Democratic-Republican Bipartisan Consensus
Aims to Frustrate the Will of US Electorate
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples' Struggle
9 December 2006
The report of the Iraq Study Group clearly tries to arrive at and promote a
Democratic-Republican bipartisan consensus in order to satisfy the US monopoly
bourgeoisie, especially the military industrial complex and the oil giants, and to
frustrate the will of the US electorate which repudiated the Bush policy of
aggression and occupation of Iraq in the 2006 US mid-term elections.
The main thrust of the recommendations is the withdrawal of most of the US
troops from combat zones by early 2008 to the safety of huge US military base
complexes in Iraq where they can accelerate the training of the security forces
(military and police) of the Iraqi puppet government. At the same time, US
military advisor teams are to be embedded in the puppet security forces. In
brief, the US military forces are staying and digging in.
The US strategy remains unchanged. It is to keep US military bases in Iraq to
back up the puppet government and security forces, serve US oil interests
and reinforce the US-Zionist combine in the Middle East. The US is not at all
interested in spreading democracy and improving the lives of the Iraqi people.
According to UN secretary general Kofi Annan, life in Iraq today is far worse
than during the time of Saddam Hussein.
The US scheme in Iraq is to serve the interests of US oil giants and engineering
firms in gaining direct ownership of new oil wells and financial control over old
Iraq state-owned oil wells by encumbering them with the costs of repair and
renovation. US firms of various types will continue to do business and draw
profits from a sham reconstruction of social infrastructure which the US military
forces have destroyed in the first place.
The US is responsible for having ignited sectarian violence by using its Iraqi
agents to blow up the main mosque of the Shia. The US scheme is to divide
and rule the Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis and to pretend at fairly dividing the Iraqi
oil income among them while the US monopolies make the most profits from
the ownership, production, export and domestic distribution of oil.
The US military forces seek to use puppet security forces to put under control
the Shiite militia forces, which are deemed pro-Iranian, and to suppress the
Baathist and other resistance forces among Sunni people. At the same time,
the US seeks to use diplomacy to solicit the support of Iraq's neighboring
countries in order to help stabilize the situation for the benefit of the US.
The bipartisan consensus aims to aggrandize the US monopoly bourgeoisie
and to frustrate the demands of the American people for the immediate
complete withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, for the investigation of war
profiteering and corruption in state contracts with the military-industrial
complex and for the impeachment of Bush for going to war on the basis
of deliberate lies, committing the crime of aggression and causing unnecessary
high human and material costs.
Can lying about having oral sex at the Oval office be more impeachable than
lying about intelligence and committing the crime of aggression? This colossal
crime of aggression by the US government and in particular the Bush
administration has already caused the loss of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi
and American lives, the misuse of more than USD 350 billion of US money and
the destruction of Iraqi state and private property running into many more
hundreds of billions of USD.
There are ominous signs against the just demands of the American people.
Bush is openly trying to ensure a bipartisan consensus in his favor and in the
interest of the oil giants. Republican Sen. John McCain is calling for a surge
of more US combat troops into Iraq. And the incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi
has already declared that the impeachment of Bush is not in the agenda of
the Democratic Party, unless the people demand it. The major US mass media
that used to drum up the US war of aggression against Iraq are trumpeting
that the US military forces must stay on in Iraq in order to prevent chaos and
big losses for the US.
The American people need to be vigilant and militant. They have to press
for the realization of their just demands and underscore the fact that the
US occupation of Iraq is unjust and extremely costly in terms of lives and
money, that the US is clearly losing its war against the Iraqi people and that
shortfalls in USA military recruitment are growing despite the increased
financial and educational incentives for the recruits.
The US military forces have already killed more than 650,000 Iraqi people.
But the Iraqi resistance forces have killed nearly 3000 and wounded more
than 20,000 US troops (not to mention the casualties among the so-called
security contractors and more than 24,000 US troops evacuated for various
medical reasons, including illness due to the effects of depleted uranium,
psychological disorder and accidents). The Iraqi resistance has also blasted
the oil pipelines and other facilities, thus causing the drastic reduction of oil
production and the profitability of the war for the US.
No matter how smart the politicians, pundits and publicists of US imperialism
may think of themselves, the Iraqi people and resistance forces are determined
to fight for their own national liberation and democratic aspirations. They are
sure of themselves and see how the US military forces are quailing and getting
hurt on the ground. They are inspired by the American people's repudiation
of the Bush policy of aggression and occupation and by the open admission
of the highest US and British officials that they have failed to pacify and
dominate the Iraqi people. ###