Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Project for the New American Century: Sociopaths working hard to ensure the destruction of American principles

I watched yet another frightening documentary on the pre-emptive, unnecessary and illegal war that is Operation
Enduring Freedom. This is a fairly appropriate title for this war since it is this administration that our freedoms have had to endure. In this cold, factual documentary, Uncovered: The War in Iraq, director Robert Greenwald has the usual cast of experts who explain how Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Perle and the other axis of evil got away with, well, murder. As this tragedy continues to play out-- and I even hesitate to call it a tragedy because tragedies usually begin well and end sadly-- this constitutional siege began badly and continues to worsen. In this documentary there is a mention of The Project for the New American Century, or as neocons so affectionately call it by its acronym, PNAC (click here for website - caution: material not suitable for truth-seekers!).

William Kristol heads this group of deranged, nerdy wannabe imperialists. If you do not know who William Kristol is, that is perfectly normal. You and 359 million other Americans have at least that in common. Mr. Kristol is also the editor of
The Weekly Standard, a very conservative, let's be honest, NEOconservative publication. If I could write The Weekly Standard's motto, it would read: "So what if we made up the intelligence report on Iraq's WMD program in order to go to war? We can't let silly things like truth or facts get in the way of global responsibility!"

Here is PNAC's mission statement, or better yet, a brief glimpse into the minds of individuals who played WAY too much
Dungeons and Dragons in their adolescent years:

The Project for the New American Century is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American leadership is good both for America and for the world; and that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle.

The Project for the New American Century intends, through issue briefs, research papers, advocacy journalism, conferences, and seminars, to explain what American world leadership entails. It will also strive to rally support for a vigorous and principled policy of American international involvement and to stimulate useful public debate on foreign and defense policy and America's role in the world. - William Kristol, Chairman

Now, lets play critic for moment and have fun with words! In the first part, Kristol decides to use the combination of "fundamental propositions". This can be interpreted in a variety of ways but here is my "proposition". "Fundamental", meaning, "necessary or essential, basic" is used with a word (proposition) that truly lacks any identity with being true or false. It translates to "essential suggestion". My experience has been that suggestions are merely "suggestive", never necessary. If you and your friends are hungry and are discussing where to eat, if you do not "suggest" a location, will all of you die of starvation? I doubt it.

Next William goes on to say that "American leadership is good both for America and for the world...". This is a bit ambitious, wouldn't you agree? I would "suggest" that the current White House administration has been anything BUT good for America, at least most of America (two beneficiaries: those who have stock in Haliburton and Osama Bin Laden). Ask around about gas prices, the Iraq situation, the surrendered hunt for Bin Laden, health care, the cutting of pay for soldiers or the No Billionaire Left Behind School Program. Ask some middle-class people in Livonia, MI who can't get work because their jobs are in China and... gas being what it is, can't make THAT kind of commute...Livonia is also where The Decider decided to autograph an American Flag for some lucky person. Imagine that...someone autographing the American Flag with a Sharpie, as if it were a concert t-shirt or a Major League Baseball...awwww shucks...humility is not his best quality.

As far as American leadership being good for the world, I'm not so sure Wild Bill. Iraq is certainly not as bucolic as Mr. Kristol's McLean, VA. La fuga del cervello, the flight of the intellect, continues to destroy Iraq from within and our decision to fire 450,000 Iraqi soldiers was not the beginning of a winning streak. Iraq is about as safe as you and I next to Dick Cheney on a hunting trip.

Next, Kristol maintains that, "...such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principles." Yippeeee....! "Such leadership"....where did he define what it was? He didn't. So what he has not defined still requires something. Sweet genius!
So let's bring our armed forces to enforce ___ and then let's put spread some "diplomatic energy" around___ (as if it were magic dust that may or may not work---hopefully it won't, that way we can have more shock and awe!) and then we can commit to "moral principles".
Ever "committed" to going fishing with one of your drinking buddies at 6AM on a Saturday morning while you are both sauced on Friday at midnight? And neither of you show up, but when you see each other later that day, you don't mention it because you both knew it was a long shot that you would have succeeded to begin with? I have committed to so many things without ever feeling a muscle move or blinking an eye. If there are 4 frogs on a log and one commits to jump off, how many are left?
4 -- that one frog only committed to jumping.

The second paragraph is less confusing but more disturbing. Kristol scribbles, "The Project for the New American Century intends [...] to explain what American world leadership entails."

Whatch you talkin' bout Willis??? Huh??? Did it already happen?? Where were we?
That statement contains no hypothetical words or conditional expressions! (teeth chattering)
I can see William and his fellow non-truth seekers all sitting around playing "Risk" in their Darth Vader/Hans Solo pajamas, pretending to be Napoleon.

The second half of the last statement is rather a bit of an oxymoron. If the objective of this sinister group is that America rules the world, then how or why could that insane, illogical, nonsensical goal "...stimulate useful public debate on foreign and defense policy and America's role in the world."

Wouldn't the debate sound something like this.

Participant X: I feel that American world leadership would curtail the natural order of things, that it would stifle the freedoms and liberties of other nations and their right to govern themselves as they see fit...since they are already a sovereign nation, it would be against our founding fathers' wishes that this democracy partake in such a tyrannical act.

William Kristol: America kicks ass and will continue to do so whether you want us to or not. Come to democracy or it will come to you! Next question please!

Aside from my attempts at humor, I chose to bring this serious issue to the attention of as many people as possible. Why? Because there are individuals who want to do great harm to this country and what it stands for. And not just Bush and Cheney. There is a very powerful neoconservative movement out there that has its eyes set on an Empire. They do not take days off and we cannot afford to either.

Where the leaders in the Democrat Party have failed us, and miserably, we must pick up the banner and continue to carry it for those who founded this country, for those who have fought for it and for those who will follow behind us. We do not want, nor can we allow ourselves, to be the generation that failed in its duty, that in the face of evil from both internal threats as well as external ones, we maintained with dignity our principles of truth and justice and we protected the Constitution with the fierceness of a lioness protecting her young. Even when the tendency was to constrict or eliminate freedoms and liberties, we realized that by doing so would suffocate any hope of victory against those who want to take them away.

The neocons, regarding the War on (of) Terror, often spew the tired rhetoric of "you're either with us or you're against us." My response is parallel to a quote by the great Mark Twain,
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it". I love America, the American Flag and the Statue of Liberty. I love the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and our forefathers who wrote them with our self-preservation in mind.

To PNAC and Bush I say,


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Putin is "Time" magazine Person of the Year---neocons get robbed !!

So an American didn't win "Time" magazine Person of the Year? Wait a second...but I thought we ARE the world...the rest of the countries are sub-human, terrorist, primitive, culturally-backward and overall inferior?
That's not the case? Huh??

But we have Kenny Chesney, NASCAR and Wrangler Jeans! I demand a recount! (wait a minute, we all know how recounts turn out - see Florida 2000 Election)

The neocons are screaming in disbelief about Time's choice. The average far right-winger has donned the lemming suit once again and is following the right-wing pundits' proposed selection of General David Petraeus--the man who singlehandedly saved Iraq from the "last throes of the insurgency" (in real terms, the general who saved the White House from further embarassment). Not sure exactly how much of a role General Petraeus is playing in the decline in violence in Iraq. Are we to discount the efforts by those brave men and women dodging bullets? And wasn't it the White House and Fox News who were touting the increase in solidarity among common Iraqi citizens against their own fellow disenfranchised national religious insurgent neighbors...errr...Al-Qaeda?

Forget Petraeus and Putin. Both men certainly had enormous influence on world affairs. But have we so quickly forgotten about the man who brought us to this point in history, who masterminded the fear and propaganda campaign after 9/11? The architect of the "Iraq has WMD/Iraq is behind 9/11"...The man who succeeded in dividing the country in such a way that hasn't been seen since the Civil War? The genius that came up with, "you're either with us or against us"...still no idea?

Karl "Joseph Goebbels" Rove!!!
click on name to see Karl decked out in full fascist gear

That's right ladies and gentlemen, this is the man responsible, primarily, for the following events: this blog, the divisiveness in our country, the unilateral and dangerously arrogant foreign policy of "The Decider", the constant fear of the unknown, the relinquished and surrendered efforts to capture bin Laden, the unnecessary bodily searches at your nearest airport, the illegal wiretapping program, the leaking of Valerie Plame's identity, allowing right-wing religious zealots to hijack the Republican Party, the pre-arranged firing of 8 U.S. Attorneys who wouldn't agree to shredding the Constitution, the planting of lunatics among peaceful protests to highlight civil unrest, the spying on normal, ordinary citizens, the elimination of habeas corpus, Guatanamo-ville, Operation Rendition, the idea of putting Saddam and 51 other Iraqi government officials on a deck of playing cards so that the Hannity and O'Reilly lemmings could understand and play "Shock and Awe" together, the fun and colorful "Terror Alert" seen on Fox News Channel until they realized that even the neocons were getting annoyed with it, the advent of Anthrax (not the muscial group), Bush winning the 2000 Presidential Election, and quite possibly, the curse of Steve Bartman (guy who interfered and caught the infamous foul ball in Cubs playoff game in 2003---okay, a bit of an exaggeration there...thought I could sneak one under the radar).

Quite a resume'. And this is a mere snapshot. This guy would make Hitler say, " that IS friggin' evil !!!"

So, Time, I am disappointed, too. I really thought you would have given this a bit more thought. Karl Rove has supposedly retired this year and rode his black horse back to Mordor (click here to view Karl's front lawn).

Perhaps we will someday honor this wicked man-- who in an effort to "protect America and spread democracy" did everything to the contrary.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

When men pray to God, they pray that 2 + 2 will not make 4...

Bush and his neo-conservative war hopes...errr... plans for Iran have been foiled by the National Intelligence Estimate!
16 different agencies produced the report and have concluded that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Damn those wily liberals with all of their facts, truth and data!

Score one for democracy and the Constitution, not to mention mankind and peace.

Many neocons profess it to be God's will that the United States invade other countries to wage war and to the surprise of many, establish lucrative military contracts for Haliburton, Blackwater, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, etc. Who would have thought that God was a merciless, inhumane capitalist?!

With firm conviction in their socio-pathological minds, neo-conservatives claim to be such ardent followers of peaceful religions. So frequently they stereotype ALL Muslims to be replicas of Osama Bin-Laden. I guess that means ALL Christians and/or Jews are peaceful, non-violent, brother-loving, and selfless like....for example Rudy Giuliani's Foreign Policy Adviser, Norman Podhoretz, of Jewish faith. Norman wrote a very loving, peaceful op-ed piece for the
Wall Street Journal.

Here is the last paragraph of that "peaceful" article, exact quote:

"Not so George W. Bush, a man who knows evil when he sees it and who has demonstrated an unfailingly courageous willingness to endure vilification and contumely in setting his face against it. It now remains to be seen whether this president, battered more mercilessly and with less justification than any other in living memory, and weakened politically by the enemies of his policy in the Middle East in general and Iraq in particular, will find it possible to take the only action that can stop Iran from following through on its evil intentions both toward us and toward Israel. As an American and as a Jew, I pray with all my heart that he will."

Huh??? Did you just pray for what I thought you just prayed for???

I mean, I've heard of praying for Notre Dame to beat Michigan, for the Cubs to beat the Cardinals...but
praying for war...death, destruction, violence, grief and homelessness?

Sorry Norman, that "religion" I want no part of ! (same goes for radical Islamists)

Voting for Rudolph Giuliani for president is like voting for Bush...only with a New York accent, slightly larger vocabulary and instead of saying "nuclear" every 12 seconds, Rudy says "On September 11th, 2001..."

I leave you with this: "an eye for an eye leaves the world blind" - Gandhi

Peace to all this holiday season...even to you
Ahmadinejad...I'll love you until you can love yourself!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Just checking in...

It has been over 2 months since my last post. My wife suggested in early October that I take a break. I was getting a bit too emotional trying to exorcise the lemmings who continue to buy into the trinity: Rush, Sean Hannity and Fox News. It was an exercise in futility as these individuals continue to march forward with an ideology that appears to be more fascist in nature with each day that passes.

I really had to let go of the idea that I was, or currently am, capable of changing the mindset of misguided individuals. I must have faith that our Creator will eventually allow good to triumph over evil, and that, yes, the "truth will set us free."

A recent documentary was released on DVD. The piece is entitled, "No end in sight" ( I recommend it to anyone who has not closely followed the Iraq quagmire...errr...conflict since the mission was declared "accomplished" back in May of 2003. The individuals interviewed in the documentary were those asked to head the reconstruction of post-conflict Iraq. Their stories will leave you in disbelief and perhaps even infuriate you. To see the lives of these young men and women who are maimed and severely damaged emotionally, having fought and given their lives for the empty rhetoric of "Global war on terror" and "spreading democracy", is the ultimate shame for this highly corrupt and pre-fascist White House administration. In ten years or less this documentary will be shown as part of the curriculum in social studies/history classes nationwide. You can contain the truth for a period of time but you can never make it disappear forever. (If Dick Cheney can't do it, no one can)

I recently purchased the latest book by Naomi Wolf, "The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, A Citizen's Call to Action". Wolf does a superb job of highlighting the frightening similitudes between fascist regimes like those of Hitler and Mussolini and those of the current Bush Administration. The thread that ties the book together is the fact that the regimes of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy did not fully blossom overnight, but rather, in a long, systematic process that devoured civil liberties piecemeal. Wolf delivers her thesis in a chilling intellectual manner, subverting emotion to remain factually and historically accurate. If you don't believe you can be arrested at random and be labeled an "enemy combatant" by George Walker Bush and be sentenced to a military prison for years without a trial and subjected to torture, then you are guilty of one of three things: 1) you have not read the list of executive orders delivered by Bush over the last 16 months or noticed that OUR political leaders passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (click here for information), or 2) you do not know the full story of Jose' Padilla or 3) you watch Fox News and believe that Bush, if he had the power to do that, is justified in doing so (Yeeeee-haw...Freedom ain't free you A-rab lovin' librals!).
Either way the information is out there. It's free, but it won't come to you without your seeking it out.

If you think you are patriotic, if you love the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, if you believe that Ben Franklin, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were men of principle and foresight, if you long for the days when this country was respected, then both the documentary and book are for you.

There has never been a democracy like ours in the history of mankind. Enjoy it while you can.