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by international syndicated columnist & broadcaster Eric Margolis
NO LIGHT AT THE END OF THE IRAQ TUNNELNovember 3, 2003
Watching the storm of car bombs, rockets, and gunfire in central Iraq last week, and the deaths of 19 Americans over the weekend, gave me nasty déjà vu back to the January, 1968 Tet offensive in Vietnam.
Then, many of the soldiers our US Army unit were getting ready to depart for Special Forces camps in Vietnam's Central Highlands. We stood in mute horror watching TV, as reports flooded in that these very camps being overrun by North Vietnamese troops, and their garrisons killed to the last man.
We immediately understood the bloody Tet offensive was a huge political and psychological victory for North Vietnam. Tet blew away for good Washington's claims of light at the end of the Vietnam tunnel.
Reacting to last week's Ramadan offensive in Iraq, President George Bush actually claimed it proved things were improving, though attacks on US forces have surged from 20 to 30 daily. He called for more US-run Iraqi `sepoy' forces to be deployed shades of the ill-fated `Vietnamization' strategy of three decades ago.
At times, Bush and his senior aides seem more out of touch with reality than Iraq's former minister of misinformation, `Comical' Ali. Consider:
Neither Bush, Cheney, nor Wolfowitz ever served in their nation's armed forces, though all were of military age during the Vietnam War unless you count George Bush's sporadic appearances at the Texas Air National Guard.
Wolfowitz, and fellow neo-conservative Administration warmongers, like Richard Perle, Elliot Abrams, Doug Feith, Michael Ledeen, and John Bolton (all avoided military service), who now call for attacks on Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan vividly recall the words of American political thinker and poet, Peter Viereck.
In his brilliant book. `Metapolitics The Roots of the Nazi Mind,' Viereck detailed how so many of the founders of the Germany's National Socialist Party were artists, writers, and academics. They were `intellectuals who lusted for brute violence…a Bohemia in arms,' wrote Viereck, who warned of `bloody-minded professors' run amok in politics.
Secretary Wolfowitz fits this mould perfectly, though he is in no way a nazi. He, Cheney, and his fellow neo-cons duped the deeply uninformed and gravely misinformed president into launching two strategically, politically, and financially idiotic foreign wars. The isolated, unworldly Bush is only now becoming dimly aware he has stirred up an anti-America hornet's nest overseas.
Equally disturbing, thanks to the crusades in Iraq and Afghanistan, total US military spending next year will likely hit 500 billion dollars. Incredibly, this titanic sum is even more in constant dollars than the US spent in Vietnam in 1968, at the height of that war.
The light that optimistic George Bush sees at the end of the Iraq tunnel is probably an onrushing truck, loaded with explosives.
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