Iraq War: Millions of Lives for Nothing?


Was the Historic Iraq War Blunder a Global Business Deal Gone Bad?

Could Saddam Hussein have been a Founding Father Hero of a Modern Democratic Iraq?

by Johnny Punish

Ten years after the Iraq War, we are left to analyze and wonder what shoulda woulda coulda happened.

You see, back in the day, Saddam Hussein was the war and oil business darling of the USA. It’s been well documented that the USA was doing oil business and supplying him with arms during the 80s.

It was good business back then. All the usual suspects were making money and everyone was so happy.  It was the powerful land of OZ.

But then greed appeared and a good deal was about to go really bad. And millions of people would pay the price.

So what really happened? Well, I can tell you that Saddam is a first-class idiot for not understanding who he was doing business with and miscalculating the leverage situation. Allow me to make my case.

Saddam had it made. He was raking in the oil monies and had total control over Iraq Inc. with the support of the USA. It was a Dictator paradise. But like many dictators, he bought into his own megalomania thinking he was bigger than the cabal that allowed him to live in his very own paradise. What an idiot!

When his assigns in the USA told him to back down, he ignored them and instead went into Kuwait taking what he said was his…namely Kuwait Inc. oil. But the real owners did not like that and pushed him back out after he tweaked their noses. Not a smart move. For those younger readers, that was called the Gulf War in the early 90s.

Okay, well anyway, George H.W. Bush decided that keeping Saddam in power after he effectively put him in time out would be enough and they can get back to the real geopolitical business of oil and arms trading. And for a while, it worked. But it wasn’t good enough.

During the Clinton administration, Saddam drifted again towards his greed and during this time the Neo-Cons were planning to oust him.

So when Bush II got in, they launched. They sent their negotiators in but no deal could be reached. And so, to sell it, we got the WMD thing and the fabricated Iraq War.

Okay, but why was Saddam such an idiot?

Well, that’s simple.

When faced with a bigger badder ass stronger side, one needs to recognize it. When you don’t, you get run!  You lose!  In this case, there is no moral superiority, only leverage.  Saddam or Saddumb as I now call him, blew it big time.  What an idiot!

Now, if I was his adviser, I would have advised him this way……

“Saddam, look, give the Americans everything they want. All of it.  In return, we make it easy for them and simply ask the following;

  1. That you announce global monitored national elections in Iraq with the USA leading the monitoring team to give it credibility so that everyone gets excited and supports it.
  2. That they guarantee that you are elected as the first internationally recognized democratically elected president of Iraq.
  3. You serve for 4 years as a figurehead only, with no real power.  Whilst the USA governs the country in your name, they create new institutions to ensure Iraq will be a modern democratic state for the next 100 years and invest billions into real infrastructure ensuring that Iraq has full employment and a growing middle consumer class.
  4. In return, once you retire, they erect a huge statue of you in Democracy Square in Baghdad as the founding father of modern Iraq.
  5. And finally, they must agree to put $ 1 billion in your pocket and build you a vacation retirement mansion in LaJolla California.

Look Saddam, it’s a win/win. They get to control the world and you remain rich and a national hero, adored for generations to come.  You become the George Washington of Iraq!  How’s that for a legacy!”

How perfect right?  But alas, that’s not what happened.  Instead, Saddumb ended up in a dirty hole and hung by a rope. He’s an idiot. Case closed!  Does anyone disagree?  I encourage comments.


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Johnny Punish founded VT in 2004.  After 20 years at the helm, he "retired" from the daily operations in late 2023 passing the ball over to the new owner of VT, Chief Justin Time.   He now writes for VT as "Writer Emeritus".  He is also a global citizen eco-activist, visionary, musician, artist, entertainer, businessman, investor, life coach, podcast host, and syndicated columnist.   Punish is an ethnically cleansed Palestinian-American whose maternal family was evicted from their home in Haifa, Palestine in 1948 by Irgun; a Euro-Zionist Settler Terrorist Group.  The family became part of the over 1,000,000 Palestinians who are Al-Nakba refugees (The Catastrophe).  The family fled to Beirut Lebanon for 13 years eventually emigrating to the USA in 1961 via a Brasilian passport obtained by his Palestinian Brasilian-born grandmother (In the early 1900s, the family was sent to Sao Paolo Brasil as guest workers in the mining industry.  Punish's father is Italian-American from New York City.  Punish's paternal great-grandparents emigrated to the USA from Naples Italy and Marineo in Sicily in the 1890s.  Punish was born in the Bronx, New York in 1963. Punish was educated at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (1980-81) and California State University Fullerton (1981-1984) with studies in accounting and business. Before the "internets" had been invented, he owned and ran (5) national newspapers in the United States of America from 1987-1998.  From 2004 to 2023, he owned and managed VT Foreign Policy retiring at the end of 2023. Punish is also a recording artist.  He has over 100 original songs written. He records and produces music. A member of ASCAP, Punish has several songs placed in feature films. His music is promoted worldwide and played on all digital networks and net radio. He is also the founder and owner of  Global Thinkers, a freedom media that helps free thinkers create real wealth. Resources: Facebook -  YouTube - Apple Music - SoundCloud - Spotify -  X (Twitter) Read Johnny's Full Bio at >>>