[R-G] Bush State of The Union: Preparing Crime of War Against Iran
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Wed Feb 14 18:22:18 MST 2007
Commentary on Bush's State of The Union speech from the U.S.
Marxist-Leninist Organization. Bush's call for a Civilian Reserve Corps is
extremely disturbing as it shows how the "Union", facing defeat everywhere,
is relying on organizing fascist mercenary forces in order to save itself.
The Voice of Revolution speaks to this issue in the following article:
Bush State of The Union: Preparing Crime of War Against Iran
President George W. Bush gave his State of the Union address January 23 and
again made clear U.S. preparations for aggressive war against Iran. Bush
also raised the need to expand the military and create an additional
"Civilian" Corps of mercenaries to try and rescue U.S. efforts at world
domination. He received broad applause for both proposals. Taken as a whole,
the speech reflected the exhausted character of the U.S. ruling class, which
has no solutions for any problem. Instead, cornered by failure on all sides,
it is desperately trying to save itself by lashing out, imposing fascism and
In 2007, Bush again used the justification of September 11 for U.S. crimes.
He declared "The evil that inspired and rejoiced in 9/11 is still at work in
the world. And so long as that is the case, America is still a nation at
war." He again emphasized the plan for more aggressive wars, saying, "to win
the war on terror we must take the fight to the enemy." And, far from
striving to solve any problem, he repeated the refrain that "America must
not fail in Iraq."
Despite the broad demand by the peoples to end the war now and thus
contribute to solving the problem of ending aggressive wars, Bush claims
that repeating, again, the use of more aggression against Iraq is the way to
go. He also more broadly branded "the enemy" by basically saying any form of
"extremism" and "violent radicals" are a threat. And this applied simply to
people's views. "This war is more than a clash of arms - it is a decisive
ideological struggle, and the security of our nation is in the balance." So
those with what Bush decides is an "extreme ideology" are also enemies. In
this manner the president is not only warning those he specifically named,
such as the resistance movements in Iraq (including Sunnis and Shias) and
Lebanon (Hizbollah), but also anyone, inside the country and out, who stands
in the way. Indeed, he even cautioned Congress, saying, "We must have the
will to face difficult challenges and determined enemies - and the wisdom to
face them together." Few could miss the echo of "you are with us or with the
Bush directly targeted Iran several times. He said the U.S. faces "an
escalating danger from Shia extremists who are just as hostile to America
[as al Qaeda] and are also determined to dominate the Middle East. Many are
known to take direction from the regime in Iran, which is funding and arming
terrorists like Hizbollah - a group second only to al Qaeda in the American
lives it has taken." Hizbollah successfully led the resistance in Lebanon to
U.S.-Israeli aggression and continues to do so. Bush added, "Hizbollah
terrorists, with support from Syria and Iran, sowed conflict in the region."
He claimed, "Radical Shia elements, some of whom received support from Iran,
formed death squads [in Iraq]." He threatened that if the U.S. withdraws,
"we could expect an epic battle between Shia extremists backed by Iran and
Sunni extremists aided by al Qaeda."
Bush repeatedly attempts to claim that the cause of the violence and
terrorism in Iraq is the Iraqis themselves, when it is clear that it is U.S.
occupation. Now Bush is claiming Iranians are also responsible for the
deaths of Americans in Iraq. No evidence of any kind has been presented. It
is simply asserted over and over by the Pentagon disinformation machine that
Iran is responsible for American deaths.
This emphasis on American deaths is an attempt to push the U.S. anti-war
movement backward, away from its stand that Iraqis deaths and Iranian deaths
and Lebanese deaths are not acceptable. The movement stands as one with the
peoples of the world against all the death and destruction of U.S.
imperialist wars. It also makes clear that there would be no U.S. deaths if
all U.S. troops were brought home.
The Iraqis and Iranians are not the source of the problem, occupation is.
The Iraqis, Iranians, Lebanese and Palestinians are all capable of governing
themselves and living in peace if they are left to do so by the U.S. and its
client state of Israel. Respect for sovereignty and non-interference by all
the big powers, the U.S. first and foremost, is necessary.
Bush rejects withdrawal of all U.S. troops as the solution for success and
instead outlines the U.S. plan for revenge against the Iraqi resistance,
focused on Baghdad. Increased U.S. troops will be organized as gangs to go
into neighborhoods to "find the terrorists and clear them out," and then
"hold" the neighborhood. Using the U.S.-Israeli model in Palestine and that
of Falluja and elsewhere, this can only mean more mass civilian killings,
destruction of housing, hospitals and civilian infrastructure, terrorizing
the population, especially women and children, and then making the
neighborhoods prisons, with checkpoints, restricted movement and dusk to
dawn curfews. This is what U.S.-style democracy looks like in Iraq.
Plan for Expanded Military & Civilian Corps
It is well known and admitted by the Pentagon that U.S. military forces are
already stretched thin and are losing in Iraq. Yet Bush plans to escalate
the war to Iran and elsewhere. To do so, he is demanding to increase the
Army and Marine Corps - the occupying ground forces in any war - by 92,000
troops, over the next five years. But it is clear this is not enough,
especially given the increasing resistance among the youth to be cannon
fodder for imperialist war. So Bush is also calling for a "Civilian Reserve
According to Bush, this Civilian Corps "would function much like our
military reserve. It would ease the burden on the Armed Forces by allowing
us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when
America needs them. It would give people across America who do not wear the
uniform a chance to serve in the defining struggle of our time." This is an
effort to entice yet more youth into war, while claiming to do otherwise. It
very likely will also be directed toward undocumented immigrant youth, with
the promise of citizenship for "civilian service." It could also be used to
justify hiring "civilians with critical skills," from other countries.
This Corps would be in addition to the existing mercenary army in Iraq,
utilizing forces like Blackwater, Inc. There are an estimated 100,000
private "contractors" in Iraq, including at least 48,000 soldiers.
Blackwater, with hundreds of millions in government contracts already, also
provided mercenaries to occupy New Orleans after Katrina.
The government mercenaries in Iraq have been responsible for torture and
other crimes. They are considered outside any law and have not been subject
to any punishment for known crimes. Given this existing reality, it is very
likely that such a Civilian Corps, once established, would serve to create a
private army directly controlled by the president. It likely will not come
under the authority of Congress, or even the military. And it could be used
as a fascist force of the executive inside the country as well. It
represents a significant and dangerous development in government
Alongside the call for this Civilian Corps, Bush proposed what he called a
Congressional "advisory council." Emphasizing the power usurped by the
Office of the President that reduces Congress to a consultative body, Bush
said "Both parties and both branches should work in close consultation. It's
why I propose to establish a special advisory council on the war on terror,
made up of leaders in Congress from both political parties. We will share
ideas for how to position America to meet every challenge that confronts us.
We'll show our enemies abroad that we are united in the goal of victory."
The proposal for an "advisory council," if implemented, represents an effort
by the president to complete new arrangements of governance whereby Congress
and the Courts have only an advisory and consultative role, and all power
resides with the president. Bush emphasizes that he, and he alone, is the
"decision-maker," and that Congress cannot stop him. He has made the
decision about sending more troops to Iraq. By implication, he will also
decide about bombing Iran.
A serious clash is underway on this matter. But Bush and the ruling circles
generally do not want an open constitutional fight if it can be avoided. An
advisory council is a possible means to do this. It could serve to keep
Congress as an elected body, but essentially eliminate any power it has. It
could also eliminate the current role of Congressional committees and
concentrate them in this "advisory council" of top leaders. This select few
would be in on the deal making and decision-making and the rest would simply
be consulted with. It is a significant proposal that bears watching,
especially as the current battles over bills and resolutions on Iraq and
Americans met Bush's speech with a massive outpouring on January 27,
demanding an end to the war now. The action also put Congress on notice.
Americans do not want a pro-war government. The failure by Congress to act,
like Bush's failure, will be met with determined resistance, including
working step by step to create an anti-war government of the people
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