush instead of promising Iraqis "blood, sweat, and tears," they got spin, risk avoidance, and promises without costing the tax payers more than a trillion dollars. Because Bush wanted to show he disregarded any reprisals or responsibility by forcing Iraqis to give all occupiers immunity. Because Saddam pissed Bush off. Because the Taliban and Al Qaeda were in Afghanistan and that is too close to Iraq to ignore. Because Bush wanted to see how far he could stretch his troops. Because Bush wanted to do his part to bring on the Apocalypse. Because Bush wanted to show that he was a “compassionate conservative.” by killing A-rabs. Because the Bush supporters needed another 300 billion dollars to play with. Because Bush thought he could invade Iraq and no one would notice. Because the Bush people knew they could print money to pay for their war and simply let the deficit pile up for generations, and devalue our currency. Because Bush, Dick, Karl and Paul thought it was worth doing. They all said so. Because Bush thought losing several thousand American troops was worth getting bases, oil and embassies in Iraq. Because Bush thought his lies were so good that nobody would ever find out. Why change horsemen in mid-apocalypse? Because the Tooth Fairy told Bush to invade. Because Bush felt stress at his failure as a President of the U.S. and wanted to see if being President of Iraq would be different. Bush wanted to rebuild Iraq because he was ruining his own country and wanted another place to rest up after experiencing a “hard” presidency. Because Bush planned to “promote democracy” by using cruise missiles, humvees, grenades, automatic weapons, huge tanks, helicopters, fighter planes and show those Iraqis what peace and freedom was all about. Because Bush thought spreading democracy was like spreading manure on his ranch in Texas. Because Bush wanted to give the proselytizers the chance to convert Moslems to Baptist Fundamentalist snake-handlers, foot-washers and anointers and let them worship replicas of the 10 or 20 Commandments. Oil? Oil? What Oil? Who mentioned Oil? Cheney never mentioned oil. To destroy non-existent WMD’s. To remove a hostile dictator from power without getting Bush removed himself. To seize Saddam’s palaces and make a BIG embassy, with thousands of True Believers and neo-cons, in order to insure world domination for corporate executives and White Christian Supremacists. To build permanent military bases for threatening or carrying out operations, preemptions, and occupations of any recalcitrant nation. To punish those foreigners at the UN who think that they can tell the US how to help the environment, stop AIDS or disease, or anything else. To tell those Frenchies nyah, nyah. To let the Pentagon warhawks destroy things and kill people. To be able to use real live targets for all those missiles that we have stored and are simply wasting away. The Iraqis weren’t with us, so they must have been against us. To be able to seize all the ill-gotten gains of Saddam into the ill-gotten hands of the Bush people. To be able to confiscate nail-clippers, pocket knives and box cutters at airports, thus giving the American public total security. To be able to tell the Muslims and Liberals, “get over it.” To be able to modify the Geneva Convention to whatever suits Bush lust for power. To show our unconcern for spending billions of dollars on an illegal war instead of on schools, Medicare, veteran’s hospitals, the environment, and other trivial things. To let Cheney, Millennium, and Enron manage a backward country to extract oil efficiently at minimum wages for contractors, proselytizers, missionaries, and assorted mercenaries. As an excuse to invade a harmless country, that had no WMD’s, to destroy or steal its resources with little risk or disapproval. To raise the price of oil for the oil corporation’s profit and happiness and put the money into the pockets of Bush lobbyists, senators and cabinet officers. Iraq pumps 2,000,000 barrels day - oil sells for $65 a barrel. Who got the money? On what was it spent? Go fish! To free the Iraqi people by killing thousands of rag heads. To get Dan Rather fired. To let fake journalists praise Bush leadership and explain lucidly to the public why he kills people to give them freedom and democracy. To give Bush speechwriters full opportunity to mention 9/11, patriotism, “our brave boys”, morals, and other exploitations. To give the media an opportunity to repeat daily the most outrageous lies of the Bush administration in utmost sincerity, waving flags, and shouting Pledges of Loyalty to Bush. To show that Watergate and lying presidents get deep affection from Republican senators. To let troops fight and die for great corporation profits. To find out how many soldiers must die before Bush admits he got into a war that he can’t win. Because Bush knows evil when he sees it, and he seen it, dude. To find out how many soldiers must die before Bush admits that the cost is too high. 3,000, 4,000, 5,000? To find out how many reasons Bush will give to justify his invasion. To see how many reasons Rove and Wolfowitz can invent for going to war. To let Millennium take care of supplying our troops with maximum corruption before Bush notices that billions of dollars are missing or stolen. To give fat-headed, fat-rumped, fat-lipped neo-cons the chance to give speeches about their vision of American military might and their desire to help Bush dominate the world. To begin the long process of “liberating” other countries like Syria and Iran, as soon as the Bush people can drum up pretexts to kill more American troops and foreign infidels to boost their egos. To fight terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, then let him escape and immediately switch to invading Iraq where there were no terrorists to begin with. To give the Bush people the chance to impose secrecy, censorship, tapping phones, looking up library cards, violating civil rights, detaining anyone for any reason indefinitely because Bush is above the law and the constitution. To let Bush impose his own reign of terror upon the American public as a way of getting reelected. We invaded because they had the arms that we sold them. Because the “terrorist rag heads” hate our guts. To prevent proliferation of WMD’s, if ever we find any. To show that regime removal is practical, but not for the U.S. To finish the first Gulf War. Because Bush could and Condi said it was okay to do it. Because only the US should have weapons or bombs. Because Saddam was violating civil rights, and only Bush is authorized to do that. Because Saddam was mistreating the poor, aged, sick and homeless and only Bush is authorized to do that. To liberate the Iraqi people from their land, homes, resources and other onerous burdens. To give the Bush legacy something historians can point to with horror. Because after we took out the inspectors, there weren’t enough inspections. To show the neocons that the ideology of imperial world domination by military superiority, deceit and preemption is good for economic exploitation of any population. To show American religious fanatics that they are better than any foreign religious fanatics. To scare Americans into accepting a petulant, irritable, incurious and irresponsible party boy as world leader of a moral crusade. Because Iraq continued to “flaunt its hostility toward America,” simply because Bush was bombing it day and night. Because the Pentagon had “misplaced much war materiel” and we had to go to Iraq to look for it. In order to kill those terrorist killers. To please Ariel Sharon and Tony Blair To set Iraq as an example of what happens to nations that call Bush “sissy.” To keep Crawford, Texas, from being bombed, gassed, or threatened in any way by mad dictators. Because Saddam kept moving his weapons away from the UN inspectors and burying them deep in the sand. Because Saddam showed disrespect for the United Nations, but only Bush and Bolton are allowed to do that. Because Bush needed another vacation in Crawford, Texas. So we can bring stability to Iraq, like we did to Yugoslavia and Somalia. To preserve the peace by making war. Because Iraq was close to Afghanistan and could conceivably help the Taliban by giving them sand. To show the UN diplomats that Bush’s unilateralism is much better for making the world safe by killing everybody involved. Because Saddam scorned the imperial orders of Bush and that is against the will of Yahweh. By forcing Bush to remove his attention from governing the US. Because Saddam was guilty of distracting Bush and must be stopped. Because Saddam kept moving his weapons away from the UN inspectors and burying them deep in the sand. Because Saddam showed disrespect for the United Nations, but only Bush and Bolton are allowed to do that. Because Bush needed another vacation in Crawford, Texas. Because Bush is so courageous that he really wants the Muslims to “bring it on.” He would personally take up a rifle and get on a humvee and patrol the streets of Baghad, except that his ranch needs his attention more. So we could give Iraq full sovereignty under Bush, like we did to Afghanistan and maybe in 20 or 40 years those dumb people will be able to govern themselves. To make the lives of Iraqis at least equivalent to our homeless. To raise the price of gasoline so corporations can become fabulously wealthy, and let Bush walk hand in hand with Prince Bandar, kiss his cheek or hind-quarters, and smirk at oil profits. Finally, it’s a secret that we invaded that only the Bush neo-cons know, that Bush can smirk about, and Condi scowl and glare over. If the Far Right and corporate executives are happy, then what’s the beef?
To bring the survivors of Shock-and-Awe the blessings of the Bush administration of their country. So Bush could start threatening the entire world with his version of freedom and democracy, mixed with a little fascism, plutocracy, and theocracy. To show how Bush is kind, gentle, compassionate and wants only to extract maximum profit from Iraq for his corporate friends. To show that Bush will reluctantly have to kill 100,000 people in order to give them a puppet regime in return for military bases and oil. To show the world that occupying a county should not have to cause resentment, fear, anger or death. Because Bush is a simpleton in a complex world and the only tactic he knows is brute force. Because Bush wanted “to take the fight to the enemy.” To give the International Red Cross something to complain about. So Bush could try out his new bunker buster bombs on really dumb people. To show the Iraqis that Bush is unconcerned about American deaths and insists he is “taking it to the Iraqis or “got them on the run.” To camp out in Iraq for the next twenty years, enjoying the sand and the sun. To hoist the Confederate Flag over Baghdad. To help Rumsfeld, Condi, Perle, Bolton, Perle and Rove “take it to” the entire Middle East. To help Osama bin Laden in his recruiting efforts. To give senators some place to visit other than Crawford, Texas. In order to get all the world terrorists to come to Iraq, so we can kill the lot of them and rid the world of terrorism. Because of Intelligence Failure. Bush fails the Intelligence Test. So Starbucks will have a new place to sell expensive coffee. Because Saddam sent Bush a nasty e-mail message. To give our generals a chance to earn more medals. To make a tunnel which we can look thru for the light. So Halliburton and Bechtel can find new sources of corruption and charge soldiers $30.00 a plate for chipped beef. To make an excellent propaganda smokescreen to hide all those things that the Bush administration has failed at. Because Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990 and we didn’t forget it. Because Saddam shows resentment at Bush trying to kill him. Because the Republican Senators were just aching for a good war. Because Saddam doesn’t rewind his rental tapes. Because Saddam doesn’t bother to wrap up separate recyclables. Because Bush throws like a girl. Because it would be an “easy” victory Because Wolfowitz told Bush the Iraqis would throw flowers, not grenades. Because it is our destiny To make the world safe for Exxon, Enron, Millennium, Fox News, Jeb Bush, and Elian Gonzales. To enhance financial contributions of defense contractors to selected politicians. To extend political, military, and economic hegemony over most of the world because Bush merits great acclaim. To fight a moral crusade against communists, atheists, liberals, democrats, and other forms of terrorists. To bring down the Berlin Wall and erect another in Israel. To fight whatever form of evil Bush thinks is appropriate at the time. To carry out endearing forms of torture and abuse as a tribute to Bush rising above legalities. Because military muscle has to be flexed every once in a while. So our air force could practice bombing for more than 40 days and nights in order to kill one man, unloading 17 million pounds of bombs on “collaterals” which don’t really count on the record of courage of a violent president. So we could give Fox News vivid pictures of the greatest aerial onslaught in the history of the world. Lots of death and destruction. Good watching. So we could get rid of some of those depleted uranium weapons by incinerating Iraqis. So we could bury dozens of people alive with huge bombs. So we could destroy hospitals and get a chance to rebuild them later to show our disdain for expense, death, or destruction. So we could pour billions of dollars into reconstruction a country we were simultaneously destroying, further mixing stupidity with neocon ideology. So a handful of wealthy people can still own Iraq, while the poor remain poorer. So Bush can claim that all the death and destruction he caused is motivated only by “humanitarian” and “compassionate” impulses. To rid the earth of people who are not white, Christian, and wealthy. Because some of the big generals and politicians were bored, and wanted something to watch on TV other than reruns. Because no reason is really necessary. Just DO IT. Because the US has a rich history of foreign interference. Because Tony Blair was sleeping with George Bush. Because George Bush the First wants George Bush the Second to become a man. Because George Bush refused to listen to generals and statesmen who warned him about the quagmire he was would enter. So we can make a board game with a Monopoly in Iraq, building hotels and MacDonald’s, and charging terrorists to stay in our Hilton Hotel There’s no point at having the title COMMANDER IN CHIEF if you aren’t going to use it. Because Donald Rumsfeld needs something to do to keep him out of the Oval Office. Because Bush has designed a new uniform, like that of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court with big epaulets, gold braid and some feathers. In order to spread Christianity, er, tax cuts. Yeah, tax cuts. To raise the price of gas so corporate execs can all buy new Lear Jets and mansions. To “Give War a Chance.” Because of all the widespread murder, corruption, rape and torture, and that’s just in Texas. Because of a brutal thug who does wicked, despicable things, and wants to be US ambassador. To use nuclear technology to threaten his neighbors, or sell it to unsavory entities, and keep Saddam from doing the same. Because Bush wanted to reward his friends for their loyalty, their contributions and their truth spinning. Because neither Bush nor Saddam were content with Iraq’s borders Because Saddam is no worse than Putin but we can only invade one country at a time. Because Bush thinks of Iraq as a military base with a large oil reserve underneath, which somehow got under the sand; you can’t ask for anything better than that. Because George Bush got sick laughing about duping the nation into believing that Iraq posed an imminent threat on the United States: Because Dick Cheney wants to run another oil company when he stops being V.P. This was not about oil but to free the Iraqis from the burden of extracting it. So Bush can pose, looking solemn, and talk about “our brave boys” while refusing to attend their funerals. So Colin Powell could hold up some test-tubes while demonstrating to the U.N. that Saddam had really evil intentions and therefore should give up his regime to George Bush. To give former oil industry executives a chance to show the Iraqi’s how to run their business which they had run for over a hundred years. To help the Iraqis decide to privatize their oil and be reasonable in letting the U.S. control the production and distribution. Bush Invaded Iraq to ’Secure Israel,’ Says Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings who is now serving his final term in Washington. Bush Invaded Iraq to seek Jewish support in his election campaigns. Because of the Domino Theory of Democracy in The Project For The New American Century which Bush neocons take as their Bible. Because few people were willing to stand up and say what was really going on in the U.S. Because Bush made a mistake like happened in Vietnam, and with the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident and will be part of his “legacy” forever, but he will never admit it. To defeat terror we have no choice but to invade Afghinisting, Aghfanista, Afiganastin, Afiagin....Iraq. Because of stunning incompetence of the Bush and Blair conspiracy we must swallow their explanations and distortions and allow preemption, dishonesty, and deadly violence become our modus of operation. But we secured the Oil Ministry of Iraq right away, so everything will be alright, right? Because Bush picked a war he could win. Because a war that could cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars was of strategic importance to the neocon world domination game plan and to a second term for a failing president. To keep the numerous Bush domestic disasters off the political table in the U.S. and allow him to smirk and swagger during his gala speeches prepared by Turd Blossom Rove. Because War will supersede even a failing economy and administration. War is Good for Business, especially Millennium’s. Because keeping a threat of terror simmering on the burner scares Americans into supporting whoever is in office. Because Americans look to psychological tormentors for protection against an outside evil perceived as the more serious than inside evils. Because a war in Iraq offers almost bottomless billion-dollar profiteering opportunities for campaign contributors and administration officials. Because Halliburton, the Carlyle Group, etc. can reap big financial benefits from the destruction of the Iraq infrastructure thus giving Republican campaigns a vast source of contributions from quid pro quo understandings. To blow Iraq up with bombs paid for by taxpayers -- then use taxpayer dollars to pay campaign contributors and companies with connections to administration officials to rebuild it.. Because the neocons don’t want anybody but Bush Cartel Chicken hawks calling the international shots. Only moral cowards are allowed to declare war and call it “peace efforts.” Because of financial "inducements" Bush people offered some nations to support the war, with an ingenious way to pay back campaign contributors. Bush will give Poland six billion dollars of taxpayer money with which Poland will buy six billion dollars worth of fighter jets from Lockheed-Martin.. Because showing brute power in Iraq will bully dissenters at home into submission or scare them into “dazed and confused” passivity. Because the conquest of Iraq will shore up a Middle East alliance with the Sharon government, with whom the Bush Cartel shares a common worldview. Because God chose Bush to run America, consolidate both political parties into the Oval Office, and make the charismatic evangelists happy. To incrementally seize power until, unnoticed, the administration crosses the line into a fascistic dictatorship and theocracy. To pave the way for a huge Republican majority in which civil rights will be illusory, priests will control the educational system, eminent domain will rule property rights, and the stupidity quotient of Americans will exceed all previous expectations. To consolidate a government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich. To accelerate dismantling of government services and removal of any church/state separation in favor of fundamentalist organizations and giant corporations in bed with politicians. To provide entertainment for Fox News “reporters” and allow them to spin truth like whirling dervishes. Because War is profitable for the news media. To see who can stretch Truth the farthest: Baghdad Bob or the Presidential Spokesmen. Because war will increase oil prices and give large oil reserves to American and British oil companies, who financially support the Republican Party. To ensure that no one digs up the truth about the Bush administration’s catastrophic failure to prevent 9/11, including an August briefing that warned Bush about terrorist hijackings when Bush did nothing in response. To distract from the release of the Downing Street memos. To energize the religious right and Neo-Confederacy warrior culture to contribute more to the Republican election effort, and turn out committed sheep at the polls. There is nothing like war to try out the latest bombs and hi-tech weapons on infidels. Because it’s hard to find a place to target practice nowadays, let alone a whole country with real live people in it. Because when bombs are blown up, more bombs are needed. They just happen to be manufactured by companies that contribute to the Bush Cartel. And the more taxpayer money goes toward bombs and military equipment, there is less money for government services. This makes it the perfect war for extremist right wingers running the U.S.. Plan “A” of the Bush Cartel to send our sons and daughters into War is because it has no Plan “B” to send their sons and daughters into War. Because the Bush Cartel is banking on making the kind of impression on the world that a thug makes with a baseball bat on a car. Because why Screw just one Intern, like Bill Clinton, When You Can Screw the Entire Country Because Saddam irritated Bush by keeping his blinker on while driving. Because the war allowed a president with virtually no knowledge of world events, recent or historic, or of foreign cultures and no experience in battle, to send us to war and call himself the War Prezydent. Because all the neocons could patriotically wave their collective flags and sing praises to their War God as war was waged, as it sputtered in failure, and as it stands today mired in its own stagnation, but left the neocons rich. Because governance by brazen muscle power needs unfailing commitment to destroy targets as an example of ruthlessness and the will to use any means to assert and preserve leadership Because to the victor go the spoils of war, right into the pockets of the warmongers. Because an aggressor must never let facts get in the way of the mission. Getting distracted by truth and ethics is a sign of weakness. Bush can kill America by claiming failure as proof of success. So Cheney and Rumsfeld can make up for their “loss of face” in the White House in the 700’s when we won the Vietnam War by leaving it. To show that even colossal blunders on the part of a theocrat, based on smoke and mirrors, do not really matter to True Believers. So that the Chicken hawks who are “too busy” to sign up for military service can wave flags, and use the rallying cry of terrorism as their vehicle to ensnare the gullible American people. So that Bush can continue to rule by the deception that he is a bold, resolute wartime leader instead of a cowardly irresponsible incompetent Far Right poster-boy. Because stupidity, incompetence and failure begets the need for more of the same. Because we were promised a shower of roses but were left standing with a pile of corpses and a mountain of debt. Because a cowering lazy mainstream press can stand any amount of incompetence and lying and still appear to be credible by constant repetition of official lies and misdirection. “Either you are with our failed policy, or you are siding with the terrorists.” Because as each excuse to invade is proven false, Karl Rove will think up a dozen new excuses and the compliant press will print it without further investigation. Because having the Keystone Cops in charge of protecting us has become a habit, and there is no alternative but to use duct tape and color symbols and confiscating nail clippers for security. Because if we didn’t invade we would appear to be weak and the True Believers would be so disappointed that they would oust Bush. Because Bush follows a pattern. He fails, gets into a jam, then expects everybody to bail him out. Because there are only a fixed number of terrorists, and if you attract them to Iraq then you can put out flypaper and catch them all at once. In that way they will never “come over here.” Because Bush intended to use the “Ostrich” approach to National Security, and cut brush at Crawford, Texas anytime the going gets “hard.” Because Oil and Dick Cheney just naturally go together. Because Bush Just felt like it. Don’t you dare question his decision. Because it was supposed to be a cakewalk but those damned Iraqis just won’t let Bush make them into colonists of the U.S. Because playing with obedient soldiers is fun. They have to die for their glorious leader who then announces it was “worth it.” Because fat-head ideologues have convinced themselves that they are the enlightened masters of the universe. Because if you repeat a lie five times, it becomes the truth. Once you find a good lie, stick to it. The more the lie defies common sense the more Bush supporters who rely on Fox news are likely to believe it. Because people who are amoral, sociopath, ruthless and lust for power will do things that people in their right mind would not do. Because Bush really wants to find out what’s going on. Even if it takes years and he has to shred all documents and appoint endless commissions of sycophants to declare he had nothing to do with anything. Because the war is about whether anyone in the Bush Administration is subject to laws of the United States, subject to truth, and to being punished for making our nation less secure, and responsible for the deaths of about 2,000 American “brave boys” who died for oil and military bases. Because Bush and Rove appear to have more in common with Joseph Stalin than with Abraham Lincoln and run the country like the Politburo. Because the Bushites want to hide their incompetence under plain sight while using perpetual terror alarms to keep sheep-like Americans in subjection. To protect the Fundamentalist Christian Jihadists and U.S. Taliban from any legalities or government interference with plans to dominate the country. Because The War was intended to Deceive America Into War -- And the War was intended to Cover Up the Deception that caused the war. The Bush sycophants try to create a conspiracy of credibility around Bush going to war, where none can exist to a person of common sense or integrity. Because the Bush administration said it was “going to fix” intelligence to start a war and the lie was successful and few people seemed to question that approach. Because England and the U.S. flew sorties over Iraq in 2002 to provoke Saddam and destroy his infrastructure to prepare for the war. Why would any nation object to the U.S. flying over their territory with war planes fully loaded with bombs? Because Dick Cheney put heavy pressure on CIA analysts to “fix” data which provided a pretext for war. Anyone care to guess why Dick did it? Because the lies about WMD would last long enough so we could invade and then laugh off and forget the absence of WMD by making patriotic speeches about our “brave boys.” Because the analysts who made the false allegations backing up pretensions for war were promoted and given bonuses. Because Bush personally took Richard Clarke aside and told him to make the facts work for a war with Iraq. Because former Sec. of Treasury O’Neill wrote that Bush wanted “to get” Iraq from the moment he was sworn in a president. Because The PNAC (Project for the New American Century) plan to invade Iraq was written primarily by Bush Neo-cons who guided us into the war for personal profit, glory, and power. Because The Bush Administration outed Valerie Plame as a CIA operative specializing in tracking the illicit sale and movement of Weapons of Mass Destruction because her courageous husband, Joe Wilson, exposed the Niger documents as a fraud, so they just had to go to war. Because the Bush administration is extremely secretive and vindictive and sought vengeance on anyone for exposing their phony war based on daily lies about WMDs so they just had to go to war. Because John Bolton fired an official for seeking a peaceful way out of the Iraq War. Because Donald Rumsfeld said that the U.S. would take Saddam and all of “them” out. Because Advanced U.S. forces were sent into Iraq before the war had even started. Because Rumsfeld set up a Pentagon psy-ops operation to create propaganda and disinformation for going to war with Iraq. Because the Bush Administration conducted a successful misinformation campaign to make Americans believe that Saddam Hussein was partly responsible for 9/11 and that the hijackers were Iraqi. Because reporting the news honestly and with full details is now secondary to lauding a failed presidency, and distracting the public from incompetence. Because the media feel obliged to show Bush as a glorious leader and to hide any details of his record that might offend him. Because lies by Bill Clinton regarding a blow-job are treasonable, while lies by Bush that got thousands of people killed are simply college pranks. Because Bush is working hard to protect the public by taking more vacations than any president in U.S. history, Because people who blow the whistle on the crimes or incompetence of Bushite zealots are traitors. Because we now have one-party Pinochet style of government in which the Bush judges would throw out any evidence regarding Bush complicity in death and destruction. Because the buck never stopped at Bush’s desk, but was diverted by Karl Rove and listed as missing. Because the media moguls got huge tax breaks which let them expand their stations, presses and holdings at will so they back up any lie of the administration with full misdirection. Because the Bush administration can scare off any journalist with Karl Rove stunts like “Rathergate” or “Koran Flushgate.” Or, how about those Swift Boat zealots? Much of the media form an echo chamber for GOP propaganda, in which Bush appears as a saint or Caesar, instead of a petulant, irritable, irresponsible, manic, vindictive would-be dictator. Because honest journalists get targets on their backs, whereas any reporter singing praises of Bush will get press passes, invitations, and have a flourishing career. Because the Bush Administration is using the war to justify attacks on the environment, such as opening up public lands, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to drilling for oil. Because while the Bush Administration is waging war to get oil from Iraq, towns in the U.S. suffer from fossil-fuel pollution from power plants, oil refineries, and gas-guzzling recreation vehicles. Because we tried coups in Iraq, tried to encourage rebellion in Iraq, tried funding Iraqi opposition, then finally decided to try bombs, missiles, tanks and other peace-making methods.
Because Bush wants to spread democracy, like manure, over the entire Middle East. Because Bush wants to appear like a reverse Robin Hood. Take from the poor and give to the rich. Because Bush’s messianic policies are driven by a venal desire to enrich his sponsors, not by any constitutional values. Because the Bush strategy reflects his simplistic nature: Strike without warning, strike hard, kill without compunction or regret, then give a self-satisfying smirk. Because to make war on Iraq was like Truman invading Mexico after Pearl Harbor. There were only two credible reasons for invading Iraq: control over oil and preservation of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Yet Bush and Cheney keep silent on these factors. In 1990, Dick Cheney wrote: "Whoever controls the flow of Persian Gulf oil has a stranglehold not only on our economy but also on the other countries of the world as well." In 1999, Iran began pricing oil in Euros. In late 2000 Saddam made the switch for Iraqi oil. In early 2002 Bush declared, using the authority of his God, that Iran and Iraq were in “The Axis of Evil.” If other OPEC countries had followed the move to Euros, the consequences for neo-cons could have been disastrous. The dollar would plummet, the huge deficit would not be manageable and many U.S. and British corporations would go out of business. The need to secure access to Arabian Gulf Oil was a major factor in deciding to invade Iraq. Protecting troops was secondary to protecting the vast oil fields. Bush planned to invade before he had any plan to protect, secure, feed, water, clothe, provide armor, house or best utilize US troops and equipment, other than blast the hell out of the Iraqis. Any soldiers killed for lack of body armor or armored vehicles are due to Bush impatience and recklessness. As long as Republicans control Congress there will be no serious investigation of corruption, mismanagement, incompetence, waste or stupidity of the highest officials of the Bush administration. They will do everything in their power to distract and trivialize or manipulate any investigation. Recently, however, the Democrats seem to have taken vitamins and have insisted that the Iraq War intelligence twisting should be investigated. If any investigation is to take place, secondary officials will take the bullet. The real reasons for Bush and his Neocons to invade Iraq will be sealed for a generation to come, unless some Deep Throat of the present neo-cons will reveal the national planning and strategy of the Bush crowd prior to 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq. All the details of the oil grab, the seizing of land for military bases, and the building of a huge embassy from which to launch strikes on Iran and Syria are still to be examined in detail, as well as the delightful details of torture, abuse and detention of anyone Bush feels should be tortured and abused to obtain the valuable information that some people hate him enough to blow themselves up as long as they can take some Bush people with them. In the meantime, if anyone knows of additional reasons why Bush invaded Iraq, please feel free to comment and supplement. Bush says he wants to know those facts.
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So when do we get invaded to remove the rogue government that spies on its own people, gases its own people during anti War protests, stages "terrorist" attacks, holds crooked elections, attacks other nations without cause, and uses torture on innocent people looking for WMD that don't exist?

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