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Charley Reese: {Empire Is} "The Road to Darkness"
King Features Syndicate ^ | 09-29-2003 | Reese, Charley

Posted on 09/29/2003 7:01:29 AM PDT by Theodore R.

Road To Darkness

I really don't understand George Bush. Why can't he say: "I was convinced that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction but apparently our intelligence was faulty. I'm sorry to have misled you, but getting rid of Saddam is still a good idea, etc., and so forth"?

No, there is apparently something in the Bush genes that forbids ever admitting to having made a mistake. Such arrogance cost his father a second term, and it could do the same to the son's political ambition. In the father's case, he refused to apologize to the American people for breaking his promise never to allow new taxes.

Now, son Bush doesn't bring up the topic of weapons of mass destruction, except to say that he's sure they will find evidence of "programs." Well, dormant programs weren't used to sell Americans on going to war. Stockpiles and imminent acquisition of nuclear weapons were used to sell the war. That was, as Sen. Edward Kennedy has put it so bluntly, a fraud.

Saddam was a bad dictator, though the worst of his brutalities occurred during the 1980s when he was an American ally. But a Saddam Hussein without weapons of mass destruction, living in a falling-apart economy with a decrepit, falling-apart army, was a problem for Iraqis, not for Americans. All of Saddam's neighbors told Bush that they were not afraid of Iraq. Therefore, getting rid of him was not worth the 300 American lives already spent and more sure to come.

Now the neoconservatives who got us into a war on false pretenses are saying we "can't afford to lose the peace." This same ploy was used to prolong America's stay in Vietnam. We won't lose the peace if we hand Iraq over to the Iraqis and say goodbye. We will if we prolong our stay.

That old colonialist racism is manifesting itself in all these remarks about our having to tutor the Iraqis in running their own country. The Iraqis can govern themselves. They've been a nation as long as Finland and a civilization longer than Europe. Bush wants to stay in Iraq for purely economic reasons. He wants to make sure it's we, not the Iraqis, who decide who gets the business of a rebuilding a country. He doesn't want a democratic government in Iraq. He wants a puppet government that will follow his orders.

It's too bad Bush isn't a reader. He's following in the colonialist footsteps of the British. They tried occupation and found it was too bloody and costly, so they set up a puppet government. The Iraqis overthrew it. And the probability is high that they will drive us out and overthrow whatever puppet government we leave behind. The question is how many billions of dollars and how many American lives we want to spend teaching George Bush a lesson he should have learned at the library.

We Americans are not cut out for empire. When Arab terrorists struck the twin towers, the FBI and CIA suddenly discovered they were woefully short of people who could read and speak Arabic. Yet we've been involved in the Middle East for a century. I met an Air Force general in charge of choosing nuclear targets, and during the conversation he referred to Iran as an Arab country. It's not, in case you don't know. God only knows what poor people he chose as targets for annihilation.

We have soldiers scattered around the world in 120 countries. The vast military-industrial complex is bleeding us out. We have a president who advocates an endless war. Our country will not survive an endless war. We'll go bankrupt. If the president aspires to be the emperor, he should read some Roman history. None of the emperors, or their people, fared very well.

My prayer is that Americans will wake up and re-establish the republic the Founding Fathers gave us, along with a policy of armed neutrality and no foreign entanglements. That way leads to a bright future. The road to empire leads to darkness.

© 2003 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: bankruptcy; bush; charleyreese; cia; dsaddamhussein; empire; endlesswar; ghwb; imbecile; iran; iraq; lewrockwelldotcom; neoconservatives; paleolib; paleolibs; pitchforkpat; racecard; romanempire; us
It's too bad Bush isn't a reader.

Is this true? With Mrs. Bush being a former librarian, it is my understanding that the President is a reader. Perhaps he is not reading the history books that Charley Reese thinks vital in regard to foreign policy and empire.

1 posted on 09/29/2003 7:01:29 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Theodore R.
Too bad Charley Reese is an idiot.

I hope Bush isn't a reader, because all there is out there in bias-land is crap like this.
2 posted on 09/29/2003 7:07:15 AM PDT by LaraCroft (We Will Never Allow Them to Forget)
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To: Theodore R.
This retard is still published? I thought he was layed off or retired.
3 posted on 09/29/2003 7:11:09 AM PDT by hang 'em (Por Cruz PutaGrande, nada)
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To: Theodore R.
My prayer is that Americans will wake up and re-establish the republic the Founding Fathers gave us

Charley's only about 140 years too late on that wish. It is amusing to read rants about the administration's myopia, or naivete, alongside statements like "We won't lose the peace if we hand Iraq over to the Iraqis and say goodbye."

Arguments against entanglements are fair, and debate about whether we should have gone into Iraq is fine. But I don't think it's even a remotely good idea to invade a country, destroy its infrastructure, and then leave.

4 posted on 09/29/2003 7:16:40 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: LaraCroft
One again the critics merely attack the messenger and do not dispute Reese's theses on an objective basis. Reese's position is much like that of the anti-imperialists of 1898 who opposed the U.S. occupation of the Philippine Islands. He is using the same arguments from 105 years ago. Reese believes that the Iraqis are capable of self-government because theirs is a very old country. In time, I imagine the Iraqis will get a chance at self-government, and we shall see if Reese was right or not.
5 posted on 09/29/2003 7:18:42 AM PDT by Theodore R. (But he)
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To: Theodore R.
It is a rather subjective description but I have read that observation before, dating back several years.

Some attributed it (not being a 'reader') to dyslexia.


6 posted on 09/29/2003 7:20:47 AM PDT by JohnGalt ("the constitution as it is, the union as it was")
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To: Theodore R.
Charley Reese is a dinosaur. Just stay retired you old coot.
7 posted on 09/29/2003 7:21:55 AM PDT by subterfuge (God will NOT be mocked!)
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To: Theodore R.
Reese believes that the Iraqis are capable of self-government because theirs is a very old country. In time, I imagine the Iraqis will get a chance at self-government, and we shall see if Reese was right or not.

No one, except for maybe those who wished to see Saddam remain in power, believes the Iraqis are incapable of self-governing. What I and many supporters of the administration believe is their best chance at success lies in a temporary U.S. presence. We did it in Japan, we did it in Europe, why won't it work in Iraq?

8 posted on 09/29/2003 7:32:48 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: aculeus; general_re; BlueLancer; Poohbah; Chancellor Palpatine; All
Charley's columns well illustrate our word for the day.
9 posted on 09/29/2003 7:40:55 AM PDT by dighton (NLC™)
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To: Theodore R.
>It's too bad Bush isn't a reader.

Is this true?

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I've heard this before and though I don't have links to sources I remember in the 2000 campaign it was something of an issue that he not only didn't read much as an adult but also that he wasn't well read even during college days where it is said that his graduation was due to family status and not scholastic achievement. As president there was an interview (fox news perhaps) in which he is said to have claimed that he didn't watch the news but depended on his advisors to inform him on what they felt was important for him to know. For what it's worth that's the word on the street.

10 posted on 09/29/2003 8:07:15 AM PDT by u-89
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To: hang 'em
"This retard is still published? I thought he was layed off or retired."

Yeah, anyone who fails to lick Bush's boot has to be a retard.
11 posted on 09/29/2003 8:09:32 AM PDT by WarrenGamaliel
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To: dighton; general_re; BlueLancer; Poohbah; Chancellor Palpatine; All
Another Word For The Day echo found here.
12 posted on 09/29/2003 8:39:45 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: Mr. Bird
I beg to differ, we still have troops in both Japan and Germany.
13 posted on 09/29/2003 9:15:36 AM PDT by Mustard Plaster
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To: Mustard Plaster
I beg to differ, we still have troops in both Japan and Germany

Are you saying our current presence in those countries is for occupation and rebuilding? No one is saying we'll ever entirely eliminate a U.S. presence from the Gulf, but for crying out loud, we've had troops there for decades. It's all a matter of degree.

We went from hundreds of thousands in Japan to a base on Okinawa. Same with Germany, although we will soon be almost entirely absent from that ungrateful, historical scourge of a country. We helped convert both from totalitarian war-making states to (historically speaking) successful democracies. If we approach that level of success with Iraq, there will be no denying the wisdom of invading when we did.

14 posted on 09/29/2003 9:25:49 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: Mr. Bird
Arguments against entanglements are fair, and debate about whether we should have gone into Iraq is fine. But I don't think it's even a remotely good idea to invade a country, destroy its infrastructure, and then leave.

A good point. The families shouldering the direct loss of a young soldier certainly must question the wisdom of the task, but most of them realize we are really in a war for our civilization. Bush has adopted a pre-emptive approach, and will not repeat the mistakes of the British. As for Bush being a reader, Rice certainly is and Bush takes her advice. With an approach of appeasement, we only look weaker and weaker, kinda like Reese's arguement.

15 posted on 09/29/2003 10:05:39 AM PDT by KC_for_Freedom (Sailing the highways of America, and loving it.)
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