US quartet war: Iraq

Abdul Latif Jabara | 2016-04-06 16:28 Damascuss

US quartet war: Iraq
Journalism relies on two methods to cover a war. One uses a lot of common sense, analysis and some facts typically obtained from live sources on the ground or third parties. The second is a puzzle cracker. For each war, there is always hidden agendas and motives that stay sealed from the public eye for years. To expose these plans and purposes, a journalist sometimes has to follow the era of the war for several decades or more.   

At the end of the 20th Century into the 21st, the United States pin-marked four wars for the Middle East. Each war had its script classified "Top Secret." American military strategists and political leaders have strong instincts which allowed them to use the craniological system in prescribing scenes for each war they wished. Unlike novelists, they have flexibility and maneuvering power to change the order of the events or replace them altogether.

Scene One

Khomeini is sent into exile to Iraq first then France. SAVAK and the CIA played the facilitator’s role and delivered the mission. The two agencies made Khomeini a hero in Iran and outspoken activist in Iraq. In France, Khomeini would be the spiritual leader supplied with all the religious and poetry books he needed, provided lavish living and peaceful surroundings protected by high-level security. One note of interest, SAVAK, from the time it was established to the time abolished, played the double agency for the CIA.

Scene Two

The U.S. had decided to get rid of the Shah of Iran in the Fall of 1977. The Carter’s Administration garnered inimical publicity in the West to Iran’s human rights violation. Israel provided the media propaganda headlines. The U.S. pulled the thick strings. The oppositions in Iran cheered. President Carter made a bold move during 1978 New Year’s Eve reception. He raised a toast to the Shah in which he said: "Under the Shah’s brilliant leadership Iran is an island of stability in one of the most troublesome regions of the world. There is no other state figure whom I could appreciate and like more." Iran had to face a coup d’état or a quick revolution. Israel took care of slanderous campaign; Carter praised the Shah, so no one would suspect the U.S. to be the original plotter and perpetrator. The result was impeccable. The Shah got dumped; Iran forced him to leave the country or face execution; the U.S. refused his asylum so did most other countries until Egypt welcomed him. 

Scene Three

The opposition leader Shapur Bakhtiar formed an interim government at the end of 1978 once the Shah’s dynasty crumbled; he ruled as a prime minister for thirty-six days; he dissolved SAVAK, freed all prisoners and brought Khomeini from exile. Khomeini toppled Bakhtiar; he and his mullahs formed the Revolution government in 1979 with Khomeini, the supreme leader. Khomeini, his mullahs, and the U.S. brilliantly achieved a smooth accomplishment making world leaders believe a war fever was on between them. Even journalists had thought the U.S. was on the verge of invading Iran.

Scene Four

The CIA staged the U.S. Embassy hostage crises on Nov. 4, 1979. Paving the way to Iraq-Iran war with Khomeini informed of the plan. In less than a year, the U.S. unleashed Saddam Hussein and apprised the Gulf States the war against Iran was in the best interest of the region and that they should extend all financial support to Saddam in the form of loans. Saddam staged the war against Iran in September 1980 and lasted until 1988 leaving more than one million soldiers dead on both sides and half a million injured. The war cost both countries close to 1 trillion dollars in damages to oil facilities and revenue losses.  

Scene Five

The 444 days of the hostage crisis ended on January 20, 1981. The U.S.  didn’t exactly achieve the desired goal. Saddam emerged with the upper hand close to a victory. The U.S. stopped the fight and assured Iran it would get rid of Saddam and bring Iraq to the wreckage.  

Like the beat of a horse galloping, the CIA had played each note carefully. Saddam fell into a new trap of war. The Gulf States called the loans. Saddam rebelled; he eyed Kuwait and felt the pulse of the U.S. The U.S. gladly winked and smiled. Saddam got the message and invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990. The U.S. formed Operation Desert Storm which included more than thirty countries, not that it needed the military help, but to show the world the war was legitimate and just. The U.S. posted some 700,000 troops in the Middle East with the intention to deliver on its promise to Iran. At 4:30 pm EST on January 6, 1991, Operation Desert Storm hit most military and civil infrastructure inside Iraq for six weeks. On February 24, 1991, coalition ground troops had disabled Iraq’s armed forces by day end. Iraq lost well over 40,000 troops and more than 100,000 injured. 

Scene Six

The CIA staged the Kurd’s chemical war on May 1, 1991. The U.S. Administration secured the necessary U.N. resolutions to choke Saddam and impoverish his people, so they rise against him. Although Iraq had suffered a massive setback, the Operation didn’t cripple its military capability and its civil infrastructure entirely.  

Little more than a decade later, September 11 surfaced. The U.S. produced a new pretext. The U.N. issued UNSC Resolution 1441 on November 8, 2002, which demanded Iraq to readmit U.N. inspectors to ensure it did not have weapons of mass destruction. Iraq agreed. George W. Bush trashed Resolution 1441 and the U.N. with it and ordered Saddam to leave the country in 48 hours. Saddam stayed. The U.S. invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003, and formally occupied the country until December 2011 when handed the occupation throne to Iran. Iraq ended up a wreckage; more than 600,000  killed, mostly civilians; more than 5 million lost homes and belongings and became refugees.   

The first part of the quartet war took the U.S. little over three decades of planning while the world community snored for that many years.