by Karen Kwiatkowski
Neoconservatives from the left, right and middle, including
George W. Bush, believe that they create their own reality,
live in their own world, and make their own history.
It’s kind of funny how they don’t want to talk about it right now.
Freshly ironed World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz,
when asked about the Downing Street Memoranda, had this to say:
"There will be a time and place to talk about history," he added,
"but I really don't believe it's now."
Highly classified and eyes-only official government records,
written by the British counterpart to George Tenet at the time,
record the Bush decision in early 2002 to invade Iraq
– long before the Congress or the American public was alerted
by the administration to any national security risk involving Iraq.
The Downing Street memoranda also indicate that the George W. Bush
administration crafted and disseminated half-truths and falsehoods
to Congress and the media to support this predetermined policy.
I saw it, many others saw it, and we could not stop it.
Each and every day since the war in Iraq was illegally launched, long
before actual invasion in March 2003, people have died as a result.
Cities and entire nations have been destroyed as a result.
Billions and billions of U.S. borrowed money
– added to the oppressive tab already owed by our children
and grandchildren – has been wasted as a result.
These memoranda from Downing Street, circa 2002, also indicate
that the Bush administration was attempting – through increased
military attack beyond enforcement of the Northern and Southern
No-Fly Zones and through an obscenely oppressive international
inspection regime – to goad Saddam Hussein into some action that
could then be used to justify a military action by the United States.
Tragically for the neoconservatives,
Saddam Hussein did not take the bait.
He sat passively as the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy
attempted to soften up the Iraqi battlefield.
Saddam Hussein eagerly welcomed
the most intrusive inspection regime imaginable.
The inspectors had full access, and they
– like David Kay’s team after them – found
no weapons of mass destruction.
No stockpiles, no existent capability, no programs.
But Wolfowitz prefers not to discuss such history.
He remains, in his own mind, a hugely successful instrument
in gaining the war he had long fantasized and craved.
What’s not to like?
Where is Donald Rumsfeld on the Downing Street Memoranda?
Increasingly, Rummy seems to embody the utter dementia
that permeates the current administration. He seems to
not to understand questions,
not to have seen the news,
not to have heard of the policy,
not to be aware of the facts,
not to conceive of the gravity
of his personal situation in historical terms.
Ah, but there is time for that later, they say.
Dick Cheney, beyond identifying and denunciating presumed enemies
of America behind every shrub at the Naval Observatory and beyond,
has had little to offer.
While Cheney makes history – for himself, Halliburton, Iraq, energy
policy and American neoconservatism,discussion of that history can wait.
Let’s not talk about it now.
George W. Bush gave another speech this week, regarding energy.
It occurred to me again, as I watched and listened to his words,
that we have elevated only knaves and fools to Washington.
Like Spanish conquistadors witnessed for the first time,
we believe them gods and kneel.
Perhaps a better analogy is seen in The Gods Must Be Crazy,
where a Coke bottle dropped from an airplane
leads to a new "culture" of worship for an African tribe
– a culture filled with hatred, envy, and discontent.
Young George spoke this week about future energy technologies,
ethanol from corn, and bio-diesel from soybeans. He said taxpayers
should be glad that he is spending "our money" to pay for programs
to teach people to conserve energy and to subsidize research
into energy saving practices, devices and vehicles.
Higher oil prices – made higher by wars and threats of war
and embargoes and government managed international trade
and expansion of unpopular U.S. military operations
around oil pipelines and fields – in another world,
would amply fuel this type of alternative energy research.
But no, the American government needs to extract more tax receipts
and can somehow spend it more smartly than the marketplace
of a billion choices could do. This fatal conceit is shocking.
That it spews forth from a so-called Republican in the White House
is in itself historic, or on second thought, perhaps not.
Maybe the Whigs are back.
But of course, let us study all that later.
And who says the Congress has sat idly by?
Why, there is a bipartisan move to repeal the 22nd Amendment,to remove
the restriction that a President serve only 2 consecutive terms.
The Senators fuss over the idiotic Bolton nomination
while they vote 100 to 0 for the REAL ID and grant more of
"our money" for the President’s every whim.
They quibble over Bolton’s mediocre incompetence
while smoothly confirming the far more deadly and corrupt
Negroponte as super-intelligence czar,
and integrating domestic and foreign intelligence
and law enforcement in a constitutionally inscrutable way.
J. Edgar Hoover would have been so proud.
Imagine what history we could postpone talking about
if we repealed the 22nd Amendment!
You’d think that the Democratic and Republican sponsors
of the 22nd Amendment Repeal bills in the House and Senate
could think of some other stupid laws to repeal, like say,
the Patriot Act,
the Intelligence Reform,
the REAL ID.
Perhaps they could eliminate funding for the illegal war
they were seduced into supporting.
But no, they can only get it up for giving some future President
the right to be a permanent ball and chain in Washington,
bequeathing to the rest of us an American version of the aging
and interchangeable Presidents and Prime Ministers of France.
History in the reality-based world, that is to say
– real history – is made by individuals, who simply put, act.
Like North Carolina Republican Representative Walter Jones who,
following his father’s advice to "vote my conscience first,
my constituency second, and my party third," publicly repudiated the
President’s Past and Continuing Lies about Iraq and called for an exit.
Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush
don’t want to talk about the Downing Street evidence.
Perhaps this is on the advice of counsel.
But if I may recall a Chaucerian phrase,
"Time and tide wait for no man."
When the Coke bottle worshipping Bushmen realized
the utter nastiness of life in thrall of a piece of trash,
they sent out one of their own to simply throw the garbage out.
That strategy sounds really good about now.
June 24, 2005
Karen Kwiatkowski,Ph.D., [send her mail] is a retired
USAF lieutenant colonel, who spent her final four and a half years
in uniform working at the Pentagon. She lives with her
freedom-loving family in the Shenandoah Valley,
and among other things, writes a bi-weekly column on defense issues
with a libertarian perspective for militaryweek.com.
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