“Let me just first tell you that I’ve never been more convinced that the decisions I made are the right decisions. I firmly believe — I’m oftentimes asked about, well, you’re stubborn and all this. If you believe in a strategy, in Washington, D.C. you’ve got to stick to that strategy, see? People want you to change. It’s tactics that shift, but the strategic vision has not, and will not, shift"
What exactly is Bush’s stubborn strategic vision, one might ask, as it’s doubtful that he actually understands the word. A strategy, of course, is a long-range policy designed for a purpose, and the carrying out of that plan in a skillful way. The Decider’s strategy, as he claims ad nauseum, is to wield “one of the strongest weapons in our arsenal which is the power of freedom” in the “decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century.” According to Bush, “terrorists fear freedom as much as they do our firepower.” But in analyzing the context, it becomes clear that freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.
After five years of failure in the feckless foisting of freedom on Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon, Bush claims that this is still “the early hours of the struggle between tyranny and freedom,” and that “we [sic] are in a war that will set the course for this new century — and will determine the destiny of millions across the world.” Dubya’s decisive ideological error reduces strategy to a divisive idiot’s logic of “freedom” vs. “terror.” This is an ambiguous, vacuous, rhetorical chimera, -not a strategy. Bush is said to enjoy grossing people out with his gruesome farts. Perhaps that flatulent sulphurous miasma has fueled the fatuous ignis fatuus which influences his farcical fantasy. Nevertheless, there is a strategic programme which is driving USraeli aggression across the Middle East and Central Asia, whether Bush understands it or not.
Ziocon ~ a conflation of “Zionist” and “Neocon.” There’s a distinction here that I’d like to make, -there may be Zionists who are not Neocons, and there may be Neocons who are not Zionists. I believe that the people who drew up this horrific programme are both.
The ‘Project for a New American Century” (PNAC) pact was designed by a secretive cabal of Ziocon zealots and is the most supremely hateful globe-encompassing ideology ever devised by a diabolical mind-meld of men. The PNAC central tenet is that America shall seize its opportunity as the sole global hyperpower to achieve full-spectrum dominance over all the affairs of the Earth. And the PNAC strategy is to do this by force.
The PNAC manifesto is a miserable, sordid and shocking read, ~a gloating supremecist claptrap of wanton warmongering and ghastly greed. Many of the Ziocons who wrote it are now firmly entrenched at the pinnacles of USraeli power. Amongst its chief architects and ideologues is the ambulance-towing, shrivel-hearted rogue, Dick Cheney. This freakish puppetmaster runs the American empire and pulls the strings of his straw-brained figurehead marionette, whose second rate rote-spoken role is reduced to repeating the PNAC diktat to the masses. No sooner had America’s Dieboldian democracy allowed the non-elected ascension of Bush and establishment of the Ziocon regime at power Grand Central, the PNAC train left the station. The Decider was handed the script and the Ziocons set out on the track to take down the world.
The Ziocons require a tightly coordinated henchclaque of stenographers which craft and disseminate the inconceivably bizarre PNAC propaganda to a global monopoly of quisling corporate media. The spinmeisters job is to jingo this doctrine of repetitive, unending pre-emptive war, which features resurrected nuclear weapons testing, upgrades and attacks, microbial warfare, space-based weaponry, control of cyberspace, and a new plethora of forward bases to enforce an expanding security perimeter to guard “American interests”. Above all, the PNAC scheme lays out a vision for a vastly expanded American military dictatorship for the stated Orwellian purpose of forcing an “American peace” on the world.
Priority #1 on the PNAC agenda is to secure all of the world’s oil assets, by force. American pre-eminence in the world cannot be maintained without total control of world’s dwindling oil supplies. All of the largest oil fields have already been discovered and are being produced, and production is past its peak in its most prolific pools. In 2002, the world used four times as much oil as was newly found. In the first quarter of 2005, world oil use was estimated at 83 million barrels per day, and the United States, with 4.6% of the global population, burnt a quarter of that. Of the 20 million barrels a day that fuels the American economy, 25 per cent is burned up on the roads. Americans must fuel their SUV’s, and no American administration can allow a hitch in that flow.To the PNACers nothing, absolutely nothing can stand between them and that oil, and they are prepared to use any of the horrific cataclysmic options to secure it.
That more than 60 per cent of the world’s proved oil reserves are in the Middle East, a region wracked by conflict, is a constant source of anxiety for nations that rely on Gulf supplies. In spite of stated efforts to reduce its reliance on Middle East oil, the US has been driven to repeated interventions and support for autocratic regimes to ensure stable energy supplies. — Financial Times, July 5, 2006, p. 8
If you were to spin the globe and look for real estate critical to building an American Empire, your first stop would have to be the Persian Gulf. The desert sands of this region hold two of every three barrels of oil in the world — Iraq’s reserves alone are equal, by some estimates, to those of Russia, the United States, China and Mexico combined. — Robert Dreyfuss, Mother Jones. March-April 2003
The magic number is 112 billion. That’s how many barrels of oil experts say is oozing through Iraq’s geology — the second largest proven reserves of oil on the planet, just behind Saudi Arabias. — New York Times — Nov. 3, 2002
That the Ziocons have deeply infiltrated into all levels across the political spectrum of the American power hierarchy has been made abundantly clear by Professor’s John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt’s carefully researched March 2006 exposé, “The Israel Lobby.” Although US Democrats are also heavily influenced and financed by the Israel Lobby, the authors emphasize that “…The situation is even more pronounced in the Bush administration, whose ranks have included such fervent advocates of the Israeli cause as Elliot Abrams, John Bolton, Douglas Feith, I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz and David Wurmser [all PNACers -Ingmar]. As we shall see, these officials have consistently pushed for policies favoured by Israel and backed by organisations in the Lobby…”
Mearsheimer and Walt go on to describe the Israel Lobby’s deep infiltration into the American media:
“…The Lobby’s perspective prevails in the mainstream media: the debate among Middle East pundits, the journalist Eric Alterman writes, is ‘dominated by people who cannot imagine criticising Israel’. He lists 61 ‘columnists and commentators who can be counted on to support Israel reflexively and without qualification’. Conversely, he found just five pundits who consistently criticise Israeli actions or endorse Arab positions…”
In the April/May 2004 issue of Adbusters Magazine, the courageous and unflinchingly ethical editor, Kalle Lasn, took the exposé of the Israel Lobby’s deep infiltration much farther:
“To have 50% of the most powerful intellectual [sic] group in the world, for half of them to be Jewish, is something we need to look in the face and debate and ask, ‘What does this mean?’ It means that American foreign policy is distorted in some way that I don’t think is necessarily democratic.”
Lasn lists off the world’s most prominent Neocons, and marks the names of predominant Jewish presence amongst the horde, and for his trouble was immediately branded with the boringly predictable label of “anti-semite,” a stigma which has now become de riguer for any self-respecting progressive writer. Directly commensurate with Israel’s sordid massacres in Lebanon and Palestine, the “anti-semite” stigmatization for its critics has now become utterly impotent as a Ziocon weapon of intimidation, as peace-loving people now speak out freely about Israel’s countless atrocities. Lasn writes:
“..Here at Adbusters, we decided to tackle the issue head on and came up with a carefully researched list of who appear to be the 50 most influential neocons in the US. Deciding who exactly is a neocon is difficult since some neocons reject the term, while others embrace it. Some shape policy from within the White House, while others are more peripheral, exacting influence as journalists, academics, and think tank policy wonks. What they all share is the view that the US is a benevolent hyper power that must protect itself by reshaping the world into its morally superior image. And half of them are Jewish…”
Here’s Lasn’s list:
*Norman Podhoretz, *Irving Kristoll, *Midge Decter, Jean Kirkpatrick, *Paul Wolfowitz, *Douglas Feith, Peter Rodman, Stephen Cambone, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, *I. Lewis Libby, *Elliot Abrams, Zalmay Khalilzad, John Bolton, *Dov Zakheim, *Robert B. Zoellick, Richard Perle, R. James Woolsey, *Eliot Cohen, Robert W. Tucker, Francis Fukuyama, *William Kristoll, *Robert Kagan, Gary Schmidt, Ellen Bork, *David Wurmser, *Joshua Muravchik, Reuel Mark Gerecht, Michael Novak, Fr. Richard J. Neuhaus, *Meyrav Wurmser, *Irwin Stelzer, Rupert Murdoch, Richard Mellon Scaife, Thomas Donnelly, Owen Harries, *Michael Ledeen, Frank Gaffney, Max Boot, Gary Bauer, William Bennett, *Daniel Pipes, *Lawrence Kaplan, *Marty Peretz, *Charles Krauthammer, *David Brooks, Fred Barnes, *John Podhoretz, *Neal Kozodoy, *Jonah Goldberg
If the PNAC manifesto is the Ziocon vision for USraeli world domination, its message dovetails with an overtly rascist and vicious predecessor, “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,” which first appeared back in 1890. The hideous similarites of vision are unmistakeable.That Israeli Ziocons have long supported the American attacks, invasions and massacres of Afghanistan and Iraq is clear. That these Ziocons have long been lusting for the imminent attack on Syria and Iran is clear. The brutal oppression and subjugation of the Palestinian people, and the recent destruction of Lebanon in a grossly disproportionate reaction to the capture of two IDF soldiers has sent a clear signal to the world that the Ziocons will not be bound by any humanitarian constraints in the next leg of the project. Such appalling displays of wanton cruelty and depravity can only be seen as a precursor to what’s next. Given the complexity and diversity of the stated objective, it is clear that the Ziocon attack on Iran will require the use of nuclear weapons. At the outset of Bush’s second term, Dick Cheney described in no uncertain terms, that Iran was “right at the top of the list” of the rogue enemies of America, and that Israel would, so to speak, “be doing the bombing for us.” Here’s Cheney in an MSNBC Interview in Jan 2005:
“One of the concerns people have is that Israel might do it without being asked… Given the fact that Iran has a stated policy that their objective is the destruction of Israel, the Israelis might well decide to act first, and let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterwards”
N.B. Iranian President Ahmedinejad did not call for the destruction of Israel, -he called for the destruction of the Israeli zionist regime. see Jonathan Steel: Lost in Translation
Zugzwang ~ n. Chess an obligation to move in one’s turn even when this must be disadvantageous. [German from Zug move + Zwang compulsion] -The Canadian Oxford Dictionary
The PNAC-Ziocon cabal is dominated by oil-men who have quite rightly recognized the writing on the wall: that without total domination of the world’s largest oil-fields, America as we know it is toast. The Project for a New American Century is therefore a risk-all, no holds barred desperation mission to perpetuate the American status quo. America must control the Caspian oil basin and pipeline routes across Afghanistan, and it must secure the oil basins of Iraq and Iran to have the slightest chance of survival. The mission is unswervable; it’s do or die. I suspect that most of America’s Democrat politicians currently in power also understand this, which explains their ongoing support for Bush’s warmongering. No American politician can accept the imminent collapse of the American economy on their watch, so there will be no political way out of the violence.
When the Ziocons conquered the White House in 2000, the U.S. surplus was approximately $5 trillion.That’s all gone now and the domestic deficit stands at somewhere around $500 billion. The outstanding American public debt as of 17 Sept., 2006, stands at $8,532,302,172,960.05 ($8.5 trillion) and the American debt is mushrooming by $1.7 billion a day. Foreigners hold 48 percent of the U.S. Treasury bond market, 24 percent of the U.S. corporate bond market and 20 percent of all U.S. corporations. The only thing that backs up the teetering buck today is that it is the world’s de facto oil transaction currency. China has more than $800 billion reserved in a giant stack of green, ink-smeared paper for the purpose of buying oil. Should countries like Iran, Venezuela and others start selling oil in euros, China alone could instantly destroy the US economy by converting that stack of paper to euros and use real money to buy oil instead. As the world’s most bloated Brobdingnagian debtor nation, America owes the world bigtime, and they have not the way, nor the will to pay.
Zeitgeist ~ n. 1 the spirit of the times. 2 the trend of thoughts and feelings in a period. [German from Zeit time + Geist spirit]
The most prescient and ugly PNAC statement of all is written in the section of the manifesto entitled, “Rebuilding America’s Defences.” It states that, ” …the process of transformation, [towards the New American Century] even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.” Many people have read into that statement a clear conspiracy by the PNAC cabal to produce the pretext for their war plans by committing the monumental crime of 9/11. Whether or not George Bush, Dick Cheney or their Ziocon cabal organized and orchestrated the September 11th events, nevertheless, who could argue that they are not sufficiently desperate and devoid of conscience to be capable of such atrocity, and that the technology and the means to pull it off were available to them? Watching Cheney and Rumsfeld actually choking back crocodile tears at the recent 5 year 9/11 anniversary memorial at the Pentagon clarified the depths of depravity these monsters are capable of.
As many as 250,000 Iraqi and Afghan citizens have been murdered since the Ziocons got their pretext and pre-emptively attacked those countries. A recent Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll of 1,010 Americans found that 36 percent suspect the U.S. government promoted the 9/11 attacks or intentionally sat on its hands. If growing numbers of people around the world don’t buy the ‘official’ version of the 9/11 events, that can only be a good thing. The ‘official’ version is as murky as the ‘conspiracists’ version. It is the twisted lies, slander and disinformation campaigns of the PNAC cabal that have brought the world to this sorry pass, so personally, I don’t much care if the so-called ‘conspiracy nuts’ are retaliating in kind. They are certainly doing some serious damage to the most overarching lie.
Practically speaking, it’s not useful to ignore, stifle or censor such discussion, and in spite of Alexander Cockburn’s disdain, the excellent articles on the subject posted on Counterpunch by Bill Christison and Diana Johnstone were perfectly rational and reasonable. The total censorship of that discussion by America’s busiest so-called progressive Blog, Daily KOS is counterproductive and basically adds cred to dreadful Ziocon ravers such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporations resident Bush lackey and war-propagandist, Rex Murphy, who in his recent article, “Conspiracy Mongering is a Vicious Instrument” wrote this:
“…The overarching theory is that Bush and the neo-Cons, not bin Laden, not al-Qaeda, not Mohammed Atta and his virgin-hungry suicide team, but slow-witted George and his puppet masters, that they are the real villains, that the president and his plotters murdered 3,000 of their own citizens. I do not know why we give any oxygen to these extraordinary libels. Detestation for George Bush may qualify a person for many things, but it is not a degree of metallurgy, just as anti-Americanism is not a branch of physics.These theories that suggest a sitting president and his advisors would murder their own citizenry are a calumny, as lunatic as they are contemptible. They come from the imagination of hate, the pernicious concoctions of minds allergic to reality, and are beneath the dignity of reasoning human beings…”
Here following are some further Canadian contributions to the Ziocon Zugzwang Zeitgeist which is currently ramping up the drumbeat for a geno-suicidal attack on Iran.
“We Should Nuke Iran” by the total wacko columnist Michael Coren, appeared last week in the Toronto Sun. Coren starts his off his schlock-shock screed with this:
“…It is surely obvious now to anybody with even a basic understanding of history, politics and the nature of fascism that something revolutionary has to be done within months — if not weeks — if we are to preserve world peace. Put boldly and simply, we have to drop a nuclear bomb on Iran…”
Here’s the way another Canadian columnist, Mark Steyn beats around the bush:
“…Once again, we face a choice between bad and worse options. There can be no “surgical” strike in any meaningful sense: Iran’s clients on the ground will retaliate in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, and Europe. Nor should we put much stock in the country’s allegedly “pro-American” youth. This shouldn’t be a touchy-feely nation-building exercise: rehabilitation may be a bonus, but the primary objective should be punishment–and incarceration. It’s up to the Iranian people how nutty a government they want to live with, but extraterritorial nuttiness has to be shown not to pay. That means swift, massive, devastating force that decapitates the regime–but no occupation…”
And then there’s the other blood-lusting Canadian-bred Ziocon wingnut, Krauthammer:
“…Which is one of the reasons the Europeans are so mortified by the very thought of a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. The problem is not just that they are spread out and hardened, making them difficult to find and to damage sufficiently to seriously set back Iran’s program.
The problem that mortifies the Europeans is what Iran might do after such an attack — not just cut off its oil exports but shut down the Strait of Hormuz by firing missiles at tankers or scuttling its vessels to make the strait impassable. It would require an international armada led by the United States to break such a blockade.
Such consequences — serious economic disruption and possible naval action — are something a cocooned, aging, post-historic Europe cannot even contemplate. Which is why the Europeans have had their heads in the sand for two years. And why they will spend the little time remaining — before a group of apocalyptic madmen go nuclear — putting their heads back in the sand. And congratulating themselves on allied solidarity as they do so in unison…”
And here’s Canada’s most repulsive Ziocon Repuglican, David Frum:
“…If Iran sees its goals as strengthening Hezbollah, driving the U.S. out of Iraq, and obtaining a nuclear bomb for itself, that list of priorities indicates what the Western world’s counter-priorities have to be: destroying Hezbollah, securing Iraq, and halting the Iranian bomb program. The campaign to achieve those counter-priorities begins in Lebanon. It cannot end there…”
These are inconceivably dangerous times as the world’s most fanatical, hateful ideologues struggle for total global domination. American global supremecy was already collapsing, even before the rise of the PNAC Ziocons. Zionist and Neocon collusion is essential to forward the plan, although whether America or Israel leads is unclear. The apocalyptic prophetic words of the idiot hair-trigger Nucuelar Decider, that “this is a war that will set the course for this new century — and will determine the destiny of millions across the world” paradoxically ring true. But ‘freedom” vs. “terror” is no strategy for Peace, and no phoenix of freedom will ever rise from the ashes of the Arabian deserts.