Diplomatic Deception: The Calm Before the Firestorm
By Chris Floyd
DK at Talking Points Memo has this exactly right: the new
mainstream media meme of a "quieter, more diplomatic" Bush
foreign policy is yet another steaming crock served up by Karl
Rove and swallowed whole by
the fat and sassy gluttons of
the press. As DK and Kevin Drum point out, the Bush
Administration's whimpering reactions to provocations by North
Korea, to the
alarming resurgence of the Taliban (who
have essentially trapped the British Expeditionary Force in
the south in a loose but deadly siege), to the horrific death
spiral in the raging Iraqi civil war, to the continuing
imbroglio with Iran, etc., don't stem from some deliberate
choice of "letting diplomacy work" but are simply the result of
the Bushists' own blithering incompetence and utter cluelessness
about how to actually govern a country and conduct a coherent
course they don't care about governing, coherent policies, etc.
What they care about are loot and dominion. The only way they
know how to get it is through strong-arm Mob tactics: you
threaten the mark, and if he doesn't pay up, you beat him or
kill him. (Actually, it is a pretty coherent policy after all:
the logical consistency of a thug.) Thus this new "quiet" is in
some ways even more dangerous than the bellicosity of old.
Because as DK notes, the main reason for the lack of serious
war-whooping at the moment is that the tin-pot triumvirate of
Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld have broken the American military:
they've smashed it to pieces on the stones of Iraq, poured out
rivers of blood and whole seas of public treasure in their
stupid, brutal greed. We can see the military unravelling before
our eyes (Steve
Gilliard has been tracking this closely), as discipline
unravels, new atrocity cases emerge almost every week and,
intent on using their combat training to bring their race war to
America' s streets (more on this later in the week).
loot and dominion – hasn't gone away. And their "policy" –
extortion and violent force – remains the same. (Indeed, it's
apparently the only thing they know how to do.) So if you still
want to dominate and you still believe in force but your regular
military force is broken, what do you do? What do you have left
to bring out and swing around and show the world how big and
tough you are? What else: "A smoking gun in the form of a
the Bushists have
altered America's official military doctrine to "regularize"
the use of nuclear weapons as part of the "normal" combat
authorizing its use even against non-nuclear enemies, in
pre-emptive, non-retaliatory strikes.
As Jorge Hirsch points out in an excellent article on
Antiwar.com, the Bushists see the use of "tactical" nuclear
weapons as a key element in their "revolution in military
affairs," the use of stripped down, lean and mean military able
to strike quickly around the world. America's nuclear arsenal is
the necessary "force multiplier" for this smaller force, which
otherwise couldn't take on large traditional armies or fight on
several fronts simultaneously. But as Hirsch notes, this force
multiplier is worthless unless it is established as a "credible
deterrent" – unless, that is, that it is actually used sometime,
somewhere, to prove to the world that yes, by God, we will
nuke you if you don't play ball our way.
likely target will be Iran, despite the resistance to a Persian
nuke-fest mounted by the top U.S. brass,
as Seymour Hersh recently reported in the New Yorker.
But as Hirsch notes, the final decision on the weaponry used in
an attack on Iran – and there will almost certainly be an attack
– is in the hands of the triumvirate, not the military.
be lulled by the spoon-fed folderol of the toothless media
watchdogs. For while the well-wadded poltroons at Time and the
Times serve up Karl Rove's comfort food about a more "mature"
and sensible Bush foreign policy, the world is actually drawing
closer and closer to a even deeper level of darkness.
him mail], Global Eye columnist for the Moscow Times,
is the author of
Empire Burlesque: The Secret History of the Bush Regime.
2006 Chris Floyd
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