Wednesday, December 21, 2005

fools or knaves? 

Since you asked. Jane Smiley has an excellent piece at HuffPo. The whole thing should be read, but some excerpts:

the Bush administration apparently wishes for and is working toward a chaotic Iraq, a corrupt American election structure with openly corrupt influence-peddlers like Delay and Abramoff in charge of policy, a world in which people suffer and die from weather-related catastrophes, a two-tiered economic structure in the US (with most people in the lower tier), and the isolation of the US as a rogue state from the other nations of the world.


In the same way, many people assume that the administration is embarrassed that the extent of the American rendition gulag or the techniques of torture used at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo have gotten into the news along with the use of white phosphorus in Falluja, as if torture and rendition and white phosphorus were something that Bush does not want to do. But let’s say that torture and rendition are something that the Bush administration is happy to do, and doesn’t mind others knowing about. Likewise, many observers, let’s say Jack Murtha, for one, assume that the president does not want to destroy the army. But if the army is destroyed, then the services that the army provides at a relatively moderate expense to the taxpayer can be farmed out to companies like Halliburton. Let’s say that Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Bush have cast their lot not with the draft, or even the volunteer army, but with the mercenary army, which is more profitable, less subject to Congressional and public oversight, and, really, the appropriate army for a rogue state.


The outcome of such policies will be a dictatorship or a tyranny.

If you doubt her analysis be sure to check the Toledo Blade's newest story about Bushite corruption.

Since Mr. Bush took office in 2001, the federal government has awarded more than $3 billion in contracts to the President's elite 2004 Texas fund-raisers, their businesses, and lobbying clients, a Blade investigation shows.

On a related note: Smiley also has an excellent must-read piece from November accurately pointing out that the US is no longer a superpower. The Morales election in Bolivia is only the latest confirmation of this. The continued illusion of Empire is delaying minds and energy that would be better spent on building, or rebuilding, the republic. The faster we disabuse ourselves of the notion of our global hegemony the closer we'll get to actually living in a decent society, or at the very least halting the march of tyranny.


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