Last Orders

By Chris Floyd - The Moscow Times
March 14, 2003.

  When George W. Bush finally launches his war of aggression and dominion against Iraq, the decades-long corruption of the great ideals of the American Republic will be complete. The shadowy militarized oligarchy created after World War II -- the infamous "National Security State," a military-corporate complex financed by the looting of the public treasury, protected and promoted by a hydra of secret agencies and covert armies, and driven by the fomenting of almost-ceaseless war -- will reach its apotheosis, standing triumphant and alone, having at last devoured the body politic upon which it has fed for so long.

"Indeed, this is the 'Project for a New American Century' -- the plan laid out years ago by Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and their think-tank minions, and now unfolding before our eyes ."

We will then enter a new Dark Age -- the Age of Predation and Proliferation. For when the unconstitutionally appointed junta leader Bush sends his soldiers storming across the border into Iraq, the United States -- whose principles and ideals, however imperfectly realized, once represented humanity's brightest hopes of liberty and democracy -- will be teaching the world a new lesson: Attack your perceived (or manufactured) enemies even when they haven't injured or threatened you. Destroy them, seize their lands and drain their resources for your own profit. Attack without provocation, without mercy, with your entire arsenal of weapons of mass destruction "on the table" -- including the chemical weapons Donald Rumsfeld has received presidential permission to employ on Iraqi soldiers and civilians, and his vast stockpile of radioactive "depleted uranium" munitions, plus the 9,500-kilogram MOAB "superbomb" and the planned "shock and awe" barrage of cruise missiles on Baghdad, both of which will "rival nuclear weapons" in their indiscriminate destructive power, according to Pentagon warplanners.

That's the first lesson: Become a predator, or a predator's lackey -- or become prey. To avoid the latter fate, nations will follow the second lesson Bush is teaching: Develop your own weapons of mass destruction, as fast and as massively as you can. Emulate the Bush junta's maniacal proliferation of weapons systems, its abrogation of international arms treaties, its gutting of public services and civil rights in order to feed the bottomless greed of a warmongering elite. Emulate the Bush junta's crude nationalism, playing on the worst instincts of your people, the fearful, belligerent, monkey-brained tribalism that lurks in us all. Emulate the Bush junta's religious extremism, lending divine sanction to every act of thievery, hypocrisy, deceit and murder you commit. Emulate the Bush junta's paranoid suppression and manipulation of information, its obsessive monitoring of citizen thought and behavior, its demonization of sinister "Others" threatening the populace from without -- and within.

Use all these methods to bully, frighten and confuse your people into giving you the money and power to build ever-greater arsenals of death. Then use these arsenals "preemptively" on your enemies -- before they, having learned the same lessons, do it to you. This is the Bush Way; these are the "principles" now being advanced by the captured and corrupted American government.

Indeed, this is the "Project for a New American Century" -- the plan laid out years ago by Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and their think-tank minions, and now unfolding before our eyes almost exactly according to their published blueprint, which eerily foretold the conquest of Iraq, the large-scale militarization of American society and the expansion of America's global domination. They recognized, of course, that the insular American people would balk at such wild dreams of world empire -- unless, of course, the nation was struck by what the Cheney-Rumsfeld group called, with blood-chilling candor, "some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor."

Happily for them, the National Security State's former employees -- the army of Islamic extremists raised by the CIA fight the Soviets in Afghanistan -- obliged their old comrades with the spectacular "catalyzation" of Sept. 11. The "Project" then became the death-dealing reality of the world today, laying the foundations for a century of hell -- blowback, retribution, aggression, proliferation, a long, agonizing slide backward into chaos, brutality and fear.

But now, as the final hours of peace slip away, it's even more important than ever -- especially to Americans like this writer -- to remember that it didn't have to be this way, that the nation was founded on entirely different principles that for generations guided its conduct in world affairs. These were expressed clearly by President John Quincy Adams on Independence Day in 1821:

"[America] has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart. She goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit. Her glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of the mind."

That glory, long dying, is now gone, given the final blow by George W. Bush -- the gravedigger of the American Republic.

John Quincy Adams on U.S. Foreign Policy
Speech to Congress, July 4, 1821

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The Independent, March 2, 2003

Rebuilding America's Defenses
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U.S. To Unveil Massive New Bomb, February 26, 2003

Toxic Ammo is Tested in Fish Areas
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Jan. 9, 2003

Gulf War Legacy: Depleted Uranium
In These Times, Jan. 6, 2003

Basics About Depleted Uranium and Its Affects
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Cheney is Still Paid by Pentagon Contractor
The Guardian, March 12, 2003

US Stocking Uranium-Rich Bombs?
Wired, 10 March, 2003

The Pentagon's New Map
Esquire, March 2003 Issue,

Pentagon Wants Mini-Nuke Ban Lifted
The Guardian, March 7, 2003

UK Nuclear Evidence a Fake
The Guardian, March 8, 2003

Whose Deliberate Disinformation?
Counterpunch, March 12, 2003

Some Evidence on Iraq Called Fake
Washington Post, March 7, 2003

America the Peacemaker Becomes America the Warmonger
U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, Senate Remarks, March 11, 2003

Why So Long for Iraq to Comply?
Counterpunch, March 8, 2003


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