September 5, 2008
In the video here, Sarah Palin wants us to believe the Russians invaded Georgia because they are after the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline and want to “divide and intimidate our European allies.”
No, Ms. Palin is not stupid, even if she has no idea why Russia went into Georgia — to put an end to the Georgian murder spree against the people of South Ossetia, a criminal act encouraged by the United States and Israel.
Palin is simply pushing the neocon line, even if it takes outrageous and absurdly transparent lies. Sarah Palin had her script written for her, same as McCain and Bush: they are all sock puppets for the neocons.
I hate to say it, but Paul Craig Roberts is right — we are headed for nuclear war. If the neocons have their way — and it looks like they will, especially if McCain is ushered into office — the United States will continue to push Russia in the corner by installing missile systems on their border.
Cheney went to Georgia and told the mental case Saakashvili his country will be part of NATO. “Cheney’s trip was intended as a signal that the United States will continue cultivating close ties with Georgia and its neighbors even after Russia showed it was willing to use military force against countries along its border,” reports the Associated Press.
Cheney shopped around the newly minted neocon line. “Speaking in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, following a meeting with Ilham Aliyev, the country’s president, Mr Cheney said energy security was an ‘increasingly urgent’ issue,” reports the Financial Times.
Palin’s speech at the RNC introduced this new talking point. As should be expected, the corporate media has received its script from the Pentagon. “There are concerns that the Kremlin might next squeeze Ukraine as it tries to reclaim dominance in the region. That strategically situated country of 46 million has pipelines that carry Russian gas to Europe.”
Russia does not want to reclaim its dominance. It wants the U.S. to stop trying to box it in with missile systems, tinhorn dictatorships clustered on its borders, and provocative, incendiary rhetoric.
I usually avoid the crystal ball, but I can’t help it in this instance. Obama will be defeated in November. The Rovian machine has something dirty on Barack Obama and if that does not work there are the voting machines. If you think another stolen election will be resisted, consider the second part of the above video — the police state unleashed in Minnesota was but a taste of things to come. Besides, the average American cannot be bothered, he does not really care if it is McCain or Obama, so long as there are sit-coms and football games like Roman bread and circuses.
For the neocons, war with Russia is a dream come true, never mind the radiation. In the millions of column inches and billions of bytes covering the neocons, we hear scant little about their philosophy. It’s said they are hawks, but this misses the point by a country mile.
|For some reason Carl Schmitt, Nazi jurist and neocon swami, was not sent to the gallows like his compatriots.|
The neocons are more than Straussian fanatics, they are students of the Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt, who believed in a dictatorship of the executive and a state of perpetual emergency, Hitler’s Ausnahmezustand. Schmitt was in love with the “death machine,” that is to say pure acts of unspeakable violence in the name of the state, and so are his students, the neocons. If Russia nukes us, that will make us all the stronger, never mind we may all perish in the process.
Strauss taught the neocons they are princeling philosophers and the rest of us are fools and chumps in Plato’s cave staring at shadows on the wall. Remember, Karl Rove said the neocons make their own reality — and that reality, as envisioned by Schmitt, is a nihilistic dance with death. The legal opinions of John Yoo — torturing children, negating the Geneva Conventions, the NSA electronic surveillance and control grid, the unitary executive, etc. — are Carl Schmitt’s theories put into action.
As Gary Leupp points out, the neocons “have contempt for the masses, and feel utterly justified in wisely misleading those masses,” and suffering writ large is for the good, as defined by them.
“The ancient philosophers whom Strauss most cherished believed that the unwashed masses were not fit for either truth or liberty, and that giving them these sublime treasures would be like throwing pearls before swine,” the scholarly critic of Strauss, Shadia Drury, tells Danny Postel. “In contrast to modern political thinkers, the ancients denied that there is any natural right to liberty. Human beings are born neither free nor equal. The natural human condition, they held, is not one of freedom, but of subordination – and in Strauss’s estimation they were right in thinking so.”
The people will not be happy to learn that there is only one natural right – the right of the superior to rule over the inferior, the master over the slave, the husband over the wife, and the wise few over the vulgar many. In On Tyranny, Strauss refers to this natural right as the “tyrannical teaching” of his beloved ancients. It is tyrannical in the classic sense of rule above rule or in the absence of law.
Strauss, his Hegelian buddy Alexandre Kojève, and Carl Schmitt (who was Strauss’ mentor and patron) “were convinced that liberal economics would turn life into entertainment and destroy politics; all three understood politics as a conflict between mutually hostile groups willing to fight each other to the death. In short, they all thought that man’s humanity depended on his willingness to rush naked into battle and headlong to his death. Only perpetual war can overturn the modern project, with its emphasis on self-preservation and ‘creature comforts.’ Life can be politicized once more, and man’s humanity can be restored,” Drury explains. “The combination of religion and nationalism is the elixir that Strauss advocates as the way to turn natural, relaxed, hedonistic men into devout nationalists willing to fight and die for their God and country.”
In order to get there, the neocons want to go up against all comers, including Russia, bristling as it is with nukes. Such a confrontation, according to the lunatic neocons, will turn “hedonistic men into devout nationalists willing to fight and die for their God and country,” or for their mere survival, at any rate.
Of course, the Straussian utopia will never be realized, it will instead reduce the planet to a cauldron of radioactive death. It is not simply hubris that drives the neocons, it is a truly demented and evil philosophy.
Obama will not be allowed to stand in the way. He will be taken down before November or on the day Americans enter the polling places to play Russian roulette — please excuse the pun — with Diebold and company.
Now is the time for Americans to awaken from their slumber and march on Washington in their millions — that is if they don’t want to witness the slow murder of their children or, at best, become the sort of driven slaves Schmitt, Strauss, and crew imagine.
Unfortunately, I don’t believe the average American is up to the task. He likes his shadows in the cave — especially if the shadows and egineered illusions are projected on a 60 inch flat LCD screen.