Notes for "Fig Leaves and Führers"
— The invasion and belligerent occupation of Afghanistan is a war crime of the highest degree, because it expanded the originally stated goal of rooting out Osama bin Laden and his network into a war of aggression against the Taliban and the Afghan people—beginning with irrational threats of force and culminating in a regime change, the killing of thousands of civilians through indiscriminate carpet-bombing, and an occupation that persists to this day. Seven years later, OBL is said to be in hiding in Pakistan, despite reports and "pro-U.S." Pakistani leaders saying he's been dead for several years.
Prior to the invasion, the stated US goal was simply to get the Taliban government to "hand over" bin Laden. When the Afghans requested evidence of bin Laden's criminality in order to justify procurement and extradition, per international norms, the Bush Administration rejected the proper course. The neocons and their lapdogs in Congress and media then spun the Afghans' decision into a refusal to cooperate, and therefore a hostile act (i.e., "harboring terrorists"). It was a complete subversion of international law through connivance and coercion. [Source]
The militarism in Afghanistan was primarily inspired by mercantilism: corporate natural resource "interests" were heatedly contested well before 9∙11.
— On October 10–11, 2002, the US Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution [source (.pdf)], thereby granting President Bush the authority wage war against Iraq on the grounds that Sadam Hussein was: stockpiling WMDs and was planning to use them against his own people, the United States and its allies; supporting and harboring anti-US terrorists, including "Al-Qaeda"; responsible for an assassination attempt on George H.W. Bush in 1993 (which has since been debunked [source]); in violation of handfuls of UN Resolutions (assuming that it was somehow the right and duty of the United States, or any other state, to militarily enforce them); and a host of other false, moot, and redundant points. The resolution also cited the war powers unlawfully granted to the Executive by the aforementioned AUMF Resolution and the neocon-inspired Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 [source], which called for making it the US' policy to support regime change in Iraq via the funding and training of proxy militias and "democratic opposition" groups.
In passing the AUMF Iraq, a majority of Congress once again violated their oaths and the Constitution; they allowed the Executive to wage preemptive war, and did not back the approval with a Congressional Declaration of War. In my humble and bantamweight, some committed treason, because even though they knew the evidence was contrived and false, they gave in to the aggressive bribery of foreign agents and other pro-war lobbyists. I'm referring, mainly, of course, to the foreign agents and lobbyists of the Israel Lobby; the foremost faction of which is AIPAC (American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee, or rather Apartheid Israel Placing America in the Crosshairs).
The Lobby has a rich history of strong-arming politicians into voting not only for measures which serve neither US interests nor the true interests of Israeli and American Jewry for whom they feign support and representation, but also, those which directly damage them. Thanks to the Mainstream Mafia's ability to shelter Israeli atrocities from public view and criticism, most US citizens don't know that Israel has been committing eye-spy and sabotage on the United States for many years now, and in most cases, the treachery is facilitated and executed by agents within groups like AIPAC. [source] [source])
In March 2003, thanks to the influence of AIPAC in Congress, as well as the influence of the PNAC Pack via the Mainstream Mafia — and as planned several years earlier in RAD — the United States invaded Iraq, forced Sadam into hiding, and effectively overthrew his Ba'athist regime. Over the next couple of months, it became widely evident that the reasons for going to war against Iraq were a pack of lies, and that Saddam and his regime were not a threat to the United States or its allies. No WMDs have been found to date, and no connections to Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, "Al-Qaeda," or 9∙11 have been credibly established. Nevertheless, the occupation grinds on to this day, as prescribed by PNAC, AIPAC, and other neocon policy planners and war-pushers. And like the invasion and carpet-bombing of Afghanistan, the invasion and carpet-bombing of Iraq qualifies as the worst international war crime committable: a war of aggression.
But in addition to indiscriminate bombing of neighborhoods, civilian infrastructure, and holy sites, the US military, coalition forces, and contractors [sic] have targeted members of the press, conducted raids and seizures upon journalists' headquarters, and neglected to provide basic security and social welfare for Iraqis under their occupation — e.g., millions of homeless refugees in their own country and in neighboring countries; infant and child malnutrition and mortality rates; severe shortages of water, electricity, and medical attention; and the inability to go to school. All of which qualify as ancillary breaches of international law, under the category "Belligerent Occupant". [source] [source] Nevertheless, the neocon war machine grinds on, and continues to belligerently occupy both countries, as prescribed by PNAC.
— Factions of the U.S. government have been harboring and employing U.S.-designated terrorist groups.
— In early 2006, right after Hamas was elected by the Palestinian people to be their ruling government, a "hard coup" was engineered by neocon of Iran Contra fame, Elliot Abrams ("point man" for the Bush administration in the Middle East). The main motivation was the long-held Israeli and U.S. desire to prevent any real Israeli-Palestinian peace process from materializing. The plan was to overthrow Hamas and fracture the Palestinian government. The first part failed miserably, and Hamas still represents the vast majority of Palestinians, but the latter goal was a success, as always.
— The prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has been the neocons' personal torture chamber since early 2002. The litany of atrocious human rights violations that have taken place there would make Adolf Eichmann blush. The UN and human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the facility and have called for its closure, to no avail.
— The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 called for making it a U.S. policy to support regime change in Iraq via the funding and training of proxy militias and "democratic opposition groups." The ILA '98 has been an official green light, setting a precedent for state-sponsored terrorism and regime-change.
— The PATRIOT Act and the Military Commissions Act are major examples of the perversion of due process, suspension of habeas corpus, and emergency (tyrant-immunizing) legislation.
— HR 1995 (Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007) “is yet another attack on our Constitutionally-protected civil liberties.”