George W. Bush's Iraq: A Cleft Stick Of His Own Cutting

Thursday, October 13, 2005
United States President George W. Bush is a man who can make things happen. In his rush to war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Mr. Bush continually asserted to America and the world that the terrorist organization al Qaida had a strong ally in the Iraqi president and if left to their own devices the two would turn that country in to a terrorist haven more dangerous and deadly than the Taliban’s Afghanistan. When confronted with evidence to the contrary, Mr. Bush chose to believe his own advisors instead and continued in his headlong rush to war. Now, even though Mr. Bush’s administration has been forced to admit they were mistaken and very possibly knowingly deceptive about their pretexts for war, Mr. Bush’s predictions of a terrorist state are coming true.

A recently released letter from Osama bin Laden’s second in command, Ayman al Zawahiri to the al Qaida organization’s head of the Iraqi insurgency, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, discusses the very possibility that George Bush warned us about: that once the United States leaves Iraq that country will become the keystone state in a Middle Eastern Islamic empire. Mr. Bush, by his mis-managed invasion, has fulfilled his own prophecy.

President Bush has repeatedly warned the United States that the War on Terror may last for decades and most recently, in the face of seriously dwindling support among his core base has been attempting to compare the fight against international terrorism to the nearly half century struggle against communism. But even the American president’s strongest supporters can no longer ignore the irony that it was the President himself who’s assertions and reactions to the attacks of 9/11 has elevated a group of rag-tag and loosely connected malcontents into legitimate world threat.

While none can dispute the contention Saddam Hussein was an evil dictator, it is equally indisputable that the Iraqi leader was an implacable enemy of Osama bin Laden and his al Qaida group and that there was clearly no room for them Hussein’s Iraq. Now, however, if the President bows to international and domestic pressure to abandon his misguided attempt at nation building by pulling American troops out of Iraq, his repeated assertions that Iraq will become a haven for terrorists will undoubtedly come true. If by some miracle that doesn’t happen, the best case scenario seems to be civil war among the Kurds, Shiites and Sunni’s and a three way partition of the country. While no one wants more violent conflict, the partition of the unnaturally formed country may turn out to be the best solution.

So George W. Bush must now face the consequences of his own actions. He’s created an enemy that threatens to completely overwhelm all his other agendas, namely the Conservative/ Evangelical goals of de-constructing Social Security, over-turning Roe v. Wade and quite frankly turning the United States into a Christian Fundamentalist nation.

Still, all things being equal, he might have been able to pull it off, but with his top policy advisors Karl Rove and Scooter Libby under investigation for treason and his top Congressional lieutenants Tom Delay and Bill Frist either already indicted or about to be for fraud and other crimes, Mr. Bush finds himself fighting an unexpected battle… the one for his own political survival.