few weeks ago, I wrote
that the neoconservative chants for unity were completely bogus,
and would last only as long as they believed they were getting
their foreign policy program enacted:
the neocons' call for unity means unity behind the project –
American hegemony – that they have been recommending for years
anyway, a project that, by the way, they hope to lead. Their
plea translates to: "Shut up and stop arguing with us." Despite
the jawboning about unity, they have no problem trashing the
moderate approach of Colin Powell, who, as Secretary of State,
is presumably one of the leaders we should be uniting behind....
Should Bush fail to pursue the total war the neocons desire,
there is no doubt that they will not be "uniting" behind him
Bush has not been quite as vigorous in warring as the neocons
would like, and so the gloves are coming off. In the Washington
Post, Charles Krauthammer declares:
war is not going well and it is time to say why. It has been
fought with half-measures. It has been fought with an eye on
the wishes of our "coalition partners." It has been fought to
assuage the Arab "street." It has been fought to satisfy the
diplomats rather than the generals.
writing in the Post, world-renowned military expert and
leader of many successful military campaigns, "Little Billy"
weeks after being attacked, three weeks after beginning the
bombing of Afghanistan and since the discovery of anthrax here
at home, how goes the war?
to plan, the administration says. Unfortunately, it's a flawed
Lowry, in an
article calling US policy contradictory, says: "President
Bush's micro-initiatives during the war have been decidedly
mushy." The editors of National Review further
state: "But we should be impatient for the administration
to take the actions necessary to achieve those goals. So far
much for unity!
sometimes it isn't fun to be proven right. As Justin Raimondo
out, the neocon efforts are undermining (and are, I think,
intended to undermine) Bush's efforts to convince Moslem
nations that this is not a war on Islam.
fellows, if a lack of unity is treasonous at a time like this,
then who's a traitor now?