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Trump Proposes New War in Iraq for Oil and Torture

Yesterday, while almost three quarters of a million Americans were marching through the streets of Washington D.C. in opposition to the newly inaugurated Donald Trump, Trump was giving a speech to members of the Central Intelligence Agency. Mostly, the speech was a celebration of himself, in which Trump repeatedly lied to CIA officers about how, despite all the photographs showing a nearly empty National Mall, his inauguration was bigger than Barack Obama’s.

Most of the reporting on Trump’s speech to the CIA has focused on Trump’s crude, partisan, delusional style, which has been correctly identified as remarkably inappropriate. However, there was also something in the content of Trump’s speech that should cause Americans a great deal of concern: Donald Trump suggested that he wants to start the Iraq War back up, but this time not exercise the “restraint” he thinks was shown by George W. Bush.

Most Americans who are old enough to vote should remember that George W. Bush was anything but restrained with his approach to the Iraq War. He conducted a rushed invasion of Iraq based on lies about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist. Military contractors hired by the Bush Administration committed war crimes across Iraq. Corruption and waste were rampant, and there was no plan about what to do after the invasion, because George W. Bush believed that American soldiers would be greeted with flowers, and the whole fight would be over in a matter of weeks. Trillions of dollars were wasted on the failed war, which directly led to the creation of the Islamic State.

So, when Donald Trump suggests that he wants to repeat the Iraq War, but without George W. Bush’s restraint, Americans should be very, very concerned.

Yesterday, Trump said to his audience at the CIA, in his signature rambling style, that he was eager to begin the fighting in Iraq again, but with the mistakes fixed. Trump declared, “The old expression: ‘to the victor belong the spoils’ – you remember? You always used to say ‘keep the oil’… I always said: ‘In addition to that, keep the oil’… We should have kept the oil. But okay, maybe we’ll have another chance, but the fact is, we should’ve kept the oil.”

So, while it was always implied but almost never explicitly stated that George W. Bush invaded Iraq because of the oil, Donald Trump is allowing the veil to drop away. He’s clear that the purpose of his new Iraq War will be to steal the country’s oil to be used by America’s oil barons.

Invading another country just to steal its natural resources is something that violates the intricate system of international understandings that have prevented the outbreak of World War III. Yet, Donald Trump is plain about his colonial ambitions. That’s something that ought to be extremely concerning for young Americans, because the only way that the United States could “keep the oil” in Iraq is to establish a permanent occupation government in Iraq, enforced with U.S. troops.

There’s no way that the United States could sustain this hostile occupation of Iraq without a much bigger military force than George W. Bush used in Iraq. To create such a huge U.S. military occupation of Iraq, there would have to be a military draft.

And what would those American soldiers be doing in Iraq? Close your eyes and allow your mind to bring back the photographs we saw of the torture in the Abu Ghraib prison run by the Americans in Iraq under George W. Bush – only worse.

The “>CIA had a major role in establishing regimes of horrific torture in Iraq and elsewhere under Bush. In his speech to the CIA yesterday, however, President Trump told his audience that he believed that the problem with the CIA during the Iraq War was that its use of torture was too restrained.

“We’re going to do great things,” Trump told the CIA. “We’ve been fighting these wars for longer than any wars we’ve ever fought. We have not used the real abilities that we have. We’ve been restrained.”

If Donald Trump believes that the CIA and US military were too restrained with their torture and war crimes in Iraq, just imagine what “real abilities” he must be planning to unleash.

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