- by Karen Kwiatkowski (Lt. Col. USAF retired)
Better than anyone to date, the Media Education Foundation
has quietly and accurately documented the most important history
of 21st century thus far in their recent video and
DVD release, Hijacking
Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear, and the Selling of American Empire.
Catastrophe is powerful, understated, straightforward and
educational. In a single meticulously organized hour of evidence
and analysis, viewers are treated to a thoughtful explanation of
modern American empire, neo-conservatism as a driving force for
the current Bush administration, and something I have not seen
before, a real economic analysis of what is driving some of our
current "global war on terror."
film examines the Bush Administration’s investment in
neo-conservatism, and the early, and already horrific, results.
While past performance is no guarantee of future earnings, Hijacking
Catastrophe shows exactly why America’s "new
conservatism" is a pyramid scheme of inhumane proportions.
film examines eight aspects of the current situation of American
foreign policy. The film provides an explanation for the obvious
continuity between Cold War policies and those of the present.
It examines long-term neoconservative thinking and how this
peculiar version of Jacobin utopianism ascended from its rather
inauspicious political roots. The film explores the dangerous
territory of how the post 9-11 national shock was carefully
cultivated by neoconservatives in Washington to support their
own long-held objectives in the Middle East.
Catastrophe then documents the Pentagon and White House
process of disinformation, exaggeration, and media-supported
propaganda between 9-11 and America’s March 2003 invasion of
Iraq. It describes the neoconservative vision of military
dominance over a supine, energy-rich Middle East, not only for
its own sake, but as a warning to other potential international
Catastrophe describes the cost of empire in a way so
comprehensive that it becomes clear that neo-conservatism, as a
foreign policy guide, comes with a very real moral, political
and financial garnishment of every American, and of American
children yet unborn. The cost is shown not only as a current
financial outlay or in lives unlived on the part of soldiers and
marines, but in terms of an alarming debt burden, loss of
domestic freedom, the growing and invasive state, a permanent
tattering of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.