no doubt – it will indeed become "necessary" to
rain bombs on the Iraqi people. After all, with the economy
tanking – with plenty of help from Dubya, the Great Disabler,
who today [December 21] practically announced the demise
of the boom – we'll all need some distraction, a diversion
and a demon to blame our economic problems on. Saddam surely
fits the bill.
it funny how they always manage to personalize it? It's
never ordinary Iraqis who will be "confronted" to death
– only "Saddam," the incarnation of pure evil. What kind
of a person speaks in this way? What sort of human being
utilizes the calculated lie to prettify what he is actually
talking about – the projected death of thousands of ordinary
disgusting orgy of adulation for the new secretary of state
is truly a phenomenon to behold, and one of the chief idolators
seems to be Powell himself: according to him, his appointment
will "give inspiration to young African-Americans coming
along – but beyond that, to all young Americans coming along
– that no matter where you began in this society, there
are no limitations on you." Yes, you too can aspire
to become a mass murderer – American foreign policy is,
after all, an equal opportunity engine of destruction.
are in the strong position," he brayed, and the Iraqis
are "in the weak position." This kind of blatant
bullying is supposed to be an "inspiration"? There
are no limits to the arrogance of this man, whose ego is
so puffed up by our uncritical media that he can say and
do anything – and get away with it. The reason is because
Powell is the virtual embodiment of the modern statist ideal,
combining his exalted status as a military hero with the
inherent political correctness of a racial role model. And
so the Bush administration will use Powell to peddle their
program of unrestrained militarism, wielding a weapon usually
reserved for the Left: the race card. Along with Condoleezza
Rice, he will put a black face on US foreign policy – as
if that could somehow ameliorate the crimes off the US government
in the court of world opinion. General Powell's reputation
as "the reluctant warrior" – an idea that apparently
came out of his unwillingness to go all the way and take
Baghdad at the end of the Gulf war – is bound to be revised
during the next four years, and sooner rather than later.
New York Post reports that Bush "had tears in
his eyes as he made his first Cabinet appointment"
– but you can bet he wasn't thinking about the grisly fate
that awaits the Iraqis. Indeed, he seemed entirely disconnected
from the real meaning of his own appointment, and the clear
message that Powell was sending. "He believes as I
do," burbled Dubya, "that our nation is best when
we project our strength and purpose with humility."
Whatever Powell is projecting, it isn't humility, but the
imperial arrogance of an incipient American Caesar.
in Iraq – that's where I'd like to send Colin Powell, and
all his journalistic fan club, where he and they could dine
on the few items that manage to get past US sanctions (washed
down with some powdered milk mixed with contaminated water,
the same deadly mixture that has so far killed thousands
of Iraqi babies.) A merry Christmas to all and to all a
SEARCH OF ENEMIES
media hangs on Powell's every word, but the content of his
statements go unexamined. Where is the logic in declaring
that Iraq – long since incapable of launching a military
effort of any kind – is a "dangerous threat,"
yet, according to the General, China is not a "potential
enemy" but merely one of those "nations that are
seeking their way"? As warmongering goes, this is not
very convincing. If the War Party is going to invent enemies
to justify a policy of perpetual war and expansion, then
why pick on a nation of half-starved people who have been
bombed half-way back to the Stone Age? Why not pick on a
nation half a billion-plus strong, a nuclear power whose
regime has been in cahoots with Dubya's predecessor?
just doesn't make sense – unless and until you begin to
unravel the commercial connections and interests that control
this administration and direct its foreign policy. Big Oil
owns Dubya, and they have their sights set on the Middle
East – not only the Iraqi oil fields but the untold oil
wealth of the Caucasus, once part of the former Soviet Union.
This volatile region is ready to blow, and a confederation
of pro-Western – albeit far from democratic – states, including
Georgia and Azerbaijan, are lining up against Russia. With
the entry of an administration entirely beholden to Big
Oil, US intervention in the region is only a matter of time.
Iraq is the doorway to the Caucasus, and this is the real
objective of US policy in the Era of Dubya – to finish the
cold war and gobble up the juicier remnants of the old Soviet
Bush restoration will mean the revival of the cold war,
a spate of military spending to pump up a flagging economy
and a replay of Desert Storm: combined with NATO expansion,
the Bush-Powell foreign policy will amount to a two-pronged
assault on the Russians. With Poland and (soon) the Baltics
joining the Western alliance, this will bring the NATO-crats
right up to the gates of Moscow. And if the Russians notice
this, and dare to be alarmed, then this will be touted as
proof of Russian "paranoia," "conspiracism,"
and "xenophobia" – all sure signs of that dread
phenomenon, "resurgent nationalism." How long
before Vladimir Putin, having restored the old Soviet national
anthem and gone to visit Fidel Castro, is reviled as the
reincarnation of Stalin and (inevitably) Hitler?
POWELL AND THE POWER ELITE
won't go on at length about Colin Powell as a fitting symbol
of our bipartisan policy of global "intervention"
because I have already written a short book on the subject:
Colin Powell and the Power Elite was written and
published in 1993, when the Powell-for-President boomlet
was at its height. Here is the story of a man bred for power.
Carefully nurtured by the Powers That Be, who seem to have
had a special destiny in mind for him, Powell's appointment
as secretary of state has brought him that much closer to
his ultimate goal – the White House. After four years of
what is shaping up to be a weak and "divisive"
presidency, what better way to bring the warring factions
of the nation together than the "unifying" figure
of General Powell? In any case, as a guide to his political
views and connections, and an indication of what we might
expect over the next four years, you won't want to miss
Colin Powell and the Power Elite.
NOTE FROM THE WEBMASTER
Raimondo's Colin Powell and the Power Elite was written
and published in 1993 but reads like it was written
the day after tomorrow!
always knew Colin Powell was slated for big things
that's why we published this 125-page fact-packed political
biography that tells you all you need to know about the
man who plays such a prominent role in the Bush administration.
A great deal of the material in this book deals with Powell's
foreign policy views, and will do much to dispel the mistaken
notion that here, at last, is a secretary of state who will
lead us out of our numerous foreign policy quagmires. From
the Balkans to the Middle East, from Eastasia to Western
Europe, here is a man who believes in a vision of an Imperial
America, and Raimondo nails him again and again.
the domestic policy front, too, Powell's views are well
to the left of even the most liberal Republicans. Raimondo
documents the General's fulsome support for affirmative
action, and his self-identification as a Democrat in the
tradition of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
sources of political support are here ferreted out and examined
under a political and ideological microscope and
the results are interesting, entertaiing, and informative.
For example, did you know about General Powell's royal lineage?
Check it out and get your copy while the supply lasts. There's
more to Colin Powell than meets the eye, and now that he's
in the presidential inner circle this is stuff you need
1993 even though it was a longshot that Colin Powell could
achieve the Presidency, it was important that the truth
about this man be made known. Today, as Sec. of State he
will have his finger on the trigger. Justin's book Colin
Powell and the Power Elite, becomes a "must read."
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