October 11, 2005
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
is president, CEO, and founder of the Center for Security Policy, a
neocon think tank stuffed with top-drawer Bushites. For instance,
Donald Rumsfeld is a recipient of the Center’s Keeper of the Flame
Award (and I shudder to imagine precisely what that flame represents).
Douglas Feith, outgoing Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, is a
former Chairman of the Center’s Board of Directors (when he wasn’t
cooking up murderous lies over at the Office of Special Plans). Dov
Zakheim, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), who presided
over a remarkable $3 trillion worth of military fraud (or
pocket-stuffing) at the Pentagon (and has thankfully exited "government
service" through one of many revolving doors in Washington and now
works for Booz Allen), is a CSP member. In short, CSP is, along with
PNAC and a handful other closely related organizations, Neocon Central,
so when Gaffney speaks (or writes) those of us who pay attention to the
furtive (and usually criminal) flight of this Straussian chicken hawk
brood take note.
be honest. The so-called "Global War on Terror" is not going
brilliantly just now. While our forces on the front lines continue to
do their difficult missions with courage and competence, morale is
sagging at home.
If Gaffney had an honest bone in
his body, he would admit a lot of us "at home" are tired of the neocon
invasion and occupation of Iraq and most of us realize the "mission"
will never be "accomplished," although not all of us realize the
mission is impossible. It’s impossible because the Iraqi people will
continue to resist even as Gaffney and crew insist the resisting is
nothing more than a few al-Zarqawi terrorists and declare however
falsely most Iraqis are with us. Of course, this is utter and complete
nonsense and most Iraqis want nothing more than to see our backsides
moving in a westerly direction.
memories of 9/11 and a sense of lost momentum—if not of futility—has
combined with the effects of natural disasters and political ones.
Support has eroded for the war effort and for those who lead it.
we should be careful here because Gaffney is basically telling us we
need another nine eleven to regain "a sense of lost momentum," lost due
to the fact most people (who are not sociopaths) get tired of endless
bloodshed and carnage, especially when they do not view it as world war
four, as the Straussian neocons do, and most folks, peace-loving and
non-violent (although easily tricked into supporting violence and mass
murder), are not willing to surrender their lives, or the lives of
their children, and treasure for a vague and ill-defined "war" against
Muslims half way around the world, especially when they can’t discern
any direct threat emanating from mostly likewise peace-loving Muslims,
although the neocon "clash of civilizations" crew labors mightily to
convince them Muslims are natural born killers or are instructed to
become kill-kill-kill zombies by the Koran.
yet, our enemies are emboldened by the demonstrations and calls for
withdrawal from the Iraqi front. They redouble their efforts to kill
and maim Iraqis and, if possible, American and other Coalition
personnel. These terrorists are confident that doing so will reinforce
popular demands to set an early date for bringing the troops home.
should be remembered that the Straussoids believe they control the
vertical and horizontal aspects of reality, so this absurd statement is
not surprising. Most Iraqis involved in the resistance against the
occupation of their country are too busy in hit-and-run operations and
living hand-to-mouth to watch CNN and Fox News and closely follow the
self-referential and narcissistic machinations of American
politics—even if they had consistent electricity and cable television.
Cindy Sheehan is not their Jane Fonda, as the neocons would have us
believe. Most Iraqis don’t care about Sheehan or Gaffney—they simply
want the damn Americans out of their country.
who love freedom are locked in a struggle to the death with
totalitarian enemies who subscribe to ideologies that require our
destruction. Sound familiar? The Nazis, Fascists, Imperial Japanese and
Soviet Communists had in mind for us the same fate. We had to wage war
effectively (using non-military as well as military means) on a global
scale to defeat each of them in turn.
Gaffney and the Straussian neocons are "locked in a struggle to the
death" with a manufactured Islamic enemy. If indeed "al-Qaeda" (not the
database but the imagined bogeyman) existed as the neocons claim, it
would not be a totalitarian enemy—since totalitarianism is an aspect of
government (more akin to what the neocons are doing) and the last time
I checked "al-Qaeda" wasn’t in control of a government but a more or
less popular resistance movement against foreign occupation (for, as
Osama said before he died in late 2001, his objective was to get the
infidels out of Saudi Arabia and away from Mecca and Medina, the holy
cities of Islam, where infidels are prohibited from venturing). It is
sincerely absurd to compare goat herders and taxi cab drivers—the
inmates kidnapped and corralled at Camp Gitmo and elsewhere in the Bush
torture and rape gulag—to Nazis, Soviet commies, Japanese imperialists,
or Italian fascists. Gaffney believes these goat herders and taxi
drivers are so dangerous the neocons have to turn the world into a
living hell of shock and awe and wasted depleted uranium wastelands
inflicting cancer on hapless victims for millions of years to come.
the immediate threat to the Free World comes from Islamofascism—yet
another totalitarian ideology, this time masquerading as a religion.
Most Muslims around the world do not subscribe to the Islamist agenda.
They are increasingly being forced to embrace it, or at least go along
with it, however, under threat of violence or other coercive
techniques. By demonstrating our resolve to resist the Islamofascists
and to help non-Islamist Muslims to do so as well, we can enlarge the
Free World and secure the allies we will need to prevail.
have always chuckled over this term—Islamofascism. It does not exist.
It’s an irrational invention, a meaningless fleck of propaganda. Once
again, fascism is a fatal disease spawned by government and "al-Qaeda"
is not in control of a government or does its mostly imaginary
structure approach governmental proportion. The American Heritage
Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, defines fascism as
"marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent
socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror
and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and
racism," aspects of government behavior. As for the "Free World,"
Gaffney means a world wide open to neoliberal policies—with a violent
neocon spin (and a Machiavellian neocon elite calling the shots and
ruling over subservient and benighted masses) translating into the
brutal suppression of all who dare resist, be they Muslims or poor
people in Latin America or anywhere else where there are natural
resources to steal and labor to exploit in sweatshop conditions.
restores the moral clarity that Americans—and other
democracies—typically need to sustain war’s expensive costs (in both
human and financial terms). There can be no moral equivalence between
our Islamofascist enemies on the one hand and, on the other, those who
are fighting and dying to protect freedom here at home and, as a
bulwark for our own security, to promote it elsewhere.
other words, if you believe forking over your kids or your own life and
treasure to the neocon plan for a hundred or more years of war—as Bush
and crew promise the "war on terrorism" will last that long or
longer—you are mired in the opposite: an immoral miasma. Gaffney knows
"those who are fighting and dying" (mostly working class and poor
people with few other options) are not protecting "freedom here at
home." It can be assumed with little doubt Frank Gaffney does not give
a good wood nickel about freedom "at home" or anywhere else. "Gaffney
and CSP’s prescriptions for national security have been fairly simple:
Gut all arms control treaties, push ahead with weapons systems
virtually everyone agrees should be killed (such as the V-22 Osprey),
give no quarter to the Palestinians and, most important, go full steam
ahead on just about every national missile defense program," writes Jason Vest.
only are makers of the Osprey (Boeing) well represented on the CSP’s
board of advisers but so too is Lockheed Martin (by vice president for
space and strategic missiles Charles Kupperman and director of defense
systems Douglas Graham). Former TRW executive Amoretta Hoeber is also a
CSP adviser, as is former Congressman and Raytheon lobbyist Robert
Livingston. Ball Aerospace & Technologies—a major manufacturer of
NASA and Pentagon satellites—is represented by former Navy Secretary
John Lehman, while missile-defense computer systems maker
Hewlett-Packard is represented by George Keyworth, who is on its board
of directors. And the Congressional Missile Defense Caucus and Osprey
(or "tilt rotor") caucus are represented by Representative Curt Weldon
and Senator Jon Kyl," Vest notes.
Of course, as Gaffney and
the CSP’s "affiliates" are raking in the bucks, you (or your kids) will
be expected to show "moral clarity" and either come home a
post-traumatic stress syndrome mental case, missing a limb or two, or
will be flown in under a cover of darkness (and media blackout) to
Dover AFB in a flag-draped coffin (flag courtesy of Ningbo Wintex Co., Ltd, manufactured in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China).
after 9/11, President Bush rightly said to the nations of the world
"You are either with us or against us." That is true. You are either
part of, and willing to help defend, the Free World or you are with the
unfree. The latter are at best, playing a double-game. Among them are
nations like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China and Russia—all of whom
profess friendship, but are simultaneously working to support our
enemies and undermine the interests of the Free World.
Gaffney neglects to tell us, of course, we are increasingly "unfree,"
even if we "help defend" the "Free World," in other words (in the
current context) kill Iraqis, as more than 100,000 have been killed to
date (and soon enough, if Gaffney has his way, plenty of Syrians and
Iranians will suffer the same fate). Bush has eviscerated the Bill of
Rights (the Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments are more or
less toast), was appointed to office by supercilious Supreme Court
"justices," had his operatives and henchman rig the last election, and
now continually and insistently proposes a police state to deal with
natural disasters and illusory bird flu pandemics.
wants ultimately to attack Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China and Russia.
Indeed, the Straussian neocons are criminally insane and it really is
remarkable they were able to consolidate power and inflict their
horrendous damage on us (and especially average Afghans and Iraqis)
with so little resistance or even awareness on the part of most
Americans who are busy watching football games and sit-coms on big
plasma television screens. Franklin and Jefferson would be horrified.
is, in short, the time for a return to first principles. Properly
labeling the present conflict is not a panacea. But making it clear
that we are engaged in nothing less than a War for the Free World will
make it easier to take the steps necessary, both at home and abroad, to
secure the victory we literally cannot live without.
the neocons, the profit-mongering death merchants, multinational
thieves and carpetbaggers, and Likudite fascists in the Zionist settler
state of Israel "cannot live without" constant war. Of course, the rest
of us can live quite easily—and peacefully—without two, three or four
generations of war against an exaggerated and ridiculously puffed-up
enemy, an enemy consisting of sadly ineffectual medieval Muslims unable
to come to terms with reality in a post-colonial world, having yet to
experience their own Reformation, and not a threat to anybody but
themselves, certainly not a threat to us, as Gaffney and his gaggle of
Straussian snake oil salesmen would have us believe.
Gaffney is able to pedal his Manichean drivel on the pages of the
Washington Times, Jewish World Review, the Wall (War) Street Journal,
USA Today, the New Republic, the (Moonie) Washington Post, the New York
Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, and
Newsday—in other words, up and down the length and breadth of the
corporate press, a media so infatuated with Bush and his neocon minions
that it is truly nauseating.