Tag Archive for 'neocons'

Introducing Right-Wing-Shill-Cum-Comedian David Lereah

This book – by economist David Lereahought to be archived somewhere along with all the neocon blogs that were cheerleading the war in Iraq. Remember all those six-month increments: It’ll get better in six months, just wait; it’s better than it was six months ago; it’s better than had we not done anything six months ago … The same old canards, over and over. Little did our historicist friends know that they would be the court jesters in this historical farce. Not surprisingly, people who bought this book also bought: Your Yugo Will Run Forever and How to Set the Land-Speed Record With It. Like Baron Münchhausen pulling himself and his horse out of water by his own hair, these guys were caught in a feedback loop of their own ill-founded, egotistical ideology.

Hero or Criminal?

Tom from thebadrash kind of gave me the idea to do a Hero or Criminal series, but I don’t know how long it will last. I couldn’t help doing this one, though. Muntazer al-Zaidi is the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at president Bush in a fit of enraged passion, shouting, “You dog .. you think you are superior to us. This is what we think!”

HERO. He couldn’t help what he was doing in his irrational state of Dionysian rage, and he was expressing his anger in an essentially harmless way. Had he written an op-ed column it would have been drowned in the sea of information.

Now the poor guy is probably being waterboarded or subjected to eardrum-splitting renditions of Barney’s I Love You. Oh, the legacy of our beloved neocons!

The Anthrax-Neocon Link

In case you didn’t realize the neocons are cynical and manipulative übercreeps, read this compelling article by Glen Greenwald in Salon. After the 9/11 attacks my country was led by the nose into believing that attacking Iraq would solve all of our problems. The Anthrax-Sadaam link, based on dubious information sourced from a U.S. government research laboratory, was just the smoking gun the neocons needed to rally public opinion behind them for their grandiose plans:

We now know — we knew even before news of Ivins’ suicide last night, and know especially in light of it — that the anthrax attacks didn’t come from Iraq or any foreign government at all. It came from our own Government’s scientist, from the top Army bioweapons research laboratory. More significantly, the false reports linking anthrax to Iraq also came from the U.S. Government — from people with some type of significant links to the same facility responsible for the attacks themselves.

Surely the question of who generated those false Iraq-anthrax reports is one of the most significant and explosive stories of the last decade. The motive to fabricate reports of bentonite and a link to Saddam is glaring. Those fabrications played some significant role — I’d argue a very major role — in propagandizing the American public to perceive of Saddam as a threat, and further, propagandized the public to believe that our country was sufficiently threatened by foreign elements that a whole series of radical policies that the neoconservatives both within and outside of the Bush administration wanted to pursue — including an attack an Iraq and a whole array of assaults on our basic constitutional framework — were justified and even necessary in order to survive.

I’d like to see what all those hysterical right-wing bloggers who were so gung ho about going to war, about doing “whatever it takes” despite us “liberal pussies”, have to say about this. Probably not much, as they’re coming to realize they’ve been led by the nose too.

Link to the full article in Salon.

(via Boingboing)

The End of History … for Bush

Bush in berlin

Bush, on his last official trip to Berlin

Bush just popped in to Berlin to say tchüss to the Germans. Ever the intransigent and “visionary leader”, he still says he has no regrets about his disastrous 8 year mandate. Though he does concede on one point: he could have been a little more tactful in his rhetoric leading up to the invasion of Iraq. Make no bones about it, “The world is a safer place without Saddam Hussein.” Which, of course, is just one of the many unprovable facts the neocons try to warp our minds with.

How do we know the world is a safer place? Compared to what? What the world might have been like? Of course, a sharp reversal in public approval ratings won’t make Bush question the spurious logic that drove us into the Iraq war. Because – as his neocon cronies so like to hammer into our heads – history will be the judge of them, and they will win*. Which is, of course, exactly what Fidel Castro says.

Castro: \

Castro – Absolved by history

I love how they both act like they’re beyond good and evil, like they’re tapped into the dialectical synthesis of history, like they know they’re right. They know they will be absolved by history.

The same actors wearing different masks, on the world stage.

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* Compare this choice bit of neocon thinking (taken from the article I linked to):
Let’s look at the broad forest rather than the often unlovely trees.
William Kristol

with this:
You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.
Vladamir Lenin