Friday, October 19, 2007

How a Second Terrorist Attack Will Benefit George W. Bush

by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy

Bush's recent remarks about World War III may be ominous. On NBC's Today Show, Air America's Rachel Maddow warned against interpreting those remarks to mean that only the GOP can be trusted to keep the US out of World War III. Bush may not have been warning of World War III but threatening it. There is always the possibility that World War III is already begun.
Iran is slated to become just another front in an Orwellian perpetual war, perpetually empowering a failed and incompetent administration. Bush may get by with a little help from his friends --Bin Laden and al Qaeda. It's no coincidence that only George Bush, the Military/Industrial Complex, and big oil would benefit from a second terrorist attack. A "second terrorist attack" on US soil would be entirely too convenient to be credible.

A second terrorist attack would --conveniently --allow George W. Bush to achieve an agenda communicated to his base in code words. A second terrorist attack would "justify" the dropping of Nukes on Iran especially if can be said --true or not --that "terrorists", on Iran's behalf, had "nuked" a US city or military installation.

A second terrorist attack would complete a coup d'etat begun even before the tragic events of Sept 11, 2001. I refer to an attack of GOP "brownshirts" in Florida effectively ending a recount of ballots. The recount would have spelled defeat for Bush's radical, extremist GOP. It had to be stopped.

Bush assumed under a cloud of suspicion an office that he said would be easier had it been a dictatorship. Later, following, the events of 911, he would quip: "I just hit the trifecta!" Bush's coup was all but complete when the Fox Network, Bush's propaganda arm, announced for Bush on election night. Later, September 11 scared the Democratic opposition in Congress. But as objections were raised to provisions of the Patriot Act, a second attack, a wave of Anthrax letters, would terrorize the Congress into submission. One wonders --if Sen. Jeffords had not defected, announcing his "independence" of the GOP, would 911 have happened?

The Pentagon has become little more than a huge, bureaucratic mechanism by which your tax monies are channeled into the coffers of thousands of "military contractors", all of whom would be out of job in times of peace. A second terrorist attack will keep Blackwater USA employed though they do a better job of making new enemies for America than they've done "securing" Baghdad, the scene of bloody chaos!. They are simply a gang of highly paid cutthroats operating outside the law. Nevertheless, they are symptomatic of the fact that making war has become America's number one export. Uncle Sam is hooked on war and Bush needs another fix.

Meanwhile, the dollar continues it's precipitous decline. Those suffering most from the dollar's decline are the nation's poor and middle classes. A balance of trade deficit will correct itself, but Bush is content to let those who can least afford it pick up the tab. His elite base have already moved their assets. They will watch the dollar fall from afar.

At some point, the middle class will fall off the ladder, leaving an increasingly tiny and absurdly rich elite to rule over or warehouse a growing throng of those who can no longer afford to live in gated communities, who can no longer afford even a modest apartment, who can no longer afford a modest car, let alone an SUV.


The utter collapse of the dollar means that everyone who works for a living is vulnerable to incarceration in a FEMA "work" camp! During Ronald Reagan's "depression" of some 18 months, many middle class families found themselves out of work and out of their homes. They slept under bridges and overpasses in Houston. Did the GOP learn all the wrong lessons from that experience? Did they learn only that people can be warehoused? Is this yet another lesson Bush learned from his Grandfather Prescott Bush and Adolf Hitler?

Of all the charges that may be leveled at George W. Bush and his Nazi gang, it cannot be said that they did not plan ahead. There will be a place for those who cannot afford a chemically induced happiness in Bush's Brave New World. The fate of New Orleans is the nightmarish vision of America's future. There is no relief for those who will most certainly be left behind to escape as best they can the streets, the gangs, the back alley shelters. The alternative is a gulag of hideous camps.

The origins of Bush's utterly failed regime are economic. Not only is terrorism always worse under GOP regimes so, too, the economy. The GOP response to America's declining industrial base made the problem worse. Reagan, for example, all but destroyed the labor movement even as American "high tech" was exported in lieu of cars and steel. US jobs went abroad; US workers stayed at home to get shafted by Bush Sr and, later, the Junior Shrub. For a very brief period in Clinton's second term, the widening chasm between rich and poor abated. Alas, the reprieve was too short to undo the harm done by Reagan, Senior and now the defective sprout.

It is no coincidence that the fall of the dollar coincides with a rise in the price of oil, the new "gold" that Bush has gone to war to control. As a result, the business of the US has become war. It has become the means by which the GOP makes payoffs to its minions in the military/industrialist complex. It is no coincidence that as the dollar falls, the Bush regime ratchets up the rhetoric. It is no coincidence that as the price of oil goes up, so do the fortunes of those hoping to gain control over the world's supply of oil.

As long as the world believed that the US economy was fundamentally sound, it would support the dollar as a convenient international currency. After all, businesses in Europe and the Far East wished to sell products to Americans. They could do so only if the dollar were, in fact, worth something. The cracks in the dam began to show by the time Nixon took the US off the gold standard, in effect, a promise to redeem paper with gold. Clearly, if the US were suddenly expected to "cover" every dollar with a gold coin, Ft. Knox would arm itself against a run on the bank not seen since the Great Depression.

The magnitude of this slow but growing crisis did not become apparent until the Arab's called attention to the US weakness with the oil embargo of the 1970's. It shook the world and traumatized the US. Nothing was learned. The Ronald Reagan administration exploited a sense of malaise with an Orwellian term -- stagflation. It was perhaps the creation of yet another but more recent addition to the GOP-speak lexicon: Islamofascist or al Qaeda in Iraq!

A second terrorist attack would breathe new life into Bush's quest to gain control over the world's oil supplies and thus, the price of oil. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, in fact, conceived and approved a heinous plan to launch a secret war against our own country, a ruse to dupe Americans into supporting a war of aggression against Cuba.
Code named Operation Northwoods, the plan, which had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami, and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, thus giving Lemnitzer and his cabal the excuse, as well as the public and international backing, they needed to launch their war.

The idea may actually have originated with President Eisenhower in the last days of his administration. With the Cold War hotter than ever and the recent U-2 scandal fresh in the public's memory, the old general wanted to go out with a win.
--Body of Secrets, James Bamford, Doubleday, 2001, p.82 and following, Scanned and edited by NY Transfer News.
More recently:
"There is only one politically serious explanation of this now-indisputable fact: powerful forces within the US military/intelligence complex wanted a terrorist incident on US soil in order to create the needed shift in public opinion required to embark on a long-planned campaign of military intervention in Central Asia and the Middle East. Whether or not they knew the scale of the impending attacks and what the precise targets would be, they acted in such a way as to block the arrest of known terrorist operatives and allow them to carry out their plot."
--Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, Army intelligence officer
To the degree that our own government contemplates anything of this sort, it is illegitimate. To the extent that Bush is involved personally, he is to be considered a traitor, a self-declared enemy of the people. Indeed, Bush has claimed that he has the authority and the power to wage war on Americans.
Because the bill was adopted with lightning speed, barely anyone noticed that it empowers Bush to declare not just aliens, but also U.S. citizens, "unlawful enemy combatants."

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 governing the treatment of detainees is the culmination of relentless fear-mongering by the Bush administration since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Because the bill was adopted with lightning speed, barely anyone noticed that it empowers Bush to declare not just aliens, but also U.S. citizens, "unlawful enemy combatants."

Bush & Co. has portrayed the bill as a tough way to deal with aliens to protect us against terrorism. Frightened they might lose their majority in Congress in the November elections, the Republicans rammed the bill through Congress with little substantive debate.
--Bush Claims Power to Wage War on American Citizens, Marjorie Cohn, Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
These are the acts of a tyrant. None of the "powers" Bush has assumed are legitimate; none are granted him in the Constitution. Nor has Bush demonstrated that the alleged terrorist threat, having grown worse statistically as Iraq descended into chaos and civil war, is anything more than a creation of US imperialism, blow back as a result of CIA bungling or, in fact, direct actions by the CIA.
It must always be kept in mind that there is a necessary minimum without which the establishment and consolidation of the first center is not practicable. People must see clearly the futility of maintaining the fight for social goals within the framework of civil debate. When the forces of oppression come to maintain themselves in power against established law, peace is considered already broken.
--Guerrilla Warfare, Chapter One: General Principles of Guerrilla Warfare, Che Guevara,
By that high standard, the regime of George W. Bush is illegitimate; Bush's occupancy is thus impeachable and prosecutable. Bush's occupancy of the Oval Office is a Constitutional crime.

Che was not so "revolutionary". Our own Thomas Jefferson anticipated that principle in 1776 when he, Samuel Adams and a band of "revolutionaries", "conspiracy theorists" and "liberals" accused the regime of George III of waging unjust "war" against his subjects in the colonies.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
--Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson
In other words, the peace had already been broken. What was, in fact, a colonial war of separation became revolution in the world of ideas. Jefferson's ideas influenced an entire generation of French revolutionaries who dared to take up the cause of freedom. [See: The Influence of American Ideas upon the French Revolution, 1785-1800. by Conor Cruise O'Brien, Author(s) of Review: David A. Grimsted]

It is a lesson that George W. Bush, the CIA, the Pentagon never learned. Bush, his Neocon friends, the robber barons of big oil and the CIA are increasingly counter-revolutionaries. The word conservative does not mean the conservation of American freedom. It means, rather, the conservation and acquisition of obscene wealth by means of aggressive war. The word "liberal", by contrast, means "free" or, more precisely, "pertaining to a free person". Never run away from the word "liberal" again. Rather, stuff it up the GOP's fascist ass!

The proposition that terrorism is the inevitable result of imperial aggressions explains Bush incompetent economic policies as well as America's fascist tilt. That terrorism is always worse under GOP regimes is a demonstrable, statistical fact. The CIA creates terrorism two ways by indulging it as a tactic and by inspiring it with its excesses. The legacy of Blackwater USA, an international terrorist organization, will have inspired generations of "terrorists" resorting to a tactic against which top down fascist regimes are impotent.

It's time to fire the Bush administration, his supportive gang, and his army of militaristic bureaucrats for whom keeping their jobs is their only job. This government remains illegitimate until a fair and unfettered election can be held. I am not optimistic that that will happen in the foreseeable future, or even our lifetimes. Until then and for as long as Bush wages war on the people of the US, it is the right of the people to abolish this government.

Thomas Jefferson, were he alive, would agree. The body of the Declaration of Independence is a laundry list of crimes and abuses attributed to George III. The Declaration of Independence is an indictment of a king. A similar indictment of the current George will be even longer and will include even more heinous abuses. It's time for Bush to go! He must submit to arrest and trial for capital crimes. There is a cell awaiting him in the Texas prison system, the hell holes that most certainly inspired Abu Ghraib.

Bush gave the game away. Americans were told that the attack on Iraq was about "terrorism", nevermind that "terrorism" is both created and made worse by US imperialist policies and CIA skullduggery. The rest of the world knows the truth of it. As Rome attacked Dacia for its gold, the US attacked the world for control of its oil.

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