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 Apr 14, 2003 22:40 PDT 

                            James Roger Brown

Whether Saddam Hussein is dead or alive, where ever he is he is probably
rolling on the floor laughing his posterior off at President George W.
Bush, the epitome of the perfect idiot left holding the bag and unaware
of being duped. President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld still
do not perceive that they are the butt of a cruel joke played upon them
by Saddam Hussein, even in defeat at the end, still the master political
craftsman superior to the entire Bush Clan. Bush and Rumsfeld are joined
in this state of ignorance by the numerous conservative talk show hosts
scoffing at and ridiculing critics of the “War on Iraq” while shouting
to the world about the “great victory” of the United States. Their
collective ignorance is showing.

In the business world there is a term “poison pill.” When a corporation
is faced with a hostile takeover, one tactic used is to create a
financial situation that would increase the takeover cost and leave the
hostile corporation in an untenable situation if they succeed in the

Saddam Hussein has successfully used the “poison pill” strategy against
Bush, Rumsfeld and Blair. Though his calculated defiance, Saddam
manipulated Bush into moving 300,000 plus soldiers half way around the
World to seize control of a Nation in worse financial condition than
Argentina at a cost to future taxpayers of $300 Billion. As the
conquering hero, President Bush, Inc. is now responsible for managing
Iraq’s national debt that is probably in excess of $200 billion,
possibly as much as $387 billion. No on knows exactly, because the
International Monetary Fund auditors have not been in Iraq for almost 20

Talk about your basic pig-in-a-poke, Iraq is it.

One of the major ironies is this debt is for the most part past due and
must be addressed before the contracts can be let to the American
companies lining up to rebuild Iraq. The Bush Administration is now
forced to attempt to have this massive debt forgiven in order to fulfill
its patronage promises.

Want to know who some of the creditor nations are now being asked to
forgive the debt Iraq owes them:
France - unknown
Germany - unknown
Kuwait - $17 billion
Russia - $70 Billion
Various Gulf States - $30 billion?

These are some of the same countries Congress just excluded from
receiving contracts to rebuild Iraq as retribution for not being stupid
enough to shoot themselves in the foot like the United States. I wonder
if those French “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” will be disposed to
grant a request to forgive Iraq’s debt to them to help the United
States? What goes around comes around. Perhaps Congress will find that
“Freedom Fries” go well with crow.

Russia has already announced that it will not forgive Iraq’s debt.

In a master application of the “poison pill” strategy, a gullible Bush
was manipulated into destroying the very infrastructure necessary to run

In the context of this economic chicken-and-egg dilemma, Bush needs the
debt relief to rebuild the infrastructure but must rebuild the
infrastructure to produce the oil revenues to pay the debt. It is
estimated the United Nations supervised oil production could only
produce an annual maximum of $15 billion, after everything is repaired.

Prudent economic principles dictate only 5% be devoted to debt payment.
If the Iraqi debt is $200 billion it would take 267 years at this rate
without accrued interest. At $387 billion it would take 516 years to pay
the debt with 5% of the oil revenues. If the entire estimated annual oil
revenues were applied it would take 14 years or 26 years, without

The bottom line is that for President Bush to deliver the oil revenue
financed contracts to his crony corporations the US tax payers would
have to pay off Iraq’s debts and the cost for destruction of the
infrastructure. If Iraq’s debt is not paid, American taxpayers will have
to foot the cost of the crony corporation contracts.

It appears President Bush is gifted with a brown finger. There is no
situation that can not be made worse by the laying on of Bush hands. His
glorious triumph in Iraq will ultimately give contemporary example to
“Pyrrhic victory.” In addition to the evolving economic boondoggle,
there is the humanitarian disaster in Iraq that includes one event Bush
will be remembered for in particular.

Among the consequences of the political and military quackery behind the
planning and execution of the invasion of Iraq is the inadequate
attention given to maintaining law and order as required by the Geneva
Conventions Bush invoked to protect our soldiers that became POWs.
George W. Bush is assured his place in history for an event that has no
clear equivalent since the destruction of the Library of Alexandria,
Egypt during the Roman Era.

By negligently allowing the looting of the Baghdad and other Iraqi
Museums, Bush and Rumsfeld became responsible for the theft and
destruction of over 175,000 irreplaceable artifacts and evidence of the
origins of our own civilization. This atrocity may be even worse than
the destruction of the Alexandria Library. Apparently lost are
irreplaceable artifacts like the Baghdad battery, the earliest proven
human use of electricity for an unknown purpose. In addition to the
archaeological records and notes trampled in the Museums, gone forever
is all that might have been learned from these artifacts by the
application of future scientific knowledge.

Surprisingly, the first organized archaeological excavations in Iraq
were conducted in 1842, by French Diplomat Paul-Emile Botta and British
explorer A. H. Layard using funds from the French Government and the
British Museum. The site of the excavations were mounds identified in
1780 by Danish explorer Carsten Niebuhr.

While the earliest artifacts uncovered went to European Museums, the
contents of the Baghdad Museum covered at least 5,000 years of human
history. Bush Administration arrogance and incompetence in one act of
sheer banal stupidity has swept from the table of human knowledge over a
century worth of the product of archeological science. Bush may or may
not end up with the appellation “the Butcher of Baghdad,” but he will
most assuredly deserve to be recorded as “the Barbarian of Baghdad.”
This tragic loss to human knowledge is inexcusable.

George W. “Brown Finger” Bush is more than deserving of recognition for
his fecal touch.

Congratulations for earning this unique place in history, Mr. President.
Your arrogant negligence is responsible for the destruction of a
significant portion of 5,000 years of archaeological artifacts. If
Saddam Hussein is still alive, whatever money he made off with is free
and clear, while you are left holding the bag for Iraq’s debt
management, providing food, essential services and housing for 24
million Iraqi’s, and the cost of rebuilding Iraq’s infrastructure which
you also paid to destroy. Who needs enemies when the United States has
George Bush!

©Copyright by James Roger Brown, April 14, 2003. All rights reserved.
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