March 27, 2003
The Perfect War
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
This is the Bush Cartel's Perfect War
With virtual full control of the images and messages that make their way through the spigot of television, the Bush Cartel has lied its way into a war that America would have opposed had it known the true facts.
Using doctored documents, aged studies, pulsating scare alerts, and an onslaught of outright lies (leading Americans to believe that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11 and that the hijackers were Iraqi, for instance), the Bush Cartel has created the perfect war.
Every way it turns, it only sees benefits for its incipient creation of a one-party, police state government in which the federal government and crony capitalism merge into one seamless entity.
Take Bush's little war, for instance. Bush uses a volunteer army, filled -- in part -- with many young men and women who couldn't find decent paying jobs because of the shambles our Bush economy is in, to destroy a nation's infrastructure. The Bush Cartel conducts a secret contracting process, including a large no-bid contract for Dick Cheney's Halliburton, that dispenses million and billion dollar fees to Bush/GOP campaign contributors. The more of Iraq that is destroyed, the larger the contracts dispensed to corporate sponsors of the Bush royal dynasty. The larger the fees paid, the more that returns in the form of contributions to Bush and the GOP. It's a grand scam, ain't it? It's too bad our young men and women -- and thousands of Iraqis -- have to die in the process. But everything has its costs, right?
Of course, then there is the gain of perpetual rule to the radical right wing -- their most fervent dream. The Bush Cartel has used propaganda techniques worthy of Goebbels to instill an unrelenting state of fear in Americans, producing an agitated psychological condition in which almost no other issue other than the urge for self-survival dominates the national agenda. Not only does this prevent any discussion of Bush's ruinous two-year effect on our economy, it also allows the Bush Cartel to pass extremist legislation in a Republican Congress controlled by GOP leadership who are radical ideologues (including the truly psychotic Tom DeLay).
And of course, a weakened economy means more volunteers for the military (because of lack of jobs). That means more cannon fodder for more wars. That means a larger military budget. That means billions of dollars that needs to be cut from social services, Medicare and social security (all creations of Satan, according to the right wing extremists running the Bush Cartel.) That means more contracts to corporate contributors as the military is increasingly privatized. That means a shrinking federal government, with the exception of the military, the executive branch, "homeland security," and a growing national police force. That means a dismantling of our sacred Constitution in the name of "national security."
Anyone who is an expert on the Islamic world (we are not talking about the self-appointed right wing chickenhawk administration and media pundits) believes that Bush's Iraq war will lead to more terrorist attacks, not fewer. (See: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/oped/chi-0303260147mar26,1,2651219.story) This means, when the next terrorist attack comes, Bush will further consolidate police and investigative powers in a cloak of executive branch secrecy, with the passage of Patriot Act II. It is almost impossible now to expose the betraying acts of the Bush Cartel, because any leak of the truth could likely subject such a patriot to a charge of aiding terrorists. By creating more terrorists, the Bush Cartel will be ensuring its own perpetual survival. Anyone who believes that what BuzzFlash is saying here is an extremist conspiracy theory is a fool. If you don't think that this is what is in the back of Karl Rove's mind and some other of the Bush Cartel strategists, you are a fool.
Whenever an act of terrorism occurs, people will again fully support Bush, no matter his perfidy, because they have, it would appear to them, no one else to turn to.
Remember that the goal of the Bush Cartel, like a crime family, is the consolidation of power and monopoly control over markets. For a crime family, this is usually control over an area for the purposes of selling drugs, stolen goods, and prostitution. For the Bush Cartel, it is the control or acquisition of new markets that can be awarded as "concessions" to its campaign contributors. If you think this is an outrageous accusation, please explain the secret contracting process for "rebuilding" Iraq. Please explain how Halliburton got a no-bid contract. Please explain why the American and British oil companies will split up the oil fields. Please explain the secret Cheney energy plan meetings with energy providers. Please explain the benefits that will accrue to the Carlyle group. Please explain the proposed Unocal pipeline in Afghanistan.
What they will do with Iraq is what they have already begun to do with America: divide up the nation's assets (through deregulation, corporate consolidation, government contracts and privatization of the federal workforce) to contributors.
And what about the media? The corporate media is a megaphone for the Bush Cartel game plan, because they too benefit from the corporate cronyism that infects the White House like a cancer. Take for instance Clear Channel, which is using its vast radio station empire to rev up anger against antiwar protesters. Clear Channel also owns a national billboard company. We wonder if Clear Channel gets any military contracts for recruiting on any of those billboards? Does anyone have an answer for that? Are Clear Channel executives big Bush Cartel financial supporters? Maybe someone has an answer for that, too.
Clear Channel is heading a nationally organized campaign "to support our troops." Their effort is part of what appears to be a White House orchestrated effort to imply that anyone who challenges the war is betraying our men and women in uniform. Of course, this is meant to divert attention from the fact that our men and women in uniform are dying and being captured in Iraq due to an ill-begotten war and inept strategy. But that won't stop the "patriotic" war cries of the national media ownership that benefits from Bush's efforts to further deregulate ownership regulation (and thus increase profits).
There are so many ways that this is a "perfect war" for the cynical power mongers who control our nation. It would take a much longer piece than this editorial to enumerate them all.
For instance, the Bush Cartel's partnership of deception and fear mongering with the mainstream media, built upon a foundation of corporate cronyism, has managed to keep even the most bizarre and macabre statements and viewpoints of this administration from emerging as national scandals.
Take one Harlan Ullman, for instance. He is the "creator" of the now perversely celebrated "shock and awe" theory. The Bush Cartel was so successful in gaining mainstream acceptance for this thinly veiled term for a rain of death and destruction that the bombing of Baghdad was greeted with the "Oohs" and "Aahs" normally reserved for a Fourth of July fireworks display. Television commentators on CNN and FOX, among other stations, referred to the bombing as breathtaking and exciting. The Chicago Sun-Times ran a headline, "Awestruck."
But Mr. Ullman described his theory in more basic terms:
Of course, barely an editorial word has been expended on the grotesque analogy that is the basis for our bombing of Baghdad. Newspaper editorials in America are too busy denouncing the barbarism of Saddam Hussein to take issue with the perverse infatuation with death of the Bush Cartel. In the age of "shock and awe," nothing is any longer shocking.
As we have said from 9/11 on, everyone in America is opposed to terrorism. It's not a question of whether or not one is against terrorism -- although that is the way the Bush Cartel tries to frame it. It's not a question of whether or not Saddam is a bad man (a man who Rumsfeld, senior Bush and Reagan all supported in the '80's); everyone agrees he is.
The question is whether or not the current White House leadership is looking out for the best interests of the American people or their own best interests.
To us, the answer is clear. We remember Jonestown.
We aren't going to drink the Bush Cartel Kool Aid.
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