I have been a fan of Karen Kwiatkowski since I read this article on Truthdig, where she paints a fascinating picture of the run-up to the war in Iraq. She was right there, in the Pentagon, following orders from Cheney's Office of Special Plans. These were the civilian neocons, Doug Feith's guys, who basically took over and just told everybody what to do. The interview was done in February of 2007, and it focuses on the new threat of war with Iran, which I still think (and so does Seymour Hersh) Cheney will try to do before he leaves office.
In a recent interview on Huffington Post, Kwiatkowski suggests something that I haven't considered. That the Bush administration wants internal strife in Iraq. They want and actively support fighting between different tribal and religious factions:
And this fantasy that the surge has improved things. The partitioning of Iraq - you have to wonder if that happened by design. Because certainly that's counter to everything that Saddam Hussein as a national socialist was working for. You know, he was turning people into Iraqis. And I think that's what we wanted to get rid of. You know, we didn't want a strong modern Arab nation sitting on top of the 3rd largest oil reserves in the world. You know, that's not justification for war; that's not constitutional.
That one got me to thinkin'.
Here's another good question from Karen:
Everything that has rolled out since that invasion has continued along the same politicized cover story in Iraq. And you know, where are the reporters in Iraq? They're in the Green Zone. If they're out of the Green Zone, they're dead. They're dead people. There's no news. It's all artificial. Unless of course, for the 4,000 dead soldiers and the 100,000 people with PTSD.
We really have no idea what's going on in Iraq, do we?