...Where would the military brass be without their indispensable enemies? Is it too much to imagine that the occupation was designed to cause chaos and civil war, as in divide and conquer? That among the many goals of the Military/Industrial Complex is to "create more terrorists"?
Which brings us around to Obillary vs. Hibama. When one or the other or both of them take office, how will they dash our hopes, as they invariably must, given that they both serve the same group that Bush (and Bill Clinton, etc.) served before them?
Let me make a prediction. There will be a reduction of the 400 percent over-the-top-crazy-war-mongering rhetoric, by say, 35 percent, and everyone will breathe a sigh of relief.
Then around the first hundred days or the next "terrorist attack," whichever comes first, will come the sad news from President Obillary or VP Hibama: "We're really sorry about not having affordable health care for everyone, and the deplorable state of our public education system, and that we are still not using readily available electric cars. But you see, the previous administration has made such a mess of things — the economy, the environment, Iraq — we have enough to do just to keep our heads above water."
Did anyone catch that little moment in the last debate when Senator Obama said that, as president, he would send more troops to Afghanistan? Of course, both he and Hillary are of the conventional opinion that the war in Iraq has distracted from our real war, war "A," the War on Terror, (an abstract noun currently hiding in a cave in Waziristan).
Obama counts among his foreign policy advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski, the man who admitted in the pages of Paris Match to creating the Mujahedeen, the forerunners to Osama's al-Qaida, six months before the Soviet invasion, to provoke the Russians to invade and so "bleed the Bear." Just the man we want guiding the "change" crusade, Barack. Hillary's people are as bad or worse.
And that's the trouble with Obillary vs. Hibama, isn't it? It's the same trouble with Republicrat vs. Demublican, Coke vs. Pepsi, and War "A" vs. War "B" — no matter how they try to dress it up, it's really no choice at all.
I think I'm going to vote this year, though. There's a ballot initiative in the works in New York to hold a new 9/11 Commission, one that's not quite so obviously a white-wash. And I look forward to voting for Ralph Nader, just so I can proudly say I did. And after that? In the great tradition of Henry David Thoreau, war-tax resistance. Because what Gen. Alexander Haig said back in the Reagen years still holds true: "Let them march [or vote] all they want, as long as they pay their taxes . . . " We're starting to catch on again, General.
John Kirby is the director of the movie The American Ruling Class. (theamericanrulingclass.org and bullfrogfilms.com).