"What kind of peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war.” –John F. Kennedy, 1963
The events of 9/11 must have caused a state of mass hypnosis in the collective American psyche, for it seems that the American people have lost all sense of reasoning when it comes to believing the official story of how those events transpired and how the current administration followed-up in pursuing the organization officially named responsible.
I’ve just read Vincent Bugliosi’s new book The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder and I must say that if anyone in America is able to refute Bugliosi’s arguments, then I would like to see this person respond to this book in a public forum. Bugliosi lays out an objective, insightful, and skillful case noting the precise documents, statements, and manipulations deployed by the Bush administration in making its bogus claim of Saddam Hussein being an imminent threat to the United States, as well as the deceitful claims linking Iraq, Al-Qaeda, and the events of 9/11.
The fact that the American public bought these lies hook, line, and sinker suggests that 9/11, “the new Pearl Harbor” so sought after by the authors of the Project for the New American Century, had its desired effect in terms of effectively shutting down the ability of most Americans to see through the nefarious deceptions that followed.
For lying the nation into an illegal, immoral, and unjust invasion and occupation of the sovereign nation of Iraq, Bugliosi would like to see George W. Bush prosecuted for murder after his term as president is over. I agree. If the death of 4,000 American soldiers and at the very least 100,000 Iraqi citizens due to a war based on lies doesn’t outrage you, then perhaps America really has lost its soul.
“Americans are asking: ‘Who attacked our country?’ The evidence we have gathered all points to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as Al aeda.”
–George Bush, September 20, 2001
If George Bush actually believed what he said in the above quote concerning who was responsible for 9/11, why would he give up on having the United States military and intelligence agencies do all they could to capture and bring Osama Bin Laden to justice? After giving Bin Laden a free pass in the mountains of Tora Bora, why did George Bush turn his attention and the nation’s military resources to Iraq, a declared enemy of Al-Qaeda and a nation decimated by sanctions and two wars with Iran? If Saddam Hussein was a threat to America then Exxon is the Easter Bunny.
To paraphrase that august neoconservative sage Donald Rumsfeld, “You go to war with the ideology you have - not the ideology you might want or wish to have at a later time.” Unfortunately the ideology that brought this administration into power and drives its decision making is the neocon ideology that would have America project an empire of greed and destruction around the globe, without having to answer to the American people, let alone those of other nations.
Is America a Democratic Republic or an Empire? In his farewell address, one of the obscure founders of our country George Washington warned against the United States becoming entangled in the affairs of foreign nations. I say obscure founder because at this point Mr. Washington would be hard pressed to recognize this country as remaining true to its founding document (the Constitution) and true to the vision of the men and women who risked everything to break free from the tyranny of King George III, and establish America as the freest Democratic Republic in the history of he world.
Convening Secret Energy Task Forces that mapped out the oil fields of Iraq, deliberately lying to and misleading Congress and the American people regarding Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction, and deliberately deceiving the nation in creating the perception that Iraq was linked to Al-Qaeda and the events of 9/11 are all examples of the current administration’s agenda of empire.
George Bush and his co-conspirators Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice should have been impeached and removed from office years ago. It is time for the American people to wake up and reclaim a government that has been hijacked by the corporate-military-media complex intent on serving its own interests and ends. Vincent Bugliosi has created the template and blueprint for bringing “the decider” to justice – let’s hope that We the People demand justice and by doing so help restore America’s integrity and standing in the world. To do otherwise would be criminal.