Now that the U.S. is once again bomb-bomb-bombing Iraq, let’s have a little stroll down memory lane. First, there is Bush, Sr. the lacklustre successor to Ronnie the Cowboy and father of W. On 16 January 1991, Senior appeared on television to announce that Saddam is going to get it.
And here is Big Bill, on 16 December 1998, basically saying the same thing but in a different kind of way — notice his particular emphasis on the value-laden word “is” that would become so important in his defence against accusation he had had sexual intercourse with Monica . . .
Here we have the notorious dunce of presidents himself, Bush, Jr., once again saying that Saddam is going to get it, on 21 March 2003.
And last but not least, here is the Nobel Peace Prize Winner Obama the other day talking on 10 September 2014 about “degrading” and “ultimately destroying” those pesky terrorists who have joined the caliphal army against heretics of all stripes and colours.
As I wrote at the beginning of last July, the “news cycles in the first decade of the 21st century were dominated by the military events in Iraq. Following 9/11 the US government quickly decided that the time had finally come to invade Iraq (and reap its commercial benefits), even though the initial response was directed at Afghanistan. As eloquently illustrated by the veteran journalist Bob Woodward, the real goal had always been the invasion of Iraq, with President George W. Bush meeting repeatedly with Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks and his war cabinet from December 2001 to plan the US attack on Iraq. At the time, the US administration even allocated between $100 and $200 million for covert operations in Iraq (compared to merely $70 million spent by the CIA in Afghanistan for similar purposes). Finally, Bush unleashed his campaign of “Shock & Awe” on 19 March 2003 and the subsequent invasion of the lands of Mesopotamia was completed on May, 1, when the US President announced that the mission had been completed. It’s hard to forget the iconic image of Bush, Jr., standing in front of a large banner displaying the words “Mission Accomplished” aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast. Unashamed and full of bluster, from the podium Bush, Jr. proclaimed that “[m]ajor combat operations in Iraq have ended”, adding that “[i]n the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.” In truth, the real “Battle of Iraq” was only to start following the USS Abraham Lincoln announcement, ushering in a veritable civil war and the division of Iraq along ethnic and religious lines”.
From Saddam to Caliph Ibrahim, throughout the decades stretching along the 20th and 21st centuries, the lands of Mesopotamia, now known as Iraq, have proved quite capable of delivering bogeymen for the horror and disgust of Western audiences.
WANTED: The US ransom made for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi/Abu Du’a [REUTERS]
 C. Erimtan, “Real ‘Battle of Iraq’ is only beginning” RT Op-Edge (03 July 2014). http://rt.com/op-edge/170204-real-iraq-battle-beginning/.