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Gaffney’s Gripe

Kurt Nimmo, Another Day in the Empire

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.

Gaffney writes:

Let’s 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.

Receding 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.

Now 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.

Worse 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.

It 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.

We 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.

Translation: 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.

Today, 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.

I 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.

It 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.

In 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.

"Not 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).

Shortly 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.

Mr. 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.

Gaffney 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.

Now 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.

Or 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.

Remarkably, 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.

:: Article nr. 16632 sent on 11-oct-2005 19:20 ECT


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