America's Dirty War in Iraq
by Stephen Lendman
US wars are lawless.
America wages wars dirty. They're all unprincipled and lawless. It's official policy. Exceptions don't exist. No-holds-barred barbarism is longstanding.
Rule of law principles don't matter. They never did. Modern technologies make today's wars worse than ever. All forms of brutality are commonplace.
On March 6, London's Guardian discussed the Pentagon's link to Iraqi torture centers. General David Petraeus was directly involved.
So was Col. James Steele. He's a retired special forces expert. He's a Central America "dirty wars" veteran.
His Iraq mandate included establishing detention/torture centers. Innocent victims were subjected to monstrous brutality. More on that below.
America's entire chain of command is culpable. The buck goes all the way to the top. Bush administration officials bear main responsibility. Obama continues what he began.
They're unaccountable so far. They authorized the worst of what went on. Iraq reflects what's ongoing in all direct and proxy US war theaters.
Professor Stjepan Mestrovic's a valued Progressive Radio News Hour guest. His book titled "The 'Good Soldier' On Trial: A Sociological Study of Misconduct by the US Military Pertaining to Operation Iron Triangle, Iraq" deserves careful reading.
It explains what everyone needs to know. He documented disturbing evidence of "US government mistreatment of its own soldier-prisoners as well as foreign 'detainees.' "
Iron Triangle soldiers were unjustly convicted. Irresponsible officials hung them out to dry. They did so to protect higher-ups and themselves. Military justice is sorely lacking.
US soldiers followed orders. They had no other choice. Disobedience assures court-martials. Imprisonment follows.
In May 2006, Operation Iron Triangle targeted suspected Al Qaeda fighters.
US soldiers were accused of killing four Iraqis. They did so near Samarra. Col. Michael Steele gave direct orders. "Kill all military age males" on sight, he said.