by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: go here to the NYT to read about the latest CIA report which claims their programs of arming and running terrorists over the decades has largely been a failure.
Dose of reality – The United States via the left cover of President Peace Prize, is fully backing and supporting a murderous regime in Iraq and we are all supposed to jump on board the band wagon because of a few poorly made fake beheading videos.
When this whole “ISIS Crisis” thing took off, I wrote that it was all about justifying the Iraq government’s use of Shi’a death-squads, previously referred to as the Salvador Option under the Bush administration, to quell a popular Sunni uprising against the corrupt neoliberal government we installed so long ago. More to the point, I wrote that it was all about creating a pretext, a narrative, that would provide adequate cover for the current “progressive” president to resort to a repeat of the worst kind of American atrocities created over the previous decades and condemned pretty much universally by most Americans regardless of their political affiliations.
That was 4 months ago, pretty much to the day and I have been standing by that conclusion ever since.
I included some quotes which made clear the definition of the Salvador Option and other interesting facts.
What to do about the deepening quagmire of Iraq? The Pentagon’s latest approach is being called “the Salvador option”–and the fact that it is being discussed at all is a measure of just how worried Donald Rumsfeld really is. “What everyone agrees is that we can’t just go on as we are,” one senior military officer told NEWSWEEK. “We have to find a way to take the offensive against the insurgents. Right now, we are playing defense. And we are losing.” Last November’s operation in Fallujah, most analysts agree, succeeded less in breaking “the back” of the insurgency–as Marine Gen. John Sattler optimistically declared at the time–than in spreading it out. Newsweek 2005
“Yesterday, the Guardian published an article detailing how the US turned to the use of death squads in Iraq to quell the rise of Sunni militias. The article provides convincing evidence that this was an intentional policy and was in fact a central tenet of David Petraeus’ often-praised counterinsurgency, or COIN, strategy. The key person in the Guardian’s reporting is James Steele, who was a veteran in organizing Central American death squads on behalf of the US during the Reagan years.” Empty Wheel
Yesterday, Amnesty International released a report, Absolute Impunity: Militia Rule in Iraq (PDF) which I would like to share a bit of with you readers. The conclusions they come to after a rather damning report are important to note, but I think in some ways they miss the bigger picture. International law demands that military and civilian leaders who are complicit and even accessories to the crimes of these tens of thousands of death-squad members, must be held accountable for those actions as if they committed them themselves. That would include of course Nuri al-Malaki and any and all military and civilian leaders from outside Iraq who are providing aid and comfort to these now fully exposed terrorists.
And who do you think I mean by that?
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