The Pentagon is continuing intensive planning for a possible bombing attack on Iran. These preparations began already last year, by order of the President. In other words, the decision has already been arrived at. All that Bush is waiting for is a suitable opportunity to put it into practice.
In the same way that the revolutionary movement depends at
critical moments on the quality of the leadership, so the outcome of a war,
such as the war in Iraq,
can be decisively influenced by the political and military leadership of the
bourgeoisie. Bush is now acting against the interests of the class he is
supposed to represent.
military strategist Sun-Tzu, wrote his famous treatise, The Art of War
2500 years ago. The basic postulates laid down in this classical work are as
valid today as they were when they were first written. Today, on the fourth
anniversary of the invasion of Iraq,
Alan Woods points out that Bush has made every possible mistake in the book.
An interview with Darrell Anderson, an Iraq War veteran, on his
experiences in the Iraq War. He discusses the "insurgency," the
attitudes of average Iraqis toward the US military, and the attitude of
average US soldiers toward the war.
Instead of listening to the advice of Baker and the Iraq Study Group to seek an exit strategy, Bush prefers to up the stakes, increasing the number of troops in Iraq and threatening both Syria and Iran. He is coming into conflict with the ruling class he is supposed to represent. Herein lies a potential political crisis of major proportions in the USA.
George W. Bush last night announced his “new strategy” for Iraq. His speech consisted of the usual rhetoric about “establishing democracy” and “defeating the terrorists” but particularly a lot of wishful thinking. Like an about to be defeated poker player, US imperialism faces the problem every gambler has when he is losing: if he leaves the table, he won’t be able to win back his losses. But a final bet can prove fatal too.