The International Writers Magazine: REALITY CHECK
WORD ON WMD'S
can be no sane argument that the president did not lie about the
invasion of Iraq. Lets put that one to bed. He had to lie.
All that droning on about evil regimes, human rights, direct threat
to the US, and freeing the Iraqi people was admittedly weak Texas
hooh-ha, but what did you want the man to do, get on the tube and
talk about daddys revenge and restructuring the Middle East
to secure oil concerns, protect Israel, and put a scare into the
as stated in this space before, Hussein had to go. My meager research
alone (clearly dissected in past columns) has given me enough proof
that if Iraq had continued to be run in that fashion, the compromises
for not only Israel but also Saudi Arabia, et al, would have been grim.
Thus, the concept of regime change (formulated over 12 years and three
administrations) never was about a how or why, but when.
You know how much money and power was at stake here? So much that if
someone told G.W. to do a hoola dance on Letterman to make trashing
Iraq an imperative, he would have been trying on grass skirts by sundown.
So lets not have any allusions over a semantics argument regarding
WMDs or any other banal acronyms.
The frame of the debate over this Bush fiasco should be the methods
and expediency of the current operation, both of which have been royally
flummoxed from jump street. All the fears about Junior being a lost
rich boy with agonizingly limited intellect came to pass.
But all presidents lie about invasions. This is part of the gig. Some
are better than others. FDR was excellent. LBJ, not so much. Nixon and
Reagan were just clumsy and stupid. The jury is in on George W. Bush.
He stinks at it.
Now we get all the backtracking from the lackeys. It pains me to see
a gentlewoman and a scholar like Condoleezza Rice jump through hoops
for political dunderheads. I dont feel so bad for Colin Powel.
His soft-core approach never fooled me. He is the worst kind of militaristic
idiot, a useless tool of aggression with a predictably disingenuous
twist on the facts. Its the same old crap from these medal-toting
pustules, break stuff first and ask questions later. However, Donald
Rumsfeld deserves to squirm. He was a corn-sniffer for Nixon and took
it hard from Bush Sr., and has been rightly diagnosed in this space
over a year ago as clinically insane. Nothing that has transpired since
has reversed this judgment.
The rest of the administration is goofy. Not as insidious as the Left
wants it to be, but its not functioning correctly right now. Functioning
rather badly in the realm of foreign relations in fact.
Okay, theyre lost.
Watching Tim Russert try and yank serviceable answers out of the president
on this abortion last Sunday gave me pause. Firstly, Russert, of whom
I have great respect, dropped the ball. He let a blatantly stupefied
Bush make slap-dag ideology speeches without taking responsibility for
anything, and heaving none of it on anyone else either. Most importantly,
all prior talk about Bush having sincere convictions on religious grounds
to save a wounded country and stand tall in the face of mounting adversity
melted in the glare of network lights. The guy came off as a seat-of-the-pants
dink. Hes not Nixionian in madness or morally strangulated in
Reagonese. Hes lost.
And I can only hope the poor saps who made the call to send that jabbering
moron into an interview format amidst plunging approval ratings was
shot on site.
That scared the shit out of me. No one should have to endure that kind
of meltdown. Anyone arguing that Janet Jacksons striptease was
anymore emotionally damaging is not paying attention to detail.
Now to this ridiculously childish idea that the CIA or the Pentagon
act in the interest of public safety.
Whos buying this laugh-out-loud absurdity? Since the dawn of civilization,
spies make things up and armies choose to fight over it. Most times
this combination tragically results in reams of fantasy and we end up
with Viet Nam or the World Trade Center disaster. Innocents die, kids
with guns run amok, and the map of the globe changes a bit. But the
one thing that doesnt change is the power structure. And as much
as we hate to admit it in print, America is part of the power structure.
We put Hussein in charge, fed him weapons, turned our backs on it, and
then acted shocked when he went wiggy. Americas fingerprints are
more or less over every nightmare from Korea to Iran to Pakistan to
you name it. Occasionally, someone has to clean this shit up. If not
this guy, then the next guy.
He can crow and hoot all he wants, but soon, if he is unlucky enough
to achieve the job of commander and chief, John Kerry will have his
hands filled with blood and old sins. Its the nature of the beast,
and the beast breathes. Its a big ugly thing. And you best be
sure youre ready to ride it, rich boy.
Lets face it, were all guilty.
Raise your fist in anger, but youre guilty.
You drive a car that runs on petroleum? Youre guilty. You eat
bananas? Youre guilty. You use GE products or run around in Nikes,
read USA Today or take planes to places?
Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.
The real lie is that you can stomp around like you own everything, expect
entitlements with no sacrifice and then hold up iconic villains to answer
for your insecurities. But in this crazy experiment called a republic
it all comes back to us. Its not exactly a democracy, but its
close enough to be the best humans could devise using eight percent
of our brain matter.
Safety and privilege has a lofty price tag. Otherwise, where are the
American Indians today? And why are all these people from Africa running
around? Yeah, you dont know. Youre just trying to get by.
Some crazy people killed Lincoln and Kennedy. Truman had to torch thousands
of innocent Japanese. Shit happens, right?
© James Campion Feb 13th 2004
Previously by James Campion on Hackwriters
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