| The Anti-Empire Report
Read this or George W. Bush will be president the rest of your life
July 9, 2007
by William Blum
Who do you think said this on June 20? a)Rudy Giuliani; b)Hillary
Clinton; c)Mitt Romney; or d)Barack Obama?
"The American military has done its job. Look what they
accomplished. They got rid of Saddam Hussein. They gave the Iraqis a
chance for free and fair elections. They gave the Iraqi government the
chance to begin to demonstrate that it understood its responsibilities
to make the hard political decisions necessary to give the people of
Iraq a better future. So the American military has succeeded. It is the
Iraqi government which has failed to make the tough decisions which are
important for their own people."
Right, it was the woman who wants to be president because ... because
she wants to be president ... because she thinks it would be nice to be
president ... no other reason, no burning cause, no heartfelt desire for
basic change in American society or to make a better world ... she just
thinks it would be nice, even great, to be president. And keep the
American Empire in business, its routine generating of horror and misery
being no problem; she wouldn't want to be known as the president that
hastened the decline of the empire.
And she spoke the above words at the "Take Back America" conference; she
was speaking to liberals, committed liberal Democrats. She didn't have
to cater to them with any flag-waving pro-war rhetoric; they wanted to
hear anti-war rhetoric (and she of course gave them a bit of that as
well out of the other side of her mouth), so we can assume that this is
how she really feels, if indeed the woman feels anything.
Think of why you are opposed to the war. Is it not largely because of
all the unspeakable suffering brought down upon the heads and souls of
the poor people of Iraq by the American military? Hillary Clinton
couldn't care less about that, literally. She thinks the American
military has "succeeded". Has she ever unequivocally labeled the war
"illegal" or "immoral"? I used to think that Tony Blair was a member of
the right wing or conservative wing of the British Labour Party. I
finally realized one day that that was an incorrect description of his
ideology. Blair is a conservative, a bloody Tory. How he wound up in the
Labour Party is a matter I haven't studied. Hillary Clinton, however,
I've long known is a conservative; going back to at least the 1980s,
while the wife of the Arkansas governor, she strongly supported the
death squad torturers known as the Contras, who were the empire's proxy
army in Nicaragua.
Now we hear from America's venerable conservative magazine, William
Buckley's "National Review", an editorial by Bruce Bartlett, policy
adviser to President Ronald Reagan; treasury official under President
George H.W. Bush; a fellow at two of the leading conservative
think-tanks, the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute; you get the
picture. Bartlett tells his readers that it's almost certain that the
Democrats will win the White House in 2008. So what to do? Support the
most conservative Democrat. He writes: "To right-wingers willing to look
beneath what probably sounds to them like the same identical views of
the Democratic candidates, it is pretty clear that Hillary Clinton is
the most conservative."
We also hear from America's premier magazine for the corporate wealthy,
"Fortune", whose recent cover features a picture of Clinton and the
headline: "Business Loves Hillary".
Do those in love with the idea of a woman president care about such
things? Have they never heard of Margaret Thatcher, who tried her best
to cripple the UK's marvelous National Health Service, amongst a hundred
other reactionary policies? Most of Clinton's supporters would love to
see the end of the Iraqi daily horror and so they presumably will also
ignore Ted Koppel, the newsman of impeccable establishment credentials,
who reported recently that he was told by someone who had held a senior
position at the Pentagon and occasionally briefs Hillary Clinton on Gulf
area matters, that she expects US troops to still be in Iraq at the end
of her first term and even at the end of her second term.