Saturday, August 21, 2021

A War Criminal Returns

Where to start?  With the event of today?  Or with its roots?  Noting that one of the worst Americans came forward to weigh in on Iraq?  Someone who has no place to speak on Iraq.  And we can -- and will -- go into why.  But do we leave it at that post-invasion understanding?

Or do we go with  the psycho-analytic literature?  Do we talk about Freud and his finds on criminals?  Do we tie that in with Theodor Reik's work -- especially with regards to his THE COMPULSION TO CONFESS?  

Let's just dive in.

The War Criminal is Paul L. Bremer.  If you paid attention over the years, most credit Bremer with being behind the post-invasion disaster in Iraq.  He disbanded the Iraqi military, he instituted various measures.  The United Kingdom had an inquiry into the Iraq War, the Chilcot Inquiry.  Their prime minister at the time of the start of the war was Tony Blair.  He lied and tricked the people of the UK.  He teamed up with Bully Boy Bush on the Crawford ranch and, ahead of the war, decided it was a go before any cases were being made to the people of the world.  

Even so, the star of that hearing?  The most mentioned person, cited in testimony by UK and US officials?  Cited?  Try condemned.  Not one witness praised him.  They all pointed to his mistakes and noted that they turned Iraq into a disaster.  

Who was that crook? That's right, L. Paul Bremer.  

He teams up with The RAND Corporation's David Charles Gomper to lie in a column entitled "As Afghanistan Reverts, Iraq Makes Steady Progress: It has a capable army, a functioning representative government—and a need for continued U.S. help" for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  Gomper, it should be noted, was in Iraq from 2003 through 2004 and enjoyed every minute he had serving under Paul.  

Now the two liars and criminals are back.

So where have you gone
Have you gone so far from the eyes that
Speak trouble and even when the warning is
Well it's hard to hide from
Eyes that are all over you
That only some
Make you lose your composure
Well it's hard on my heart
Said, "well open your eyes"
Yeah, it gets harder every day
Said, "i need to know now "
Soon you will be gone
Take your violet and blue
Mornings with you
Ooh woo ooh ooh
Ooh woo ooh ooh
So you hide out
Like you think that you never left
Tried to tell him that his heart is in his hands
Ooh, yes
Well it's hard on my heart
He said, "open your eyes"
Yeah, it gets harder every day
He said, "i need to know that"
Soon you will be gone
Take your violet and blue
Mornings with you

-- "Violet & Blue," written by Stevie Nicks, first appears on the AGAINST ALL ODDS soundtrack

If only Bremer would take his violet and blue mornings with him -- and go far, far away.

Instead, he wants to lie.

The lies are endless in his column and in his tiny mind.  He tells you that Nouri al-Maliki stepped down in 2014 and that proves that the Iraqi government worked.


Barack Obama forced Nouri out.  Nouri wanted a third term. Nouri planned to have a third term -- whether he was re-elected or not.  After all, the Iraqi people rejected him in 2010 but he refused to step down and he got away with that because of the US government which backed him and which negotiated The Erbil Agreement -- a contract between the various political leaders that overturned the vote and gave Nouri a second term.

By 2012, Barack was refusing Nouri's phone calls.  By then, Barack realized what a huge mistake it was giving Nouri a second term.  Nouri's actions led to the rise of ISIS.  Nouri's actions led to the loss of Mosul to ISIS.  Nouri was planning on a third term.  Barack is the one who told him no.  

Bremer's lies never end.  "America’s efforts, sacrifices and patience in Iraq are paying off."  No, you piece of lying trash, there is no pay off.  Quit lying.  You should be in prison.  In a more primitive time, they would have cut out your tongue and cut off your hands after your record of lying.

I'm reminded of Freud's THE EGO AND THE ID.  Bremer was largely forgotten by many Americans and an equally large number are too young to remember when he created disaster in Iraq.  But apparently guilt, which Freud would say was there before Bremer's crimes and which were the motives for Bremer's crimes, are also what makes him attempt to draw attention to himself now.

Iraq's military?  Bremer wants you to know it is strong.

The American people were fed the lie multiple times before.  The fact that US troops remain on the ground in Iraq goes to the reality that the Iraqi military is not strong.  And it's not committed.  It can't be committed to a government that doesn't serve the Iraqi people.  That was the problem with the operation in Basra in 2008 and why so many of the Iraqi military fled.

Now that's the military proper.  

There's also the militias which are now part of the military -- a step we spent years calling against and, guess what, we were right.  Once it happened, after years of being proposed (with the excuse of battling ISIS allowing it to happen), turns out the Iraqi prime minister -- no matter who that is -- cannot control them.  Mustafa may be prime minister, Mustafa al-Khadimi -- but he is not able to control them.  They call him a traitor -- publicly call him that.  They threaten him.  They encircle his home.  This isn't 'long ago,' this is May 2021.  

The militia was folded into the Iraqi military.  Most western think tanks now tell you that was a mistake.  Now.  Now tell you.  It's a little late for that, isn't it?  And now the US government has to deal with those militias and see those militias as the greatest threat to Iraq's stability.

Paul lies about that.  He must have a compulsion to be caught.  He must fear the silence and isolation he's been living in.  He needs the attention, he feeds off it, so he returns to lie again and remind everyone just how crooked and criminal he is.

We told you Iraq was the prize, not Afghanistan.  And neocons like Paul Bremer are bound and determined that the American people do not learn the lesson from Afghanistan:

1) You can't impose a government on a foreign people

2) Propped up governments are not governments of the people and have no real popular support.

That's the lesson the corporate media and its whores -- Andrea, I'm looking at you right now -- won't tell the people and it's the lesson they are so scared that the American people will learn on their own.