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by Stephen Lendman
Iraq was Bush/Cheney’s war, following what began under Jimmy Carter. Obama continued it. Trump owns it.
Decades of US genocidal war on the cradle of civilization continues on his watch – on the phony pretext of combating ISIS, America’s creation used as imperial foot soldiers.
US-led so-called “coalition” terror-bombing is massacring civilians, the true casualty count unknown. The horror continues for about 800,000 trapped residents.
US-installed Iraqi puppet prime minister Haider al-Abadi directed his country’s warplanes to join in terror-bombing the city, saying:
“The order to the air force was to deliver airstrikes on the IS positions, including in Abu Kamal  in Syria,” bordering Iraq – civilians in harm’s way being slaughtered.
Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, is being systematically destroyed by a combination of terror-bombing and US-directed ground fighting – civilians harmed most in all wars, especially America’s, given its enormous military might.
West Mosul is now being attacked. The city’s eastern areas, largely liberated from ISIS, were destroyed by terror-bombing and heavy ground fighting. Essentials to life throughout the city are in short supply or unavailable. Basic services don’t exist.
Mosul is a battleground unfit and unsafe to live in, a deplorable situation for its residents, enduring a daily life and death struggle.
US imperial madness bears full responsibility. Endless war on Iraq continues, the casualty count enormous.
Since the US-instigated 1980s Iran/Iraq war, followed by 1991 Gulf War, millions of Iraqis perished, many more daily, including from war related violence, preventable diseases, starvation and overall deprivation.
Horrific US war crimes go unreported. When investigated, they’re whitewashed. High-level government and Pentagon culpability don’t matter. Millions of corpses attest to America’s barbarity.
US-led “coalition” terror-bombing targets vital infrastructure, schools, hospitals, residential neighborhoods and other nonmilitary sites.
Sociologist Emile Durkheim (1858 – 1917) once said “(t)he immorality of war depends entirely on the leaders who willed it.” Immanuel Wallerstein calls America “the most dangerous loose gun.”
Massacring noncombatant civilians is longstanding US operating procedure. Media scoundrels ignore it.
All US wars are naked aggression against nations threatening no one – attacked for their sovereign independence. 
America is systematically destroying planet earth to own it. Imperial madness threatens humanity’s survival.
Trump is the latest US warrior president. His promise to drain the swamp was deceptive bombast.
Imperial madness remains core US policy. Endless wars continue, including against America’s most vulnerable.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.