By William Boardman -- Reader Supported News
"Only the Americans can help the Iraqis"."
-- Paul Bremer, June 16, 2014
That sounds like American exceptionalism in its pathological form. That's largely because it IS American exceptionalism in its most arrogant pathological form.
Remember Paul Bremer, 73, the Bush family caporegime who was the occupastion's Presidential Envoy to Iraq? He was the American Saddam Hussein in 2003 when he had near-dictatorial power and thought it would be a good idea to get rid of virtually every experienced Sunni military officer and every high-ranking Sunni government official so that, as President Bush put it over and over, "as the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down" (never mind we just cut off their legs).
At best, Paul Bremer is an incompetent nitwit who bears heavy responsibility for the crushing horrors the U.S. has inflicted on Iraq since 2003. At worst, he is a war profiteer, or a war criminal, or both. Whatever he is, he lives in a country that will never hold him accountable.
On the contrary, he gets to go on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and spout self-serving, unchallenged nonsense. It's like treating General Custer as an expert on fighting ethnic insurgencies. Bremer has a record. He's a loser, like the rest of the Bush-era war council and their neocon camp followers. But like so many with blood on their hands, he still gets a public forum to say stuff like this, which is all pretty much mainstream, inside-the-beltway, received wisdom for dummies:
I'm not in favor of sending combat forces into Iraq at the moment, but I can well imagine that we would have to have some troops on the ground".
Dividing Iraq up as a policy involves the provocation of a regional war -- basically, an Iraqi civil war becoming a regional war. It's a very bad outcome". So, if our interests are that broad, we should not be ruling things out".
Only the Americans can help the Iraqis broker across these sectarian and ethnic lines. There is nobody else who can do it.
Unindicted co-conspirators see nothing wrong with what they did
Since this was on "Morning Joe," Bremer was treated as if he deserved respect by the co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, each of whom has serious conflicts of interest when it comes to Iraq. Scarborough was a major media warmonger in 2002-03, given to ad hominem gloating after the first month of the war (promoted by MSNBC). Brzezinski seems to have a lower profile as regards Iraq, even getting headlines for "sparring" with John McCain recently, which hardly addresses why McCain would be a guest after more than a decade of being wrong about Iraq. Nobody mentions the ghost in this mix, that Brzezinski's father was an architect of arming and enabling Osama Bin Laden and the rest of the mujahideen as a clever Cold War manipulation, now in its fourth decade of blowback.