“In war, truth is the first casualty.” ~Aeschylus
Imagine for a moment that our government has been hijacked by a totalitarian regime. Let us imagine for a moment that we view the events of the past 8+ years in reverse order so that those events which we assume to be effects are indeed causes:
· George W. Bush has still not been impeached and no investigation has ever been formally launched.
· The country of Georgia under US auspices provokes Russia to counterattack, allowing the US to gain the political will in eastern Europe needed to go forward with the missile systems
· The federal reserve bank assumes control of the financial system to assure its “security” while oil companies and oil producing countries such as Saudi Arabia reap record profits.
· As a result of US Treasury monetary policy and Fed Reserve interest rate policy the U.S. dollar falls heavily with the resulting spike in oil and commodity prices which are priced in U.S. dollars.
· The meltdown of the “sub-prime” mortgage market triggering events which eventually bring the U.S. financial system to the brink of bankruptcy.
· The US Government discontinues reporting of M3, which is a measure of the money supply in circulation and which would, if used make clear the inflationary policies of the US government.
· George W. Bush encourages the American public to buy homes at a record pace thereby creating the largest boom in US housing prices in history.
· The US invades Iraq and occupies it for the next 5+ years
· The CIA plants evidence which link Iraq to Al Qaeda and to weapons of mass destruction.
· Tax cuts are passed which benefit primarily corporations and the highest net worth individuals.
· The patriot act is passed which lays the groundwork for future expansion of the executive branch of government including the use of extraordinary rendition, torture, and domestic wiretapping.
· Afghanistan is attacked in an effort to destroy the Taliban who provided support to the 9-11 Saudi Arabian jihadists.
· George W. Bush tells the American public the most good they can do is go back to their normal lives and go shopping.
· Saudi Arabian Jihadists hijack 4 passenger planes and fly them into civilian and military targets on 09/11/2001.
· George W. Bush losses the popular vote but becomes president when the supreme court affirms a controversial election in Florida, a state of which his brother is the governor.
· The neo-conservative think tank ‘Project for the new American Century’ is founded and publish among others a document entitled Rebuilding America’s Defenses which lays out the political utility of “some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.”
· Bill Clinton avoids impeachment on charges of perjury after lying under oath about a sexual affair he had which was investigated by order of congress.
· Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait and Bush’s father attacks Iraq in the fist gulf war.
· Bush’s father, former head of the CIA and vice president under Ronald Regan becomes the 41st president.
· Donald Rumsfeld under President Regan visits Iraq to meet with Saddam Hussein and re-affirm the US’ support for Iraq against Iran.
· The CIA trains Osama Bin Laden along with other Jihadists to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan.
· The US installs Saddam Hussein in power in Iraq and provides conventional, chemical, and biological weapons systems which are used against Iran and Iraqi Shiites and the Kurds.
· George H. W. Bush receives Saudi Arabian financial support in his Texas oil business and early political career.
The following excerpts are from an article written by David Bromwich entitled Georgia and the Push for Cold War and which detail some of the conclusions that can be drawn from observing
“When Mikheil Saakashvili (The Georgian President) attacked the Russian peacekeepers in Tskhinvali, he expected to find success, or, at least, some cashable Western support. Part of his wish was granted. As soon as the Russians counter-attacked, an American politician was ready with threats and dire prophecies. John McCain was out of the gate on Georgia long before George W. Bush or Condoleezza Rice or Robert Gates made their first statements for the record. Why? Who gave McCain his early cue?
A fair bet is Saakashvili, through his closest American friend and former agent, Randy Scheunemann. Since Scheunemann is John McCain’s adviser on foreign policy, this looks like a dangerous contact — dangerous, that is, for the security of the United States. Yet it follows a pattern. Scheunemann was the agent of Ahmed Chalabi in agitating for the war against Iraq. He is a former director of the Project for the New American Century, which welcomed a world at permanent war, dominated by the U.S., as the order of the 21st century. And Scheunemann is as closely linked as it is possible to be — while holding a nominally different post — with the American Enterprise Institute, the Office of the Vice President, and the Weekly Standard: the most drastic and persistent lobbying network for the Iraq war, and the group that lately pressed the hardest for a war with Iran.
Seven and a half years into an administration that seems likely to go beyond January in all but name — so deeply are its patterns now ingrained in the culture of lawmakers and the mainstream media–the signs are strong that we are run by a government-within-the-government. The heart of the second government may not lie now in the connections between the West Wing and the OVP (Office of the Vice President), since the president now wants to know even less than he previously did; but the vice president is interested as always in everything: his men would be sure to know of the unorthodox gambles in the campaign of Scheunemann-McCain. And Cheney, as it happens, spoke out soon after McCain, and in language closely aligned with his.
Under the new American regime of military force, the world does not respect us as it once did. But it does fear us. And for a nation that is militaristic — whose highest virtue is military glory, whose medals of freedom are chiefly awarded to military men, whose idea of genius is most nearly answered by the general who devises the battle plan — for such a nation as we are becoming, to be feared may be the highest of attainments. The neoconservatives have long said so. This was the burden of their two leading documents published in the year 2000: the William Kristol-Robert Kagan anthology Present Dangers, and the Donald Kagan Gary Schmidt-Thomas Donnelly treatise Rebuilding America’s Defenses. An essay exploring the methods for overthrowing Saddam Hussein, in the first of these volumes, was contributed by Richard Perle. The second and more technical volume contained the famous sentence about the political utility of “some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.”
Ron Suskind in his book The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism claims that the White House illegally ordered the CIA to forge and disseminate false intelligence documents linking al-Qaeda and Iraq along with the presence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. What is preventing congress from calling an independent counsel like Kenneth Starr who can bring an investigation forth through which George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the rest of the Bush administration can answer questions under oath?
Why might the Democrats in Congress be so reluctant to investigate and impeach Bush, no matter how damning the evidence against him? What if the 2000 election was managed to ensure that Bush would win? What if individuals and organizations which pledge allegiance to no nation in particular facilitated and allowed the events of 9-11 as a means to launch wars of aggression and consolidate power within the executive branch of government? What if the president had seized the power of unlimited, unchecked domestic spying? Would the president’s political opponents be subject to intimidation and blackmail? Can we imagine that our country has allowed the president so much power as to effectively prevent the political avenues of dissent and opposition?
Can we recognize in the following paragraph anything that rings true today?
“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government… when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
What incendiary, unpatriotic, and dangerous document could the above have come from? It is from the second paragraph of the Declaration of independence. Perhaps we should re-read the documents upon which our country was founded and ask ourselves just how far we have come from the principles upon which we gained our freedom. Can it be true that we are now the incarnation of the very worst abuses of power against which a revolution waged and a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal was founded?