Posted by: Jim | July 24, 2007

Strong Words Indeed

Among Bush’s critics are old line republicans, including Paul Craig Roberts, who has some very strong words.  

The article cites an executive order that grants the White House dictatorial powers in a national emergency, as well as another Executive Order that allows the government to seize the assets of anyone who interferes with its Iraq policies.

Roberts said that because of Bush’s unpopularity, the Republicans face a total wipeout in 2008, and this may be why “the Democrats have not brought a halt to Bush’s follies or the war, because they expect his unpopular policies to provide them with a landslide victory in next year’s election.”

“The administration figures themselves and prominent Republican propagandists … are preparing us for another 9/11 event or series of events,” Roberts continued. “Chertoff has predicted them. … The National Intelligence Estimate is saying that al Qaeda has regrouped. … You have to count on the fact that if al Qaeda’s not going to do it, it’s going to be orchestrated. … The Republicans are praying for another 9/11.”

Roberts pointed out that it’s old-line Republicans like himself, former Reagan associate deputy attorney general Bruce Fein, and Pat Buchanan who are the diehards in warning of the danger. “It’s so obvious to people like us who have long been associated in the corridors of power,” he said. “There’s no belief in the people or anything like that. They have agendas. The people are in the way. The Constitution is in the way. … Americans need to comprehend and look at how ruthless Cheney is. … A person like that would do anything.”

These are damning indictments, and may be somewhat hysterical. But here’s the thing: these executive orders are inviting this type of conspiracy talk because they fly in the face of the American values of representational government, freedom from oppression, and balance of powers.

The Democrats are either in on the joke, or they are letting the Republicans shoot themselves in the foot so they can come out ahead. Perhaps the most damning criticism of all should be aimed at them.



  1. Jim

    One thing I have been pondering, and it comes up again in the article you cite, is just how the Republicans think that another 9/11 sized event on US soil would possibly benefit them after six years of them being responsible for taking the fight to the terrorists. Would it not be regarded as catastrophic evidence of the failure of the administration? I don’t see how it would be possible to locate Democrats as being responsible, unless we are to hear that the Democrats clamour for an Iraq withdrawal and humane and legal treatment of Gitmo detainees, that such sideshows turned the heads of our esteemed Leaders and allowed the forces of evil to strike again.

    But even that seems pushing it. Do you have a take on how a 9/11 type-event plays as good for Republicans?

  2. “the Democrats have not brought a halt to Bush’s follies or the war, because they expect his unpopular policies to provide them with a landslide victory in next year’s election.”

    So, Paul Craig Roberts apparently thinks that playing political games with the lives of our soldiers over in Iraq and Afghanistan is worth an election victory. That’s dark, man. That’s really dark.

  3. Todd, I absolutely agree with you. And sadly, I DO think it’s likely that is exactly what the Dems are doing. Bunch of putzes.

    KingFelix, I might be wrong but I think another 9/11 type event would–in one regard–help the popularity of whoever is in office because it would be a rallying cry. It would be much the same as how Bush’s ratings soared after 9/11. There would be some subtle but important differences, but most Americans have a short memory and think like protozoa. If you poke us, we twitch. We would also be gullible enough to fall for a false flag event.

    But aside from all that, the point of Roberts’s article is that his popularity won’t matter anymore. Once we are a dictatorship, elections won’t matter. But here is where it all unravels in my mind. Cops are Americans too. The Armed Forces are comprised of Americans. I don’t think a dictator in the US would last long (0r at all) because he would rely on his muscle, and too many of them won’t go along with it.

  4. Let’s hope not. Sheep will be sheep, ya know.

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  5. I would place no trust in the police. I saw in the UK, they are more than ready to kill civilians. The army always tends to be more reticent as their ethos is basesd on defending the nation from external threats on foreign battlefields.

    I can see that a disaster would help crush dissent, on one level, but I just don’t see how it would not be the final blow that brings down the foreign policy edifice of ‘fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here’. I suppose the likely global lack of sympathy for a new bunch of deceased Americans would strengthen the isolationist WH. And the wingnuts would demand a nuclear response this time.

    But what about the basic unAmerican and nakedly political fact of right-wingers ‘praying for America to be attacked’? As a means of saving their own skins. It is like more terror attacks on US soil are a McGuffin, they exist to do nothing more than move along the Neocon plot for endless war.

  6. All I can say is … I’m happy to see the use of the word “McGuffin” … a word I haven’t heard of since my story sessions at Disney.

  7. Mmmmm…doesn’t an egg McGuffin sound good right about now?

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  8. Here is what I don’t like about impeachment:

    A. Dick would become Pres, and probably start 3 or 4 nuclear wars before the election.

    B. Let’s say we get them both. Pelosi would become POTUS.

    Wow talk about damned if you do…

  9. When Pelosi immediately took impeachment “off the table,” she lost my confidence.

  10. I think nothing should be off the table when it comes to dealing with Bush/Cheney, including the nuclear option.

    And in case some humorless Homeland Security or Secret Service genius is reading this, THAT WAS WHAT THEY CALL A JOKE, PARDNER. I DON’T WANNA WAKE UP IN GITMO.

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