Friday, December 30, 2005

NeoCon Stasi:Spy vs. Spy

Increasingly, it is appropriate to characterize the Bushcon spy operation as an all-American version of Stasi (Staats Sicherheitsdienst), the feared East German secret police. As it turns out, the neocon Stasi engaged in spook activity not only against American citizens, but government bureaucrats and fellow spooks as well. “NSA spied on its own employees, other U.S. intelligence personnel, and their journalist and congressional contacts,” reports Wayne Madsen. “WMR has learned that the National Security Agency (NSA), on the orders of the Bush administration, eavesdropped on the private conversations and e-mail of its own employees, employees of other U.S. intelligence agencies—including the CIA and DIA—and their contacts in the media, Congress, and oversight agencies and offices,” behavior fitting of the Committee for State Security, or the Soviet era KGB, responsible for the liquidation of anti-Soviet and counter-revolutionary organizations.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Anti-Imperialists Beware - Bush Is Reading Again by Jim Lobe

As the U.S. was gearing up for war in Iraq in the summer of 2002, for example, reporters noticed that Bush had tucked under his arm a rather scholarly – and hence unlikely – book, Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime, a book by Eliot Cohen, a neoconservative military historian and friend of then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Neocon Muslims: nuisance or threat by Kaleem Kawaja

In post 9/11 America the American-Muslim community is faced with several challenges to its future wellbeing. Challenges are both from outside the community and from within. It is no secret that the neocons in the American power structure are a source of much of the vilification that the community has suffered in the last three and half years.

Why Does the Left Hate Israel? Richard Baehr

For decades, most American Jews have believed there were far greater threats from the fringe right than the fringe left in this country. While this view may have been reasonable in the past, it is certainly not so today. The fringe right still exists- the neo-Nazis in Northwest Idaho, Matthew Hale, and David Duke, and the remnants of the KKK. But the views of the fringe right have been marginalized by their repudiation by virtually all mainstream elements on the political right.

Neocons Use CNN to Continue Psyops Against American Muslims bu Kurt Nimmo

Mr. Awad, however, is missing the point—the Straussian neocons don’t give a whit about the constitutional rights of Arabs in America and this “covert” program, obviously a “waste of time” that will turn up nothing, is not designed to protect us from dirty bombs but rather to further stigmatize Muslims as crazed terrorists. Snooping on “more than 100 predominantly Muslim-related sites” is intended to send a strong message—you can’t trust Muslims and you may be in danger if you live near a mosque.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Neocon optimism on Iraq by Steven Clemons

In their upbeat Weekly Standard assessment of the Dec. 15 Iraq parliamentary elections, they ridicule 'sour experts' whom they assert are going far out of their way to explain why 'the peaceful election of a national assembly for a fully self-governing Arab democracy was not a turning point.' But the election, according to Kristol and Kaplan, was no less than an 'eruption of democracy in the heart of the Arab world.'

Meanwhile, another neoconservative fellow traveler, Lawrence Kaplan, writes in The New Republic that while Americans have an understandable affliction of 'milestone fatigue' after all previous celebrated 'turning points' -- ranging from the capture of Saddam Hussein to last October`s constitutional referendum -- failed to trigger a stabilizing cycle in Iraq, Dec. 15 'really was a milestone.' In an assessment echoing Francis Fukuyama`s yesteryear notion on the 'end of history,' Kaplan confidently writes that 'however torturous the path to Iraqi democracy may have been ... for America at least, the path ended' on the day of Iraq`s elections.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Internal Enemies: Kill Them and Let God Sort Them Out by Kurt Nimmo

Keep in mind that Bush—or more accurately, the Straussian-Machiavellians ensconced in the White House and the Pentagon—have offered up a "proposal" to "transform CIFA from an office that coordinates Pentagon security efforts—including protecting military facilities from attack—to one that also has authority to investigate crimes within the United States such as treason, foreign or terrorist sabotage or even economic espionage." Of course, it is "treason" and "sabotage" to oppose the occupation of Iraq and the neocon master plan to invade Syria and Iran (or rather bomb the hell out of them) and preventing this "terrorism" is now a military task to be conducted by the folks who are trained to kill people and blow things up, as the exigencies of war demand. The CIFA’s busy work will undoubtedly make COINTELPRO and even Operation CHAOS look like the dabbling of grade schoolers by way of comparison.

Why The Patriot Act Is Intended To Fail by Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson

From all the indications we have studied it seems that the Patriot Act is intentionally destined to fail so that when the Globalists carry out a terror attack they can blame 'civil liberties advocates' for preventing them from keeping the general public safe and then reject out of hand criticism of all future police state legislation that they pass.

Neo-Cons who have received their uniform talking points memo are all over the radio bragging, 'you just wait until there's another attack, you'll be in the forced labor camps'. We have heard this from Michael Savage and many others of his ilk on numerous occasions.

xymphora: Holocaust II and the neocon conspiracy

The neocon deal is an excellent one: it's a trade of your reputation, which you don't really have as everybody hates you anyway, for a trillion dollar war Israel could never pay for. The worst that could happen is that a few covert agents for Israel might have to go to jail, a small price to pay to avoid the Holocaust (you also have to put up with American blowhards complaining that 'Happy Holidays' is a Jewish plot to destroy Christmas!). The Project of Greater Israel is greater than any one man or any one time, and it is the greatest honor one can have to fall on one's sword to prevent Holocaust II. Besides, we all know no one is going to jail and Scooter and Judith are going to end up very rich as a result of all this conspiring.

Phony Wars and the Prince of Peace by Christopher Manion

Nor is veracity highly prized. In defending their war fever, neocons constantly invoke the spirit of Ronald Reagan. Curiously, however, they shrink from the observation that it was President Reagan who worked closely with Pope John Paul II to bring down the Soviet Empire, and did it without a shot being fired. President Bush, on the other hand, defied Pope John Paul’s opposition to the invasion of Iraq. Now we know, by the president’s own estimation, that his war has killed tens of thousands of Iraqis, not to mention more than 2000 American soldiers and Marines.

It’s pretty simple. The neocon game is designed to distract believing Christians from a disastrous Iraq war. If it succeeds, evangelicals will take their eye off the Iraq war and will suit up for a phony one. But hope springs eternal: this Christmas, and beyond, Christians might actually embrace the Prince of Peace.

Monday, December 19, 2005

American imperialism is the problem, not merely Bush's neo-conservatism by Iqbal Siddiqui

"The growing pressure on Bush owes more to the fact that his policies in Iraq are failing than any genuine realisation that the US should not have been in Iraq in the first place. It is not the ever-increasing revelations of the lies that US politicians told to justify their war that has brought this pressure on them, but the fact that their policies in Iraq are failing. The problem that the neo-conservatives have is that they cannot earn a reputation for dishonesty in one area and then expect to be believed in others, or at least not for long. Having taken the US into Iraq on blatantly false pretenses, Bush was always likely to have trouble persuading Americans that all was going well there in the face of the evidence before their eyes."

Neo-Cons, Fundies, Feddies, and Con-Artists by Francis Boyle

It is now a matter of public record that immediately after the terrible tragedy of 11 September 2001, U.S. Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld and his pro-Israeli "Neoconservative" Deputy Paul Wolfowitz began to plot, plan, scheme and conspire to wage a war of aggression against Iraq by manipulating the tragic events of September 11th in order to provide a pretext for doing so.1 Of course Iraq had nothing at all to do with September 11th or supporting Al-Qaeda . But that made no difference to Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, their Undersecretary of War Douglas Feith, Undersecretary of State John Bolton, and the numerous other pro-Israeli Neo-Cons inhabiting the Bush Jr. administration.

Who Are the War Criminals? Naming Names by Justin Raimondo

When the Soviet empire imploded, most conservatives gave up the idea of America as the world's policeman – but not the neoconservatives. They had originally come from the Left, and, having acquired the most authoritarian and elitist tendencies of the Right, the neocons retained the worst of the socialist movement's messianic pretensions, especially in the realm of foreign policy. As for their extraordinary bloodthirstiness, a brief look at their history shows us it was always there.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Victory in Iraq by Paul Rogers

A clash of views about what to do in Iraq has exploded in Washington in the past month. The advocates of withdrawal are making the running, but there remains a powerful body of opinion that believes victory is possible. Its proponents are well represented in the neo-conservative wing of Washington politics and particularly in the neocon house journal, the Weekly Standard. The views expressed in such circles deserve serious analysis, both for their own sake and because they shed an interesting light on the nature of the evolving US strategy in Iraq.

Superpower vulnerability by Henry C K Liu

Such holy wars of moral imperialism cannot be blamed entirely on neo-conservatives in the second Bush administration. While the two wars on Iraq were initiated by the two pere et cie Bush administrations that sandwiched eight years of Clinton rule, the Bosnia and Kosovo wars were the handiwork of Clinton administration neo-liberals. The faith-based foreign policy of George W Bush echoes the value-based interests of the foreign policy of Bill Clinton, such as the grandiose aim of enlarging democracy by force around the world and preventing mass starvation and ethnic genocide by spilling more blood.

Scooter Libby, Neocon Martyr by Justin Raimondo

In the Bizarro World of the neocons, government officials who expose CIA agents are patriotic heroes, and the chief of staff of the second-most powerful officeholder in Washington is a victim of government persecution, who stands before his persecutors practically defenseless.

You can't make this stuff up.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Worst and the Dullest by Scott McConnell

Discussion of the neoconservative role in the run-up to war has been made a sensitive issue, the Likudnik aspect especially so. As the war has gone sour and interest in the neocons has bubbled up around the globe, the neoconservatives have devoted no small amount of ink to either denying that neoconservatism exists, to claiming that users of the word are motivated by anti-Semitism, or to burying the concept under clouds of obfuscation—as in, for instance, presenting George W. Bush as the ultimate neoconservative, a ploy that seems to have fallen out of rhetorical fashion as the president’s poll ratings have dropped.

French Lessons by Steve Sailer

While the liberals’ awareness of American history has been faulty, the neoconservatives have been downright incoherent with schadenfreude. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Max Boot offered this unlikely assertion: “France, like most European nations, defines itself in ethnic, cultural and religious terms that can leave non-Caucasian and non-Christian outsiders feeling excluded, however long they have lived there. Foreigners find it much harder to become ‘French’ or ‘German’ than ‘American.’”

It's All Greek to Victor Davis Hanson by Gary Brecher

Hanson has become so sure that the ancient Greeks are with him and the neocons that he can’t see how Thucydides’ story silently condemns our Iraq adventure. If only we could resurrect the real Thucydides and commission him to do a history of Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Now that would be worth reading. But I don’t think Victor Davis Hanson would enjoy it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Lieberman's 'War Cabinet' by Justin Raimondo

Lieberman, like the rest of his fellow neocons, is living in a fantasy world. Of those 27 million Iraqis he keeps invoking, the overwhelming majority want us out. As to the nature of the insurgency, even the president recognizes that some, perhaps a good number, represent nationalist forces who simply resent the occupation: Lieberman, however, disdains them all as "terrorists," "revanchists," and "Islamic extremists." To blame the insurgents alone for the civil war is to blank out the reality of Shi'ite death squads striking in the south and central regions of Iraq, instituting a veritable reign of terror; it is to ignore Kurdish ultra-nationalists intent on driving Arabs off their land. Lieberman somehow fails to mention any of this.

Monday, December 12, 2005

White House Liars on the Defensive by Gary Leupp

Already U.S. forces have clashed with Syrians within Syria. The U.S. accuses Syria of actively abetting the influx of "foreign" (non-Iraqi Arab) jihadi fighters into Iraq. The best U.S. intelligence estimates indicate that only 4 to 7% of the anti-occupation fighters in Iraq are non-Iraqi, but the neocon reality creators teach us that al-Qaeda-linked al-Zarqawi and his terrorists (who were they not facing our brave troops in Iraq would be slaughtering our innocents in New York) are the Syria-backed backbone of the insurgency. So, they can say, it's totally fair to engage in hot pursuit actions, in self-defense, and to wipe out jihadi enclaves, and put pressure on Damascus. And they've been assembling a whole array of other charges to justify "regime change" in Syria. Bashar Assad, they'll say, arranged the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Shirin Neshat of Sarbazan to Persian Journal: Monarchy the Only Alternative to Ahmadinejad and the IRI

Shirin Neshat of Sarbazan insists to Dr. Bahman Aghai Diba of Persian Journal that the reinstitution of the Persian Monarchy is the only alternative in Iran to the lunacy of the IRI regime and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cited by Dr. Diba in a recent op-ed piece in the latter publication.

Mark Dankof of BATR and Neo-Con Watch duly notes that Ms. Neshat's op-ed piece is published just prior to today's apocalyptic article in the Sunday Times (UK) indicating that Sharon and the IDF have decided on March of 2006 as the definitive time to preemptively attack Iran from the air. Given this ominous report, and the fact that civilization's survival may depend on the intelligence and good will of the likes of Ahmadinejad, Sharon, Netanyahu, Dick Cheney, and Pat Robertson, Pastor Dankof suggests this Christmas as a time for serious prayer---and a serious American Paleo-Conservative New Year's Eve Party under the joint sponsorship of SARTRE, Todd Brendan Fahey, and the good Pastor--where escapist humor and much German Weissbier may provide needed salve and verve to troubled souls contemplating a world led by the aforementioned diabolical world players into the abyss of a darkening spring.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Ex-neocon hawk Paul Wolfowitz now touts peace by Dana Milbank

On another day when the Iraq war was tearing Washington apart, a leading architect of that war, Paul Wolfowitz, was donning sheep's clothing over at the National Press Club.

The former deputy defense secretary, now president of the World Bank, gave a 30-minute speech Wednesday about the virtues of peace, the ills of poverty and the benefits of multilateralism -- without a mention of Iraq.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Even Meltdowns Generate Light by Bill Grigsby

The president has never been much more than the pitch man for the NeoCon, complete with the requisite production team and presidential props: cowboy hat, blue workshirt, Christian persona, the practiced swagger, recently-acquired NASCAR accent, an endless supply of camera-ready backdrops, a press secretary to handle the low-level lying, etc. So when the pitch man can’t even sell the product anymore, you either replace him, repackage the product, or clean out the vault before the police arrive.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Robert Kagan's in Pain, and I'm Here To Help by Karen Kwiatkowski

The Kagan monthly column for the Post is a plea for the President to get with the program – the neoconservative program – and stop talking about troop reductions. Troop reductions are not going to happen, says Kagan.

And he should know, of course. He’s one of the handful of people who really and truly understand why American soldiers, bureaucrats and contractors are occupying Iraq, building bases, interfering with their "sovereign" government, guarding the oil fields and allocating the oil contracts. It isn’t about Mars or Venus, or democracy or stability. It isn’t about terrorism, unless terrorism can help convince economically pressured American taxpayers and worried American families to stay the stupid course mapped out all those years before Dubya stumbled into the White House.

The Phantom Menace by J. Hoberman

Curtis discusses the convergence of neocon and jihadist interest in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. But his narrative comes unraveled both in his underemphasis on Desert Storm's unintended consequences and overemphasis on the conservative "political terrorism" directed against President Bill Clinton. Just marking time until back in power and relentlessly exploiting 9-11, Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Wolfowitz set about conjuring a spook house of sleeper cells, dirty bombs, and Iraqi WMDs.

The Prospects for Democracy in Iraq by Charley Reese

The president has bought into the neoconservative idea that we can spread democracy in the Middle East and now appears to believe he's God's man doing God's will. That's part of the tragedy of human history – people with good intentions doing bad things. As long as he defines victory as a permanently free and democratic Iraq, then all he will ever know is defeat.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Bush Considering Freeing Jewish Spy Pollard

The United States is considering the possibility of releasing a Jewish spy in return for the release of jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, Israeli media reported Monday.

The website of Israeli Ha'aretz daily said the idea of exchanging Jonathan Pollard for Barghouti came after international requests to release Barghouti to race in the Palestinian legislative elections due on Jan. 25, 2006.

Monday, December 05, 2005

'Urban Myth' or Treason? by Justin Raimondo

Furthermore, distinguishing itself from the many tall tales spun by Chalabi, and dressed up to look half credible by the neocons, this particular one takes on special importance because it stands at the center of a scandal that already threatens the War Party at its very core: the burgeoning investigation by special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald into top officials in this administration, including but not limited to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Neo-Crazies Already Planning Beyond Iran by Gordon Prather

Of course, there are actions the AEI neo-crazies say we must take against countries other than Iran.

For example, they charge a "fascistic takeover" is under way in Turkey. Instead of being a democratic Muslim bulwark against Islamofascism, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is "systematically" turning his country into a state governed by a radical Islamic ideology hostile to Western values and freedoms.

Friday, December 02, 2005

The Final Day of the PNAC Cabal by Ingmar Lee

This is the sneering, war-mongering, world-domineering, power-tripping clique of the Neocon cabal, the psychopathic architects and miserable masterminds of the unwinnable Iraq catastrophe. But they've blown it, the naked stupidity of their Commander-in-Chief is exposed and America will pay. The Neocon scheme is exhausted, Bushed.

Bush's 'Great Leap Forward' by Justin Raimondo

It is futile to argue with this administration, to debate the terms of our engagement in the Middle East – or anywhere else, for that matter. Every attempt to remind them of the facts of reality runs up against a wall of indifference to the truth: these people believe they can create their own truth, by sheer coercion. The interaction of neoconservative intellectuals and administration policymakers is, in this instance, a perfect illustration of the co-dependence of what Ayn Rand called "Attila and the Witch Doctor." As Attila moves in for the kill, the Witch Doctor rationalizes the carnage – without referring to facts, but to nebulous aims, goals, and words, words, words.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Democrats Forget Palestine, Again and Again by Joshua Frank

DNC Chair Howard Dean has a fickle stance on virtually every foreign policy issue thrown his way. None, however, are more telling of his party’s incompetence than his posture on the Israeli/Palestinian issue, which is virtually identical to that of the neocons.

Plamegate's Soft Underbelly by Phil Toler

Even if Cheney, Rove, and Bush are never touched by an actual indictment, the entire support structure they rely on to maintain the monstrous US foreign policy that is at the root of most of our problems will be chiseled away, a few players at a time, until the sordid reality that their agenda is dominated by those who care far more about Israel than the United States is revealed. With the Emperor, Cheney and his Rove/Bush front standing naked for all to see, the revulsion of a vast majority of Americans might be just the tidal wave required to cleanse Washington of the Neocon vermin and their agents, cast Israel adrift to demonstrate its unsustainability, and let true representatives of the people embrace the pre-PATRIOT Act Constitution and set about to repair all the damage wreaked by the Criminals-in-Chief.