Sunday, January 23, 2005

Seymour Hersh and the consolidation of power

If you have not read Seymour Hersh's article in this week's New Yorker, you have to. Again, Hersh takes us collectively aback with his meticulously researched piece- this time, much like the last, revealing the Bush administration's- and particularly the Pentagon's- relentless consolidation of power. Bref- the CIA is being phased out, the military is assuming the covert operations of that ever-more irrelevant agency (because the CIA's covert ops are subject to pesky controls like congressional oversight) and the Pentagon, under one smarmy Donald Rumsfeld, is invading Iran. IS invading Iran. Slowly, carefully, but explosively because, as Hersh emphasizes, the military cannot go undercover with the careful cultural understanding and the ability to "blend in" that the CIA has made a mainstay of its overseas operations for so many years. And these groups of military men, trained not to think creatively but to obey orders and to "kill when necessary," are attempting to circumvent the diplomatic efforts of the rest of the western world and take out Iran's nuclear program. This is happening NOW. Of course, the traditional war hasn't started yet- these guys are just "preparing the battlefield." And there are no checks on these actions, no balances. Just Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Bush, who seems to want to leave as a legacy the total westernization of the middle east.
Now I'm no expert. I'm just a New Yorker reading, lefty girl- but I know what will happen and is probably already happening- just like in Iraq, the Iranians are not going to throw flowers at the feet of our courageous boys-in-arms when they destroy Iran's nuclear technology and its hopes for being a modern, important nation. Yes, there are the mullahs and yes, most of the people hate them, but I will bet you now that they'll hate us more.
What bugs me about reading this amazing stuff, much like reading Krugman's op-eds in the Times- is that these news vehicles, popular though they are, are preaching almost exclusively to the choir- we readers are the half of the country (still enough to give a magazine quite an impressive circulation) who tried to stop this from happening in the first place. And now our concerns are almost completely ignored by an administration who think that their slim victory in November proves America's complete approval of everything that they have done and will do (low approval ratings and high anti-war poll numbers completely notwithstanding). This is what you saps who don't want to pay taxes, who don't like the idea of your neighbor getting it up the ass from his boyfriend and having it sanctioned by the state, who believe in "moral values" have given us- the probable tipping of that delicate and eroding balance which is us vs. the middle east, leading to ever more anger, more hatred, more terrorism. Thanks a fucking, fucking lot.


At 2:20 PM, Blogger St. Dickeybird said...

Scariest of all is that a majority voted for him.
Dubya's speech last week scared me. I actually got chills listening to that doublespeak. You'd think someone had read him Orwell's 1984, but only the Party Manual, not the moral story.

And it is interesting that they want to forbid ass-fucking a man, but approve of forcibly ass-fucking an entire Islamic nation with a hundred thousand men.

At 4:55 PM, Blogger Noisette said...

This goes to your last post as well, Dickeybird:


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