The launching of a US air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and
Syria (ISIS) will only compound a catastrophe that has “Made in the USA”
stamped all over it. The overrunning of much of Iraq by the Al Qaeda
offshoot is the result not of a “failed policy,” but of criminal
decisions that go back nearly twenty-five years.
The Gulf War of 1991 was followed by more than a decade of brutal
sanctions and air strikes that killed an estimated one million Iraqis.
Next was the conspiracy, hatched behind the backs of the American
people, to use outright lies as the pretext for a war of conquest
launched in 2003. It is not possible to discuss the current
situation without naming names: Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Rice,
Powell—the plotters who knowingly lied to the American people and the
world to justify a war for oil and US imperialist domination. As
everyone now knows, their claims of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction
were a tissue of lies.