The Axis of Deceit Still Pushing for U.S. Imperial Expansion!
Jim Grichar (aka Exx-Gman)
Axis of Deceit a nickname I coined to describe the neo-conservatives
both within and outside the Bush Administration who are hell-bent
on turning the United States into a modern-day version of the Roman
Empire, and who lie to achieve this goal are still spewing out
their line of political red herrings, half-truths, and outright
lies. While they have been quiet for a while since the initial U.S.
military victory over the Iraqi military and Saddam Hussein, they
seem to be gearing up to convince George Bush to launch another
Middle East adventure and to smear their opponents in advance.
time, the Axis of Deceit lead appears to be coming from the folks
at the National Review (NR), and they have aimed their sites
at both boobus Americanus and at their principled paleo-libertarian
and paleo-conservative opponents. While David Frum has recently
been spending a portion of his rambling observations in the
shameless promotion of his wife’s recent book (maybe he’s burned
out from carrying the neo-con banner in the one battle he lost with
Ledeen (a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute)
continues to spout war-like imperial nostrums from his column at
NR, and Jonah
Goldberg has apparently picked up the fallen standard
from the Frumster.
the U.S. occupation of Iraq going poorly the U.S. is on its second
post-war viceroy and the start of the Iraqi rebuilding and recovery
is taking longer than it took to defeat the Iraqi Army, Ledeen figured
it was time to resurrect the Iranian threat to the U.S. attempt
to build democracy in Iraq. Ledeen pointed out that Iranian groups
want true democracy in their country and that the mullahs were and
are working overtime to drive the U.S. out of Iraq.
the detail he used in his article makes it appear that he received
an off-the-record briefing from the Pentagon or, much less likely,
the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In any case, Ledeen picked
up where Newt Gingrich left off in his recent tirade against the
State Department. Ledeen blew the neo-con horn in stating
that George Bush supported Iranian aspirations towards freedom,
in contradiction of what Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage
said several weeks earlier, about Iran being a democracy. While
cautioning the U.S. not to take sides in trying to hand-pick a new
Iranian leader, Ledeen suggested that Iran will soon acquire nuclear
weapons probably from North Korea and that the U.S. has "...
a compelling interest in the democratization of Iran." Presumably,
a nuclear weapon-free Iran!
now that he thinks the U.S. government is committed to nation-building
in Iraq, it will be easy to con George Bush into conducting some
covert operation to bring true democracy to Iran.
Lament Neo-conservatism was just an invention, but it has ended!!!
in vain to re-spin David Frum’s original failing screed against
paleo-libertarians and paleo-conservatives, Jonah Goldberg wrote
a three-part series on neo-conservatism, claiming that neo-conservatism
was really never a tightly defined concept (part two), but that,
anyway, 90% of Republicans are neo-conservatives (part three). The
series is so full of red herrings, misstatements, half-truths and
outright lies that it would take at least twenty pages, if not more,
to answer them all.
get an idea of how bad the series was, look at what Goldberg characterizes
as the four myths, or misapplications, of the neo-con term. He says:
"These myths are: (1) the idea that neoconservative means "pro-war";
(2) the idea that neoconservative means "foreign-policy hawk";
(3) the idea that neoconservative means Jewish; and, (4) the idea
that neoconservative refers to ex-liberals. Some of these used to
be true, none of them are reliably so anymore."
Jonah may choose a different set of arguments, but the kid is wrong
on all counts.
he claims that 90% of the Republican Party is for democracy and
for war; therefore, there was no neo-con conspiracy or cabal to
get the U.S. into wars to create new democracies. Talk about a red
herring. George Bush and company did not take a poll with the Republican
Party faithful, whoever they are, and then decide that they
supported his neo-coninspired war on Iraq and the neo-con
notions of imposing democracy on Middle Eastern countries. Bush
was persuaded to undertake this war to spread democracy by his neo-con
advisers Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Abrams, et. al.
and the outsider neo-cons who give advice and who spread their poison
in the mainstream media William Kristol, Richard Perle, Newt
Gingrich, R. James Woolsey, Michael Ledeen, Ken Adelman, et. al.
And many, if not most of these neo-cons, were part of William Kristol’s
Project for a New American Century, a group that pushed for an aggressive
U.S. defense and foreign policy around the planet. In other words,
it pushed for an aggressive expansion of the American Empire around
the world. Thus, the neo-cons are the war party or the pro-war cabal
that were able to get George Bush to carry out their desires.
second myth claims that neo-cons are wrongly labeled foreign
policy hawks. In this, he is also flat out wrong. All he had to
do is name several prominent neo-cons who opposed the use of war
to spread democracy to other countries. Again, he named no neo-cons
who opposed the war on Iraq. He could also have named prominent
neo-cons who opposed the first Gulf War. Again, he named none. In
fact, he named no prominent or even lesser-known neo-cons who opposed
Clinton’s wars to democratize various parts of the former
Yugoslavia. Finally, Goldberg could have mentioned prominent or
even lesser-known neo-cons who opposed the President’s strategy
of pre-emptive strikes on other countries by the U.S. He did not.
Goldberg thus gives no evidence to refute the notion that the neo-cons
are a bunch of foreign policy hawks.
number three that Goldberg throws out is that paleo-libertarians
and paleo-conservatives unfairly state that the neo-conservative
movement is primarily run by Jewish people and that the non-Jewish
neo-conservatives are only recent additions to the group. Again,
whether Jewish or non-Jewish, neo-cons have exerted considerable
power over American foreign policy, pushing Presidents and the Congress
in unconstitutional directions namely entangling foreign alliances
with numerous countries and undeclared wars that have nothing to
do with true defense of the United States. Whether the continuing
and useless protection of the expanding NATO alliance, the
U.S. alliance with really protection of Israel, and the
U.S. protection of Japan and South Korea, the bottom line
is the same it’s really just the unconstitutional expansion of
the U.S. empire.
myth number four is another falsehood, another red herring and another
lie, namely that being a liberal in the past somehow disqualifies
one as being conservative. That is so blatantly untrue one wonders
how any NR reader would believe it. The paleo-conservative and paleo-libertarian
critique of these phony conservatives, these neo-cons, is that they
are still liberal! They are social democrats. They invariably support
the spending programs of the socialist welfare-warfare state, and
when they do trumpet some so-called conservative plan, rest assured
that they make sure that no other significant government program
is ever abolished. Their power rests in the growth of the welfare
and warfare budgets and the concentration of power in Washington,
conservatives, of the paleo-conservative and paleo-libertarian variety,
support the dismantling of the welfare-warfare state, the end to
American Empire and entangling alliances abroad, and the establishment
of peaceful relations, based upon free trade, with all countries.
In other words, they support a return to government at all levels that is so small it is either not needed and hence could be abolished,
or that if it does exist, no one notices it. This was the plan of
the founders of this nation, a plan that they knew was the only
way to secure individual rights to life, liberty and property.
Jonah Goldberg, David Frum, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, George
Will, William Kristol, Richard Perle, nor any other neo-cons subscribe
to this idea. They are pro-state, pro-empire, and anti-individual
rights to life, liberty and property. They are not conservatives.
While they claim that their policies and actions will preserve individual
rights, they are lying. That is why they are the Axis of Deceit.
Grichar (aka Exx-Gman) [send
him mail], formerly an economist with the federal government,
writes to "un-spin" the federal government's attempt to con the
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