Sunday, December 19, 2004

Better off with Bush? 

It occurred to me, after reading this recent article by Chomsky, that maybe we're better off with Bush. Chomsky writes:

The pretext for US-UK aggression in Iraq is what is called the right of “anticipatory self-defense,” now sometimes called “preemptive war” in a radical perversion of that concept. The right of anticipatory self-defense was affirmed officially in the Bush administration National Security Strategy of September 2002, declaring Washington’s right to resort to force to eliminate any potential challenge to its global dominance. The NSS was widely criticized among the foreign policy elite, beginning with an article right away in the main establishment journal Foreign Affairs, warning that “the new imperial grand strategy” could be very dangerous. Criticism continued, again at an unprecedented level, but on narrow grounds: not that the doctrine itself was wrong, but rather its style and manner of presentation. Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright summed the criticism up accurately, also in FA. She pointed out that every President has such a doctrine in his back pocket, but it is simply foolish to smash people in the face with it and to implement it in a manner that will infuriate even allies. That is threatening to US interests, and therefore wrong.

Albright knew, of course, that Clinton had a similar doctrine. The Clinton doctrine advocated "unilateral use of military power" to defend vital interests, such as "ensuring uninhibited access to key markets, energy supplies and strategic resources," without even the pretexts that Bush and Blair devised. Taken literally, the Clinton doctrine is more expansive than Bush’s NSS. But the more expansive Clinton doctrine was barely even reported. It was presented with the right style, and implemented less brazenly.

From the proper perspective, then, Bush’s quixotic policies aren’t abhorrent to Our Beliefs or our previous foreign policy. All Bush does is present our previous policy without the polish. In short, we’ve always been the bull in the china shop, but in previous administrations we at least wore a nice outfit.

So, if the war is here; if we’re going to war against the Arab nations of the world – perhaps Bush is the best man. No more pretext. No more guises. Just take the fight to them and pray (literally) for the best. I just want to know when we voted on war against Arab nations who don’t take our marching orders. Those options weren't on my touch screen on Nov. 2.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Too good to make up 

From Atrios:
Family Values Yesterday:
Bush introduced Mike and Sharla Hintz, a couple from Clive, whom he said
benefited from his tax plan.Last year, because of the enhanced the child tax
credit, they received an extra $1,600 in their tax refund, Bush said. With other
tax cuts in the bill, they saved $2,800 on their income taxes.They used the
money to buy a wood-burning stove to more efficiently heat their home, made some
home improvements and went on a vacation to Minnesota, the president said."Next
year, maybe they'll want to come to Texas," Bush quipped.Mike Hintz, a First
Assembly of God youth pastor, said the tax cuts also gave him additional money
to use for health care.He said he supports Bush's values."The American people
are starting to see what kind of leader President Bush is. People know where he
stands," he said."Where we are in this world, with not just the war on terror,
but with the war with our culture that's going on, I think we need a man that is
going to be in the White House like President Bush, that's going to stand by
what he believes.
and today...

A Des Moines youth pastor is charged with the sexual exploitation of a
child.KCCI learned that the married father of four recently turned himself in to
Johnston police.Rev. Mike Hintz was fired from the First Assembly of God Church,
located at 2725 Merle Hay Road, on Oct. 30. Hintz was the youth pastor there for
three years. Police said he started an affair with a 17-year-old in the church
youth group this spring.

Facking priceless.

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