I’m so angry today…I’m not sure where to star. Let’s begin with a few lyrics from Black Sabbath’s classic hit “War Pigs.”
“Generals gathered in their masses,
just like witches at black masses.
Evil minds that plot destruction,
sorcerers of death's construction.
In the fields the bodies burning,
as the war machine keeps turning.
Death and hatred to mankind,
poisoning their brainwashed minds.
Oh lord, yeah!”
Ozzy wrote that song about the military-industrial complex back in 1970. (Thank the Lord Jesus Christ for Ozzy.) I was gonna use that song to write a blog about the MIC...but a few stories involving one of its leading characters caught my eye today. Here goes…
I’ve just read an editorial in today’s edition of the U.K.’s Guardian (arguably the world’s leading “free” newspaper) that sent chills up and down my spine. An editorial directly connected to my previous comments about the hawks and neocons who have taken control of the Bush Administration and thus our foreign policy. An editorial written by none other than Richard Perle, chairman of the Defence Policy Board, an advisory panel to the Pentagon, a Bushie and one of the top neocons in said movement.
The title of Perle’s editorial?
“Thank God for the death of the UN.”
In his own words…
“Saddam Hussein's reign of terror is about to end. He will go quickly, but not alone: in a parting irony, he will take the UN down with him. Well, not the whole UN. The "good works" part will survive, the low-risk peacekeeping bureaucracies will remain, the chatterbox on the Hudson will continue to bleat. What will die is the fantasy of the UN as the foundation of a new world order. As we sift the debris, it will be important to preserve, the better to understand, the intellectual wreckage of the liberal conceit of safety through international law administered by international institutions.
As free Iraqis document the quarter-century nightmare of Saddam's rule, let us not forget who held that the moral authority of the international community was enshrined in a plea for more time for inspectors, and who marched against "regime change". In the spirit of postwar reconciliation that diplomats are always eager to engender, we must not reconcile the timid, blighted notion that world order requires us to recoil before rogue states that terrorise their own citizens and menace ours.”
Goddammit. We’re bombing the shit out of Baghdad, and Perle is already dancing on the grave of the U.N., and organiazation that dared to get in the way of Operation Freedom Iraq. Unbelievable. (Hey, Richard, “let us not forget” that Cheney’s Halliburton did about 70 million dollars worth of biz with the Iraqis in the 90’s.)
If you want to understand the mindset of the MEN in the Bush administration who had ZERO INTEREST in building a TRUE international coalition for Operation Freedom Iraq (because they didn’t NEED to) read the editorial. You’ll find it at…
Perle’s victory dance re: leaving the U.N. out of the equation is very much the wish of the “Stupid White Men” (as Michael Moore calls them) who have hijacked our country. They want the U.N. to go down in flames because they are sick of having to pretend like they care about the U.N. “Going through the motions” with the U.N. and the Security Council (as they’ve done in the past few months) drives them CRAZY. They know what they want (control of the world’s energy supply) and don’t want to ask for ANYONE’S “permission” or “approval” to get it. More importantly, these guys don’t want to share “the spoils of war” with anyone, and that’s why they’d rather do it without the help of the rest of the world (or the other not-so-super powers like Germany, Russia and France). Even the mainstream news is reporting that the “coalition” soldiers are securing the oil fields in southern Iraq. (“Which coalition soldiers? The Latvians?”)
IT’S BAD BUSINESS TO INVOLVE LOTS OF PEOPLE IN A DEAL, MY FRIENDS. Sting hated sharing $ with the other two Policemen, and hated having to put up with their whining in the studio. That’s why he was willing to let go of a truly great band. That’s the neocon attitude toward the U.N.
Perle says it in his editorial – “The chronic failure of the Security Council to enforce its own resolutions is unmistakable: it is simply not up to the task. We are left with coalitions of the willing. Far from disparaging them as a threat to a new world order, we should recognize that they are, by default, the best hope for that order, and the true alternative to the anarchy of the abject failure of the UN.”
In plain English - “Screw the ‘new world order.’ We don’t need the U.N. for Operation Free Iraq. Plus, our coalition, an impressive group of people from Latvia, Eritrea and Macedonia, will ‘rebuild’ and ‘take care of’ Iraq after the war, and they’ll do a better job… with help from U.S. companies that gave tons of money to the Bush campaign. What? Do I work for any of these companies? Fuck off, why should I tell you?!”
Perle’s hatred of the U.N. is almost comical. But then again, our fearless leader grew up in a part of the country (West Texas) were it is not uncommon to see bubba-ish bumperstickers that scream “U.S. out of the U.N.” This sentiment reflects the mindset of a mouth-breathing, mondo-macho neocon – “If I’m stronger than you, why should I play ball with you unless I fell like kicking someone’s ass? Better yet, if I can kick your ass, why should I care about you?”
This attitude also reflects the ultra-conservative fear of anything (like the U.N.) that involves “weaker people” or that smacks of equality and thus “socialism.” Ultra-conservatives fear everything they don’t know and everything they can’t control. That’s why they’ll fight SO FUCKING HARD to control things. They are wired to control things. Cut to the current “shock and awe” campaign that is DESTROYING a once majestic city. (They also like to kill things they don’t know and can’t control. JFK, RFK, and MLK come to mind, but that’s a different blog for another day.)
Sorry. Off track. Back to Mr. Perle.
Two DIFFERENT articles have come out TODAY detailing the ways in which Perle “might be” benefiting from his close ties to the White House.
I’ll let part of the article in today’s New York Times, written by Stephen Labaton, speak for itself.
WASHINGTON, March 20 — Even as he advises the Pentagon on war matters, Richard N. Perle, chairman of the influential Defense Policy Board, has been retained by the telecommunications company Global Crossing to help overcome Defense Department resistance to its proposed sale to a foreign firm, Mr. Perle and lawyers involved in the case said today.
Mr. Perle, an assistant defense secretary in the Reagan administration, is close to many senior officials, including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, who appointed him to lead the policy board in 2001. Though the board does not pay its members and is technically not a government agency, it wields tremendous influence in policy circles. And its chairman is considered a "special government employee," subject to federal ethics rules, including one that bars anyone from using public office for private gain.
Mr. Perle and his lawyer said yesterday that his involvement with Global Crossing did not violate the ethics rules.
According to lawyers involved in the review and a legal notice that Global Crossing is preparing to file soon in bankruptcy court, Mr. Perle is to be paid $725,000 by the company, including $600,000 if the government approves the sale of the company to a joint venture of Hutchison Whampoa, controlled by the Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, and Singapore Technologies Telemedia, a phone company controlled by the government of Singapore.
Lawyers said today that Mr. Perle had been helping Global Crossing for several weeks. They said he was brought in as a prominent Republican with close ties to the current officials. He has taken on a particularly important role, they said, since the company recently pulled back its request for the government to clear the sale in the face of opposition from the Defense Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Those agencies have said that the proposed deal presents national security and law enforcement problems, because it would put Global Crossing's worldwide fiber optics network — one used by the United States government — under Chinese ownership.”
“Aw, c’mon. What’s wrong with that?”
And then this little ditty, written by David Leigh, appears in The Guardian…today… the same day that dude writes his U.N. obituary in THAT paper!
“Pentagon hawk linked to UK intelligence company”
Richard Perle is director of firm selling terror alert software
Amid general stock market jitters, one British company linked to the American hawk Richard Perle and dealing with secret intelligence is among the few UK commercial organisations that stand to profit from the Iraq war and its accompanying worldwide terrorist alert.
The Cambridge-based Autonomy Corporation, with Mr Perle's help, is secretively selling advanced computer eavesdropping systems to intelligence agencies around the world.”
Mr Perle, long one of the most high-profile proponents of war with Iraq, is a director of Autonomy with an option on 75,000 of the company's shares - currently trading in the doldrums, far below the option price.
He advises the company on market opportunities, he told the Guardian from Washington. But he said he had no input into specific procurement decisions by US agencies.
Mr Perle, a former Pentagon appointee, was recruited by Autonomy shortly before the Bush administration came to power in 2000. His present position as chairman of the Pentagon's defence advisory board is not formally part of the US administration, and so he is not required to divest himself of commercial interests. But he has close contact with policymakers in the intelligence community.
Mr Perle has roamed the world promoting war against Saddam Hussein and linking him to the al-Qaida terrorist network. Such fears have caused an unprecedented surge in international intelligence activity.”
This is how the military-industrial complex works, folks. It’s a very simple system; if you are involved in the industry, you make money when there is a threat of war and when there is war. And your biggest customer is Uncle Sam; he’s got the biggest checkbook in the world, courtesy of the people he’s supposed to protect.
Plus, he’s willing to pay $1,000 for a hammer. Just think what he’ll pay for an A-10!
I just want to point out AGAIN that Perle is heavily involved in setting the foreign (and in many ways the domestic) policy that Bush is implementing. He is in constant contact with the men have long advocated using our incredible military strength to bring order to the world (ie to set up and protect our “economic interests” around the world), the same men that have been planning a “war in Iraq” since the last Gulf War. Christ, they sent a letter to Clinton (signed by Perle’s CLOSE CHUMS and biz partners Cheney, Rummy & Wolfie) back in 1997…telling him to do so!
From the ABC news website, March 10, 2003 –
“Years before George W. Bush entered the White House, and years before the Sept. 11 attacks set the direction of his presidency, a group of influential neo-conservatives hatched a plan to get Saddam Hussein out of power.
The group, the Project for the New American Century, or PNAC, was founded in 1997. Among its supporters were three Republican former officials who were sitting out the Democratic presidency of Bill Clinton: Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz.”
Again, these are Perle’s close pals and business partners and the men who are running our country. They call him to go over plans, he calls them to give them advice, they play golf together, they vacation together, they hang out at the best restaurants in D.C. Christ, they might even play Nintendo together.
More from ABC…
“In open letters to Clinton and GOP congressional leaders the next year, the group called for "the removal of Saddam Hussein's regime from power" and a shift toward a more assertive U.S. policy in the Middle East, including the use of force if necessary to unseat Saddam.
And in a report just before the 2000 election that would bring Bush to power, the group predicted that the shift would come about slowly, unless there were "some catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor."
That event came on Sept. 11, 2001. By that time, Cheney was vice president, Rumsfeld was secretary of defense, and Wolfowitz his deputy at the Pentagon. “
The next morning — before it was even clear who was behind the attacks — Rumsfeld insisted at a Cabinet meeting that Saddam's Iraq should be "a principal target of the first round of terrorism," according to Bob Woodward's book Bush At War.”
How this article slipped by a conservative dude like Mickey Mouse…I’ll never know.
Do I even need to go on? More tomorrow…after I collect my thoughts.
If you are curious, you can find the above-mentioned articles at…
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