In this image, a US soldier lies dead after being shot and killed during the disastrous assault on Falluja, Iraq. The assault began in November 2004 and by its end the US/UK had taken 750 dead and wounded with a further 3,000 dead or wounded among the civilian populace. The operation was claimed to attempt to regain control of the city after the initial invasion of Iraq had failed and instead revealed massive anti-US feeling. Inline with much of US propaganda from 2001 onwards, the US military insisted that it needed to assault the city in revenge for the killing of a small handful of Blackwater Security mercenaries. The operation involved almost 15,000 occupation soldiers but completely failed to passify anti-occupation forces whom later went on to permanently bedevil the US until its final staged military concession in December 2011. Picture: EPA/STEFAN ZAKLIN/Landov.
After nine years of a war that has throughout its life carried little or no public support, and which has been dogged by industrial political war propaganda on a scale not seen since World War II, the United States has finally conceded defeat with a staged withdrawal of its scrubbed military hardware from Iraq across the Iraqi/Kuwait border. The staged re-deployment signals the removal of dressed military forces from Iraq but omits reference to the much larger remaining force of private militarised corporate mercenary forces, the vast bulk of which remain armed and in close proximity to the civilian Iraqi populace.
The continued presence of the bulk of US belligerent's in Iraq, is likely to provide the impetus for a continuance of the repulsive bombing campaign that has been on-going in Iraq throughout the entire past nine year period. Bombings in heavily built up areas have been a persistent feature of daily life in Iraq throughout the occupation of the country by the US and continues to this day.
The Iraq war has been the most costly war for many decades for the United States but pales by comparison to the horrific suffering forced upon the people of Iraq by the US military and its government. From its beginnings to the present day, the Iraq war has seen a wholesale collapse of the Iraq population with much of its populace being forced into cross-border flight to neighbouring states or succumbing to major and widespread violence all of which has taken place under the noses of the US occupying force. Much of the civil infrastructure is in chaos, tribal violence is chronic, financial disruption to Iraq's economy is near total and infests every area in which it can be measured and the sovereignty of Iraq is now largely in the hands of its eastern neighbour - Iran. The country has no coherent political structure, no international security and is saturated with extremists all of whom are now war hardened in both ideology and structure. Under no measure as yet identified by the United States is Iraq able to be classified as a fully functioning state. Under no measure as yet identified by the United States is the Iraq war able to be defined as a successful outcome to US foreign policy.
During the 2011 year period, an average of 6.5 people were losing their lives daily in Iraq as a result of occupation violence linked directly to the continued war presence of occupation forces. In January of 20111., 105 casualties were taken by the domestic populace when four car bombs exploded in Baghdad and Karbala. In February 2011 (see video left), three car bombs exploded in the city of Kirkuk killing six people. In March 20112., 8 Iraq army soldiers died in Diyala province claimed by a car bomb. At the end of 2011 in November3. alone, scores of professional Iraqi's were being killed as a result of occupation with assassinations, bombs and killings by firearms and explosives taking place freely throughout the country. As can be clearly seen, Iraq is now a place of lawlessness and violence, and has been left with chronic internal and external problems as a result of experiencing the loss of its sovereignty at the hands of the panic-stricken post 9/11 United States.
As the withdrawal of its military forces is completed from Iraq, the United States has embarked on a predictable public relations campaign in an attempt to scratch its account of the Iraq war onto the cover of the modern day history books. Throughout this past nine year period, the US has developed a major and highly perilous dependency on public relations to explain its flawed war policy in the Middle-East which has, throughout much of the world, been comprehensively rejected and replaced by alternative and more realistic truths. On December 14th 2011 as the withdrawal took place, the US President Barack Obama, introduced by his own wife, addressed military forces at Fort Bragg. In the speech, the President continued to persist with a highly dubious, factually inaccurate and generally elusive narrative of triumphalism over the Iraq war and continued to deride the international community with remarks that are highly improper and virulently offensive to much of the rest of the international community. The speech served as a compelling insight into America's descent into nationalism post Iraq war at a time when its influence and power around the world is in near terminal decline.
Throughout the war in Iraq, the United States has found itself in one quagmire after another. Beyond the initial error of the invasion, the American military has persistently failed to convince the people of Iraq of its intentions and has found itself quickly swallowed by the domestic populace intent on refuting the narrative of liberation. This narrative turned out to be poverty stricken in moral, intellectual and strategic form and revealed that the United States in the immediate post 9/11 period was incapable of determining war policy based on logic and realistic appraisal of the international arena. Despite major and widespread warning signs of the foolishness of intervention into Iraq sovereignty, in the form of major and chronic worldwide dissent, both the United States and United Kingdom dismissed the views of the international anti-war majority and elected, by choice, to commit to an act of unilateral intervention.
This error, grievous in the most serious way, has left the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom with a poisonous legacy and an army of malcontents bent on justice by any appropriate method. To this day, large sections of the United Kingdom and United States population are no longer convinced of their freedom nor their perception of being included in the workings of their nations. The British and American governments are now largely identified as business cartels with anti-social tendencies and a penchant for widespread mass deception toward service of minority rule.
Economic decline has been a persistant feature of US style Capitalism. In this image taken in the once prosperous city of Detroit in Michigan, the scale of economic decline of the US automotive industry is seen with much of the city becoming derelict with little or no meaningful economic recovery taking place. Once a major centre for international and global trade, Detroit has experienced severe depopulation in the past decade with a 25% decrease in population and a regional unemployment rate now standing at 20%. Picture Copyright Mitch Cope.
The United States defeat in Iraq, almost nine years after the war began, and certainly seven years after the war's realistic and logical end point, has consolidated anti-US feeling around the world and further encouraged commercial migration away from the United States and toward less disruptive markets around the world. This is most readily seen in the strident economic growth seen in Asia specifically within the Chinese, Russian and Indian economies where economic growth has increased in tandem with economic shrinkage in the US and UK.
In short order, the Iraq war has seen the trans-Atlantic alliance tested and weakened by a political order beset with lack of direction and inability to motivate itself toward the new international reality. In both the United States and to a lesser extent the United Kingdom, the length of engagement of war policy in Iraq directly relates to the failures of the US and UK governments to see the current international reality beyond populist material deployments. For the people of Iraq, the war on its people and nation has neither left it with a stable nation, nor a stable economy. It is now heavily dependent on its neighbour Iran to its east which is now actualising a nuclear deterrent umbrella under which Iraq will be over-shadowed, which will serve to garrotte US territorial ambitions throughout the region.
The Iraq war defeat for the United States now represents the nadir of its strategy east of Europe and will come to serve as the pole around which it will be forced to gradually and silently concede its globalist agenda on the world stage. After a war in which it has barely exercised any meaningful influence over world opinion, and in which it has permanently lost the goodwill of the international community, the United States is now unable to further its political agenda in any tactical, strategic, economic or moral form.
The Iraq war now represents the apex around which the war policy of the United States cannot be further serviced without chronic disruption to its economic interests and, therefore, its actual national security. The Iraq war has revealed the soft underbelly of the world's most disruptive union of states and has further isolated its partners and associates at a time in which the world is now striding toward economic union and integration. Further, the Iraq war has served to recruit thousands of Arabic Mujahedin around the world from the Caucus to northern Africa and from the Middle-East to Western Europe. Throughout 2011, many Mujahedin around the world have consolidated their gains provided by the Iraq war impetus and have struck decisively at American-centric regimes in the Muslim world. This process is highly likely to accelerate throughout 2012.
For the people of Iraq, further suffering has yet to appear as it continues to stumble toward failed state status and continues to be stridently ignored by the international community...including a United States that is more concerned with its own false domestic narratives than the actuality of its international conduct.