national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that President Bush's support
among the American people has fallen to 33 percent. Even more devastatingly,
the survey finds that people's most frequently used one-word description of
President Bush is "incompetent."
The chief chaplain for the New York City Corrections Department told a Tucson
audience that "the greatest terrorists in the world occupy the White House."
Two years ago when New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was suppressing demonstrations
at the Republican National Convention, the chief chaplain would have been fired
for his remarks, but not today.
Abroad among peoples who formerly looked to America for leadership, American
atrocities in Iraq have created sympathy and support for the Iraqi resistance.
When the Bush administration gets in trouble, it turns to war, which has worked
for it in the past. Thus, this past week there was live coverage of "Operation
Swarmer," which occupied a solid day on CNN and Fox "News." The
venerable Washington Monthly reports that the hyped "assault on
Samarra" was nothing but a Potemkin operation – a set propaganda piece
to demonstrate U.S. military prowess and the battle-ready "new Iraqi army,"
only there were no insurgents in Samarra to battle. The much-hyped "Operation
Swarmer" was a photo op for TV cameras as troops fired into empty desert.
One can imagine the thoughts in Bush's mind: "Thank goodness I didn't
capture bin Laden. Maybe he will strike again and bail me out."
What is going to rescue Bush? Not the Republican Party. A few Republican
congressmen, such as Walter Jones, are trying to get a debate going, but Republicans
believe that they are stuck to the fate of their man. There is no one within
the administration to turn Bush toward diplomacy and away from coercion.
Created on the principle that "you are with us or against us," Bush's
administration is all of one mind. They are all neocons. There are no real conservatives
or traditional Republicans in the Bush administration. This is the first administration
in my lifetime in which there is no debate. The absence of debate means there
is no check on reckless and ill-advised policies and corrupt schemes.
Neocons don't believe in debate. They specialize in slandering critics and
stamping out debate. Dissent is not possible within the Bush administration,
because dissent is equated with treason and anti-Americanism. "You are
with us or against us." Increasingly, Republicans demonize their critics
as "abettors of terrorism." The Republicans' intolerance for debate
makes many Americans uneasy about the real purpose of the $385 million detention
camp that Halliburton is building in the U.S. for the Bush administration.
Neocons don't believe in diplomacy. They believe in coercion. Neocons denigrate
diplomacy as the epitome of weakness. Neocons slap down diplomacy before it
can rise. The Iranians offered talks, and neocon National Security Adviser Stephen
Hadley immediately slapped down the offer as "simply a device by the Iranians
to try to divert pressure that they are feeling." The Bush neocons are
bent on war with Iran. They don't want any talks. In their books, neocons have
demonized Muslims in the same way that the Nazis demonized Jews. Demonization
makes talks impossible.
On March 17, William Rivers Pitt declared Bush to be "deranged, disconnected,
and dangerous." But what else to expect from a neocon administration that
declares that it creates its own reality and mocks its critics for being "reality-based"?
Neocons insanely believe that American power can be used to recreate the world
in America's image. Neocons are dangerous because they really believe that the
U.S. can invade the Middle East, deracinate Islam, and install puppet governments.
These disconnected neocons are not shaken by facts or by results. Their evil
eye falls on U.S. field commanders and CIA analysts who declare that the U.S.
military is creating insurgents faster than it can kill them.
Creating your own reality means that when you cannot put down a resistance
based in 5 million Iraqi Sunnis, you attack 70 million Iranians, who are allied
with 15 million Shia in Iraq, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Hamas in Palestine.
The Bush administration is sending every signal that it is determined to go
to war with Iran. Will the rest of the world block the American aggression,
or will the rest of the world decide that it is in the world's best interest
for the hubris-driven hegemon to exhaust itself in conflict in the Middle East?
A thank you to readers: I appreciate the support demonstrated by your
anger at the neocon Web site, FrontPageMag, for slandering me. But to put a
different light on the matter, let me ask you, what would you think of me if
I were praised by FrontPageMag? Isn't it preferable to be denounced by the neocon
brownshirts? What better secures my reputation?
Neocons are incapable of debate, because they don't believe in it. Neocons
rely on disinformation and deceit to impose their agenda.
Neocons do not believe in the U.S. Constitution, civil liberties, the separation
of powers, or the Geneva Conventions. According to published reports, President
Bush described the Constitution as "a scrap of paper." Bush's attorney
general, vice president, and secretary of defense have openly defended the Bush
administration's practice of torture, violations of habeas corpus, and illegal
spying. These high officials, in violation of their oath of office, have openly
declared that Bush, as commander in chief, is above the law.
What American ever expected to see the safeguards against tyranny put in place
by the Founding Fathers removed in the name of providing security against terrorists
by a president who purports to believe in original intent?
Neocons are Jacobins. They are a foreign import and do not share our American
values. Neocons are a grave danger to the United States and to the world. Neocons
have led America into two gratuitous ongoing wars that cannot be won, and they
are determined to lead us into more wars. It is our duty to defend our country
and to oppose these evil people.