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.
The execution of Saddam Hussein could not have been a more cynically
calculated PR event if a banner proclaiming "mission accomplished" had
been placed above the gallows. His hanging will not provide a day of
relief from the misery, humiliation, and violence the Iraqi people are
enduring under the occupation, or absolve imperialism of its role in
Saddam's rise to power and decades of brutal rule.
started off as a show of strength on the part of US imperialism is now turning
into its opposite. The war in Iraq
is bringing to the surface all the contradictions of present-day capitalism.
Defeat is staring the imperialists in the face. This will have far-reaching
consequences well beyond the borders of Iraq.
The war in Iraq has been
an unmitigated disaster. Far from “promoting democracy” what the imperialists
have done is to plunge Iraq
into the depths of barbarism. Even from a purely military point of view they
are losing their grip on the country. Now the talk is about an “exit strategy”.
We say the troops must leave now. Let the people of Iraq decide their own fate.
We have just received this Press Release from Naftana, the
UK Support Committee for the General Union of Oil Employees Iraq. It confirms
that the Iraqi government has frozen the funds of the Iraqi Oil Workers' Union, the reason being the union’s opposition to