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CEO Bush and the Muddling of American Minds

While Americans were sleeping in the wee morning hours of January 8th, eight B-1 bombers began their decent south to Oman, positioning for war. They are down there protecting us from Iraq’s potential danger to the United States. Even though chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix claims Iraq may not even possess weapons of mass destruction.

But war is big business, and President Bush is a businessman. His sputtering mind jostles, “Iraq got oil, US need oil… Oil make money! War make money… Me like money!” So he surrounds himself with oil-men, and military folks, 28 ex-Lockheed Martin execs in his administration alone to be exact.

Being a Harvard-MBA grad, CEO George knows who to surround himself with, and he obviously understands marketing. He knows he has to suck the consumer (Americans) in, and sell his product, in this case war with Iraq. He may have crashed an oil company or two, but you can learn a lot from mistakes. He knows he must disguise his true intentions of controlling Mid-East oil with his ol’ advertising scheme that equates Saddam with Hitler. He doesn’t have any real competition to contend with, the Democratic Party is complacently silent. Maybe its because they don’t think they’ve got a vastly different product to push, or maybe its because those Lockheed Martin execs gave them more money last campaign season than they did the Republicans, I don’t know. Bush just isn’t losing sleep over the whole deal. Monopolies don’t like competition, but that’s okay, he doesn’t have any.

No worries then that North Korea most likely has nuclear capability and recently forced U.N. monitors out. He’s got the focus of Iraq going for him. It is even the craze in Britain these days I’ve heard. This Saddam guy is bad! He’s got nerve gas and nuclear ingredients. No matter that the United States gases the Andes Mountains in Columbia daily, ruining ecosystems, and families’ lives. It’s supposed to help end drug proliferation, so that’s okay. And we already know how to use our nuke ingredients, but that’s no big deal either.

With capitalist techniques that Hitler actually did use, the Bush administration has managed to control the debate, disregard dissent, and abandon all rationale. Millions drive around with America’s logo stuck to their rear bumper. Not knowing that “United We Stand,” is simply another marketing ploy, and the United Nations is completely irrelevant when it comes to dictating US foreign policy.

War is inevitable I am afraid. We’ve been at it in Iraq for over a decade now anyway. The United Nations weapons team is just a sub-contracted compnay of USA Inc., so you’ll see, we’ll set them straight soon enough. But the mind-boggling thing is–George Bush may be a good CEO after all. Maybe he learned from his mistakes. A “good CEO,” you might ask? I guess it just depends on your own definition of “good.”

JOSH FRANK is a 24-year-old writer and activist living in Portland, Oregon. He can be reached at: frank_joshua@hotmail.com

 

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JOSHUA FRANK is managing editor of CounterPunch. His most recent book is Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, co-edited with Jeffrey St. Clair and published by AK Press. He can be reached at joshua@counterpunch.org. You can troll him on Twitter @joshua__frank

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