Prescription for a Free Iraq

Prescription for a Free Iraq;

An Act of Contrition through the Pursuit of Justice

By;

Raymond S. Creighton

 

One possible course of action to reverse the negative impact the American occupation has had on Iraq, her people, and the future of Jeffersonian Democracy in America.

Jan. 12th 2007

‘The ideological struggle of our time” is not on foreign soil.

 

 

Prescription for a Free Iraq

The term “culture of corruption” does not adequately describe the appalling condition that the current Executive branch of government has devolved into.

Working completely independent of Judicial or Legislative oversight, the current administration has become a rogue department of excess with no regard for the will of the people or that of their collective safety and well being.

The People of America, from whom all governing powers are derived, charge congress with the duty of restoring the rule of law to the Federal Government, with explicit emphasis on complete transparency and accountability as described within the

 Constitution of the United States of America.

The foundation of democracy is rooted in the absolute principle that all men are created equal and therefore none are above the law or outside the scope of its reach.

The current administration is following a detestable foreign affairs policy conceived by leaders of industries whose profits hinge upon extending our involvement in the Iraq conflict indefinitely.  The Bush administration has made the profit margins of these multi-national corporations a priority above the interests of the citizens and soldiers of this nation. Administration officials have personally profited from these decisions and are therefore criminals under United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381 . Further defined by

Article 3 of the Constitution of the United States of America.

We the People of this great nation will no longer tolerate this treason.

We demand that the 110th congress take action to remove this threat immediately in order to protect our very way of life.

As citizens of the United States of America, We charge the Vice President,

And the President with the crime of Treason and demand their removal from office.

 

Treason

The crime of treason is such a serious charge, that it is the only crime defined in the US Constitution.  Therefore the stigma associated with the charge and its inflammatory nature is extremely divisive and rarely even whispered about; much less charged.  In the past century it has been exclusively reserved for those who would harm the country by sale or by gift of national secrets or other information. 

Can a policy and the subsequent acts of advancing that policy, be considered treason, if, in fact, that policy is rooted in a desire to profit from the weakening and endangering of the United States of America?  For example; 

  • Aiding another nation in the implementation of an act of terror upon this Nation and providing cover for that nation against our own investigation.
  • Placing in harms way, soldiers of this nation, for fabricated reasons, with the intent of creating profit returns for certain corporate entities.
  • Engaging in an unnecessary occupation for profit that threatens global stability in an unstable Middle East.
  • Tampering with scientific evidence that exposes serious threat to the security of the country in order to protect personal business investments.
  • Leaking identities of covert operatives that jeopardize on-going investigations and the lives of US agents in the field.
  • Systematic assault on the constitutional provisions of checks and balances in order to maintain control of Imperial Presidency.

Article 3 of the US Constitution:

            Section 3: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

Why treason?  It is important that we establish a difference between “for the people” and market driven government, lest we find ourselves here again.  This administration has sold its influence to corporate entities that stand in direct opposition to the best interests of the American People and has done so with deceit and malice. 

 

Forward

Over the past 3 months it has taken to write this essay, many things have changed in the United States and with the situation in Iraq.  For one, the administration is about to reveal its “new direction” for our involvement in the Iraq War based on a study entitled “Choosing Victory” prepared by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI):  the 2006 mid-term elections revealed that the people of the United States were ready for a change of policy: and we reached a grim milestone as we have now lost as many dedicated soldiers in Iraq as we did innocent civilians on Sept. 11th 2001.  Donald Rumsfeld fell by the way-side and no-one apologized for criticizing the 4 retired generals who suggested it should have happened a year ago.  The two 4 Star Generals in charge of operations in Iraq have been asked to step aside for voicing their opinions, two months after President Bush said “Gen. Casey will decide troop levels.”. 

Many things are different, but one constant is that no matter what happens President Bush is determined to stay the course.  In fact, the new plan is simply more of the same.  AEI, along with a consortium of vested interests, have decided that the best way forward is to ramp up our involvement and to mount a general house by house assault on the Sunni areas around Baghdad.  Their “clear, hold, and build” strategy consists of decimating infrastructure and treating the Sunnis with storm-trooper-type tactics on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis.  For the interests AEI represents it will mean more funding for military spending as well as for reconstruction; For the soldiers it will mean more hostility from the Iraqis and more terrorists flooding in from outside the country; more IED caused catastrophic injuries; and more flag-draped coffins that no-body will ever see because the Bush administration feels it is bad for the war effort.  However, images of American Soldiers kicking in doors and carting off more hooded Iraqis will be broadcast through-out the world, doing even more harm to our foreign relations.  The report states that soldiers will have to have their tours extended by at least 12 months, in order to maintain troop levels sufficient to carry out this surge.  Soldier moral will assuredly drop and Iraqi anger will rise still higher.  Without a doubt this is absolutely the worst possible course of action we can follow.

How has President Bush come to this conclusion?  To rush forward and increase spending of lives and wealth when all others strongly suggest otherwise?  Perhaps we should remember what brought us here in the first place.  Another group with ties to the Project for the New American Century presented the Bush Doctrine as the old “new way forward”.  And despite mounting evidence of exaggeration and misrepresentation, they surged into Iraq with shock and awe, and no real plan for an exit.  We see now why they had no exit strategy; they didn’t want one. There is no profit in it.

So let’s consider the source of this new study because perhaps they are more qualified than the generals who had to step down for disagreeing with their plan.

 Fred Kagan is a member of AEI and his brother Robert is one of the founding members of the Project for the New American Century (P.N.A.C.).  His understanding of the situation in Iraq has compelled him to write in a previous essay; “It is thus unwise to measure progress in Iraq by the number of deaths or bombs in a given period”. And, “But the fact is that we are not facing a civil war in Iraq.” and most telling of all his written statements is “With few exceptions, the insurgents in Iraq are not able to undertake militarily meaningful attacks on U.S. troops”.  What exactly does he view as a “meaningful” attack on US troops?  A cursory study of his articles for AEI about Iraq shows that he has been catastrophically wrong on almost every single issue since this war has begun.  Perhaps that is a reflection of his military experience… he has none.

Perhaps the other co-signer on the AEI study will have more military experience.  As a matter of fact, he does.  Isn’t that convenient?   But it is what Gen. Jack Keane, Ret. U.S. Army, has done after retiring from military service that is truly interesting.  He is, at present, a paid Advisor to, and stock-holder of, URS Corporation (a leader in global federal government contracting) and he is on the Board of Directors of General Dynamics Corporation (armaments and munitions and critical information systems for U.S. military).  Both of those companies stand to lose a great deal of revenue if they were to have to pull out of Iraq now.  Yet, they stand to make a great deal of money for the next two years were this plan to be implemented.

 But having a potential conflict of interest in this matter really shouldn’t prohibit Gen. Keane from having input in this study… because many of the other contributing “scholars” do as well.  Take Thomas Donnelly, for instance, listed as another contributing scholar in this study and a member of P.N.A.C…  He was the previous director of strategic initiatives for Lockheed Martin.  And Mauro De Lorenzo is a consultant for certain Afghan construction companies working on the rebuilding projects funded by the tax payers’ dollars. 

Yes, this has been a remarkable 2 months and many things have changed.  But unfortunately our leaders’ allegiances remain consistently skewed.  The hole he has dug for himself with Iraq now rivals that which Bin Laden made at Ground Zero some 5 years ago.  Another account our President has failed to collect through either willful neglect or complete incompetence. There are arguments to be made for both.

There is another solution to the problem of Iraq.  This study will put forth the beginning of an outline that, hopefully, more capable parties will add to, and then adapt.

 It depends on a bi-partisan surge of character from our elected members of congress to hold to account the people and organizations that have repeatedly conspired against the will of the people of this nation to assure their own accumulation of wealth and influence.

The US Congress must expose these traitors and remove them from office before more irreparable harm is done.  Their ambitions will not stop with Iraq.  They are the most serious threat to our democracy this generation has ever faced. Unchecked, the people that have set this machine in motion will have to look for new avenues of commerce in order to maintain the size and scope of the corporate entities they serve.

These entities have already begun molding a new generation of puppets.  They spoke just last week at an AEI press conference and sold their support of Kagans’ “Choosing Victory” for nod in 2008.  One, a sellout independent whose own party cast him aside for his stance on the war.  The other, an astonishing veteran, once a voice of calm reason in a party full of fear.  He spoke, for the first time I have ever known, without passion and commitment.  As if the words were not his own.

This corruption will not go quietly into the night.

The prospect of removing a seated President from office is a terrible thing.  A President is not a symbol.  He is the very embodiment of the American self image.  When a President lies, it is disheartening, but should not be an impeachable offence.  But when a President sets policy that is dangerous to the people and places his troops in harms way for profit margins and share-holders portfolios; when he is forced to re-write the constitution in order to hide crimes committed to protect those investments; when he has repeatedly ignored common sense and the sincere advise of dedicated servants of the people; then it is right and just that he be removed from office and charged with treason. For we must conclude these choices are not mistakes but a carefully orchestrated campaign of deception and that the occupier of the office is no longer our President.

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are guilty of treason and therefore they must be removed from office immediately.  This is the crux of my plan.  It is right and just. 

Jan. 31st 2007- Since writing this essay:

  • John Bolton has stated that “regime change” is the only way forward in Iran.
  • “evidence” is being collected for the justification of the invasion.
  • Studies into reconstruction contracts within Iraq are exposing massive theft and graft at the expense of soldiers safety and mounting billions of tax-payers dollars.
  • New evidence of the Vice Presidents collusion in the Plame scandal show a clear pattern of deceit of the American People with the intention of moving forward into a conflict with Iraq.
  • The Presidents State of the Union Address directly contradicts the will of the American People with regard to our continuation of the occupation of Iraq.
  • The Presidents State of the Union Address contained more mis-information about terror plots that have been subverted by this administrations efforts

Outline of Action

•1.     Congress

With the impending escalation of troops threatening to further destabilize the situation in Iraq and the Administrations formation of an OSP-Iran preparing for this same kind of consent manufacturing for a conflict in Iran, there is a clear and present danger before this nation.

Congress owes a debt of duty to protect this nation by what ever means necessary.

 

•A.   Call emergency session Iraq War Powers Repeal of 2007

•B.   Motion of No Confidence for Secretary of State and US Attorney Gen.

•C.   Bi-partisan press conference Assure nation current course of action is non partisan and will improve security of the U.S.  

•D.   Impeachment proceedings based on charges of treason.

•E.   Swear in interim President Nancy Pelosi and (republican) V. P.

•F.   Armed services Committee meets with Field Commanders reinstate Gen. Casey and Gen Abizaid to prior command status.

•G.   Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ Formation of Committee for Iraqi Stabilization to implement ISG Report suggestions with the cooperation of Iraqi leaders and regional powers

•H.  Condemn  “Bush Doctrine” as contrary to established American Foreign Affairs policy

•I.      Henry Waxman’s Committee for Pre-War Investigations; from AEI to Exxon, PNAC to Halliburton. 

•J.     Formation of committee to investigate potential war crimes and “Shock and Awe” directive of ordinance expenditure.

•K.   Freeze all reconstruction contracts pending congressional audit

•2.     Iraq

 

•A.   Committee for Iraqi Stabilization to extend open invitations to Middle East leaders to begin multi-lateral Conference for an Independent Iraq.

•B.   Committee for Iraqi Stabilization prioritizes reconstruction aid and redistribution to Iraqi firms in order to reduce unemployment rates among Iraqi nationals.

•C.   Committee for Iraqi Stabilization reviews Iraq national vote referendum on creating a three state nation and logistical implementation of that plan.

•D.   Committee for Iraqi Stabilization Focus on rebuilding humanitarian services and critical infrastructure thru-out Iraq

•E.   Armed Services Immediate re-supply of troops with necessary equipment

•F.    Armed Services Restore troops to fields of training specialties

•G.   Armed Services  Begin imbedding process to better train and prepare

•H.  Armed Services assist in removal of American nationals

•I.      End construction of military bases within Iraq

•3.     Redeployment

All redeployment suggestions are contingent upon the findings and recommendations of the Armed Services Committee and the Military Commanders in the field.  These suggestions are intended to reintroduce the mandate that our Armed forces will only become involved in a conflict on the foreign soil of another Sovereign Nation when there is a serious, ongoing threat to the innocent and undefended people of that land.

The following are areas that need consideration for redeployment

•A.   Darfur region of Sudan to end ethnic cleansing

•B.   Palestinian territories to end Apartheid policy

•C.   Afghanistan to combat Drug Warlords 

•D.   Cycle out National Guard troops and those having served more than two tours of duty

•E.   Relocate within Iraq border remaining troops to serve as emergency assistance battalions

•4.     Prevention

The new 100 day plan for the majority does not go far enough.  The gradual increase of corporate influence on the legislation of this country has resulted in the current abominable state we find ourselves.  Far reaching restructuring of current laws forbidding any and all influences of corporate entities must be a top priority in order to assure the protection of the rights of all citizens of the United States of America.

 

•A.   Prosecution of War Profiteers.

•B.   Bring Planners of 911 to Justice.

•C.   Anti-Lobbyists Influence Legislation

•D.   Prevent Revolving Door Practices

•E.   Tele-Communications Act of 2007 to include air time for candidates

•F.   Universal Campaign Finance Reform. Current Lobby Reform measures do not adequately deal with payments made to officials as long as they are called campaign contributions.  That MUST end as of now.

•G.   Universally review ALL previous bills and laws written by or strongly supported by the American Enterprise Institute and the Project for the New American Century

 

Understanding the Illness;

For it is ours and ours alone

 

To be a patriot, one had to say, and keep on saying, “Our country, right or wrong,” and urge on the little war. Have you not perceived that that phrase is an insult to the nation?
- Mark Twain’s “Glances at History,”

 

Unlike the Iraq Study Groups basic premise that the “Way Forward” in Iraq is best served by ignoring the pretexts, mistakes, and deceptions that brought us into this confrontation, this proposal insists that it is crucial that we examine all of the contributing elements that brought us into this war.  It is an on-going process.

From the “yellow-cake uranium” hoax to the “aluminum tubes” story, there has been a consistent effort by the current administration to manipulate evidence and create artificial covert connections between Al-Qaeda and Hussein, in order to “manufacture consent” among the American People to move this country into war.  The Office of Special Plans (OSP), Donald Rumsfelds’ secretive Pentagon “fact” factory, processed fragments of intel into pre-war hype and fear mongering with the express intent of driving the U.S. directly into Baghdad. The OSP was headed by then Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith, a man who called for the forcible removal of Suddam since 1996.  There is a new OSP with a special focus on Iran.

This proposal will lay out a frame work designed specifically to fix this quagmire of Iraq by simultaneously addressing the illness that brought America to this junction in the first place.  By following the recommendations laid out in this proposal America will show the Iraqis and the rest of the world we are indeed a Democratic Republic whose people will no longer tolerate the corruption that has infiltrated the White House. 

For our citizens and our soldiers and for the people of the Sovereign Nations of Iraq and Afghanistan, it is we who must make the hard choices to insure the blessings of true liberty.  We must put our own house in order and not allow this corruption to spread to our neighbors overseas.  In so doing we will restore the honor, respect, and trust that we have, by all rights, earned in the international community with the blood, commitment, and sacrifices of our fathers and their fathers before them.

We must not allow a rogue presidency to undermine the foundations of liberty.

 It is the crux of this argument that if the people of Iraq witness the architects of this fraudulent policy removed and punished by a new, honest and transparent administration, then there would be a dramatic change in the prevailing attitudes in Iraq and the entire Middle East toward the US. Attacks targeting American troops will decrease and the reconstruction effort will move forward with greater safety and speed. 

The Proposal

 

•1.     Congress

  The Bush Administration has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to place the Armed Forces in harms way without proper planning, implementation, or even a clear objective for success.  The Bush Administrations motivation for this behavior is subject to debate and serious inquiry.  What is not subject for debate is the fact that this nation is in considerable danger as a consequence of this behavior.  Internationally, our approval rating is lower than it has ever been.  Anti-American sentiment is growing at an alarming rate.  The positive sentiment that existed just after 9-11 has been thoughtlessly and purposefully squandered by this administration.  And our army reserves are stretched to the point that they would be nearly incapable of engaging any enemy in another theatre of operations, were the necessity arise.

  Similarly, the national unity that existed after the attacks on 9-11 has been systematically decimated in a conscious, effective effort to divide this country’s allegiances on a party-line basis in an effort to win the mid-term elections.  The result is an angry, distrustful populous.

  The Bush Administration carefully orchestrated this effort as a rogue branch of government. 

  Congress is a single body and must act accordingly.  For the defense of this nation and the constitution upon which it stands, this one body of government must put aside partisan politics and act swiftly to put down what can only be called a viable insurrection from influences with a Neo-Con agenda. 

  The members of Congress should present to the people of these United States, a United Position of Commonality, resolved to restore control over the Executive branch of government.  Remember that the first order of duty any member of congress has is to the people and the second is to the Constitution of the United States of America as a vital part of the system of checks and balances.   Party loyalties do not factor in.

  1. Call emergency Session of Congress;  Repeal War Powers Act of 2002

Using H.R. 5875 (109) as submitted by Rep. Lynn Woolsey on July 25th 2006, as a template, construct a new resolution, within the 100 hour plan, “To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243).”

  1. Motion of No Confidence for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice;

Her handling of the Israeli/Lebanon conflict over the summer of 2006 can only be described as a failure of foreign relations policy.  Her statement describing the excessive force and collateral damage as “the birth pangs of a new Middle East”, illuminates her nation building intent. When confronted about a meeting with Richard Clark, she directly lied and said it did not happen.  She cannot be trusted.

  1.  Bi-Partisan Press Conference;

For the past several years the Bush Administration has worked hard to divide this country along partisan lines to advance their personal agendas.  But this country is far closer than most will admit when it comes to Iraq.  The people have grown tired of theoretical arguments and even the most adamant supporters of Bush would rather be rid of him than see their party completely ruined by his unwillingness to listen to reason. 

 All that is necessary to insure a smooth transitional period is a unified presence of elected Representatives and Senators.  Together with leaders of Republican and Democratic parties, this unified Legislative body should come to the people of the United States of America to announce the removal of this rogue administration from power as a measure of last resort for the preservation of our very way of life.

It should be stressed to the people that all efforts to reign in this administration have been exhausted by Republican and Democratic colleagues but Bush’s latest speech given on Jan 10th 2007 exposes serious flaws in judgment and apparently a very dangerous resolve toward further escalation with other Middle Eastern countries. Namely Iran and Syria. 

For the good of the Union and the troops in the field; for the security of the Middle East and our allies within the region; the unified parties of the Legislative branch of government find it necessary to remove the Bush Administration from office.

  1.  Impeachment Proceedings:

Headed by; John Kerry, James McGovern, Maxine Waters, Chuck Hagel

 Immediate Impeachment proceedings of George W. Bush and current administration officials and seizure of all pertinent documents both personal and official relating to events leading up to the conflict in Iraq and financial records of all accounts be them domestic or off-shore.  The Impeachment proceedings will be on the basis of conspiracy to commit treason against the People of the United States of America.

“In law, treason is the crime of disloyalty to one’s nation or state. A person who betrays the nation of their citizenship and/or reneges on an oath of loyalty and in some way willfully cooperates with an enemy, is considered to be a traitor.”  From Wikepedia.

Those who should be immediately investigated for potential charges of treason;

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Christopher DeMuth,  Bruce Kovner, Lee R. Raymond, Roger Hertog, Riley Bechtel, Alan Dachs, Paul Wolfowitz , Lynne Cheney,, George Shultz, Ed Meese, Philip J. Carroll Jr., Admiral Joe Lopez, Ray Hunt, James McNulty, Albert E. Smith, Manuel L. Zapata, Jack Welch, Frank Carlucci, Dougals J. Feith, Carl Rove,

  1. Swear in Interim President and (GOP) Vice President;

Hold proceedings to swear in Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as the interim President of the United States of America.  Even though the next in line of succession is the President Pro Temp of the Senate, Robert Byrd, it should be noted that the appointment of a member of the opposing party as interim Vice President would be viewed as a symbolic gesture of unification within the parties.  It would help to quell the notion that this is a partisan attack on the Republican Party.  With shared leadership and joint responsibility, the investigations will be more productive and self governing

  1.  United States Senate Committee on Armed Services meets with Field Commanders;

Carl Levin, Chairman and John McCain, Ranking Member, should head up a task force with the rest of the committee and current and past Leaders in the field to devise the best way to implement a new strategy in Iraq.  As the political process shapes a new direction for our presence in Iraq, the troops in the field should face less hostile conditions on the ground.  Still, there will still be some hostilities so the committee must place the highest priority on supplying whatever equipment is necessary for the protection of our troops.  The Israeli “Trophy” Anti-RPG system should be cleared for field tests immediately. 

  1. Formation of Committee for Iraqi Stabilization;

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations-Joe Biden, Richard Lugar

Undoubtedly the most critical element of the process in Iraq has been, remarkably, neglected by the Bush Administration.  There should be a comprehensive evaluation of the socio-political situation in Iraq.  The National Assembly of Iraq will work in concert with this committee serving as a resource, to assure the Sunni population of representation within the Assembly; an equitable solution to the questions of oil revenue sharing (with no outside oil companies dictating policy of distribution); assessment of provincial election processes; construction of federal system of government; distribution of reconstruction contracts within Shia, Sunni, Kurdish communities; representative police forces rather than one centralized “national” police force.

The Committee for Iraqi Assistance will extend to all Middle Eastern countries an invitation, as per permission of the National Assembly of Iraq, to attend and contribute to the work of the Committee.  This is designed for the purpose of assuring all interested parties within the Middle East, that our objectives within Iraq are transparent and above board.  That our interest is simply to help as much as the people of Iraq wish us to and that it is our intent to leave the country and the region as soon as possible.     

Recommendations for this committee; President Jimmy Carter, Marina S. Ottaway, Sen. Even Bayh, Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, Thomas Carothers, Paul Salem, Robert Mc Namara, President Bill Clinton, Noam Chomsky, Colon Powell, Scott Ritter,,  

  1. Condemn Bush Doctrine;

The Bush Doctrine has been in every sense of the word, an abysmal failure.  Recklessly following this un-American policy has undermined our position world wide as a democratic leader and a champion for human rights.  In order to begin to regain the trust and co-operation of our allies through-out the world, we must publicly denounce this policy and hold to account those who have forced it’s ideals upon the world stage. 

      

  1. Henry Waxman’s Committee for Pre-War Investigations

Formation of Bi-Partisan committee lead by Henry Waxman investigating all the contributing forces that lead us into Iraq with a special focus on the corporate influences and the representatives tied to their companies.  Their investigation should include but not be limited to members of The Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Project for the New American Century, the Manhattan Institute, the Carlyle Group, Caxton and Associates, and others.  Oil law reviews for BP PLC (BP), Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA), and ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM) Other suggested members of this Committee, Karen U. Kwiatkowski, Seymour Hersh, Richard Clarke,   

  1. Formation of Committee to Investigate Potential War Crimes;

Colon Powell would be an interesting choice for this endeavor.  His outspoken criticism of the ideology behind the Bush Doctrine and his extensive knowledge of military practice, both theoretical and practical, gives him a unique perspective to review not only the actions taken in the field but also the legality of the orders themselves and who, ultimately, gave them.

  1. Freeze all construction contracts pending congressional audit;

 Immediately freeze all payments to any contractors that have come under investigation for improprieties in Iraq, be them defense or reconstruction.  Halliburton, Bechtel, United Defense Industries, CACI International Inc., Blackwater Security Consulting, Kellogg, Brown & Root, Parsons, Tetra Tech Inc., Zapata Engineering, Washington Construction Group, and GE will be given special attention as that their involvement in the circumstances leading up to the invasion of Iraq places them under suspicion of conspiracy to commit treason.  Their records should be seized as well and the passports of their executive officers must be forfeited.  They are to provide safe transport of all of their personnel out of the country coordinated with the military leadership on the ground in Iraq. They are to pay out all salaries and service contracts owed or risk complete forfeiture of all assets held by the executive officers within the corporations. After further congressional investigation clears certain contractors and their practices in country are reviewed, some will be allowed to return under strict guidance and supervision of both coalition field commanders and Iraqi local leadership. All oil revenue payouts must be frozen.

•2.    Iraq

 

  With the current restrictions on media access in Iraq and the inherent bias that exists within the corporate media structure, it is impossible for a layman who has not witnessed, first hand, the conditions on the ground in Iraq, to suggest any course of action needed to insure a successful outcome with regard to our military presence.

  This proposal will deal strictly within the confines of civilian policy recommendations.

  All military tactical and strategic directives MUST be conceived and presented by those leaders on the ground, with assistance from the respective Armed Services Committees, the interim Commander in Chief and the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates. 

What follows are civilian policy recommendations.

The men and women in the service to our nation are our representatives in the world.  Their security and morale are of primary concern to the American People. Their commitment to and belief in our system of government to the exclusion of all else, including their very lives, must earn them our complete devotion. They should never be placed in harms way unless it is absolutely necessary and with a clear and achievable mission that reflects the very foundations of what America stands for.

 As these recommendations are implemented, tensions between the Coalition Forces and the Indigenous peoples of Iraq will improve immediately.  No longer seen as an occupying army with indefinite plans on their nation, our solders will suffer far fewer attacks and therefore casualties in the field. 

  However, there must be provisions made to better protect and equip our soldiers during the interim period of transition out of country.  There may still remain factions, even after we have demonstrated our good intentions, which choose chaos over order.  They may attempt to strike our soldiers even as we dress down our involvement.  We must be prepared to cut those factions from the herd and decimate them to the point of irrelevance with extreme prejudice.

These requests should be given the utmost priority level and the funds that are frozen for the contractors under investigation, will be used to provide these items immediately for our soldiers in harms way.

Part of what has been fueling the internal conflict within Iraq has been the absence of employment and the view that the influx of American companies will be a permanent part of Iraqi life.  This type of long term fiscal oppression leads to depression, anger and aggression toward the perceived occupying forces.

Committee for Iraqi Stabilization (C.I.S.)

 

  1. Conference for an Independent Iraq
    • Rather than follow our current unilateral approach, this study puts forward the notion that it is in the best interests of ALL legitimate parties that we must pursue an inclusive resolution to the current problems in Iraq.  This will insure Middle Eastern interests of our altruistic rather than imperialist agenda.
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    • From the “local theocracies” to the majority parties within the Iraq National Assembly, every governing body within Iraq must be represented and allowed to conduct the assembly according to their mandates as the representatives of the people of Iraq.
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    • C.I.S. should use its considerable influence and wealth of knowledge to call into the conference leaders from neighboring Muslim countries that can help to influence the separate factions of the governing body of Iraq to put aside differences and share strategies of cooperation already implemented within their respective nations.

There are those who would argue that we should not approach Iran and Syria for their assistance in this matter. They could not be more misguided.

  • Iran and Syria, like other neighboring countries, have a great deal at stake here. Perhaps even more than others.
  • No regional power wishes a full scale escalation within the region. The ramifications of which would be felt for centuries and the conflict would most assuredly divide on sectarian lines which would lead to civil unrest within their own nations and threaten their very existence. Once that Pandora’s Box were opened, it could not easily, nor quickly, be closed. This would usher in a new age of sectarian violence through-out the Middle East and currently stable nations would most certainly fall into civil unrest. The costs of such a conflict would be staggering in both lives and resources.
  • Iran’s leadership faces difficult opposition from within. In order to regain the approval of the UN and ease restrictions and the threat of conflict, Iran’s leadership would be hard pressed to refuse an earnest opportunity to show the rest of the world that they can assist their neighbors in an openly altruistic manner, at this, Iraq’s time of need.
  • On the table should be the ease of restrictions recently put into place by the Bush Administrations and the removal of the 2 Carrier Fleets from the Persian Gulf. This opportunity to get Iran back to the negotiating table before further escalations between our two countries should not be lost.

 

 

  1. Reconstruction Realignment; review Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund
  • Reconstruction contracts that are currently being held by western companies thru the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund should be dispersed evenly through out the region respective to the various sects and peoples of Iraq with special consideration as to the viability of the company’s ability to do the work. With more of a hand in the actual reconstruction of their country and less unemployment, the peoples of Iraq should begin to see the American troops as a welcome, neutral, stabilizing force. There will be less internal tension and competition for resources.
  • Halliburton, Bechtel, KBR, United Defense, CACI, Parsons, Flour AMEC, LLC, Washington Construction Group, and others following investigation should have contracts immediately repealed pending final ruling and those assets should be redirected toward local companies.
  • It is not enough to put western corporations in charge of management and dispersal of funds to smaller Iraqi firms. This is the same thing they did in New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. They profit from the contracts and dole out minimal amounts to the laborers working for “slave” wages.
  1. Exploring Partitioning Alternative;
  • “Iraq’s new constitution, approved by 80% of Iraq’s voters, is a road map to partition. The constitution allows Iraq’s three main groups to establish powerful regions, each with its own government, substantial control over the oil resources in its territory and even its own regional army. Regional law supersedes federal law on almost all matters. The central government is so powerless that, under the constitution, it cannot even impose a tax.” Peter Galbraith, “The Case for Dividing Iraq”, Time mag.
  • The Iraq Reconciliation Plan seems to be of major concern to American interests and not so much of an Iraqi agenda. Since certain western companies wish to maintain control of at least 20% of oil revenues (after the open ended 75% part), it will be easier for them to maintain that contract with one federal entity, rather than 3 provincial governments.
  • Part of C.I.S.s’ mission will be to determine which course of action the Iraqis want and then help to facilitate that system.
  1. Humanitarian Services ;
  • Working with the United Nations Development Group, develop stratigy to improve humanitarian services. As of February 2006, the SIGIR reported that only 36% of water sector projects originally planned will be completed and only 70% of the originally-planned electricity sector projects will be completed. United States Army Lieutenant General Jay Garner headed up R.H.A.. after the initial invation and was removed for wanting to turn over more control to Iraqis. He should be in charge.

U.S. and Coalition Forces;

  1. Re-supply US forces;

Need to focus on the security and moral of U.S. and Coalition forces within Iraq.  Critical supplies are still at inadequate levels.  Especially for those outside the Baghdad Area. 

  1. Re-Tasking Troops to Areas of Training;

In order to create an artificial need for privatized services, specialized soldiers in support roles were reassigned to other tasks. This put minimally trained soldiers in the field of combat and made room for “support contractors” to work within the area. 

Returning trained profession army personnel to their designated areas of training will improve morale significantly and reduce costs dramatically.

  1. Imbedding and Training of Iraqi Forces;

This is an issue that should be dealt with by military leaders once the decision has been made as too the Federal vs Provincial Iraqi Armed forces.

  1. Removal of American Contractors

Pending investigations, certain contractors will be leaving the area of operations.  It is important that they be provided safe transport out of the country.  These American citizens have been providing a valuable service to the country at great personal risk. 

U.S. soldiers are not to be used to provide cover for private sector corporate interests inside a war zone.

  1. End Construction of Permanent U.S. Bases in Iraq

Under no circumstances should there be any plans to install permanent military bases in Iraq.  It sends the wrong message to the people of Iraq and to the rest of the world.  We accept no Iraqi bases in Kansas, so we should expect none there.

Prescription for a Free Iraq

An Act of Contrition through the Pursuit of Justice

 

 

Summation

 

 

            On Sunday January 13th President Bush will advise the nation that this “New Way Forward” is his plan and he will be implementing it regardless of any criticism from the Congress or people at large.

            It is not uncommon for a president to move forward with a plan for war without the approval of the nation or congress.

            What makes this situation unique is the way in which we went to war.  It was, without any room for argument, a series of deceptions from the very beginning.  Carefully planned to fail.  To drag on, indefinitely against an enemy of ghosts in a land of shadows and contrasts.

           

            Often it is said, that we cannot understand the reason to “stay the course”.   The constant “augmentations” and “escalations” baffle the minds of pundits and Senators alike.  Where is the logic?  Where is the plan?  What is the cut off point and the end of our collective patience?

            The plan has been working all along.  We have but to check the profit margins for proof of that.  The stock market is strong and the oil interests’ look to achieve something they had wanted since 1972…control of Iraq’s nationalized oil reserves.

            All it cost was a war and a presidency.

            On Sunday, January 13th, President Bush will tell the congress and by proxy, the American People, that if they don’t like his plan, we should submit one ourselves.

            Today, Mr. President, I will.  This is my prescription for a free Iraq. It will work.

 

 

Prescription for a Free Iraq

An Act of Contrition through the Pursuit of Justice

Raymond S. Creighton

 

Suggested Advisors and their Qualifications

 

Scott Ritter:                   One of the UN’s top weapons inspectors in Iraq

                                      between 1991 and 1998. Before working for the UN he served as

                                      an officer in the US Marines and as a ballistic missile adviser to

                                      General Schwarzkopf in the first Gulf War.

Richard Clark:             “Until his retirement in January 2003, Mr. Clarke was a member

 of the Senior Executive Service. He served as an advisor to four

 U.S. presidents from 1973 to 2003: Ronald Reagan, George H.W.

 Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. During the September

11, 2001 attacks, Clarke was the chief counter-terrorism adviser on

the U.S. National Security Council.” From Wikipedia.  Wrote;  

 Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror

Karen U. Kwiatkowski; Position: Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Office of

 Secretary of Defense Near East and South Asia Directorate.  Kwiatkowski, who has an M.A. in Government form Harvard and a Ph.D. in World Politics from Catholic University, is an adjunct professor at George Mason University. During her time at the NESA, Kwiatkowski observed the establishment of the Office of Special Plans (OSP), the agency set up within the Pentagon by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld.

Seymour Hersh;         American Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, in 2006

                                    he reported on the US military’s plans for Iran, which allegedly

                                    called for the use of nuclear weapons against that country. “In May 2004, Hersh published a series of articles describing the treatment of detainees by US military police at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, Iraq. The articles include allegations that private contractors contributed to prisoner mistreatment and that intelligence agencies such as the CIA ordered torture in order to break prisoners for interrogations. They also allege that torture is a usual practice in other U.S. prisons as well, e.g. in Afghanistan and Guantanamo. Hersh went on to publish an article claiming that the abuses were part of a secret interrogation program, known as “Copper Green”, expanded to Iraq with the direct approval of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in an attempt to deal with the growing insurgency there. Much of his material is based on the Army’s own internal investigations.” From Wikipedia.

Prescription for a Free Iraq

An Act of Contrition through the Pursuit of Justice

Raymond S. Creighton

 

Suggested Advisors and their Qualifications

Noam Chomsky;          “Noam Chomsky has been engaged in political activism all of his

                                      adult life and expressed a wide range of opinions on politics and

                                      world events which are widely cited, publicized and discussed.

                                      Chomsky has in turn argued, that his views are those which the

                                      powerful do not want to hear, and for this reason he is considered

                                      an American political dissident.”  PhD (born December 7, 1928)

                                      is the Institute Professor Emeritus of linguistics at the

                                      Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From Wikipedia.  He

                                      holds honorary degrees from numbers of leading Universities

                                      around the world.  Is considered to be one of the sharpest political

                                      minds of our time.

Gen. Jay Garner;          retired U.S. Army Gen., Dir. Reconstruction and Humanitarian

 Assistance for Iraq

“In 2003 Garner was selected to lead the post-war reconstruction

efforts in Iraq. He was regarded as a natural choice by the Bush administration given his earlier similar role in the north. Garner began reconstruction efforts in March 2003 with plans aiming for Iraqis to hold elections within 90 days and for the U.S. to quickly pull troops out of the cities to a desert base. He was replaced in his role by Paul Bremer, the Managing Director of Kissinger and Associates, on May 11th, 2003.

It has been suggested that Garner was moved aside because he did not agree with the White House about who should decide how to reconstruct Iraq. He wanted early elections – 90 days after the fall of Baghdad, and the new government to decide how to run the country and what to do with their assets. Garner said “I don’t think [Iraqis] need to go by the U.S. plan, I think that what we need to do is set an Iraqi government that represents the freely elected will of the people. It’s their country… their oil.” Wikipedia.

   

 

Prescription for a Free Iraq

 

An Act of Contrition through the Pursuit of Justice

Raymond S. Creighton

Glossary

 

American Enterprise Institute; “it has emerged as one of the leading architects of the Bush administration’s public policy. More than two dozen AEI alumni have served either in a Bush administration policy post or on one of the governments many panels and commissions.” Wikipedia. 

AEI is comprised of CEOs, Directors, Presidents, and owners of major international corporations based in the U.S.  From international banking to insurance to oil and investments, their board of directors represents a virtual “who’s who” of Fortune 10 companies. 

Led, inexplicably, by a virtual unknown, Bruce Kovner, they have been exerting influence over republican foreign and domestic policy for decades.  Perhaps one explanation as to why Kovner leads this group that includes major heavyweights like Lee Raymond of Exxon, is that his company Caxton and Associates manages massive Hedge funds based on, among other things, the national debt of other nations.

Caxton has a branch located in the Cayman Islands that operates outside of US laws.

Bush Doctrine    “is name given to a set of foreign policy guidelines first unveiled by President George W. Bush in his commencement speech to the graduating class of West Point given on June 1, 2002. The policies, taken together, outlined a broad new phase in US policy that would place greater emphasis on military pre-emption, military superiority (“strength beyond challenge”), unilateral action, and a commitment to “extending democracy, liberty, and security to all regions”.” From Wikipedia.

 But it really got its start in 1992 as the Defense Planning Guidance guidelines by Paul Wolfowitz. Later deemed The Wolfowitz Doctrine, it was leaked to the press and subsequently changed by President Bush 41 because it was deemed to aggressive in nature and contradictory to established foreign policy mandates.

It is in direct contrast to U.N. Article 2. 

“Also, many critics have noted the similarity between the countries in the Axis of Evil, and the goals of the conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century, which supports and advocates the dominance of world affairs by the United States – and many in the Bush Administration are, or have been, involved in the PNAC.”  Wikipedia.

Directly after 9-11 two schools of thought within the administration were vying for control over the nation’s response.  Colon Powel, Condi Rice and others within the State Department wanted to continue with our nations traditional deterrence policies in order to root out the organization responsible.  Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, Richard Pearle, Donald Rumsfeld, all pushed immediately to initiate this unilaterally ultra-aggressive policy that had been on the back burner since 1992.  Among other things it called for a unilateral military removal of Saddam Hussein from power and eventually incursions into Iran and Syria in an effort to create “a New Middle East”.

Project for the New American Century (P.N.A.C.)  “ was a major advocate for the United States’ 2003 invasion of Iraq. The invasion formed a centerpiece of the group’s neoconservative agenda. Complications with the invasion have contributed to PNAC’s decline along with the decline of the larger neoconservative foreign policy movement. PNAC now only has one employee and is seen as nearly defunct.” Wikipedia.

Choosing Victory

Jeffersonian Democracy

“Shock and Awe”  Doctrine of rapid dominance  Wikipedia states ; “Rapid dominance is defined by its authors, Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade, as attempting “to affect the will, perception, and understanding of the adversary to fit or respond to our strategic policy ends through imposing a regime of Shock and Awe.””.  Oxford Research Group attributed approximately 6,616 civilian deaths to the actions of US-led forces during the “invasion phase”.

Treason    Oran Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as: “…[a]…citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].”  See U.S.C. § 2381 .   Wikipedia states: “ In law, treason is the crime of disloyalty to one’s nation or state. A person who betrays the nation of their citizenship and/or reneges on an oath of loyalty and in some way willfully cooperates with an enemy, is considered to be a traitor.”

United States Code   is a compilation of the general and permanent federal law of the United States of America.

United States Code 18 U.S.C. § 2381  Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund (IRRF) was established by the US Congress on November 6, 2003. It allocated $18.4 billion to rebuild Iraq’s infrastructure, damaged from years of neglect, sanctions, and war.

As of March 29, 2006, approximately $16.3 billion, or 89%, had been obligated and $11.4 billion had been expended. The fund has come under some criticism due to the slowness with which the allocated money has been disbursed, largely because of the time-comsuming US procurement process. From Wikipedia.

H.R. 5875 (109)- Iraq War Powers Repeal Act of 2006   Rep. Lynn Woolsey  July 25th 2006    26 co-signers    ;   Congress finds the following:

(1) On May 1, 2003, under a banner displaying the words `Mission Accomplished,’ President George W. Bush stated: `Major combat operations in Iraq have ended.’. At this point, the occupation of Iraq began.

(2) The civilian leadership at the Department of Defense has failed to adequately support United States Armed Forces in Iraq, which were not trained to carry out an occupation and did not receive the proper equipment to achieve their stated mission.

(3) The occupation of Iraq has made the United States economically and militarily weaker, has made the United States less safe because it has enhanced the recruitment of terrorists, and has diminished America’s role in the world.

(4) Iraq is embroiled in a civil war characterized by daily occurrences of retaliation and revenge, fueled by the occupation of Iraq by United States Armed Forces.

(5) The civil war in Iraq was predicted by United States military commanders before the 2003 occupation of Iraq.

(6) The United States has pursued military action rather than diplomatic alternatives in Iraq, and has reduced reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

(7) General George Casey, the top United States military commander in Iraq, has proposed a plan for the redeployment from Iraq of a substantial portion of United States Armed Forces and briefed the President accordingly.

(8) On May 13, 2003, the President stated, `We will stay as long as necessary to make sure that the Iraqi people have a government of, by and for the Iraqi people. And then we’ll come home.’.

(9) On December 15, 2005, the Iraqi people participated in elections to directly elect a full-term government. The Prime Minister of Iraq and other high-ranking Iraqi Government officials, as well as leaders from the Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish communities in Iraq, have since called for a timetable for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq.

To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq  Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243).

Prescription for a Free Iraq

 

An Act of Contrition through the Pursuit of Justice

Raymond S. Creighton

This is a list of people involved with the study entitled “Choosing Victory” by Fred Kagan that seems to be the foundation of the “new” “surge and sacrifice” tactic adopted by the White House and introduced by Lieberman and McCain.

 Michael Rubin, AEI   “How to Make ’07 Ahmadinejad’s Last Year in Power“–  ‘It is        wrongheaded to criticize Bush’s Axis of Evil rhetoric”   Political adviser, Coalition Provisional Authority (Baghdad), 2003-2004

Reuel Gerecht, AEI   Director, Middle East Initiative, The Project for the New American Century, 2001  “If the administration first focuses militarily on the Sunni insurgency, as called for in the Keane-Kagan plan-”The key for America is the same as it has been for years: to clear and hold the Sunni” 

Thomas Donnelly, AEI   Director, strategic communications and initiatives, Lockheed Martin Corporation, 2002,  Deputy executive director, Project for the New American Century, 1999-2002,  In “Planning for War Against Iraq..What would Lincoln Do?” Donnelly proposes that Lincolns only reason for the Emancipation Proclamation and therefore the freeing of the slaves was so that the war effort could be revitalized       “Lincoln’s great speeches also were attempts to communicate his expansive view of the war and its proper conduct. The Gettysburg Address established that there would be no retreat from the Emancipation Proclamation; what had originated in military expediency had become “a new birth of freedom,” a defining element of a reconstructed America.”  “A Bigger Badder and Better Army”  Interesting point of view for a L.M. CEO.

Gary Schmitt, AEI    -Executive director, Project for the New American Century (a foreign and defense policy think tank), 1997-2005,  Wrote in an essay titled Constitutional Spying   2005 on the checks and balances written into the Constitution “Although some checks do exist… they are not the norms for government action but the exceptions.  Far more common is for each… interacting with the others indirectly and rarely concurrently.  And that is the way it was meant to be.”  Meaning each branch of government acting as separately as possible with little or no interaction.  He does mention the term “imperial presidency” as “so-called”.

Mauro de Lorenzo, AEI    Consultant, Afghan construction companies, Kabul, 2005, Resident fellow Mauro De Lorenzo studies private sector-based approaches to development in post-conflict and post-socialist countries, focusing on reforms that have made some developing countries attractive to foreign and domestic investment.  

Fred Kagan,      (brother is one of the founders of The Project for the New American Century)  Fred Wrote   Stay the Course, Mr. President Aug 2005 in which he stated the flowing: “Despite what you may have read, the military situation in Iraq today is positive” , “With few exceptions, the insurgents in Iraq are not able to undertake militarily meaningful attacks on U.S. troops“,  “Perhaps the best news from the region these days is that the Iraqi army is finally producing units able to fight on their own.”,  “It is thus unwise to measure progress in Iraq by the number of deaths or bombs in a given period.”,   In  Rumors of civil War  2006 Kagan writes “But the fact is that we are not facing a civil war in Iraq,”, 

Vance Serchuk, AEI     Consultant, Project for the New American Century, 2004  “AEI research fellow Vance Serchuk studies international organizations (including the UN and World Bank), and the overlap between strategic studies (U.S. defense policy, the American military, the global war on terrorism) and economic development policy, particularly post-conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Molly McKew, AEI     

Laura Conniff, AEI    

Jonathan Bronitsky, AEI  

Jack Keane, General, U.S. Army    currently President GSI, LLC, (Most recently, we have added the Federal Government as our client, having been retained by The Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT). In these roles, we have: critically evaluated the technical infrastructure that supports the entire flow of Medicare data in the country; provided leadership within the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) in reconciling healthcare architectures across the government

Advisor URS Corporation URS “is the largest global engineering design firm and a leading U.S. federal government contractor”

Director General Dynamics Corporation   “General Dynamics has leading market positions in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions”

Director Metlife 


[i] George Bush; multiple references concerning the Global War on Terror; I use it as a reference to the ideals put forth by the Bush Doctrine.

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