Yes, things are going haywire in Iraq — but we can fix the problem, or so says one of the top slot neocons, Newt Gingrich.
See, according to Newt, the problem is Bush didn’t install an Iraqi dictator immediately after the invasion. Instead he sent over Paul Bremer and his crew who took up residence in one of Saddam’s palaces.
It looks bad, having all these white boys around calling the shots. Besides, they are really a bunch of screw-ups.
So, as Newt explains, Bush needs to get an Iraqi in there soon as possible. Put an Arab face on the neocon Master Plan for Zionist domination of the Middle East. Maybe that way it will be more palatable to the Iraqis. Maybe that way not so many Americans will die.
Well, chances are it won’t be the least bit palatable to the Iraqis, but then the neocons are hardly concerned about what the Iraqis think. Hell, on most days, the Iraqis don’t even have electricity.
“The idea that we are going to have a corruption-free, pristine, League of Women Voters government in Iraq on Tuesday is beyond naiveté,” Newt told John Barry and Evan Thomas of Newsweek.
Bush has to get a quisling in there, a groomed puppet maybe like Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan.
Never mind that Karzai can’t take a stroll around the block in Kabul without a few dozen Special Forces types protecting him from the people he supposedly represents.
Anyway, what Newt’s saying is that Bush needs to get a dictator in there pronto, another Saddam, a Saddam minus the Ba’ath Party and all that exhibitionistic Arab nationalism stuff, a Saddam who answers to Bush and the Zionist neocons and doesn’t fund Palestinian suicide bombers.
A dictator who will immediately recognize Israel.
Newt put in a lot of time prior to the invasion, browbeating folks over at the CIA, and hell if he’s going to let it all go down the tubes now.
He was “seen as a personal emissary of the Pentagon and, in particular, of the OSP,” the Guardian wrote at the time.
For those of you who don’t know, OSP is short for the Office of Special Plans, a sort of neocon version of the CIA that “cherry-picked” intelligence favorable to the idea that invading Iraq and killing a few thousand people, wrecking Iraq’s already decimated infrastructure, and grabbing its oil, all in the best interest of America — or, rather, in the best interest of Israel and multinational corporations, most notably oil and death merchant, i.e., “defense industry” corporations, connected to Bush and Cheney.
Last time we heard from Citizen Newt, the washed-up and disgraced former speaker of the House, he was lambasting the State Department.
There were people in Colin Powell’s State Department “appeasing dictators and propping up corrupt regimes,” complained Citizen Newt.
In his speech, delivered before the neocon choir over at the American Enterprise Institute — known fondly as the “Temple of Doom” by Washington insiders — Newt sounded oddly like the infamous senator from Wisconsin, Joe McCarthy, when he said back in 1950 that the State Department was “thoroughly infested with communists.”
These days, of course, communists are pretty much old hat–the new enemy burrowing deep inside our government, according to the neocons, are treacherous Middle East specialists who do not demonstrate the requisite degree of allegiance to Israel and the whacked out Zionists.
Back in April, when Newt made his Joe M. speech, Powell was off to Syria to talk. Neocons, of course, don’t talk–they drop bunker buster bombs.
“The last seven months have involved six months of diplomatic failure and one month of military success,” said Citizen Newt, referencing the previous month’s mass murder in Iraq. “The first days after military victory indicate the pattern of diplomatic failure is beginning once again and threatens to undo the effects of military victory.”
In other words, diplomacy only spoils all the good work accomplished by mass murder and wanton destruction predicated on a swarm of lies and deception, most of it spawned from the OSP where Gingrich worked.
As well, diplomacy doesn’t earn a bundle for the death merchants, the guys who have a stranglehold on the government, the same government more than a few clueless Americans believe has their best interests at heart.
Frankly, Newt is a Richard Perle automaton.
For some reason it’s hard to imagine Gingrich talking without a nod from his ideological boss, the Prince of Darkness and accused Israeli spy Richard Perle.
Both of these right-wing zealots spend their time plotting the demise of Arab children and grandmothers over at the Defense Policy Board (DPB), along with other dangerous rogues such as the former spooks James Woolsey and James Schlesinger, war criminal at large Henry Kissinger, intellectual luminary Dan Quayle, and a few retired generals who take JINSA-sponsored walking tours over in Israel.
Not long ago Perle was the chairman of Rumsfeld’s DPB, but his apparently insatiable desire to profit from war and misery got in the way and he had to step down, although he is still firmly entrenched in the DPB.
As previously stated, the DPB is stacked with war profiteers beholden to death merchant corporations such as Boeing, TRW, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Booz Allen Hamilton, all of whom have a keen interest in bombing “failed states” such as Iraq for fun and profit.
As the Center for Public Integrity notes, of the DPB’s thirty members “at least nine have ties to companies that have won more than $76 billion in defense contracts in 2001 and 2002.” Additionally, four DPB members “are registered lobbyists, one of whom represents two of the three largest defense contractors.”
As well, a large number of Rummy’s DPB members are connected to far right- wing extremist “think tanks”:
Former national security adviser Richard Allen, in addition to being a lobbyist for Alliance Aircraft, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution (these guys were Dubya’s “brain trust” — since it seems Bush doesn’t have much of one–during the 2000 election).
Retired Admiral David Jeremiah, who works for no less than five corporations doing business with the misnamed Defense Department, is a board member of JINSA, or the Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs (a rabidly Zionist organization that hosts the General and Flag Officer’s program; this rewires American military officers into pro-Israel Stepford humans).
Kiron Sinner, assistant professor of history, political science and public policy at Carnegie Mellon, and helpmate to Condoleezza Rice, is a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ruth Wedgwood, professor of law at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, is also a CFRite.
Former CIA director James Woolsey labors in the service of JINSA.
Richard Perle, the quintessential dual-allegiance Zionist and accused Israeli spy (in the Jonathan Pollard espionage case), is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, a board member of the hawkish pro-Israel Advisors of Foundation for Defense of Democracy (Perle shares this position with the right-wing Zionists Charles Krauthammer, William Kristol, and Gary Bauer), and is the former director of the Jerusalem Post.
Finally, Newt Gingrich is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, and “analyst” for the Bush Ministry of Disinformation, aka Fox News.
It’s no secret that these individuals and organizations, along with the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), are primarily responsible for planning and conspiring together to illegally and immorally invade Iraq (current number of innocent civilians murdered: over 10,000).
No doubt, in the aftermath of the invasion and the muddle the Bushites have made of it, the above-mentioned neocons and others are antsy for stability.
There is, after all, a schedule here — the US has to build military bases in Iraq in preparation for new invasions, decades of occupation, and fulfilling its obligation to be the policeman for a Likudite Greater Israel and enforcer for multinational neoliberalism, otherwise known as global theft.
So, according to the Perle neocons, there needs to be an Iraqi “leader” put in place, and sooner the better, hopefully before the election next year.
Over at the Pentagon where Rummy’s DPB holds court, the idea has long been to put the CIA stooge, Iraqi National Congress darling, and convicted bank swindler Ahmed Chalabi in charge. Richard Perle is hot on Chalabi, mostly because he’s an Arab who will do what the Likudites want.
“Chalabi and his people have confirmed that they want a real peace process, and that they would recognize the state of Israel,” the Prince of Darkness told the Washington Post in April. Naturally, this is the most important thing for the Zionist neocons at the Pentagon, to hell with bringing stability and security to the Iraqi people. Plus, it would serve as a big slap in the face to millions of Arabs who want justice for the Palestinians.
Perle and the DPB are rolling out Gingrich, hoping to get something moving in regard to imposing Chalabi or some other Iraqi exile on the Iraqi people, and soon, before the occupation slips further out of reach and the insurgency is taken up by the Shi’ites.
Once the uprising against US occupation moves beyond the minority Sunni community, the neocon vision of an emasculated Iraq, no longer able to challenge Israel or pay stipends to Palestinian suicide bombers, will be shattered and lost.
Israel sorely needs to defuse the “Palestinian problem,” most likely by turning the West Bank and Gaza into huge open-air concentration camps, or by way of “transfer,” i.e., ethnic cleansing — but it can’t do any of this effectively until the Arab Middle East is rendered politically and militarily inert.
That’s what the “war on terr’ism” is all about.
Moreover, before Bush gets too disillusioned, what with an election right around the corner and his apparent and growing willingness to find a quick fix to the Iraqi quagmire, the neocons hope to short circuit any talk of actual democracy in Iraq.
Obviously, allowing Iraqis to vote for whomever they want would result in a Muslim theocracy of one sort or another, possibly aligned with Iran, a complete nightmare scenario for the Zionist neocons. Instead, they hope get a malleable dictator in there, and right quick, preferably before the election next year.
“The real key here is not how many enemy do I kill. The real key is how many allies do I grow,” Gingrich told Newsweek. “And that is a very important metric that [the US military] just don’t get.”
It’s not that Gingrich and the Zionist neocons want to stop the killing and give peace a chance.
No, the Perle neocons simply want to take the killing off the front page, stop the incremental killing of US soldiers (it’s bad PR), and install a strong dictator and an effective security apparatus, maybe something along the lines of the Shah’s SAVAK in Iran, something with teeth able to effectively terrorize the resistance, something organized and trained under the guidance of the United States and Israeli intelligence officers, as was SAVAK in 1957. SAVAK, after all, was the prefect instrument for one-party rule, for torture and execution of political prisoners, and for mercilessly crushing dissent.
This, however, may not be necessary for, as the Telegraph reported in May, the US was busy at work recruiting former members of Saddam’s Mukhabarat, regardless of Bremer’s stated desire to pursue “de-Ba’athification” measures.
In fact, these former thugs in Saddam’s employ may be exactly what Newt was referencing when he said the “idea that we are going to have a corruption-free, pristine, League of Women Voters government in Iraq on Tuesday is beyond naiveté.”
On December 5, the handpicked Iraqi Ruling Council indicated it plans to revive Mukhabarat.
“We will use their own dogs to hunt them down,” exclaimed Nabil al-Musawi, deputy president of the Iraqi National Congress and the party’s chief of security. “To think that I am supporting this idea surprises even me. But we have to be realistic… If I have to deal with the devil for short-term gain for the sake of my people, then I will.”
Nabil al-Musawi, of course, is being extremely disingenuous–once Mukhabarat, or a SAVAK-like equivalent, is unleashed on the Iraqi people, it will not be a “deal with the devil for short-term,” but a permanent fixture of the US- Israel imposed state (or possible states, since there’s talk of breaking Iraq up along ethnic lines).
The neocons have a lot riding on Iraq–they can’t afford to have Bush blow it now with his trifling concerns over an election next year, an election that really means absolutely nothing to the neocons beyond that the fact that if Bush is trounced they will be unceremoniously bounced as well.
Besides, that’s what Diebold voting machines are for.
KURT NIMMO is a photographer and multimedia developer in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Visit his excellent no holds barred blog at www.kurtnimmo.com/blogger.html . Nimmo is a contributor to Cockburn and St. Clair’s, The Politics of Anti-Semitism. A collection of his essays for CounterPunch, Another Day in the Empire, will soon be published by Dandelion Books.
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