Ted LangG.W. Bush: International RacketeerSun Jan 11 19:54:36 200418.104.22.168
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5506.htm G.W. Bush: International RacketeerOIL ROBBER BARONSBy Ted Lang01/12/04: (ICH) CBS's "60 Minutes" featured former Treasury SecretaryPaul O'Neill in an exclusive interview with CBS News CorrespondentLesley Stahl, which aired Sunday, January 11th. The interview confirmswhat those who primarily rely on the Internet for up-to-date, accurateand to-the-point news coverage have known for almost over a year: theBush administration had planned the illegal, unconstitutional andunnecessary invasion of Iraq completely independent of any retaliatoryor preventive military considerations relating to 9-11. In fact, thisinterview, motivated to launch a new book authored by Ron Suskind, aformer Wall Street Journal reporter, not only confirms the heavyevidence concerning the administration's underlying intentions withregard to Iraq, but raises some scary new ones as well.Neil Mackay penned one of the earliest sources citing the U.S. plotagainst Iraq and Saddam back in September 2002. Entitled "Let's NotForget: Bush Planned Iraq 'Regime Change' Before Becoming President,"still carried on Information Clearing House's website, Mackay's piecestarts: "A SECRET blue print for US global domination reveals thatPresident Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack onIraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January2001."The article is among many that reveal a document, entitled RebuildingAmerica's Defences: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century,written by the neoconservative think tank calling itself Project for theNew American Century [PNAC]. Although some references have been made inthe mainstream media to this "neoconservative" clandestine planning,including some minor references to it ensconced in sarcasm and derisionby the likes of FOXNews icons Brit Hume and Fred Barnes, the revelationnow by mainstream CBS News adds a completely new dimension. PNAC is nowbeing discovered by mainstream America.And Information Clearing House also still carries a comprehensiveanalysis of PNAC written by William Rivers Pitt on February 25, 2003,entitled "The Project for the New American Century," Pitt offers: "PNACdesires and demands one thing: The establishment of a global Americanempire to bend the will of all nations. They chafe at the idea that theUnited States, the last remaining superpower, does not do more by way ofeconomic and military force to bring the rest of the world under theumbrella of a new socio-economic Pax Americana." But up till now, amajor debate regarding America's real intentions at world domination hasbeen largely suppressed, and this is due to the failure on the part ofthe mainstream media.These revelations are, at this point in time, nothing new, but they havethe potential of becoming extremely pivotal as regards theirsignificance in the upcoming presidential elections. CBS News, is nowfully on board as evidenced by their website's January 10th pieceentitled, "Saddam Ouster Planned Early '01?" The article states, "TheBush Administration began making plans for an invasion of Iraq,including the use of American troops, within days of President Bush'sinauguration in January of 2001 - not eight months after the 9/11attacks, as has been previously reported." CBS quotes former SecretaryO'Neill: "From the very beginning, there was a conviction that SaddamHussein was a bad person and that he needed to go. For me, the notion ofpre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever wedecide to do is a really huge heap."The CBS report continues, "O'Neill, fired by the White House for hisdisagreement on tax cuts, is the main source for an upcoming book, 'ThePrice of Loyalty,' by Ron Suskind. Suskind says O'Neill and other WhiteHouse insiders he interviewed gave him documents that show that in thefirst three months of 2001, the administration was looking at militaryoperations for removing Saddam Hussein from power and planning for theaftermath of Saddam's downfall - including post-war contingencies suchas peacekeeping troops, war crimes tribunals and the future of Iraq'soil." [Emphasis added]There is no longer any doubt that the Iraqi invasion was in absolutelyno way justified. There have been, and still are, many horrificallyviolent and brutal dictators that the US government is not only alliedwith, but extremely protective of as well. They consistently violatehuman rights and perpetrate mass suffering and the mass murders of theirpeople. The US government did absolutely nothing to mitigate theslaughter of over one million African people in Rwanda because it didn'tserve the monetary and political interests of those in power at thetime.To their credit, FOXNews.com, usually a journalistic shill and apologistfor the Bush administration, also posted an article on January 10thentitled, "O'Neill: Iraq Plans Began at Start of Bush's Term." In anarticle originated by the Associated Press, it is offered that, "Theadministration has not found evidence that the Iraqi leader was involvedin the Sept. 11 attacks but officials have said that they had toconsider the possibility that Saddam could have undertaken an evenlarger scale strike against the United States."But then FOX offers that White House spokesman Scott McClellan "wouldnot confirm or deny that the White House began Iraq war planning earlyin Bush's term. But he said, Saddam 'was a threat to peace and stabilitybefore September 11th, and even more of a threat after September 11. Itappears that the world according to Mr. O'Neill is more about trying tojustify his own opinions than looking at the results we are achieving onbehalf of the American people,' McClellan said in Texas, where thepresident is staying at his ranch."In a feeble effort at damage control, FOX did indeed acknowledge theadministration's early pre-emptive designs against Saddam and Iraq, andoffered also that "In July 2001, after an Iraqi surface-to-air missilewas fired at an American surveillance plane, Bush's national securityadvisor put Saddam on notice that the United States intended a moreresolute military policy toward Iraq." FOX also emphasized O'Neill'spromotion of the new book. "CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller reportedSaturday that, as the White House sees it, O'Neill's remarks are thoseof a disgruntled former official, and it should not have come as asurprise to O'Neill that the U.S. advocated Saddam's ouster," states theCBS article.The article continues, "As for the charge that there were early plans toinvade Iraq, Knoller says the official calls that 'laughable.'Suggesting that O'Neill doesn't know what he's talking about on thismatter, the official told CBS News O'Neill had enough problems in hisown area of expertise, so, 'Why should anyone believe he has a credibleunderstanding of foreign policy?'"One cannot help noticing via these cites how the Bush administration andits "officials" are spinning these revelations to blur the public'sfocus on this vital matter. The Bush lies of WMD, their readilyavailable deployment, their nuclear, biological and chemical capability,robotic airplanes and drones, and all the other accusations made by Bushhave been refuted. Is this being discussed? Notice how this unjustifiedand unconstitutional war has never been justified? Notice how RobertMueller, III and George Tenet were never fired for their incompetenceand 9-11 intelligence mismanagement? Notice how the only Bushadministration official that was jettisoned has come back at him with a"get-even" plan?White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan tries to spin this issue asmerely retribution on the part of one, single solitary "disgruntledemployee," and another unidentified "official" offers that O'Neill'scharges are "laughable." Aside form the fact that we should alwaysdismiss quotes from an "unidentified" official as being "official," whatprecisely is so "laughable" about 500 of our military dead? What is so"laughable" about the thousands wounded and maimed?What precisely is it that is so humorous concerning over one millionIraqis that have died because of the ten-year US embargo targeting one"enemy of the state" of the United States of America, such that all theIraqi people have been made to suffer at the hands of "our" government?McClellan and the White House's spin that O'Neill represents a loony,lone voice in the wilderness just doesn't rub.What of the protests of former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter who dideverything in his limited power to stop this carnage well before Bushstarted it? Tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and childrenhave died because of Bush's secret PNAC cabal. And our lust for oil andour lust for world dominance has indeed expanded PNAC's objectives toinclude advancing the state of Israel as the only nuclear power in theregion, the latter exempted from many more UN resolutions than Saddamhad ever violated. And the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has itselfidentified PNAC's collaborating members as American traitors.What we have here is not an issue concerning one individual. ManyInternet writers have written at length about the PNAC cabal. They,PNAC, are indeed a secret group, and a plotting cabal. And their numbersare a mere fraction of the large and growing number of Internet writersand readers who are fully informed of the deliberate lies, fraud andwarmongering propaganda of the Bush administration. Their planning isNOT in the best interests of the United States and its people.And where before the people of the world forgave America and its peoplefor the unjust and threatening incursions of our military, they now nolonger excuse our stupidity in allowing our out-of-control government toattack any and all sovereign states targeted by a tiny band of politicalplotters that represent a growing danger to all people on Earth.If McClellan and the Bush White House desire to point to O'Neill as asmall source of discontent within the administration, perhaps they oughtto compare the number that comprises PNAC and the Bushies to one billionangry Muslims and the rest of the world. As writer William Rivers Pittoffered, "Americans enjoy their comforts, but don't cotton to the ideaof being some sort of Neo-Rome."It has become painfully clear that this horrendous, unnecessary loss oflife, wealth and national security was sacrificed by an actionundertaken to justify the monetary and political advantage of a smallentity on a basis comparatively much smaller than that represented byformer Secretary O'Neill's "disgruntlement."All law-abiding, decent people the world over have always readilyidentified this type of immoral, self-serving behavior characterized bysuch reckless abandon for the rights of others. On a smaller scale ofpublic recognition, O'Neill's revelations compare to the level of publicawareness equating to the recognition of street crime: robberies, rapes,muggings, burglaries and the like. On a level typified by the crimegenerated by street gangs, perhaps the definition becomes "rampantcrime." And on a national basis, it could be described as a combinationof organized petty street criminals, street gangs, all consolidatedwithin a national crime syndicate; in other words, it takes on what iscommonly referred to as "organized crime" or "racketeering."Can there be any doubt that as more and more Bush lies surface, as moreand more reports and their confirmation unfold, that the Bushadministration is beginning to resemble the demeanor of an organizedcriminal element? Where is the outrage? Where's the media? And when willwe be outraged sufficiently to do something meaningful about it?Ted Lang is a political analyst and a freelancewriter.
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