“i want the special–yeah with ahmadinejad. might as well give me an africom while we’re at it. yeah–oh, and dickie wants the one that comes with the m-16…no, not the toy one…”
As the debate for Iran’s right to nukes expedites the Second Coming, one should take the time to revisit not so ancient history. For your viewing pleasure, or hopefully, discomfort, I present to you a short list of excellent ‘propaganda’ covering the U.S. case for blood under new millennium conservatives–and you don’t even have to leave your laptop!
Byte One: Gen. Powell Goes to the U.N., Dick & Bush, 2003*
(*Goes great with the 2006 read The Manifesto of Ascendancy…and just last week alJazeera chuckled at Condoleezza Rice’s Neo-Colonial Manifesto.)
With all due respect, Gen. Powell and Sec. Rice ought to be lauded for their respective stations in the Big White House under this Administration, but I must say the day the General left was much more venerable than the day he made the case for Iraq. And if I recollect right, Secretary Rice failed the domestic ‘hearts and minds’ bit miserably during the Gulf region’s levee explosion in 2005. Bottom line is: they know better. Brilliant as they are, John Ridley found himself hard pressed to find a sympathetic Negro for their cause, as Powell and Rice have been effective overseers messengers of the State as it spent the last eight years on American-as-apple-pie perf enhancements (a.k.a. The Patriot Act…a.k.a. before a couple of weeks ago, denial of habeas corpus to detainees…a.k.a. encouraging Israel’s trigger-happiness…).
Byte Two: Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore, 2004
Byte Three: The Fog of War, Errol Morris, 2003
Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
McNamara served as Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War. I would encourage you to give special attention to McNamara’s argument about each player in 1962 - the United States, the Soviet Union, and Cuba - being a ‘rational’ entity as getting nuclear danced about everyone’s options. Castro said no one feared death–it was just a matter of when it would come. And how.
If the ’60s were rational, we can reasonably expect our leadership to be rational, too, right? Kristol’s off base, isn’t he? We have to talk it out before we bomb it out, don’t we?
Well, look at the bright side: who can afford to discriminate against permanently tanned people or lgbtq people or poor people or disabled people or any people when everyone’s running for their lives? I knew we’d find equality sooner or later.