is always a clarifying event, which was why I was kinda hoping that there was
more to this story about an asteroid streaking
toward the earth threatening the human race with near-extinction. Why, they
even had Doomsday – February 1, 2019 – all picked out. Dr. Benny Peiser, an asteroid
expert, told Reuters:
the worst case scenario, a disaster of this size would be global in its extent,
would create a meltdown of our economic and social life, and would reduce us to
dark age conditions."
turns out to have been a false alarm, but just imagine if it hadn't. At least,
in that case, our physical condition would finally come to reflect our inner state.
For what else can one say about a people that starves to death the children of
a nation – namely Iraq – for over a decade, and then, tiring of playing with its
victims, moves slowly and noisily in for the kill? What else can
we call them but barbarians?
we never left the Dark Ages. The proof is to be found in the war plans of our
rulers, who, with nary a peep from most of you, are about to embark on a military
campaign against a country that has never attacked us – and is, indeed, utterly
incapable of doing so. For weeks we have been inundated by various "leaked" war plans,
of one sort or another, detailing the precise strategy and tactics to be used
in conquering Iraq. These battlefield scenarios detail the tactical aspects of
a massive US invasion that will likely involve tens of thousands of civilian
casualties, and level much of that unfortunate country – just as if it had been
hit by a giant asteroid. Only in this case, the malevolent Thing from Outer Space
that came howling out of the great Void is not a chunk of rock, but a clique of
power-maddened American politicians, and their corporate and political allies
in both parties.
am sick unto death of our Western triumphalists, who hail "the
end of history" and the supposedly unassailable virtues of "democracy" and
"free markets." What friggin' hypocrites they are! Here we are about to go to
war, and the Senate holds hearings on the subject with not
a single opponent of our war policy scheduled to testify! Oh, isn't democracy
wonderful! Aren't you oh-so-glad that you live in the freest country in
the world? Doesn't it make you swell with pride?
chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Joe Biden gets to
largely pick the line-up of witnesses, albeit with input from the other members.
"The senator believes it's time to start a wider national dialogue on a potentially
critical decision to go to war," says
Norm Kurz, Biden's communications director. "We need to educate the American
public on the risks of both action and inaction on Iraq."
me while I go vomit….
I feel a little better, but not much. Kurz, and Biden, are liars: This
isn't a "dialogue," it's a monologue, with only one side allowed to have its say.
Let's go down the witness list, culled from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
website, and see for ourselves. On day one, we have
Phebe Marr, a former Professor at National Defense University in Washington,
DC – This Valkyrie
of the War Party believes that both Iraq and Iran are equally deserving of US
attentions on account of their stubborn desire to "deter real adversaries," including
the US, by acquiring "weapons of mass destruction." She admits that "both powers
have a new, powerful motive; deterrence of the US," but her solution to the problem
– "regime change" – seems somehow counterintuitive. She
told the St. Petersburg Times that "the transition to a new Iraqi government
would be turbulent but adds "'that's the price we're going to have to pay' to
set Iraq on a better course."
should tell Phebe that it's the people of Iraq who will pay the price,
while people like her will be charged with exacting it. See what I mean about
being in the Dark Ages? With views like that, she should come to the hearings
dressed in animal skins, her
withered old neck adorned with a necklace of bones.
up is Mrs.
Rahim Francke, Executive Director of the Washington, D.C.-based Iraq
Foundation and a leading figure in the Iraq National Congress – you remember
them, they're the guys who mishandled
and perhaps outright embezzled "tens of millions" in US tax dollars and were
all but cut from the dole in January. This hardly came as a surprise to longtime
observers of the Iraqi exile scene: after all, the INC's leader, Ahmad al-Chalabi,
was convicted by Jordan for embezzling
money from his own bank. The Iraq Foundation, although nominally an "independent"
thinktank, is in reality funded
by the US government and is the main conduit of Washington's direct influence
over the Iraqi opposition. Ms. Francke has long advocated US aid to the INC, and
will doubtless be trotted out to present her
plan: unleashing the Iraqi opposition to penetrate Iraq and set up "free zones"
with food aid that would act as a "magnet to Iraqis" – and provoke Saddam into
attacking, thus drawing in the US.
Sinan al-Shabibi an economist with the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development
in Geneva, Switzerland, who will be wheeled out to tell us how to rebuild what
we destroyed – and how much it's going to cost us.
there's Col. Scott Feil (Ret.), Executive Director of something called "Role of
American Military Power," an interventionist nutball of the "humanitarian" school,
who argues that the US should have invaded Rwanda
in the name of "saving lives."
day's proceedings will be topped off by two former US government officials, representing
the interventionist views of past administrations of both parties: Sandy Berger
and Caspar Weinberger. These two will disagree, mildly, on how to go about it,
but you can be sure there will be no dissent on the key question of whether or
not a war to unseat Saddam is in American interests.
two will hardly give us a respite from this Soviet-style unanimity, when the
witnesses will include:
Butler, former head of UNSCOM, a man who has made
a career out of campaigning for war with Iraq, now with
the Council on Foreign Relations; Dr. Khidir
Hamza, an Iraqi nuclear engineer who claims
offering much in the way of solid evidence) that the "Saddam
bomb" is close to becoming a reality; Professor Anthony
Cordesman, Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and
International Studies, who has been skeptical of the Iraqi
opposition, and likewise critical of the Clinton administration's
Clinton Administration spoke stickly and carried a big soft.
It 'nickel and dimed' its use of force to contain Iraq, issued
a series of abortive threats over UN inspections, launched
Desert Fox, and then halted it before it could be effective.
Two years of pin-prick strikes over the 'No Fly Zones' have
done as much to give Saddam a propaganda victory as they have
to hurt his air defenses."
"pin-prick" strikes for Commander Cordesman: it's damn the torpedoes and
full speed ahead!
Joseph Hoar (ret.), is a former commander of the U.S. Central Command that
dispatched forces to Somalia: perhaps he can give us a few pointers in how to
avoid having your men captured and dragged through the streets. The solution,
no doubt: overwhelming force. (Remember, non-intervention is not an option….)
Gallucci, Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and
another veteran of UNSCOM, will give us the diplomatic perspective, from a viewpoint
that can only be described as interventionist if not overtly pro-war. Here is
a man who once said:
can endlessly explain to Americans and I've done this that there are children
and old people who are starving to death, that there are old people who are not
getting medicine, and that there have been deaths as a result of what Saddam has
done, and not as a result of the sanctions. You explain that Saddam is successfully
blackmailing the international community and holding his own people as hostages.
The answer is: 'Yeah, Yeah, Yeah… but if you lift sanctions those people won't
die.' I can't get over that reaction."
that he didn't try really really hard….
Morton Halperin, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, poster
boy of Democratic multilateralism, and a rabid interventionist who wants to arm
the Iraqi opposition and – I'll save us the trouble of listening to his upcoming
quoting what he has said at similar Senatorial dog-and-pony shows:
is an alternative policy and that is to arm the opposition and to try to get rid
of the current regime quickly. I think it is no doubt that it would be in our
interest to do so. I think one can raise serious questions about whether we should
have done it when we had the chance to do so, when we had an overwhelming army
in the field and we had defeated the Iraqi military force. But I do not think
we should allow ourselves the luxury of believing that somehow this can be done
on the cheap.
we arm people and put them in the country, if we declare and support the creation
of safe zones in the North or in the South, we have to mean it. And that means
we have to be prepared to commit as much military force as it will take to hold
those zones against an attack. And it means we cannot wait until they're attacked."
previously has argued in favor of merely containing Saddam, but here
he is communing with the monstrous
Max Boot on the "Communitarian Network," where he complains that Bush I should
have finished off the conquest of Iraq, criticizes Clinton for being too softcore,
and hails Bush II for "attacking without restraint" after 9/11. For all his "multilateralism,"
this guy is no peacenik.
witness is one Charles Deulfer, now with the Center for Strategic and International
Studies, of whom former UNSCOM inspector Scott
one occasion, I uncovered activity that I viewed as being suspicious, and that
it was being done on behalf of the United States. The deputy executive chairman
of UNSCOM, Charles Deulfer, is an American, the senior American. So I went to
him with my concerns, and I laid it out, and I said, 'Charles, this is what I
think's happening. What are we going to do about it?'
his response was, 'Scott, I can't talk about it, and my advice to you is to stop
digging, son, because you're getting into national security areas, and if you
keep moving, you'll have a problem with the FBI. It's a law enforcement problem.
It's espionage, and you'll lose that game.'"
Kemp, of the Nixon Center, is a raving
interventionist, whose testimony on this occasion will probably differ only
in degrees of emphasis from what it was last year:
only sure way to replace the Baathist regime is to invade and occupy Iraq. This
is such a daunting challenge that it would require a far greater consensus amongst
regional and international partners of the United States that is present today.
While Iraqi forces are much weaker than in 1991, they may still have access to
WMD and certainly possess short range surface to surface missiles. The occupation
of an Arab country by American forces would reinforce Muslim radicals basic tenet
that we are intent on waging a war against Islam.
under certain circumstances we may have no option but to take such a step…."
we mustn't forget Fouad
Ajami,, an Arabic Steppin' Fetchit who, no matter what the occasion, can be
counted on to denigrate
the culture of his ancestors and rationalize US military intervention as a program
of moral and cultural uplift.
Turkish interests is Mark Parris, former
US ambassador to Turkey, and now a Senior Policy Advisor at Baker,
Donelson, Bearman, & Caldwell, the high-powered Washington, D.C. law firm
Lawrence Eagleburger holds court and Linda Hall
Daschle, wife of the Senate Majority Leader, lobbies for high-powered clients.
This is going to be one of the highlights of the hearings: an explanation of just
how the US can possibly justify opposing an independent state for the oppressed
Kurds – the very Kurds it claims to want to "liberate" from the Iraqi yoke.
of course a propaganda show such as this wouldn't be complete without Lt. Gen.
Thomas McInerney (ret.). former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air
Force and now head of something called "Business Executives
for National Security," which has pushed the Star Wars program and represents
the union of global business interests and our policy of global intervention.
He's a talking head who always shows up whenever the winds of war blow, bloviating
and making predictions that never come true, such as this one enunciated
in December of last year:
have basically eviscerated their capacity to project power outside of Afghanistan.
They are really right now in the survival-only mode. Bin Laden has gone to ground,
as we say. I expect we will have him in two weeks."
can hardly wait for his predictions about the Iraq war. All we have to do is invert
whatever he says and we'll probably be much closer to the truth – The General
is a kind of oracle in reverse. He just
loved the Kosovo war, and he is sure to love this one, too, provided we can
do it on the cheap.
Shibley Telhami, a political science Professor at the University of Maryland,
was advisor to the United States delegation to the United Nations during Gulf
War I, and also was on the staff of Congressman Lee Hamilton. His vague, unremarkable
opinions are likely to reflect the
mushy bromides of a piece, co-authored with "communitarian" Amitai Etzioni,
which have no discernible meaning or application in the world of foreign affairs:
at best, what we'll get from him is a cautionary note, and advice on how best
to pacify the Arab masses.
this is to be our "great debate" over the question of war and peace in
the Middle East – not a debate at all, but a procession of rationalizers and enablers,
who will explain just how and why it is necessary to annex half the Middle East
and subjugate the rest. It's an outrage, one that a free people would never sit
still for – so why are you sitting still for it?
need to follow this link and get on the phone at once – call your congressional
representatives and ask them: how come there's just one side being presented at
these phony-as-all-get-out "hearings"? What's up with that?
them that, in spreading "democracy" to the four corners of the globe, we seem
to be neglecting its practice right here at home.
them you think the panel is stacked, and you might even make some concrete suggestions.
What about Scott
Ritter, the former weapons inspector who says there is no evidence that Iraq
has "weapons of mass destruction," or any of the other UN inspectors who say the
same thing? What about someone from one of the noninterventionist thinktanks in
Washington? (I'll think of one in just a minute….) Why not have Kathy
Kelly, who has been
to Iraq, and dealt directly with its people, to get a feel for what the on-the-ground
consequences of an invasion would really be like? What about General Sir Michael
Rose, the British former commander of Allied forces in Bosnia, whose eloquent
dissent from "the
madness of going to war with Iraq" has just been published? And what about
some of our own military, who have been leaking the hare-brained schemes of the
military planners like mad and keep telling journalists that they
oppose this war? Let these military whistle-blowers tell it like it is, without
fear or favor, and give them immunity from political retaliation.
that Killer Asteroid from Beyond the Stars, the prospect of war is hurtling toward
us at breakneck speed.
doesn't seem to matter to the War Party that the
economy may collapse: money is no object
in the struggle for global hegemony especially if that money belongs to
other people and the War Industry continues to rake in record profits.
for genuine US interests, they are of little concern when the fate of Israel hangs
in the balance: a US invasion and pacification of much of the region would solve
Ariel Sharon's problems more quickly and completely than anything the IDF might
accomplish in the West Bank. What more do we need to know?
fabled "weapons of mass destruction," in the unlikely event they exist, are likely
to hit Israeli, not Jordanian or Saudi targets. So who cares if the Arab contingent
of the anti-terrorist coalition falls apart, and those "moderate" governments
are no more? All that matters is that Israel's amen corner in the US is appeased,
so both parties can count on the support of key constituencies come election time.
this is "democracy," then I say the heck with it.
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