Dubya is only the front man. After the Nixon catastrophe the Republican Party redefined its approach to the presidency, choosing Ronald Reagan as a telegenic talking head to host the show while the tough got going in the shape of Caspar Weinberger, George Schulz and James Baker. George W. Bush has a similar totemic gig:...lighting the White House Christmas tree...while a camarilla of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice et al calls the shots.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Concocting a 'just' war
By Mike Carlton
February 22 2003
Subtly, ever so gradually, the war has changed. First it was the war on terrorism. Then, when it became so embarrassingly apparent that Osama bin Laden had vanished into thin air, it became the war to disarm Saddam Hussein of his weapons of mass destruction.
Now, as the global protests mount, the spinmeisters are concocting a just war to liberate the Iraqi people and lead them to the broad, sunlit uplands of Western-style democracy. This will make more acceptable the rain of death to be unleashed upon Baghdad in the next few weeks.
The chief proponent of this new, liberationist line is the insufferably sanctimonious Tony Blair, who rolled it out at a rally in Glasgow last weekend. All teeth and hairdo, Blair patronised the million and more of his compatriots so deluded as to march to London's Hyde Park to demonstrate for peace.
"If there are 500,000 on that march, that is still less than the number of people whose deaths Saddam has been responsible for," he smarmed. "If there are 1 million, that is still less than the number of people who died in the wars he started."
Such humbug. Blair conveniently neglected to mention that thousands of Saddam's victims were undoubtedly killed with the help of British military materiel.
Britain's Campaign Against the Arms Trade reports that in 1986, Iraq's director of armaments and supplies, Major-General M. Ibrahim Hammadi, and the director of military computer applications, Major General Qahtan al Azzawi, were welcome guests at the British Army's military equipment exhibition at Aldershot.
Britain sold Saddam battlefield radar and missile firing systems, 300 military Land Rovers, high-tech lathes for turning artillery shells, hardware for use in chemical plants and, believe it or not, tens of thousands of desert uniforms. This profitable trade continued to the eve of the Gulf War in 1990 and, as a judicial inquiry later revealed, Cabinet ministers lied through their teeth about it to the House of Commons.
Britain remains the second largest arms dealer after the US, selling to some of the world's nastiest regimes. Blair is a flaming hypocrite.
HOW unkind of Miranda Devine to remind us on Thursday, in her own words, "that George Bush talks like a Texan, has slightly crossed eyes, can stumble into incoherence when a microphone is thrust in front of him, talks about God, and therefore is a dangerous moron".
This sort of ad hominem rudeness is not helpful, Miranda, although I admit I worry that the notional commander-in-chief of the world's greatest arsenal of weapons of mass destruction pronounces nuclear as nookular.
But as everyone knows, Dubya is only the front man. After the Nixon catastrophe the Republican Party redefined its approach to the presidency, choosing Ronald Reagan as a telegenic talking head to host the show while the tough got going in the shape of Caspar Weinberger, George Schulz and James Baker. George W. Bush has a similar totemic gig: pitching the first ball of the Major League season, lighting the White House Christmas tree, cheering up conventions of realtors in Minneapolis and so on, while a camarilla of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice et al calls the shots.
Of them all, Rice is the scariest. Chevron Oil named a supertanker after her. Dripping with Ivy League degrees in international relations, an accomplished classical pianist, speaking elegant French, monumentally self-assured, Condy knows everything and nothing. It is utterly beyond her comprehension that the citizens of Baghdad might not welcome a cruise missile arriving in the upstairs bedroom as the instrument of their liberation.
This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/02/21/1045638483862.html