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What ever happened to Iraq? Is it not an independent country with a democratic government thanks to the 2003 US invasion? So says Washington.

The murder of senior Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani suddenly shone a strobe light on ‘independent’ Iraq, and what we saw was not pretty.

Welcome to the new Imperialism 101.

Iraq’s population is estimated around 39 million. The pre-war Iraq of 2003 was broken into three parts by the US-British invasion: the Shia majority; Kurds in the north; and Sunnis, with scatterings of other ethnicities. Iraq remains fragmented into hostile groups.

Its Shia are confusingly allied to the US and Iran. The killing of Maj. Gen. Soleimani by the Americans has thrown this alliance of convenience into confusion. Iraqi Kurds are close to the CIA and Israel’s Mossad intelligence. The Sunnis are left adrift, without any foreign patrons except for other feeble Arab states.

The US maintains a modest garrison of 5,000 infantry in Iraq and 3-5 air bases, as well as the gigantic fortified US Embassy in Baghdad’s heavily guarded Green Zone which contains one of the world’s largest CIA bases. Angry mobs demonstrating in front of the embassy triggered off the chain of events that led to Trump’s murder of Gen. Soleimani. That an impeached president should be murdering foreign figures is a question that Congress must ask.

Before he was murdered, Osama bin Laden called this monster Baghdad embassy and its twin in Kabul, `crusader fortresses.’ That is indeed their role, and to serve as the nerve center for all Mideast operations by the US. Iraq enjoys some of the world’s largest oil reserves. Where the profit from Iraq’s mammoth oil exports go remains a closely guarded secret.

Combined with Saudi Arabia – also controlled by the US – Iraq gives Washington control of the bulk of Mideast oil. The US no longer relies on oil from the Mideast, being self-sufficient – at least for now. But dominating the Mideast gives the US huge influence over China, Japan, India, and Europe, all of whom import oil from there. This is the main pillar of US world power and the supremacy of the dollar.

Returning to Iraq, Washington has imposed an air exclusivity zone there. Real control of flat, largely barren Iraq comes from the air. US war planes based there and in Qatar can blast anything that moves in Mesopotamia. Imperial Britain ruled Iraq the same way, using the RAF to smash all opposition to the British-installed puppet ruler in Baghdad. In the 1920’s Churchill even authorized the RAF to use poison gas against rebellious Iraqi Kurds (as well as Afghan Pashtun tribes).

US-ruled Iraq is not allowed to have a real air force, only a handful of light aircraft. The same ban applies to Afghanistan. Iraq’s so-called army, a mob of unruly militias of the type the Ottomans used to call ‘bashi-bazouks,’ is of little military value though partly equipped by US weapons. They are increasingly being attacked by US warplanes.


The US really runs Iraq from three large air bases that were the target of the recent bloodless Iranian missile attacks. Iraq’s current US-approved prime minister Abdul-Mahdi and its feeble parliament have voted for the ouster of all US forces from Iraq. Good luck to them. Washington will likely ignore Iraq’s supposedly ‘democratic’ government and continue to act as the sultan of Iraq.

Iraq has become the central military base and inexhaustible oil reservoir for the US that was envisaged by the Bush administration and its neocons. That is a major step in the total US domination of the Mideast and its energy resources.

Israel has achieved its long sought goal of removing Iraq from the confrontation over Palestine. With Egypt under a US-imposed dictator, that leaves only demolished Syria to stand up to Israel. The Saudis are gleefully stabbing their ‘brother’ Arabs in the back, as they always have done.

Never in the past half-century have we seen the Arab states so pathetically feeble. Never have we seen Israel so strongly guiding US Mideast policy, including the murder of Gen. Soleimani.

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  1. Alistair says:

    Margolis analysis of the Middle Eastern reality leads to one conclusion that the world needs a “New World Order”;

    The US led World Order since 1945 has reached its limits; it’s spoiled, arrogant, corrupt, and unimaginative; the American perception of the” Free World” seems to be stuck in the narrow vision of its Protestant Puritan views of the the world– the Evangelists idea of ” Righteousness versus Evil-Doers” – wrapped the US flag around the Bible -which has been opportunistically infiltrated and hijacked by the International Zionist Elites; the Military Industrial Complex –and lately, with the election of Donald Trump, by the Russian corrupt Oligarchy – in other words, the American power is up for sell to whoever can afford to pay for influence in its political institutions – all for the mundane and selfish ambition of a few Elites, influence peddlers in Washington – these groups are dragging America into the muddy back alleys of the Middle Eastern tribal conflicts for their own mundane, trivial and fanatic ambitions — they believe their version of fanaticism has moral superiority over their adversaries’ fanaticism; these are Protestant-Puritans; Zionist Jews; the Global Oligarchs; the Oil Cartel; Sunny Arab Muslims; Revolutionary Shia – adding to the muddy water, the Hindus; Sikhs; Buddhists, and so forth… — America is hostage today, if not a mercenary military power up for sell — vice president Mike Pence; Sheldon Adelson; Benjamin Netanyahu; Vladimir Putin, Senator Mitch McConnell and so forth,… they all can attest to that fact.

    The American idea of “the Free World” has reached its limits; the world needs a “New Secular World Order” — enlightened by progressive and pluralistic ideas, led by all nations, not just a few corrupt elites who afford to buy influence in Washington.

    • Replies: @Nigga cat
  2. While I agree with most of the article, what is omitted is Eretz Israel and the Ba’athists. All of the ME wars are for Israel, which is “owned” by wealthy Zionists, including those who own Shell and BP.
    The Ba’ath parties are “socialist” parties. Both Syria and Iraq have/had Ba’ath parties, and they insist on being secular. They don’t care about your religion, they care about your religion being politicized. The Shi’a – Sunni “battle” in both Syria and Iraq has been stirred by the Israelis, as has the Kurdish issue. Internal strife makes Eretz Israel easier to attain. Israel’s US/NATO pitbull is moving that objective along nicely.
    As for the profits of Iraqi oil sales, those were “privatized” by the US post 2003 invasion, in one of the greatest heists in history. The real reason for invading was to keep Iraqi oil in the ground. Saddam was selling all he could, and worse, taking Euros for oil sold into Europe. You can’t risk the “peak oil” scam and collapse the US dollar along with oil prices.

  3. Well, Occupy Wall Street didn’t work but Occupy Iraq did.

    Democracy = Occupocracy.

    But the, the US is occupied as well. By the EOJ or Empire of Judea.

  4. Nigga cat says:

    Progressive pluralism does not include abrahamic

    • Replies: @Alistair
  5. Italian journalist Federico Pieraccini investigated the story behind Mahdi’s address to parliament, the recorded portion of which in no way answered any real questions about why Iraq would make such a drastic move as to expel American troops, ending the billion dollar a year payoff scheme that fed so many Sunni politicians.

    Pieraccini tells us this:

    “[Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq] Halbousi attended the parliamentary session while almost none of the Sunni members did. This was because the Americans had learned that Abdul-Mehdi was planning to reveal sensitive secrets in the session and sent Halbousi to prevent this.

    Halbousi cut Abdul-Mehdi off at the commencement of his speech and then asked for the live airing of the session to be stopped. After this, Halbousi together with other members, sat next to Abdul-Mehdi, speaking openly with him but without it being recorded. This is what was discussed in that session that was not broadcast:

    Abdul-Mehdi spoke angrily about how the Americans had ruined the country and now refused to complete infrastructure and electricity grid projects unless they were promised 50% of oil revenues, which Abdul-Mehdi refused.”

    That deal with China was the result of Mahdi’s abandoning any attempt to work with the United States after years of seeing his nation bled dry.

    It is no secret that the United States had little or no role in fighting ISIS and, were one to ask the Shia majority of Iraqi citizens, most would insist that the US brought ISIS to Iraq with Saudi help.

    In meetings with Sunni leaders, held in Baghdad in January 2014, exactly that was explained to me, how ISIS was to offset Shia influence and guarantee Iraq would remain under US-Saudi control.

    The Sunni leaders, who controlled key military commands and provincial governorships, planned to simply turn affairs over to ISIS and, in fact, did so despite my warnings.

    Months later, several I met with had been beheaded by ISIS. “What goes around comes around.”

    As to Mahdi’s deal with China, that as we will see, precipitated the American staged coup, the following from the Middle East Institute:

    “Upon arriving in Beijing on September 19 at the head of a 55-member delegation, Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi described the visit to China as heralding a “quantum leap” in bilateral relations.The five-day visit culminated in the signing of eight wide-ranging memoranda of understanding (MoUs), a framework credit agreement, and the announcement of plans for Iraq to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).Since then, however, a wave of angry anti-government protests have swept across much of Iraq, leaving more than 100 dead and thousands wounded — a vivid reminder of the country’s ongoing struggle for stability and of the obstacles to the further consolidation of China-Iraq relations.”

    These anti-government protests are attributed to threats made by Donald Trump, as we will see in the full text of Mahdi’s address to parliament, below. The rationale is simple, the China deal was Iraq’s best effort to address unemployment and economic inequality, why would someone want to sabotage it?

    –from New Facts Change Everything, the Sickening Truth About Why Iran “Schooled” America:

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Anastasia
  6. Hail says: • Website

    This is an excellent article by Eric Margolis. None of its 700 words wasted.

    That he gets around to The Country That Shall Not Be Named, and its role, is commendable; mainstream analysts always run out of time before they get around to it.

  7. Exile says:

    To build on what Curmudgeon above has noted, this isn’t about oil. It’s about Israel, which is much more comfortable with a Sunni-Shia divided anti-Israel coalition among its neighbors than a pan-Arabist secular Baath’ist coalition of neighbors.

    Dick Cheney and the other oligarchs may be making some side-cash (see “Genie Energy” for an example), but that’s not the primary or even secondary concern.

  8. Anon[544] • Disclaimer says:
    @Godfree Roberts

    Thanks, no wonder I see headlines like this one. Not surprised the US played a role in the protest.

    Is Iraq About To Become A Chinese Client State?

  9. Alistair says:
    @Nigga cat

    In twisted world of Abrahamic religions; American Evangelists see Jesus Christ reincarnated in the image of Donald J. Trump; who is essentially agnostic, a baby-boomer- playboy – womanizer — a spoiled brat from the early 1970’s
    Meanwhile, the GOP is running around aimlessly – trying to justify every misstep the administration takes — looking for excuses for their beloved leader; President Donald J. Trump; “the Lord himself reincarnated” !!!

  10. But what’s the answer? The solution? Just pointing out a problem is not enough.

    • Replies: @Alistair
  11. Alistair says:

    — here is a quick and easy solution until we figure out how to deal with the problem;
    ” Let’s Stop Deception” — stop electing liars, corrupt politicians to the high offices of the nation; people like Senator Mitch McConnell, who has been in US Senate since 1984 — as Senator, McConnell endorsed every US wars since 1984 to date — how many wars the US has fought since 1984 ??? how much those cost ??? and how many had died ??? Senator Mitch McConnell endorsed every one of them, and yet he get re-elected – Let’s Stop Deception !!!

  12. Anastasia says:
    @Godfree Roberts

    ISIS to offset Shia? It makes abundant sense. If true God help us all. Those poor people. I’m completely disgusted, completely disaffected from the love of my country. So sad for me but sadder still from the poor souls whose lives have been so profoundly and unalterably affected. To have their countries destroyed. The cradle of our civilization no longer has safe harbor in the Mideast.

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