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Excerpt: "Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Sunday that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq helped create the Islamic State group."

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan. (photo: AFP)
Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan. (photo: AFP)


Kofi Annan: US Invasion of Iraq Created Islamic State

By teleSUR

09 February 15

 

Kofi Annan said the breakup of the country left it ripe for the growth of violent extremism.

ormer U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Sunday that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq helped create the Islamic State group.

Annan issued the remarks during a speech at the Munich Security Conference in southern Germany.

“I was against this invasion and my fears have been founded. The breakup of the Iraqi forces poured hundreds if not thousands of disgruntled soldiers and police officers onto the streets,” said Annan.

The former U.N. chief noted that some of these former members of the security forces later joined the Islamic State group.

His comments followed the release of President Barack Obama’s new U.S. National Security Strategy on Friday, which advocates for increased military spending and an end to congressionally mandated budget caps to ensure the "necessary investment in our military forces."

"Although our military will be smaller, it must remain dominant in every domain," the security document stated. Currently, there are around 4,500 US troops in Iraq with talks on further troops being sent.


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+42 # grandma lynn 2015-02-09 23:40
I wish I could read more than a summary of Annan's remarks. I remember at the time thinking how lacking in foresight was Pres. Bush (please - let's not have another Bush in the White House!) when he happily said of our Iraq War, "This is the first war of the 21st century!" What an idiot. And Obama has been no better, obediently in the footsteps begun by Bush-Cheney. How can anyone think that war isn't self-perpetuati ng? If you don't want war, you don't do war. If you don't want brutality up close (beheadings, cruel deaths), you don't do drone-kills, which also dismember and throw blood splatters from a once-living-hum an. Way back way back I felt Pres. Reagan had wasted eight years of opportunity to do right by humanity. Now I've thought that of eight years of Bush and eight years (going forward) of Obama. "War Is a Racket" wrote Brig. Gen. Smedley Butler. We should all get it by now. War makes money for those without conscience, who've replaced conscience with money-lust.

Thank you to Kofi Annan for his remarks. Ignored critics, before March 19, 2003 ("Shock and Awe" promised entertainment!! !) said pretty much the same. I read it all over the place back then. Bush-Cheney's war was not going to take us anywhere good.
 
 
+6 # cybersleuth58 2015-02-12 09:51
When Americans bought Bush's "they hate us for our freedoms" nonsense, I wondered how they missed the fact that al Qaeda targeted the Trade Center and Pentagon. Anti-American rage is driven by our own foreign policy (aka trade policy).

We have no concept of how people in other countries are treated in our name. We'd rather stick our heads in the sand. (Whistle blowers are neutralized one way or the other).

Even people who are well educated and bright have very dim prospects. Poverty and lack of opportunity cause hopelessness, erupting in violence and reprisals.

Wars are fought for the benefit of American corporations, even though the public is fed noble cliches about "securing liberties". Corporate interests are contrary to individual rights; so it's no surprise the war on terror is systematically destroying the Bill of Rights.

More than 70% of Americans approve of torture. Soooo...even IF Americans knew exactly what our leaders were up to, how much would change?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/09/lets-not-kid-ourselves-most-americans-are-fine-with-torture-even-when-you-call-it-torture/

What kind of cowardly psychopaths have we become?
 
 
+33 # jimallyn 2015-02-10 01:52
ISIS: just one more thing we can thank Dick Cheney and his little puppet for.
 
 
+18 # HowardMH 2015-02-10 10:31
When is Cheney going to jail???
 
 
+27 # ericlipps 2015-02-10 05:47
Hey, why stop there? Ronald Reagan helped create Al Qaeda by favoring the most extreme Islamic groups when it came to parceling out U.S. aid to the anti-Soviet mujahedddin in Afghanistan selectively, favoring the most extreme Islamic groups because they were the most fiercely anti-Communist (it never occurred to him that they hated us too), and Al Qaeda, in turn, gave birth to ISIS. But of course we're not supposed to fault St. Ronald of Hollywood for anything.
 
 
+22 # Charles3000 2015-02-10 08:27
We need to thank Koffi for stating the obvious in a public venue and what he states is obviously true. I would add that sometime in the future another Koffi may have to make the same kind of remarks if we end up fighting in the Ukraine against Russian backed militias courtesy of the neo-cons in and out of the State Dept. who engineered the coup in Kiev that toppled the democratically elected government there.
 
 
+10 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-02-10 12:05
And, the wars in Iraq AND Afghanistan continue. "WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR?"
 
 
+2 # jsluka 2015-02-10 15:47
What are we fighting for? "Dont ask me I don't give a damn!"

Country Joe and the Fish - "Fixin to Die Rag" (1967): Replace "Vietnam" with Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine? Replace "Viet Cong" with "terrorists," "Islamists," etc.

(Lyrics in next message below)
 
 
+6 # jsluka 2015-02-10 15:50
Well, come on all of you, big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
Yeah, he's got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Vietnam
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
Gonna have a whole lotta fun.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Yeah, come on Wall Street, don't be slow,
Why man, this is war au-go-go
There's plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of its trade,
Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
They drop it on the Viet Cong.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam.
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.
 
 
+8 # jsluka 2015-02-10 15:52
Well, come on generals, let's move fast;
Your big chance has come at last.
Now you can go out and get those reds
'Cause the only good commie is the one that's dead
And you know that peace can only be won
When we've blown 'em all to kingdom come.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Come on mothers throughout the land,
Pack your boys off to Vietnam.
Come on fathers, and don't hesitate
To send your sons off before it's too late.
You can be the first ones in your block
To have your boy come home in a box.

And it's one, two, three
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam.
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.
 
 
+13 # leftcoast 2015-02-10 12:13
ericlipps - right you are about RayGun. And on the domestic front he gave us deregulation and the death of Unions - which equalled the death of the middle class. I too wonder when the dementia really began.
 
 
+6 # Merlin 2015-02-11 03:10
leftcoast
“I too wonder when the dementia really began.”

Dementia did not matter. Raygun was always a hypocrite and turncoat “puppet,” as far back as the McCarthy hearings. He said what ever he was told to say by the “kitchen cabinet.” They pulled the strings, (like GE did,) and he danced happily for the organ grinder. He used his grade B acting ability to fool the American public, that he was this “aw shucks,” warm, personable, but very tough man who would save us from the menace of communism. His handlers did an excellent job of creating this image out of a hollow man.

Behind the scenes, the “October Surprise” compounded by the Iran/Contra skulduggery, told the world who he really was. A weak breeder of a bunch of criminals that Bush (the CIA bastard) 1, promptly pardoned. Raygun’s greatest lasting legacy is the laughable royal title these same criminal rethugs have bestowed on him. We now will have “Saint Raygun” slapped in our faces, from now until hell freezes over.
 
 
+7 # Archie1954 2015-02-10 22:24
Everyone except the brain dead, ignorant Americans already knew this. Why do you think Bush is so universally hated? Of course the Republicans don't hate him as they are too stupid to even understand the evil he did with their help. Now the GOP fools want to finish the story by touting Bush's equally morally challenged brother to run the country finally into the ground, once and for all!
 
 
+6 # cybersleuth58 2015-02-12 10:06
How can Americans be ready to elect the very same idiots who drove this economy over the cliff? (With another BUSH, yet!)

Bc Obama wasn't able to fix the economy in 24 hours, the state of the economy immediately became "the black guy's fault".

After the US came within INCHES of a complete financial collapse, Tea Party fools are ready and willing to put Republicans back in the pilot seat.

Consider the safest places in the world in which to live. What separates them from us? Primarily, they attacked poverty head on. They didn't resort to increasingly brutal criminal penalties. In fact, they abandoned capital punishment decades ago. If you followed the logic of Conservative "law and order" types, these countries should be overrun by serial killers, spree killers, drug mobs and rapists.

In fact, it is just the opposite.

How did America get so far off track? For starters, it began with the election of Reagan.
 
 
-2 # Firebird 2015-02-12 18:51
After eight years of Obama I will be happy just to see someone else in charge. Right now nobody is in charge. Even Jeb would be better than Obama.
 

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