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,
"WE DON'T SUPPORT YOU
BECAUSE YOU DON'T DESERVE IT."