Capitol Hill Blue, the Washington, D.C.,
publication that cultivates relationships with White House staffers, reports
one White House aide saying, "It's like working in an insane asylum.
People walk around like they're in a trance. We're the dance band on the Titanic,
playing out our last songs to people who know the ship is sinking and none of
us are going to make it."
"If POTUS is on the road, you can breathe a little easier," says
an aide. Otherwise, it is one temper tantrum after another from Bush, whose
"cakewalk war" has turned into interminable conflict, whose idiocy
in diverting funding for New Orleans' levees to war in Iraq was disastrous for
the famous city, and whose Social Security privatization has been rejected by
Even rah-rah Republican Newt Gingrich says
the White House is surrounded by failure.
No member of the White House staff wants to deliver news to Bush, because the
news is bad. Bush demands sycophancy and equates bad news with disagreement and
Little wonder that Condi Rice was dispatched
to Princeton last week to inform the university that democracy comes out
of the barrel of a gun. U.S. military force, said the secretary of state with
a straight face, is required to force democracy down the throats of the Muslims
in order to save future American generations from "insecurity and fear."
Condi obviously doesn't want Bush to put her in the "against us"
camp. She told Princeton that she agreed with Bush "that the root cause
of Sept. 11 was the violent expression of a global extremist ideology, an ideology
rooted in the oppression and despair of the modern Middle East."
Every American should be scared to death that a secretary of state can make such
an ignorant and propagandistic statement.
Many Middle Eastern countries are ruled by puppets on the American payroll.
Even the Saudis are under American protection. If there is oppression in the
Middle East, it is because U.S. puppets and protectorates are doing what the
U.S. government wants, not what the people they rule want.
The Middle East is in despair because almost a century after the First World
War freed Arabs from Turkish occupation, they still cannot get free of U.S.
and British occupation. The reasons Osama bin Laden has a cause among Muslims
are (1) U.S. military bases in the Middle East and (2) Israeli practices such
as stealing the West Bank and herding Palestinians into ghettos.
What kind of fool believes that the way to bring democracy to a country is to
invade, destroy cities and infrastructure, and kill and maim tens of thousands
of civilians, while creating every possible animosity by aligning with some members
of the society against the others?
Condi Rice's speech at Princeton has branded her the greatest fool ever to
be appointed secretary of state. The same day that she declared, Mao-like, that
democracy comes out of the barrel of a gun, Lt. Gen. William Odom, director
of the National Security Agency during President Reagan's second term, a scholar
with a distinguished career in military intelligence, declared Bush's invasion
of Iraq to be the "greatest
strategic disaster in United States history."
No one can impugn Gen. Odom's patriotism. When I wrote on April 1, 2003, that
"the U.S. invasion of Iraq is a strategic blunder," the hate mail poured
in from bloody-minded Bush supporters, who assured me that the war would be over
in one week. Only a liberal pinko Bush-hating commie could fail to see that the
war was won, they jeered.
Two and one-half years later with rising casualties and instability, no one
can dispute Gen. Odom. As all news reports make clear, there
is no trained Iraqi army. Consequently, says the U.S. commander in Iraq,
the hopes that some U.S. troops could be withdrawn next spring is forlorn.
The Democratic Party is no help. Its warmongers are pushing legislation to
increase the available U.S. troops by 80,000 in order that the U.S. can keep
the war going in Iraq.
Many of these troops, too, will perish in the interminable conflict.
Meanwhile the U.S., which cannot occupy Baghdad or control the road to the
airport, is making more threats against Syria. The Bush administration is blaming
Syria and Iran for its failure in Iraq. "Our
patience is running out," declared U.S. ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad.
The Israelis have told their U.S. puppet that if the U.S. doesn't use force
to destroy Iran's nuclear energy programs, then Israel will undertake to bomb
Iran. This despite the announcement by the director of the International Atomic
Energy Agency that two years of unfettered access to Iran's nuclear programs
has failed to turn up any sign of a weapons program.
When will Americans notice that the threats flow from the U.S. to the Middle
East? No Middle Eastern government has made any threat against the U.S. or initiated
any hostile action. In contrast, the U.S. has invaded two Middle Eastern countries
and is threatening to attack two more.
Terrorism is not an activity of Muslim states. Osama bin Laden is a Saudi who
dares not return to his homeland.
Most Muslim states are too impotent to stamp out independent terrorists and
too fearful that terrorist networks will be organized against them. Ignorant
U.S. officials equate weakness with intention and demonize Middle Eastern governments,
including our own puppets and protectorates, as "state sponsors of terrorism."
Isn't it ironic? The U.S. damns vulnerable Middle Eastern rulers for not stamping
out terrorism when all the troops and violence the U.S. can muster cannot stamp
out terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The implication of a recent CIA report is that the U.S. itself is a state
sponsor of terrorism. According
to the CIA, the U.S. invasion of Iraq has created a terrorist training ground
for al-Qaeda where no previous terrorists existed. The U.S. is creating more
terrorists in Iraq than the rest of the Middle East together. Why is President
Bush spending $300 billion running a terrorist training ground in Iraq?
Why does Condi Rice think that democracy would wipe away the hatreds that
the U.S. and Israel have created in the Middle East? How does she know that
Middle Eastern democracy would not uphold terrorism against Israel and the U.S.?
In the U.S., democracy is upholding an illegal war based on deceit. In Israel,
democracy is upholding crimes against the Palestinians. Does Condi Rice really
believe that democracy, a mere political form, ensures that people and their
governments never behave wrongly, immorally, or violently?
If America is going to preach democracy, shouldn't it lead by example? According
to all the polls, the vast majority of Americans do not agree with Bush and Rice
that democracy comes out of the barrel of an American gun. They do not support
Bush's goal of using American blood and treasure to force democracy on the Middle
East or anywhere else. The majority of Americans want the war over and the troops
home. Why do Bush and Condi Rice oppose the will of the majority? Why don't these
two who preach democracy practice it?
The Bush administration is the administration of deceit and hypocrisy. It is the
antithesis of democracy. All democracy rests on persuasion, which implies disagreement.
Yet Bush and Condi regard dissent as disloyalty. They glorify coercion.
They believe in their will alone. Where have we seen that before?