doubt any of my regular readers are going to be
shocked by Paul O'Neill's revelation that the
invasion of Iraq didn't have a damned thing to
do with 9/11, and that the "imminent threat" of
"weapons of mass destruction" was a fable designed
to rope in the morons and deceive enough otherwise
decent people to pull off the oil grab.
was pretty hard on O'Neill during his first year
as Secretary of the Treasury (I used to refer
to him by such sobriquets as "St. Paul of Alcoa,"
"Tin Man" and "Aluminum Man" ), since I saw his
role as being that of implementor of Putsch's
vision of comforting the comfortable and afflicting
the afflicted. I don't have much use for plutocrats
who espouse "trickle down" economics, regarding
them as rat-bag thieves, only on a larger scale
than your typical Mafia don.
after watching "60 Minutes" last night, I would
say the man pretty well redeemed himself. In Ron
Suskind's book, "The Price of Loyalty," O'Neill
is the only one of several top admin members to
go on the record with opinions and facts about
the closed, secretive regime in the White House.
the most spectacular charge is the one that surprises
few liberals and other independent thinkers: that
Putsch lied through his teeth to the American
people in order to get a war in Iraq going. O'Neill
is quoted in the book as saying, "It was all about
finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it.
The president saying, 'Fine. Go find me a way
to do this.'"
to say, the admin and the trash right have already
started doing everything they can to trash O'Neill.
The White House first claimed that O'Neill wasn't
in a position to be privy to such policy, apparently
forgetting that the man sat on the Security Council.
When it became obvious that one wasn't going to
fly, the White House started making noises about
a criminal investigation of O'Neill for some of
the documents used to verify claims made in the
of the weirdest moments in the 60 Minutes interview
was when O'Neill told Leslie Stahl that he would
be very surprised if people attacked him for what
he was doing. Was he really that incredibly naive,
or does he possess a heretofore undetected sense
of wry humor? I suspect the latter, since in an
interview with Time Magazine, he says, "These
people are nasty and they have a long memory.
I'm an old guy and I'm rich, and there's nothing
they can do to hurt me."
always ready to stand in defense of their fearless
leader, whined that the O'Neill story was detracting
from Putsch's meetings with Mexican President
Vicente Fox, a basically meaningless photo op,
given that Fox hates Putsch's guts and any talks
they have are going to go nowhere.
the O'Neill story did detract from another story
that is worthy of mention.
think tank issued a report stating flatly that
the invasion of Iraq was "a strategic error" and
says Putsch's strategy "promises much more than
it can deliver" and spreads U.S. military resources
too thin. It goes on to say that Iraq was not
a threat to the United States, or even its neighbors,
but that the chaotic situation in Iraq did indeed
make the area a regional threat now. The report
goes on to criticise the war on terror, stating
that it is too diffuse and so uncoordinated as
to be of little value.
what think tank produced this? The Brookings Institute?
Some ACLU liberal law professors at some namby-pamby
college full of those educated types?
quite. The report came from the United States
Army War College, well known breeding ground for
chief author, Jeffrey Record, is the author of
six books on military strategy, and served as
is a former legislative assistant for national
security affairs to former senators Sam Nunn and.
clearly thinks the so-called "war on terror",
with its little detour into the bottomless pit
of what Jon Stewart calls "Mess-o-patamia," is
a complete waste of time and resources. "The United
States may be able to defeat al-Qaeda, but it
cannot rid the world of terrorism, much less evil,"
War College encourages independent thought, a
deliberate breaking of the regimen of blindly
following orders required of officers. It helps
the military figure out who should be giving orders
rather than blindly following them.
it often produces papers and reports at variance
with stated policies of the government, few have
so openly paddled a president for utter incompetence
the way this report does. He clearly feels that
Putsch's foray into Iraq has make the world more,
not less dangerous for America.
of which, America passed a couple of sad milestones
this week. One hundred Americans have died in
Afghanistan, a number that will doubtlessly surprise
a lot of people who thought we had at least managed
to pacify that pile of rubble. And the death toll
in Iraq will hit 500 in the next day or so. Small,
compared to other conflicts, but at least in other
conflicts, whether you agreed with him or not,
you could at least say that the President was
acting on behalf of America's best interests.
More and more people find they can't say that
about this war.
of the documents O'Neill produced from that very
first cabinet meeting, in which it became clear
that Putsch intended to manufacture reasons to
attack Iraq, was a paper showing the areas of
key oil reserves along with a plan for divvying
isn't just an allegation: O'Neill has the actual
document. The smoking gun.
the Democratic candidate can't use this in the
election, then the man is too timid and stupid
to be president anyway. And if the American people
don't start taking this murderous clown in the
White House seriously as a threat to us all, they
are going to discover there is a dark side to
the saying, "In a Democracy, people get pretty
much the government they deserve." The man has
shown his willingness to lie to and cheat the
as any German over the age of 70 can tell us,
"Yes, it can happen here."
Posted: January 13, 2004