President Bush learned about the US torture of
Iraqi detainees the same way you did – from TV news – compelling evidence that
Bush has been manipulated by VP Cheney, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and the neocon
warmongers. And you thought President Bush was in charge!
President Bush is being manipulated to promote war against the Muslim Middle
East. Before conservatives ridicule him for being a manipulated object, they
need to look in the mirror. They, too, are manipulated.
It is close to impossible for conservatives to get any but rah-rah kick-their-terrorist-butts
commentary on the Iraqi conflict. Anyone who relies on Fox News, the Weekly
Standard, National Review or the Wall Street Journal Editorial
Page for understanding the US invasion and occupation of Iraq is as propagandized
as Germans during the Nazi era.
The TV networks are not much better. Indeed, it is a legitimate question whether
the invasion could have occurred without television's interest in exciting news.
American conservatism was killed by the September 11 terrorist attack on the
US. Overnight conservatives became neoconservatives, determined to protect America
by remaking the world in our image.
Neocons are not conservative. They are, as
Professor Claes Ryn has conclusively shown, neo-Jacobins. Their roots lie
in Robespierre and the Trotskyite left. Conservative media voices have become
neocon propaganda organs.
Prior to the US invasion of Iraq, it was clear that the US was making a strategic
blunder. An invasion that would clearly outrage the Muslim world, breed terrorism,
and even unite long-feuding Muslims was not in our interest or in Israel's interest.
The new conservatives, however, would brook no dissent about the righteousness
of the American cause in Iraq. With their policy in ruins, neocons now claim
that Bush failed because he was not forceful enough. Prior to the torture scandal,
neocons were calling for Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's resignation for being
a wimp and not invading the entire Middle East.
If you listen to conservative talk radio, you will hear wholesale apologies
and excuses for everything the US has done in Iraq and demands for more extreme
actions. "Quagmire" is dismissed as the defeatist talk of the liberal press,
a liberal plot to defeat America in Iraq just as in Vietnam. Neoconservatives
regard any accurate description of our situation in Iraq as treason.
There is a large contingent of neocon brownshirts who believe that Americans
have let the millennium-old crusade against Islam go unfinished for too long.
This is not an environment in which sound judgments are likely to be made.
Just as Hitler, stalemated in his war against England, marched off into Russia,
neocons argue that to win in Iraq we need to attack Syria and Iran. If Bush
is reelected, wider war and a draft to feed it seem a certainty.