HAIL TO THE CHIEF!
Correct me if I am wrong. “To the victor go the spoils,” is a truism of warfare. Yet, if the military conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan is perpetual, then the spoils from oil, armaments, and opium can approach quadrillions of dollars. In retrospect, there were no weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq, other than our own. Thus, Pres. Bush’s “preemptive strike” in 2003 was a ruse to invade IRAQ and to seize control of the vast oil fields. Concomitantly, US troops apprehended countless Muslim men and teenagers for rendition and torture [enhanced interrogation] under the pretext of their being “suspected terrorists.” For a more complete exposé of this contrived military conflict has impacted US taxpayers, please read Funding the Enemy:How US Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban by Douglas Wissing. Upon being elected, Pres. Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay [Gitmo], which is but one of the locations where US troops, CIA operatives, and mercenaries have committed atrocious war crimes for more than a decade. During his first term, Pres. Obama promised the American people that, upon discovery, he would hold accountable those members of the Bush Administration who committed crimes against humanity in Iraq. Yet, IF members of the Bush Administration, de facto, are war criminals, then are not members of the Obama Administration also war criminals as well? Should a man who lives in a glass house throw stones? Should the pot call the kettle black? Ergo, in the context of the United States’ crimes against humanity, would Plato’s thinking man expect justice or accountability from either President Obama or President Bush…or even King Leopold II in the Belgian Congo? I rest my case.