U.S. Military's Noxious Colonial Influence Persists in Iraq

May 27, 2019

The people in Mosul are being robbed blind, according to recent local news reports about government stealing of so-called "reconstruction funds" earmarked for the city.

One report, issued by Iraq's Integrity Commission in April, details the recent disappearance and embezzlement of tens of million of dollars worth of funds dispersed to the province of Nineveh by the Federal government.

This exposed case set off an investigation which revealed several of the financial processes used to hand the money over to obscure private contractors. So far, $64 million has been discovered missing in this latest of many thefts reports.

From early in the U.S. occupation of Iraq, reports repeatedly showed that a climate of fear exists throughout much of the country due to the terrorizing activities of soldiers, police, and warlords which dominate every aspect of the internal surroundings of the country destroyed by U.S. invasion.

The abuses – arbitrary arrests, torture, kidnapping, rape and extortion carried out by army troops, police, and intelligence agents are an everyday part of life.

The well-known formerly industrialized condition of Iraq serves to further underscore the role of U.S. occupation in the present process of regression and decay the country is going through. Not only does Mosul remain a demolished wasteland of rubble and dead bodies, but unemployment there is almost universal.

Throughout the country, one out of ten Iraqis is internally displaced.

There have been so many instances of government authorization for the diversion of disputed funds to racketeers, that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force no longer even details commercial transactions with Iraq that it supports financially, coordinates and oversees.

So too, the current Department of Defense, following in the footsteps of the Obama administration, keeps very tight-lipped about the operational circumstances around active duty military deaths. Typically, only trend lines are disclosed.

As regards the status of the U.S. war, all of these facts stand as yet another exposure of just what kind of "democracy" the U.S. government is exporting – through force of arms – to Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.

The U.S. bears full responsibility not only for the crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan it is directly participating in, but also for the actions of those it has installed and propelled to power.