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April 17, 2007

In his latest op-ed at National Review Online Charles Krauthammer continues with the Washington neo-con line that the surge is working. He says:

By the day, the debate at home about Iraq becomes increasingly disconnected from the realities of the actual war on the ground. The Democrats in Congress are so consumed with negotiating among their factions the most clever linguistic device to legislatively ensure the failure of the administration’s current military strategy—while not appearing to do so—that they speak almost not at all about the first visible results of that strategy.

And preliminary results are visible. The landscape is shifting in the two fronts of the current troop surge: Anbar province and Baghdad.

The message is that the US has turned the corner. Why even in Baghdad people here are happy to enjoy a life that looks almost normal. It's always the same message isn't it from the Washington neo-con war crowd.

The Weekly Standard's agenda is focused on the Middle East and Muslims, and anything that promotes the all-important agenda of Middle East hegemony and the war against the US's enemies is, by definition, good. The neo-cons see themselves as fighting al Qaeda in Iraq, with Iraq being the central from in the war on terror against radical Islam. For the Australian neo-cons Muslims are lurking everywhere, on every corner, and the entire world is one big "battlefield" in the "War on Terrorism," including Australian soil.

However, things are improving. The Surge is working. Victory is in sight. It's just around the corner. The US just needs to stay longer, keep occupying Iraq, doing what it has been doing, and triumph will result. It's been the same message for four years or more. I guess the illusions are needed to provide over for how terribly and tragically wrong the neo-cons were about this war.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:08 AM | | Comments (2)


What do readers make of the Wolfowitz antics?
What a vulgarian, but are they not all of this ilk?
Read with interest the Levy piece on Rice.
The point with neocon 'thought' is surely that it is an alibiing for neocolonialist 'globalisation', based on plausible deniability, devoid of intellectual rigour or didactic substance as to its 'insights' into the operations of the real world of humanity.
People sneer at Marx these days for observations like the celebrated one that 'the system' would over time tend toward monopoly and hegemony at the expense of the masses. But the world as ordered by 'free' trade and the World Bank backed by Western military power is merely a system of human and material resources made prone for the ransacking. Humanity in the west is disempowered by policies like the off-shoring of unskilled labour facilitated by globalising anti labour and anti localist forces. Our local politicians are satraps for outside forces, acting against the interests of those they were once compelled to represent during the era of democracy by the accountability apparatus of that system. But our lot is nothing compared to the conditions of the real masses of the 'developing world'.
Iraq is the paradigm, but plausible deniability proposes that the devastation of Iraq and Iraqis is necessary for the achievment of some illldefined and nebulous greater good 'later'. But both the significance and reality of what Iraq is about came with the recent signing off on 'deals' with multinational oil companies for unfettered access to Iraqi oil for the forseeable future. The local eqivalent would by Tasmania, but in
Australia repressive tolerance obviates at this time the need for the sort of violence we see in Western Asia , for example. Both follow the pattern that can be detected in just about all countries, developed and third world, post ww2.

I can't say I feel that sorry for Paul Wolfowitz. The scandal is of his own making ---corrupt actions in the form of nepotism. Here is a report on the conflict of interest in the Wolfowitz-Riza scandal. An editorial in the Financial Times entitled Why Bush should let a damaged Wolfowitz go.

Steven C. Clements at the Washington Note states:

Paul Wolfowitz has now admitted to helping his girlfriend, Shaha Riza, get positions outside the Bank, including "seconding" her to the US State Department that have helped up her salary to levels that clearly violate World Bank rules (i.e. nearly double her salary).

Clements then comments:
This is the kind of personnel nepotism and corruption that Wolfowitz has stated he is trying to wipe out at the Bank and in the client governments of the Bank. An anti-corruption campaign has been one of the only distinctive and memorable aspects of Wolfowitz's tenure so far as president of the international financial institution -- and now his own personal behavior belies what was his self-declared moral campaign against others' corruption both inside the bank and in client country governments.

A fair judgment.