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.
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.