Wednesday, August 30, 2006

"Fascism": Rummy Throws a Fit

According to Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, critics of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan are responsible for "lack of vision" and all the tactical-errors. Donald Rumsfeld was not Sec. of Defense, the public was. What a strange psychology this individual has (I hasten to call him a man). He hasn't got-long now, and I think this is the reason for the public-outburst. Rummy knows that the President and Dick Cheney are abandoning-him. After all the years of working-together, after all the years of planning and serving these East Coast elite twits--you get the scapegoat job. Blame the ministers, blame the Prime Minister, just like in the Middle East. But we know the policies originate with: Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and George W. Bush (probably in that order). Now, now that they know Iraq is disintegrating, that Afghanistan is going-to-shit, and their war with Iran will be met with massive-resistance from the public...now they have nothing-left but rhetoric and hyperbole. They've been using their echo-chamber in the mainstream, throwing-out the term "Islamofascist" for months now, even on the blogs.

It won't wash. It's hype. It's a lie. For-one, it's an oxymoron. You cannot have a purely-theocratic state--as many tyrannies in the Middle East are--and have fascism. The state is total, it is corporatist (very Western) , and it is secular. Indeed, in Spain and Portugul, the Church shared power with the military regimes, but they weren't sovereign outside of the state. OK, let's assume it's "fascist": since fascism also implies that state power is behind recent terrorist-attacks, this would include 9/11. I believe this applies to this action, and that Saudi Arabia used the hijackers as a proxy-force in what was basically a military-attack by another state. The problem is still with the definition. Saudi Arabia is a kingdom, comprised-of a clannish feudalism, not a fascist-order. If it is anything, it is a religious-authoritarianism. Ah, but he said a "new type of fascism". That's thin, and a weird admission that all terrorism originates with the state.

The French: Now valuable because they actually have experience in diplomacy, Rumsfeld began fressing them for help.

Rumsfeld obliquely acknowledged mistakes and setbacks in Iraq, quoting the French statesman Georges Clemenceau as calling all wars "a series of catastrophes that results in victory." Moreover, in a reference to recent charges of war crimes against U.S. troops in Iraq, Rumsfeld said that "in every army, there are occasionally bad actors -- the ones who dominate the headlines today -- who don't live up to the standards of their oath and of our country." (8/30 Washington Post)

Hey, whatever happened to those "cheese-eating surrender-monkies"? Oh, now they become the "noble French", our allies, and critics in Congress want to "cut-and-run". We nearly lost most of our allies forever, thanks to the Bush administration, but now that the neocons know they're screwed...call-in the French to talk to the Syrians and the Lebanese warlords. This would be funny if it was a comic-book. Maybe America should have diplomatic-relations with Syria, don't you think? Just a thought. Jesus, quoting Clemeceau, the guy who made WWII inevitable (thanks for Versailles, giving the Nazis more ammunition than they would ever need). Clemenceau also caused the weakening of the League of Nations, so I guess Rummy is in good-company--the fuck-ups. Yep, fascists.