Sunday November 13th 2005, 10:13 am
Podhoretz, the grand daddy of the Straussian neocons, expends a few
thousand words in an attempt to convince us George Bush didn't lie when
he told us Saddam had a WMD program and was in cahoots with Osama bin
Laden. "Among the many distortions, misrepresentations, and outright
falsifications that have emerged from the debate over Iraq, one in
particular stands out above all others. This is the charge that George
W. Bush misled us into an immoral and/or unnecessary war in Iraq by
telling a series of lies that have now been definitively exposed,"
writes Podhoretz in the December issue of Commentary (posted in advance
on the Commentary website).
lie means to say something one knows to be false," Podhoretz asserts.
"But it is as close to certainty as we can get that Bush believed in
the truth of what he was saying about WMD in Iraq."
with Podhoretz. But before you think I have gone over to the Neocon
Dark Side, allow me to explain. Indeed, it is possible, more than
likely, Bush did not tell a series of lies. His neocon advisers did.
Bush is a cardboard cut-out placed in office by the neocons. He is a
cigar store Indian. He simply repeated the lies served up by the
neocons and the Office of Special Plans. Due to his disinterest, his
lack of curiosity, his distaste for reading, and absence of critical
intelligence, Bush does little more than fumble through the provided
script. Bush "believed in the truth of what he was saying" because he
lives in a dualistic, Manichean world of radical absolutes, and thus is
incapable of critical assessment. Moreover, he had long ago decided to
attack Iraq and left it up to more intelligent neocons to provide a
bogus basis for the attack.
Podhoretz does not mention the
Office of Special Plans, Karl Rove and Andrew Card's White House Iraq
Group, the Downing Street Memo, the yellowcake uranium forgeries, or
any number of other instances of documented deception crafted by his
neocon brethren. Instead, Podhoretz blames British intelligence, the
CIA, Joseph Wilson, the Robb-Silberman commission, the Clinton
administration, and a host of others, including just about every
Democrat in Congress (including Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry,
Nancy Pelosi, and others). In fact, for Podhoretz, the blame for the
obvious and glaring lies about the illusory Iraqi WMD program can be
attributed to the Clinton administration, in particular Secretary of
State Madeline Albright, Clinton's National Security Adviser Sandy
Berger, and Secretary of Defense, William Cohen.
Clinton and the Democrats are to blame, as there is little difference
between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to invading countries
and slaughtering thousands of innocent people (in fact, it can be
argued Clinton has a more gruesome record than Bush - he oversaw the
sanctions on Iraq for eight years, brutal and inhumane sanctions
responsible for killing around 1.5 million Iraqis, 500,000 of them
innocent children). However, Podhoretz's insistence the Clinton
administration is responsible for Bush's decision (actually the
decision of the neocons) to invade Iraq is ludicrous, to say the least.
As we know, the neocons (via PNAC) sent a letter to Clinton urging him
to invade, but Clinton ignored the letter, likely understanding it came
from the "crazies" previously chalked off as the sort of people who
should be avoided. Moreover, the neocons and Republicans have made a
cottage industry out of bashing and blaming Clinton, so we may consider
Podhoretz's assertion more of the same.
As we know, the
neocons planned to invade Iraq (followed by Syria and Iran) for some
time, beginning with Wolfowitz's 1992 "Defense Planning Guidance" draft
(at the time, Wolfowitz and the neocons in the first Bush
administration were dismissed as "crazies" and the draft was rejected
out of hand as lunatic ravings). As Neil Mackay of the Sunday Herald
revealed, a "secret blueprint for US global domination reveal[ed] that
President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on
Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January
2001... The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation
of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice-
president), Donald Rumsfeld (defense secretary), Paul Wolfowitz
(Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis
Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding
America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century,
was written in September 2000 by the neo-conservative think-tank
Project for the New American Century (PNAC)." Additional candidates for
"regime change" included China - nothing less than complete lunacy,
considering the United States military cannot defeat a few thousand
determined Iraqi resistance fighters (imagine going up against
1,306,313,812 Chinese - but then, I suppose, that's what nukes are for).
so long as we are hunting for liars in this area, let me suggest that
we begin with the Democrats now proclaiming that they were duped, and
that we then broaden out to all those who in their desperation to
delegitimize the larger policy being tested in Iraq - the policy of
making the Middle East safe for America by making it safe for
democracy - have consistently used distortion, misrepresentation, and
selective perception to vilify as immoral a bold and noble enterprise
and to brand as an ignominious defeat what is proving itself more and
more every day to be a victory of American arms and a vindication of
American ideals," Podhoretz concludes.
Sounds like a plan to
me - so long as the sweep does not stop with the Democrats and continues
into the White House, the Pentagon, and beyond Capitol Hill to the
neocon foundations, the criminal organizations (RICO should be used
against them), including Podhoretz' Hudson Institute, ultimately
responsible for planning and launching the criminal invasion of both
Afghanistan and Iraq.
"American ideals" are native to the
Constitution and do not include invading Arab countries for the sake of
Israel, as Philip Zelikow, executive director of the Bush whitewash
commission, has admitted. In fact, as the retired editor Commentary, a
monthly publication of the American Jewish Committee, Podhoretz should
be called on his allegiance (either he follows the Constitution or he
spends his twilight years in Israel, sucking up to his master, the
fascist Jabotinsky Likudites).
long-winded essay will mean little, as the ball is now rolling and more
and more people realize "Bush lied," that is to say he more or less
mindlessly mouthed the engineered lies of the neocons, the vast
majority of them Muslim-hating and Islamophobic Likudite fascists. Of
course, this realization will not result in the impeachment of Bush and
the prosecution of the neocon war criminals. It is far too late for
that now - the Bushites have stacked the deck: Congress is packed with
loyal Republicans (mostly Christian Zionists and their fellow
travelers), the judicial branch, including the Supreme Court, is
stacked with reactionary appointees, and the executive has taken on
powers heretofore unrealized, and the Constitution is attacked
consistently (the Bill of Rights is basically a dead letter, as any
honest civil libertarian will tell you).
In short, the
Bushites have won. It will take a Second American Revolution to repair
the damage the cardboard cut-out Bush, the rapture-crazed Christian
Zionists, and the Zionist neocons have inflicted on this country.
I don't know if the American people are up to the task.