Bush: Iíll Order the Wars Around Here
by Morgan Reynolds
say youíre not pleased with the French? Savor a few more freedom
fries. Chew softly, put emotion aside and admit it, you were wrong
and they were right. Donít look for this revelation on the OíReilly
Factor anytime soon.
usually MEGO (my eyes glaze over) insider magazine, National
Journal, just published a great cover story titled, "The
French Were Right." The author, Paul Starobin, demonstrates
that those "cheese-eating, surrender monkeys" were right:
what they predicted has happened in Iraq.
few facts caught my eye. First, a recent poll showed that favorable
ratings for the good olí US of A have plunged from 61 to 15 percent
in Muslim Indonesia. That worries Mr. Donald Rumsfeld (IQ north
of 100), who cares about "hearts and minds," but the president
isnít bothered cuz his IQÖwell, letís just say itís unknown. But
we know that he doesnít read newspapers. He relies on Karl Rove
and other White House staff. On war, their advice is, "Donít
go to Dover, Delaware, where the caskets come in. Donít go to Walter
Reed hospital to visit the wounded. Donít go to graveside services
at Arlington cemetery." Visits to fire-victims in California?
Sure. Good evening news copy. No worries, mon.
overseas, meanwhile, a majority in Islamic nations fear the US military
threat, although majorities also favor democracy. Maybe Arabs donít
want to embrace representative democracy at the point of Bushís
emissariesí weapons. A Bush-appointed panel on the Middle East reports
that "hostility toward America has reached shocking levels," so
we may have a "situation in progress."
another major fact: Jacques Chirac, the major domo in France, warned
the US government insistently month after month about the malign
consequences of invading Iraq. In trying to dissuade the inexperienced,
cocky president from attacking Iraq, Mr. Chirac reportedly said
to Bush, "Personally, I have some experience of international
political life. Be careful." Patronizing yes, but France lost
Muslim Algeria to insurgents and has far more experience against
global terrorism than the bumblers in the U.S. government. And hadnít
the Texas governor campaigned for a moderate foreign policy and
criticized nation-building anyway?
it was Bushís evil twin that led us into all this hell. We invaded
a country halfway around the world that posed no threat to us, although
headed by a bad guy. Bad guy? The least-hungry team in the NFL doesnít
win the Super Bowl and the meek and gentle do not inherit power.
The power-hungry get to the top in government duh! Itís happened
in this country, over in Louisiana, I hear.
hereís the kicker: when Chirac talked to Bush, both knew that either
one could start of war on his own. So why all this praise for democracy?
I donít get it. Bushís power to initiate war differs not a whit
from Chiracís or any punk dictatorís around the globe. President
Clinton orders a missile fired into a pharmaceutical factory in
the Sudan, Bush invades Afghanistan, Iraq, Öwhatever. Once the firing
begins, our boys and girls are in harmís way, bickering must stop
at the waterís edge, donít comfort the enemy, get a frontal-lobotomy,
fall in line.
founding fathers thought they had solved the problem. The U.S. Constitution
says in Article I, Section 8, that "Congress shall have power
Ö To declare War" (clause 11). No one else. Yet the pusillanimous
idiots in the Congress repeatedly tell trouble-maker Ron Paul of
Texas, the only Congressman apparently whoís read the Constitution,
that the clause is "anachronistic." You see, the Constitution
is a "living" (read: dead) document. Declaring war is
old hat. The last time Congress declared war was World War II and
ever since, wars have been excellent adventures. Korea, Vietnam,
Gulf Wars I and II, you name it. Congress likes to fob its war responsibilities
off onto the president, yet all Article II, section 2, really says
is: "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army
and Navy of the United States." Fire away, prez.
lion-hearts in the Congress how about blow-dried Bill Frist
of Tennessee, fearless leader of the Grand Old Party in the US Senate?
are awe-inspiring. They jealously guard their war power on
behalf of the people against usurpation by the executive branch.
Sure, and the fraud that "weíre different" goes on.
Reynolds [send him mail],
retired professor of economics at Texas A&M University and former
chief economist, US Department of Labor, lives in Hot Springs Village,
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