Iraq 20 Years Later

Remember the giant Phil (calls himself Rommel but wasn’t) stumping around the 4th D encouraging George Bush Jr to invade Iraq? Many of us do. Remember his son in the SW saying it was just a ploy to create a power vacuum in Iraq so Iran could gain influence? Some of us do. Crystal ball or common sense?

The US invaded Iraq in March of 2003. As the Controllers knew it was only a matter of time until the forces returned home. Diverting resources, men and political attention away from the US’s involvement in Afghanistan was a waste. Hussein posed no immediate threat.

On February 13th Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. He rejected the idea that Iran had undo influence in the Iraqi government, but admitted their neighbors had influence in political parties.

Iran has emerged as the most influential foreign player in Iraq since U.S.-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003. Iran has taken advantage of deep cultural and religious ties—and a 900-mile border—to permeate Iraq’s political, security, economic, and religious spheres United States Institute of Peace.

Do you think the Ayatollah Khamenei is a welcome addition to Iraqi society considering the recent protests in Iran (The Guardian). Do you think he knows he is being guided by the same who guided Derliwanger?

If there were such a thing as the ability to read minds all positions of political, religious and economic influence would be held by people so endowed. This would have always been the case; nothing different than it is now. – Capt McCoy

Related; “In tactical shift, Iran grows new, loyal elite from among Iraqi militias” –Reuters

George Ernest Boulanger

This is the death chart of Georges Ernest Boulanger (29 April 1837 – 30 September 1891), nicknamed Général Revanche (“General Revenge”). He was a French General and politician of the 19th century. He used inflammatory rhetoric and nationalism to vault to popularity during the Third Republic. He called for revenge against Germany for the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. In January of 1989 it was feared he had enough popularity to become a dictator and is considered by some historians to be the first fascist or “proto-fascist.”

He was considered a Republican because he did not go to church. Later it was realized that he was a conservative Monarchist.

His downfall from politics occurred in January of 1989 when he won a race for a seat as a deputy for Paris. His supporters were elated and wanted to conduct a coup d’etat; immediately take over the national government. He was a threat to the Republic and was accused by his protractors of treason (later convicted in absentia). He fled to Brussels and then to London. He committed suicide in 1891 with a pistol over the grave of his mistress Marguerite de Bonnemains who had died two months earlier.

Ayatollah Ruhola Khomeini

The chart on the right is the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (24 September 1902 – 3 June 1989). He was a religious leader of Twelver Shi’a Islam. He became the Ayatollah (religious title) around 1962. He went into exile in 1963, living in Iraq, Turkey and France. In Turkey he stayed in Bursa in the home of Colonel Ali Cetiner, head of Turkish Military Intelligence. According to the BBC, recently released documents show the Ayatollah had contact with the CIA on different occasions. He returned to Iran during the Iranian Revolution with the help of the US and France. The leaders of the countries were led to believe he would help calm the situation. He promptly took over the revolutionary government and formed a Theocracy. He eliminated all competition from the original groups behind the overthrow of Shah Pahlavi. Iran was then involved in a 10 year war with Iraq (Iran-Iraq War),

Georges Boulanger )birth)