Dog Days of the War Party
latest is a cogent and too-brief listing of the unresolved issues facing the
current administration – and, of course, the American people. For all of
us old Goldwater conservatives the travesty of neocon Republicanism is deeply
disheartening. There really is only one answer – develop the intestinal
fortitude to reframe the Republican Party and refocus its efforts OR create
a nationwide Conservative Party.
~ Thomas M. Box
of Thousands March in Venezuela
(Monday, June 7), Antiwar.com's front page has, from June 4, the report on "tens
of thousands march against Chavez." Silence is on the huge million pro-Chavez
march on Sunday, June 6 (see photos and reports at aporrea.com and vhealine.com).
interesting because I couldn't find any articles that say that. I did find one
violence ravaged downtown Caracas on Thursday. Chavez supporters set trucks
ablaze and hooded gunmen fired on the offices of Caracas' opposition mayor,
Alfredo Pena. They also fired shots at El Nacional newspaper and Radio Caracas
Upon further search,
I find one
that also says "tens of thousands" of Chavez supporters – nowhere
near the "millions" you claim. The sites you mentioned do not exist.
We don't run communist
propaganda, if that's what you really want to know and are afraid to come right
out and ask.
a National Guard soldier recently back from Iraq, I can't figure out why Nick
Berg was traveling around Iraq as a private contractor like he was immune to
any danger. I read that he thought it was a big adventure. We would not leave
the compound with less than 3 vehicles and we were all armed. Was he running
around with no supervision? It's not a game over there. I can't believe he was
over there with an Israeli stamp in his passport. ...
~ Hugh Gemmell
nostalgia drowns the truth about the Reagan years, let's take a moment to remember
the Contras. Those freedom-fighting "equivalents of our founding fathers,"
whose noble adventures, slaughtering and destroying daycare centers, clinics
and wedding parties – all funded by yours truly, the American taxpayer – livened
up the '80s in ways I'd prefer not to remember. Or re-experience. I remember
even Goldwater rising to protest the mining of Nicaragua's harbors. "We
are a maritime nation," he began. Sweet, really, and so quaint. Now we
are just the Rottweiler nation – the biggest, meanest dog on the block and what
we say, goes; and the evil that we do, goes unmentioned in Congress and the
media – and just about everywhere else.
Of course Reagan
didn't initiate our bloodstained meddling in what we are pleased to call "our
backyard" – he just did it with more style. Leave it to a moovystar to
pretend that the macho thugs we supported throughout this hemisphere were raping
nuns and murdering nursery school kids in the name of some noble cause.
~ Adrien E.
Justin Raimondo's latest article ("Reaganism versus 'neo-Reaganism'")
there is much with which I agree; nevertheless, I find it interesting that Justin
never mentions the "War on Drugs" while discussing Reagan's legacy.
may not have started the WoD, but it certainly escalated in an exponential fashion
during his administration. Also, our police agencies were militarized during
Reagan's term, and that led to later tragedies, such as Waco and the Randy Weaver
really was an enigma. Despite all the rhetoric about freedom, the "War
on Drugs" will probably be his most lasting legacy."
Reagan really did was to restore
our property rights to our own labor.
Paul Craig Roberts
More, With Irony
So, the news is out, all over town, as the old
song goes, but it appears that very scary-looking, bearded "sweetheart"
(extremely interesting one, though) has been seen runnin' around the Sarajevo
Airport. According to the information leaked out these days through the local
media, Osama Bin Laden discretely visited the crime scene once again. Supposedly,
he was in Bosnia last year, and, if true, we can only imagine how welcomed he
felt among his wartime-buddies, Bosnian Muslim hardliners (officially certificated
as "the good guys" by the Western global-conscience crusaders, from
Clinton to Dole and from Bono to Pavarotti), regularly and generously
funded by his "charity organizations."
must have been really busy promoting the tourist potential of Bosnia, so he, alas,
missed the unique opportunity to meet a very rich businessman, highly-experienced
in local investments. Of course, the grateful hosts in Sarajevo had already
honored Bin Laden with the Bosnian passport and citizenship during the Bosnian
war, where imported Middle-Eastern mujahedin, torturing and beheading Serbian
civilians and soldiers, did their brotherly favor to the "nation-building
efforts" of Osama's Bosnian pal, "president" Alija Izetbegovic
(another of Clinton's darlings in those years).
Somehow, the very
same brutalities were committed some years later, during the Kosovo-Metohija
conflict, by the very same perpetrators, but nobody seemed to care. Just keep
hating those damn Serbs, and you can get away with anything, that's the golden
rule on Balkans. This morning (Saturday, June 5), another Serbian teenager,
17-year-old Dimitrije Popovic, sitting in a local fast-food restaurant in Gracanica
(Kosovo) was murdered in another Albanian hit-and-run attack. Again, who cares?
~ B. Kozich
I've heard the story about Osama bin Laden visiting Sarajevo. It originated
from Slobodna Bosna; a paper no one can ever accuse of being anti-Muslim,
or pro-Serb. It is interesting that Ashdown and Carla DelPonte and Jap de Hoop
Scheffer and twenty-two top NATO ministers all parade around Bosnia, and dozens
of journalists continue to file stories headlined "Bring us the head of
Radovan Karadzic," but there is the Bearded One, strolling merrily around
in a place where he knows no one will touch him. So much for the "war on
terror." Maybe I'm a cynic, but it seems to me the Empire does not care
much about catching Osama; he's of more use to them alive, as a bogeyman that
justifies overseas adventures. Who they are really after is Osama been Serb:
the patsy they want to blame for all the Balkan wars, so they can assert legitimacy
for their invasions, occupations and meddling. plus ca change, plus c'est
la meme chose...
usual, another great article by Nebojsa Malic. Unfortunately, only a very small
percentage of folks in the U.S. will see it because it will fall through the
cracks, as is the fate of most such items that somehow "aren't fit for
viewing" by the mainstream of the American public. If this wasn't obvious
before, it certainly has been hit home after the March 2004 orgy of barbarism
by Kosovo's Albanian Muslim extremists. Truth, justice and freedom are quickly
vanishing from the land of the free and the home of the brave. A tight lid has
been placed on news out of Kosovo, because the truth must not come out that
Bill Clinton's gang has made one hell of a mess out of their "protectorate."
President Bush is being pummeled with criticism about Iraq, but Clinton is given
the kid glove treatment about Kosovo. Looks like there is no equality, even
Liz Milanovich, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
neither Emperor (sorry, they stopped being Presidents long ago) deserves that
sort of "equality." As I pointed out in "Bipartisan
Empire," it does not really matter which party is in charge; they both
follow imperial policies.
vs. Deceit in Foreign Policy
a load of crap Dr. Roberts spews in this article. As though the entire Arab
world's faults lie in Israel's hands; he attempts to blame Israel for widespread
corruption, malignancies, diseases, domestic abuse and every other disease plaguing
the Arab world today. As though Israel is to blame for Arab illiteracy! Israel,
on the other hand, saves human lives (Arab and non-Arab alike), and is the only
place in the Middle East where an Arab woman may freely vote (Arabs serve in
much and most of the government, including the Knesset).
In regards to
Mrs. Aloni, she, as an Israeli, has the right to criticize her government. It
is her citizen's right. Do you know of many of Mrs. Aloni's counterparts in
the Arab world? Take a good look, its tough to find one. She, as a free woman,
is allowed to speak in Israel against the government without fear of retribution.
Mr. Roberts believes that "Most thoughtful Israelis oppose" the Likud
Party's strategy, when in fact he is lying. Most thoughtful Israelis will not
hand the true aggressors the victory by granting them yet another unilateral
suicide mission like the one given to Hezbollah by a Labor government headed
by Ehud Barak.
What a silly comparison
Mr. Roberts gleans, declaring that "neocons" are apparently Zionist
in nature. He only proves himself racist, ignorant and downright ignorant of
facts not just of the Middle East, but of politics in general.
I hope the editors
are ashamed for printing such garbage, and if they believe in true free speech,
they will print some or all of this response.
~ Levy Lerner
response. Israelis can do no wrong. Only Arabs. In the end Israel will go down
because of stupid people like Levy Lerner.
quite, sir, not quite! You say: "Well, as often as I have criticized Bush
for his blunders, I really don't give a hoot whether the Europeans like our
choice of presidents or not."
In theory you
may be right: The Americans elect a US president. True. And it certainly would
be exclusively Americans' business, if, yes: if, the US would restrict
themselves to their own "God given" piece of this globe. But that's
not so! Since at the same time US troops are stationed or occupy territory in
over 100 countries outside the US. From Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib, and almost
everywhere in between. What's more: The junta of madmen running the US –
the "neo-cons" are trying to extend the role of the US into some form
of "benevolent" imperialism. My a**! It seems this is an extremely
dangerous idea for all civilians on earth. Particularly in wedding parties (Afghanistan,
No, Sir! As long
as the US is busy worldwide giving us vitamin B: B-52, B-1, B-2, etc., and as
long as America is THE pariah re. ecology, international laws and courts, etc.,
you have to live with the fact that Europe does voice its opinion loud and clear
(which may be counterproductive though). ...
~ Rainer Vogel,
of the CIA
we now know that the CIA made huge mistakes about the situation in Iraq. George
Tenet has resigned. Many of us believe that the same George Tenet and the same
CIA also made the same huge mistakes in the Balkans, ultimately attacking and
murdering the people of Serbia on behalf of an Islamic terrorist organization,
the KLA, in the interests of a Greater Albania. We now urgently need an inquiry
into the information and intelligence sources, not least the real facts of the
Racak incident and the underhandedness of Rambouillet amongst much else. All
of which led the Clinton administration to back these active terrorists, and
bomb a nation and its people "back to the stone age."
This is particularly
important as it has been mooted that one of the most guilty men advocating this
policy and who supported the KLA, knowing of its close ties with Osama Bin Laden,
could be named the next Secretary of State.
don't know to what extent the "intelligence" coming from Kosovo was
a mistake, and how much of it was deliberately and outright falsified with a
clear purpose. I try never to attribute to malice what can be attributed to
stupidity, but in this case I do think large amounts of malice were involved.
A good start would be to check the relationship between the Agency and William
Walker, the originator of the Racak Lie.
article from The Guardian has put me to thinking of some way to screw
up the system once it is up and running. Here is my first scheme, subject to
thought, critique and modification. Maybe even to abandonment. This will require
no mass gatherings (which makes it hard for the government to bring rioting
charges), can be organized on the web (which means the idea, if it catches,
will spread quickly), and can result in massive paperwork for the SSS (which
means an overall slowdown in the draft process). What in the world could accomplish
all this? Very simply, everyone over the age of 50 should register for the draft
– men and women, people without all their limbs, people with boils on their
butts, people with prostate cancer, the blind and the lame. All of us over 50.
Hundreds of thousands
of us; maybe millions. Sign Up! Serve Your Country! Try to imagine the thrill
you will get when a drill sergeant shouts at you to do 50 pushups! I almost
fall over laughing at that thought! Uncle George Wants You!
~ Doran Williams
Philip D. Park's backtalk
your June 4 issue of Backtalk you printed a letter under "Eric Sez"
with the following quote:
really believe that the Bush administration would place men (Armed Forces) in
harm's way without a good reason?"
The rest of the
letter confirms a "pro war" stance so I will assume the author is
PRO WAR. The answer to the above question is another question: "What idiot
besides George Bush, Dick Cheney, Wolfowitz, Perle, Feith and Rumsfeld would
amass 150,000 troops in a very small area (Kuwait-Iraq border) prior to our
invasion of Iraq and risk having the entire invasion force wiped out if anyone
of them really felt Hussein really had operational WMD?" ...
~ Nolan K. Anderson
the Antiwar Backlash
sympathize with your desires for justice in Washington, but I must point out
that our constitutional system is inherently incapable of dealing with this
sort of problem. The federal government (i.e., the central, national government)
cannot and will not judge itself in severe terms, however necessary that might
be. Only the states might be able to do that, and they were rendered legal nullities
by Lincoln's war of aggression against the South, so that the states ceased
to be coequal partners with the national government, which then morphed into
an empire after 1865. You are still clinging to the hopeless delusion that America,
i.e., the current political system, can return to being a constitutional republic
through self-reformation within the existing system. You will learn otherwise.
Because of the
destruction of the original constitutional system in Lincoln's war, the central
government became the sole determiner of what the limits of its power are. This
government inherently cannot find itself seriously guilty of anything; it cannot
condemn itself – what would replace it? Therefore, there is no way that the
federal government (as we now call it) is going to bring any true justice down
At best, we can
expect only cosmetic changes, just as we can expect only a whitewash from the
911 Commission that is now "investigating" the government. We lost
the original American republic in 1865 and have been on the path of empire and
conquest ever since. The South was right.
~ Phil Eversoul
Success of Antiwar.com
am heartened to read the success of Antiwar.com in the Alexa ratings. This site
talks with a purity of heart that is truly golden in today's world of fiat lies.
Even the neocons have admitted to the learning of their fate from your prose
and probing logic. I used to think what a shame that the talent at this site
wasn't seen often enough in the mainstream press but now I think there's the
possibility that you will become a clearly dominant source of opinion over the
likes of say a fading NY Times or Murdoch disinformation. Success looks
good on ya and I continue to wear my Antiwar.com
T-shirt on the golf course inviting true Libertarian debate.
~ K. Williams
Collapse in Washington and Baghdad
of the demise of the neoconservatives are premature and greatly exaggerated.
The resignation of CIA Director George Tenet is a clear signal that the neoconservatives
have reasserted their influence over President Bush, and are counterattacking
their opponents at the State Department and CIA. God help us all.
~ Roger A. White
of you have voiced great skepticism over my perhaps overoptimistic assertion
that the neo-conservatives have finally been defeated by the realists, at least
insofar as Iraq policy is concerned. Given their zeal, their persistence, and
their political and bureaucratic savvy, I can certainly understand the skepticism
and have no doubt that they will reemerge at some point. (After all, in Michael
Ledeen's view, evil goes on forever.) Indeed, many neo-cons, particularly those
most closely associated with the Project for the New American Century, have
been quite publicly courting liberal interventionists since March of 2003; that
is, since the invasion of Iraq. They foresaw that their alliances with people
like Rumsfeld, and even Cheney perhaps, could be seriously strained by the demands
of "nation-building" and their other ambitious goals for the Middle
East. (The New York Times finally noticed this courtship in April in
an article that was duly noted on Antiwar.com.)
However, I think
it's quite clear that the neo-cons are not in good shape – neither in Congress
nor in the White House, not to mention Baghdad where our future ambassador,
John Negroponte, has made it quite clear he wants absolutely nothing to do with
the civilian leadership in the Pentagon. Allawi's emergence as the new prime
minister and the virtually total marginalization – for now – of neo-con hero
Ahmad Chalabi make this quite clear. Allawi, after all, was the CIA's man, and
Chalabi's arch-rival. Similarly, the arrangement in Falluja, which Bill Kristol,
a neo-con moderate, wanted to "crush," points to an entirely new strategy
and one, again, which essentially circumvented the Pentagon's civilian leadership.
It seems that the uniformed military – no slouches when it comes to gauging
the political winds – now feels empowered to essentially ignore OSD. Finally,
the fact that polygraphs are, even now, being attached to various officials
in OSD, tends to undermine the notion that the neo-cons exercise anything like
the kind of influence they enjoyed from 9/11 to, say, July, 2003.
And, no, I don't
think Tenet's resignation is a sign of a neo-con resurgence. In the absence
of any concrete evidence that Tenet was pushed, I tend to think he felt this
was as good a time to go as any, not only because he's about to get ripped up
by a number of forthcoming reports, but also because, with Chalabi's and the
neo-cons' disgrace, he felt he could leave with his head held somewhat higher
than it otherwise would be hanging.
By no means does
any of this mean that the neo-cons are out for the count. Should Bush win reelection
and interpret it as another God-given mandate with which to fight the evildoers,
they may very well be back. And if he should be defeated, you can count on the
neo-cons to use their ties to the Democratic Party in much the same way that
they succeeded in doing under Clinton, particularly with respect to their alliance
with liberal "hawks" in pursuit of humanitarian interventions. Their
ultimate concern is a resurgence of isolationism, and they have friends in both
parties who share their views about that. In the meantime, they will take every
opportunity to incite the public and the administration against Syria and Iran,
Now that they
are down, however, I am concerned that they not become simply the most convenient
scapegoats. While they bear a major share of responsibility for the situation
in which the nation – and the world – finds itself, it's important to remember
that they received critical support from a number of quarters, including, of
course, their administration allies, the Machtpolikers and the Christian
Right, but also from lawmakers from both parties and the mass media, both electronic
and print. The passivity and "patriotism" of these important actors
in the face of the Bush juggernaut to war have been absolutely astonishing in
retrospect, particularly given what we now know about the Vietnam War. As neo-con
hero Reinhold Niebuhr once said, really bad things happen "when good men
do nothing." And in this case, they mostly did nothing, or actually cheered
from the sidelines.