Tuesday 16th of August 2022

A (Halliburton) SOS From Melbourne

The author of this missive is a
kindred spirit: 

Fear US Down
Under
 

I am sitting
at my computer in Melbourne, Australia, and I just read this archived article a
friend forwarded to me about Casey Sheehan. It's oddly moving. The author
is to be commended. (See “Casey
Sheehan
,” by Neil Freese, August 26, 2005.) 

I went along
to meet Cindy Sheehan here in Melbourne. I have three kids the same ages
as her remaining ones.
 

I’m gripped
with despair about the frightening place those racketeers are making this
planet (Dick Cheney, Halliburton). Australia’s prime minister John Howard has
his own son being groomed by the Cheney entourage. Halliburton is at work
here, and the media is massaging us into acquiescence to selling the
USA even more uranium.
 

Thus, I
expect Howard will reap unspoken benefits when he leaves office, seeing he has
signed away Australia’s future by purchasing your Star Wars technology, and
henceforth put us in the position of human shields if and when China decides
that we are a proxy state of the USA.
 

How
have small individuals become so vulnerable to the depredations of the
state and the corporations, while increasingly, these suits can
organize the game and set the rules any way they like? When they’ve finished
with Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Europe — who will be next? How greedy can
they be?
 

All that
most of us want is a stable life, a loving family, and a humble regular
job. What’s radical about that? Do these guys think that this is too much
to ask for?
 

Maggie
Morgan
Melbourne,
Australia

The New Reds

Y'know, Richard, when I read that letter, the first thought into my head was "another we-hate-America rag", for publishing it.

I'm worried, I think I might have caught the Anti-America virus, and have made an appointment for a full check-up. At this point, however, I'm not sure whether it may be an attack of the Anti-Anti-America germ. Which is worse, the itch or the scratch?

As a preliminary diagnosic test, I wrote all these names - NPR  Bill Moyers  Michael Moore  Chomsky   Pilger  Galloway  Chirac  Fisk  BBC  the French  Guardian - on a piece of paper, added flag burners and chanters for good measure, chewed it into a spitball, and threw it at the wall. It stuck, and I am concerned. But not totally dismayed, so I have been thinking of a suitable emblem with which to decorate the little mound. What's better than the Flag of Mozambique? That symbolic Kalashnikov says it all. Untold millions of automatic small arms, and RPGs, being churned out of sweatshops in Russia, China, and dozens of other licensed premises, ensure that the frustrated youth of the developing world will feel encouraged to rally behind the next Zarqawi.

But, on this side of the wall, we are safe from the Caliphatists. They don't have any effect deep inside the halls of power, other than at the UN. Instead, the Evil relies on Infiltratists, the most outspoken of these being the intellectual Anti-Americanists. Bush's political opponents are as guilty as sin, it goes without saying. (Wait for Paul Krugman's latest to become available.)

Fukuyama has done a treacherous recoil - No longer neocon - we can add him to the list.


Krugman (pay for view): Some of All Fears
Chazelle: Why anti-Americanism is not what you think.
Fleming & O’Carroll - Understanding Anti-Americanism
Amazon.com: Anti-Americanism: Books: Jean-Francois Revel
The new anti-Americanism by Roger Kimball
Anti-Americanism Is Racist Envy - Forbes.com
Foreign Affairs - The Real Roots of Arab Anti-Americanism - Barry Rubin
BBC NEWS | Americas | The roots of anti-Americanism
Interview with Ex-Neocon Francis Fukuyama: "A Model Democracy Is ...

 

For private study purposes:

 

June 12, 2006Op-Ed Columnist Some of All Fears By PAUL KRUGMAN

Back in 1971, Russell Baker, the legendary Times columnist, devoted one of his Op-Ed columns to an interview with Those Who — as in "Those Who snivel and sneer whenever something good is said about America." Back then, Those Who played a major role in politicians' speeches.

Times are different now, of course. There are those who say that Iraq is another Vietnam. But Iraq is a desert, not a jungle, so there. And we rarely hear about Those Who these days. But the Republic faces an even more insidious threat: the Some.

The Some take anti-American positions on a variety of issues. For example, they want to hurt the economy: "Some say, well, maybe the recession should have been deeper," said President Bush in 2003. "That bothers me when people say that."

Mainly, however, the Some are weak on national security. "There's Some in America who say, 'Well, this can't be true there are still people willing to attack,' " said Mr. Bush during a visit to the National Security Agency.

The Some appear to be an important faction within the Democratic Party — a faction that has come out in force since the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Last week the online edition of The Washington Times claimed that "Some Democrats" were calling Zarqawi's killing a "stunt."

Even some Democrats (not to be confused with Some Democrats) warn about the influence of the Some. "Some Democrats are allergic to the use of force. They still have a powerful influence on the party," said Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution after the 2004 election.

Joe Klein, the Time magazine columnist, went further, declaring that the Democratic Party's "left wing" has a "hate America tendency."

And when Senator Barack Obama told The New Yorker that Americans "don't believe that the main lesson of the past five years is that America is an evil hegemon," he seemed to be implying that influential members of his party believe just that.

But here's the strange thing: it's hard to figure out who those Some Democrats are.

For example, none of the Democrats quoted by The Washington Times actually called the killing of Zarqawi a stunt, or said anything to that effect. Mr. Klein's examples of people with a "hate America tendency" were "Michael Moore and many writers at The Nation." That's a grossly unfair characterization, but in any case, since when do a filmmaker who supported Ralph Nader and a magazine's opinion writers constitute a wing of the Democratic Party?

And which Democrats are "allergic to the use of force"? Some prominent Democrats opposed the Iraq war, but few if any of these figures oppose all military action. Howard Dean supported both the first gulf war and the invasion of Afghanistan. So did Al Gore. To all appearances, both men opposed the Iraq war only because they thought this particular use of force was ill advised and was being sold on false pretenses.

On the other hand, maybe appearances are deceiving. Shortly before the invasion of Iraq, The New Republic accused those who opposed the war — in particular, the editorial page of The New York Times — of hiding behind a "mask of nuanced criticism" when their real position was one of "abject pacifism."

But Peter Beinart, who was The New Republic's editor at the time, now seems to concede that the war's opponents were right. "Worst-case logic became a filter," he writes in his new book, "which prevented war supporters like myself from seeing the evidence mounting around us."

So what's going on here? Some might suggest that the alleged influence of the Some is no more real than the problem of flag-burning, that right-wing propagandists are attacking straw men to divert attention from the Bush administration's failures. And they wonder why people like Mr. Obama are helping these propagandists in their work.

Some might also suggest that Democrats who accuse other Democrats of closet pacifism are motivated in part by careerism — that they're trying to sustain the peculiar rule, which still prevails in Washington, that you have to have been wrong about Iraq to be considered credible on national security. And they're doing this by misrepresenting the views and motives of those who had the good sense and courage to oppose this war.

But that's just what Some Democrats might say. And everyone knows that Some Democrats hate America.

And, at Bloggingheads.tv - Robert Wright & Peter Beinart: A Good Fight on the Left

 

Bullies at work

New York Review of Books: The Storm over the Israel Lobby by Michael Massing (14 pages).

 

Defamed by AIPAC

From Congresswoman Betty McCollum's Letter to AIPAC, In New York Review of Books:

... Mr. Kohr, I am a supporter of a strong US–Israeli relationship and my voting record speaks for itself. This will not change. But until I receive a formal, written apology from your organization I must inform you that AIPAC representatives are not welcome in my offices or for meetings with my staff.