America's "other" War Party
By Mike Whitney
Clearing House" -- -- The giddiness among Democrats
about their prospects for a sweep in both Houses of Representatives
has reached a level of absolute euphoria. But what exactly are the
voters are hoping for?
A speedy exit from Iraq?
John Walsh posted a great article on counterpunch.org; “Election
2006: The Fix is already In”, which outlines the grim facts about
“candidate selection” in the Democratic Party. The Democratic
leadership has no intention of extracting us from the bloody mess in
Babylon and they have methodically rooted-out the bothersome
antiwar-types from their pool of potential candidates. As Walsh
points out, nearly 8 out of every 10 Democrats (78%) want an
immediate or partial withdrawal of troops from Iraq. That, of
course, makes no difference to the DLC-powerbrokers who have thrown
their bucks behind candidates who are completely divorced from the
convictions of the party faithful.
As Walsh says:
“64% of the Democratic candidates in the 45 closely contested House
Congressional races OPPOSE a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.
Note carefully: not only do these Democratic worthies oppose the
Murtha or McGovern bills for rapid withdrawal or defunding the war;
they oppose as much as a timetable….The position of these Dem
candidates is indistinguishable from that of George W. Bush”.
Prediction: The Democrats will never get us out of Iraq nor will
they repeal the Patriot Act or the Military Commissions Act of 2006
(which allows Bush to imprison American citizens without charges and
torture them according to his own discretion)
The party has been co-opted by a pro-business, liberty-slashing,
war-mongering clique of free traders who simply feel they can put a
better face on imperial politics.
No argument there; but for anyone with a trace of a conscience, the
prospect of voting for a party that may slaughter another
half-million or so Iraqis presents some basic ethical problems. Is
it too sanctimonious to suggest that the war in Iraq is MORALLY
EVIL, and that any policy or party that supports the conflict must
be flatly rejected?
Ahhh yes; time to don the body-armor and protective headgear that
one needs whenever they make disparaging remarks about the
Democratic Party. It’s never healthy to take aim at the emasculated
phonies who run America’s “other” war party.
Regrettably, the Democratic Party is only slightly different from
the GOP. That’s not pessimism; it’s realism. We need to be clear
about the magnitude of the task in front of us if we expect to have
any hope of restoring our personal liberties and ending the butchery
Despite the dramatic shift-away from the Republican Party, Bush and
Co. must have something up their sleeves for the mid-terms. After
all, the Eisenhower carrier group is steaming towards the Gulf for a
possible confrontation with Iran; so the fur could fly at any
It seems improbable that Bush would allow a takeover in the House
and Senate knowing that unpleasant investigations into 9-11, war
crimes, and executive abuses of power could quickly follow.
So, what’s he up to?
Who knows? But we do know that the present occupants of 1600
Pennsylvania Ave. are high-stakes gamblers who are bound to
roll-the-dice to keep their chestnuts out of the bonfire.
Something is bound to snap, and fairly soon, too. Bush and Cheney
didn’t assemble all the levers of tyrannical rule (including the
repeal of habeas corpus, due process, and the laws banning cruel and
unusual punishment) just to transfer that authority to Democratic
leaders in the congress. That simply won’t happen.
The Democrats are headed into the elections fairly confident that
they can regain a place at the political table and have their voices
heard on the conduct of the war. They have no intention of leaving
Iraq. They simply want to change directions and minimize the damage
to America’s long-term interests. Their strategy is probably similar
to the (forthcoming) recommendations of James Baker’s “Iraq Study
Group”. In fact, I’d be surprised if leaders on both sides of the
aisle haven’t already collaborated on the details to make it more
palatable to Bush.
But these guys are in La-la Land. The Bush team will never
relinquish power nor will they accept the results of a system of
balloting which they conspicuously despise. They’ve spent 6 years
“transforming” the military so that it serves the exclusive
interests of corporate mandarins. They have changed FEMA into a
stealth-organization which defends the political status quo from
potential internal security threats (including Continuity of
Government COG provisions which disband the Congress) And, they have
created a global torture and liquidation regime for preemptively
eliminating enemies real or imagined.
Nothing in the present Bush-system is transferable. It is a
“one-shot deal” tailor-made for fanatical neocons, who play for
Winner take all.
I have no idea what the Bush troupe is planning, but we’ll all have
a better idea by November 7; so, buckle up!
One small footnote: Prensa Latina News Agency reports that “Luis D.
Elia, Undersecretary for the Social Habitat in the Argentine Federal
Planning Ministry, issued a memo in which he spoke of the purchase
by Bush of a 98,842 acre farm in Northern Paraguay, between Brazil
and Bolivia”. (Oct 13)
Bush bought a 100,000 acre ranch in Paraguay!?!
Are you kidding me? Is Bush planning an early retirement with his
Nazi friends south of the border?
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