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- Why policy action is necessary to ensure a full recovery
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When the Dominators were temporarily ousted from government after , they continued their strategic planning with funding from the military-energy-security apparatus and right-wing foundations.
Members included hard-right players like Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Zalmay Khalilzad now "special envoy" to the satrapy of Afghanistan and other empire aspirants currently perched in the upper reaches of government power. The plans called for unprecedented hikes in military spending, the plantation of American bases in Central Asia and the Middle East, the toppling of recalcitrant regimes, the militarization of outer space, the abrogation of international treaties, the willingness to use nuclear weapons and control of the world's energy resources.
And the present course of action was clearly set forth: While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein. But Iraq is just a stepping stone. Other nations will follow, including Russia and China. In one way or another -- by military means or economic dominance, by conquest, alliance or silent acquiescence -- they must all be brought to heel, forcibly prevented from "challenging our leadership or even aspiring to a larger regional or global role.
These texts spring from the Dominators' quasi-religious cult of "American exceptionalism," the belief in the unique and utter goodness of the American soul -- embodied chiefly by the nation's moneyed elite, of course -- and the irredeemable, metaphysical evil of all those who would oppose or criticize the elite's righteous and conveniently self-serving policies.
Anyone still "puzzled" over the Bush Regime's behavior need only look to these documents for enlightenment. They have long been available to the media -- which accepted Bush's transparent campaign lies about a "more humble foreign policy" at face value -- but have only now started attracting wider notice, in the New Yorker magazine this spring, and this week in the Glasgow Sunday Herald. They explain the Bush Regime's otherwise unfathomable rejection of international law, its fanatical devotion to so-called missile defense, its gargantuan increases in military spending -- even its antediluvian energy policy, which mandates the continued primacy of oil and gas in the world economy.
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They can't conquer the sun or monopolize the wind, so there's no profit, no leverage for personal gain and geopolitical power in pursuing viable alternatives to oil. So there will be war: The purse-lipped rhetoric about "liberation" and "moral clarity" is just so much desert sand being thrown in our eyes. Backstage, the Bush Regime is playing Mafia-style hardball, warning reluctant allies to get on board now or else miss out on their cut of the loot when America -- not a "democratic Iraq" -- divvies up Saddam's oil fields: The Dominators dream of empire.
Not only will it extend their temporal power, they believe it will also give them immortality. One of their chief gurus, Reaganite firebreather Michael Ledeen, says that if the Dominators reject "clever diplomacy" and "just wage total war" to subjugate the Middle East, "our children will sing great songs about us years from now.
Ron Paul, Republican, Texas, Sept. January 27, Street Legal: All that was missing was what one of the PNAC planners called a "Pearl Harbor-type event" to galvanize public support for unlimited military action. No, we don't hold with the theory that the Regime planned the Sept. Nor is there yet a preponderance of public evidence to indicate that they specifically allowed it to happen --although their criminal negligence before the attack, and their strangely lethargic response during it, does call their competence and morality into severe question.
But it wouldn't have required a nefarious conspiracy --or a crystal ball --to see that a big blowback from the renegade CIA army of Islamic extremists was going to hit home sooner or later. You just had to be ready to exploit it. Thanks to Ray Sweatman for motivating me to post this, which is adapted from an email I sent him In general, I thought the show was a whitewash.
Instead, it airs when war is pretty much a foregone conclusion, and after most people have made up their mind about whether Dubya should unleash the dogs of hell. What particularly annoyed me was the way Nightline framed the story. Koppel basically called both authors conspiracy theorists, which was entirely unfair. Koppel then played off the conspiracy theme to introduce a taped segment by one of the Nightline journalists Jackie Judd. Nightline essentially allowed the PNACers to make their case without any significant challenge to their worldview.
Ian Lustick, a UPenn professor, was presented as a foil, but he popped up very briefly in the taped segment and his contribution was marginal. In contrast, Bill Kristol was allowed to make his sales pitch, and given the opportunity to elaborate at length about his theory on foreign policy. The fact that Kristol was interviewed extensively in the taped segment and then allowed to go one-on-one with Koppel in studio is unacceptable. Nightline could have just as easily aired the pre-taped journalistic piece, and then put Kristol on with someone else, someone who was not a PNAC flack.
Overall, yes, it's good that the PNAC story made its way onto television. I suppose the more people know about the plan, the better. And, hopefully, it will encourage viewers to investigate this further. I do, however, feel like the program served more as political inoculation than anything else. It connected few dots, and led the viewer to believe that a bunch of smart folks were simply contributing ideas to the foreign policy debate, and not actually exploiting historical circumstance and their close proximity to the corridors of power to drive through an ideological agenda that has, for the most part, been hidden from public scrutiny.
Rather than taking a deep, probing look at the PNAC, Nightline can now put it on its list of stories covered. This is not something that deserves 20 minutes at A transcript of the Nightline program is available here www. The passage, which appears on page 60 of the above-linked report, reads: And advanced forms of biological warfare that can 'target' specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.
After the brutal death in Israel of the American peace activist, Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by a bulldozer, the following telephone conversation took place between Paul Wolfowitz and Ariel Sharon. That was an American you killed and it is increasing the pressure on me and Richard Perle. That link seems to be growing with various revelations that cite the agenda which the neocons in the American administration share with the Likud Party in Israel. The neocons, a group of extreme ultra-right conservative politicians, mostly Jews, have basically taken over American foreign policy for the sake of protecting the Jewish state.
There is a list of countries and regions in the Middle East that such leading neocons as Podhoretz, Bennett, Ledeen, Perle, Wolfowitz and the ex-prime ministers of Israel regard as targets for destruction. As is now widely known, the genesis of the idea for occupying Iraq dates back to the early s. A New Strategy for Securing the Realm. With friends such as Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Vice-President Dick Cheney, and backed by half a dozen right-wing think-tanks, this group made a formidable pressure group.
The terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. They were able to make the inexperienced President George W. Bush, who came to power after a questionable election, the vehicle for their agenda. The result is the war we are now witnessing. The ultimate objective is to change the map of the Middle East by destroying or intimidating all enemies of the US and Israel.
But they will always resist Israeli domination of the region. That is the major flaw in the project. For whose benefit and advantage will there be endless wars in a region that holds nothing important for America except for oil which is sold to it anyway. Who would benefit from such enmity between the West and Islam and by putting the clash of civilizations into high gear?
One simple answer — one country, one man, one party: Israel, Sharon and Likud. Come on, give me hava! Israel, the only country in the Middle East with weapons of mass destruction, disobeys all UN resolutions, occupies land and massacres civilians on a daily basis — with the complete blessings and support of the US government. I beg you to give me hava! This war could not have come at a better time for Israel. It is perfect and ideal. Israel will be encouraged to show restraint. This time not only is the US giving it billions but also giving it a green light as well for mass killings and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
What these neoconservatives seek is to shed American blood in order to make the world safe for Israel. They want the peace of the sword imposed on Islam and American soldiers to die if necessary to impose it. The two plans fit perfectly. And though neocons insist that it was Sept.
Why policy action is necessary to ensure a full recovery
America promised the world peace, freedom and liberty, but what it is doing in Iraq is nothing short of misery, horror and hypocrisy. The killing of innocent civilians in great numbers every day, all to protect a brutal terrorist like Sharon and his henchmen in Israel is shameful and disgraceful. Sharon of course is enjoying every minute of this tragedy. The connection that the Bush administration has tried to draw between Iraq and al-Qaida has always seemed contrived and artificial. In fact, it was hard to believe that smart people in the Bush administration would start a major war based on such flimsy evidence.
Related D Donald Kagan: Among them are six who have since assumed key defense and foreign policy positions in the Bush administration. And the report seems to have become a blueprint for Bush's foreign and defense policy. Paul Wolfowitz Political science doctorate from University of Chicago and dean of the international relations program at Johns Hopkins University during the s.
Served in the Reagan State Department, moved to the Pentagon during the first Bush administration as undersecretary of defense for policy. Sworn in as deputy defense secretary in March John Bolton Yale Law grad who worked in the Reagan administration as an assistant attorney general. Switched to the State Department in the first Bush administration as assistant secretary for international organization affairs.
Sworn in as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, May Now directs strategic studies at Johns Hopkins and is the author of several books on military strategy. Lewis Libby Law degree from Columbia Yale undergrad. Held advisory positions in the Reagan State Department. Was a partner in a Washington law firm in the late '80s before becoming deputy undersecretary of defense for policy in the first Bush administration under Dick Cheney.
Now is the vice president's chief of staff. Dov Zakheim Doctorate in economics and politics from Oxford University.
Worked on policy issues in the Reagan Defense Department and went into private defense consulting during the s. Was foreign policy adviser to the Bush campaign. Sworn in as undersecretary of defense comptroller and chief financial officer for the Pentagon, May Was in charge of strategic defense policy at the Defense Department in the first Bush administration.
The pieces just didn't fit. Something else had to be going on; something was missing. In recent days, those missing pieces have finally begun to fall into place.
As it turns out, this is not really about Iraq. It is not about weapons of mass destruction, or terrorism, or Saddam, or U. This war, should it come, is intended to mark the official emergence of the United States as a full-fledged global empire, seizing sole responsibility and authority as planetary policeman. It would be the culmination of a plan 10 years or more in the making, carried out by those who believe the United States must seize the opportunity for global domination, even if it means becoming the "American imperialists" that our enemies always claimed we were.
Once that is understood, other mysteries solve themselves. For example, why does the administration seem unconcerned about an exit strategy from Iraq once Saddam is toppled? Because we won't be leaving. Having conquered Iraq, the United States will create permanent military bases in that country from which to dominate the Middle East, including neighboring Iran. In an interview Friday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld brushed aside that suggestion, noting that the United States does not covet other nations' territory. We will do the same in Iraq. And why has the administration dismissed the option of containing and deterring Iraq, as we had the Soviet Union for 45 years?
Because even if it worked, containment and deterrence would not allow the expansion of American power. Besides, they are beneath us as an empire. Rome did not stoop to containment; it conquered. And so should we. Among the architects of this would-be American Empire are a group of brilliant and powerful people who now hold key positions in the Bush administration: They envision the creation and enforcement of what they call a worldwide "Pax Americana," or American peace. But so far, the American people have not appreciated the true extent of that ambition. Part of it's laid out in the National Security Strategy, a document in which each administration outlines its approach to defending the country.
The Bush administration plan, released Sept. To address the terrorism threat, the president's report lays out a newly aggressive military and foreign policy, embracing pre-emptive attack against perceived enemies. It speaks in blunt terms of what it calls "American internationalism," of ignoring international opinion if that suits U. It dismisses deterrence as a Cold War relic and instead talks of "convincing or compelling states to accept their sovereign responsibilities.
And to make that plan a reality, it envisions a stark expansion of our global military presence. They can be found in much the same language in a report issued in September by the Project for the New American Century, a group of conservative interventionists outraged by the thought that the United States might be forfeiting its chance at a global empire. Most of what it advocates, the Bush administration has tried to accomplish. For example, the project report urged the repudiation of the anti-ballistic missile treaty and a commitment to a global missile defense system.
The fixed price was below what the market would otherwise bear and, as a result, the inventory disappeared. It made no difference whether prices were voluntarily or involuntarily posted below the market clearing price. Scarcity resulted in either case. Price controls fail to achieve their proximate aim, which is to reduce prices paid by retail consumers, but such controls do manage to reduce supply.
Nobel prize winner Milton Friedman said "We economists don't know much, but we do know how to create a shortage. If you want to create a shortage of tomatoes, for example, just pass a law that retailers can't sell tomatoes for more than two cents per pound. Instantly you'll have a tomato shortage. It's the same with oil or gas.
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This lifting of price controls resulted in a rapid increase in prices. Price freezes were re-established five months later. This successfully ended high inflation but caused a recession that ended in the early s. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Parts of this article those related to California electricity price controls need to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information.