‘Afghanistan Wasn’t Enough’

Along the lines of Justin Raimondo’s article about Jonah Goldberg and the Ledeen Doctrine, one of the most sickening yet, as far as I can tell, unremarked upon bits of hearsay in Bob Woodward’s new book, State of Denial, is about the bloodlust of Henry Kissinger, apparently as relayed to Woodward by former Bush speechwriter Mike Gerson. From page 408:

“Why did you support the Iraq war?” Gerson asked him.

“Because Afghanistan wasn’t enough,” Kissinger answered. In the conflict with radical Islam, he said, they want to humiliate us. “And we need to humiliate them.”

The lesson is fairly obvious, no?

The problem again is collectivism. “We,” “they.” It is irrelevant that the government and people of Iraq were innocent of the crimes of September 11th, and in fact had nothing to do with “radical Islam.” They are “they” to Henry Kissinger, and so now they’re dead – in order to “send a larger message.”

Too bad the Bush regime still hasn’t captured or killed Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri. Instead, last May, Emperor Bush apologized and explained how he wishes he’d never said he wanted bin Laden brought in “dead or alive” for his crimes, since we might have “misinterpreted” his words to mean he was going to hold the actual perpetrators of the attacks responsible, rather than untold numbers of innocent people.

Author: Scott Horton

Scott Horton is editorial director of Antiwar.com, director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and editor of The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He’s conducted more than 5,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott’s Twitter, YouTube, Patreon.