Friday, August 22, 2014

American Gothic Horror: Dick and Liz and the creation of Project for a New American Century part deux (2.0) - "The crazies are back" once again

American Gothic Horror: Dick and Liz Cheney

AMY GOODMAN:     Now one of the things we are talking about a lot and seeing a lot is that the same people that were there during the Reagan-Bush years and even before, the Wolfowitzes the Rumsfelds, Cheneys were there then. What was George Bush’s view of these people then?

RAY MCGOVERN:     Well, you know it’s really interesting. When we saw these people coming back in town, all of us said who were around in those days said, oh my god, ‘the crazies’ are back – ‘the crazies’ – that’s how we referred to these people.

The Project for a New American Century was a neo-conservative "think tank," created as a "non-profit educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership," in 1997, by none other than William Kristol and Robert Kagan:

The group even got a tax exemption for being like-kind/like-mind ideologues pushing an agenda onto the people - ruminating old, regurgitated diatribes and passing them off as "new ideas."

For those unfamiliar with the PNAC, the organization boasted membership to include nearly every war-mongering political hack from the Reagan Administration through the GW Bush Administration as well as friends on hangers on that included members of the religious right, extreme nationalists... a virtual who's who of  "pious fools" promoting the neo-conservative "noble lie.

Membership of the original PNAC 1997-2006

One may have difficulty telling this mass of roiling infectious bodies apart, attempting to determine who worked in which administration without a score card.  So many, of the PNAC membership, worked in administrations from Nixon forward. - here are just a few:

Rummy, sent to Iraq by Ronnie, meets Saddam and makes friends just 
15 months after the massacre in Du'jail - 
pledging US' full support against Iran.  
Rummy knew all about Saddam's slaughter of the Kurds.
Fast forward to 2006, Saddam is on trial
for that crime at the behest of Rummy and friends

  • Paul "These are Arabs [Iraqis]... who are going to welcome us as liberators" Wolfowitz, a student of Leo Strauss, Neo-Conservative philosopher and (creator of the basic hive) cheerleader, and Albert Wohlstetter (one of the "mind-trust" architects of the Cold War mentality leading to proliferation of the defense industry and the MIC) at the University of Chicago. He served under Reagan as 12th Director of Policy Planning, 8th Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and 10th United States Ambassador to Indonesia; Bush 1 as 4th Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; And Bush 2 as 25th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense - as chief architect of the War on Iraq and, with Rumsfeld, the Afghanistan War - and, finally, given the ridiculous position as head of the World Bank until he was forced to resign due to an on-going affair with one of the World Bank's employees.
  • Douglas J. Feith worked on Reagan's National Security Council under Richard Pipes, moving to the Pentagon the next year to work as Special Counsel for Richard Perle, another neo-con and future  PNAC member.  After working in the private sector as lobbyist and MIC corporate protection business (attorney) he joined GW Bush's administration as  Undersecretary of Defense for Policy where he worked to place other old neo-con friends into positions throughout the administration. He is best known for creating the Office of Strategic Influence - a group whose only purpose was to create media disinformation, manipulating facts and leaking half truths, lies and damned lies, to prop up support for Bush's "War On Terror"

The PNAC ran just long enough to get a president (front man) elected, to take full control of Washington, and to put the nation into perpetual war. The last time the neo-cons took over Washington was in 1980, defeating Carter in his re-election bid and installing Ronald Reagan as their front man.

The PNAC quietly closed down in 2006.  What could they do to follow up after sleeping at the switch during 9/11; Manipulating the nation to a war on Iraq (attacking a sovereign nation, deposing its leader and destabilizing an entire region); Their legacy of torture  (from black sites in Poland, Thailand and on the high seas to the flag ship prison camp at Guantanamo); And finally, helping to run the nation's economy into the ground while making millions from their holdings in war machine corporations?

The nation has not recovered from the PNAC and its Children of the Corn.  In fact, many of them are still embraced on both sides of the aisle, throughout the Pentagon, CIA and all the way up into the White House. (NDAA, Patriot Act, Trickle Down, Drones, "Kill List," torture, Guantanamo, NSA spying on everyone, privatization of government.... the list is horrifically long)

In July, after Liz Cheney saw the writing on the wall regarding her chances (or, rather, no chance... not even in Dick's future Vice Presidential Suite in Hell) of election to the Senate - the duo of The Dick and his spawn announced a new venture, "The Alliance for a Strong America":

A family of "non-profit" 501(c)4 groups just in time for election season, 2014, and plenty of time for 2016....
And like his predecessor organization, he uses his aging obnoxiousness to lay blame for everything on everybody not him - of course, his way is the only way and what the people think?  "So?" (his response to questions about the polls showing 2/3 of Americans thought Iraq is not worth fighting 5 yrs after the invasion of Iraq ).

According to the "Alliance" Press Release:
"....the formation and launch of The Alliance for a Strong America, a 501(c)4 grassroots organization that will advocate for a restoration of American strength and power. The group will be led by former Vice President Cheney, who will serve as Chairman and Liz Cheney, who will be the group’s President.  The committee is supported by citizens who are dedicated to the hard but necessary task of preserving freedom and restoring American strength and power in the wake of the Obama administration’s national security failures.”
Sounds suspiciously like the 1997, "The Statement of Principals," screed from the PNAC,  written as Clinton began his 2nd term (a distinction without a difference):

Statement of Principals

June 3, 1997

American foreign and defense policy is adrift. Conservatives have criticized the incoherent policies of the Clinton Administration. They have also resisted isolationist impulses from within their own ranks. But conservatives have not confidently advanced a strategic vision of America's role in the world. They have not set forth guiding principles for American foreign policy. They have allowed differences over tactics to obscure potential agreement on strategic objectives. And they have not fought for a defense budget that would maintain American security and advance American interests in the new century.

We aim to change this. We aim to make the case and rally support for American global leadership.

As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world's preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievements of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests?

We are in danger of squandering the opportunity and failing the challenge. We are living off the capital -- both the military investments and the foreign policy achievements -- built up by past administrations. Cuts in foreign affairs and defense spending, inattention to the tools of statecraft, and inconstant leadership are making it increasingly difficult to sustain American influence around the world. And the promise of short-term commercial benefits threatens to override strategic considerations. As a consequence, we are jeopardizing the nation's ability to meet present threats and to deal with potentially greater challenges that lie ahead.

We seem to have forgotten the essential elements of the Reagan Administration's success: a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States' global responsibilities.

Of course, the United States must be prudent in how it exercises its power. But we cannot safely avoid the responsibilities of global leadership or the costs that are associated with its exercise. America has a vital role in maintaining peace and security in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. If we shirk our responsibilities, we invite challenges to our fundamental interests. The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of this century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership.

Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences:

• we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global
responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future;

• we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;

• we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;

• we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.

Such a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness in the next.

Elliott Abrams  Gary Bauer  William J. Bennett     Jeb Bush

Dick Cheney  Eliot A. Cohen  Midge Decter  Paula Dobriansky  Steve Forbes

Aaron Friedberg  Francis Fukuyama  Frank Gaffney  Fred C. Ikle

Donald Kagan     Zalmay Khalilzad     I. Lewis Libby  Norman Podhoretz

Dan Quayle  Peter W. Rodman  Stephen P. Rosen     Henry S. Rowen

Donald Rumsfeld  Vin Weber  George Weigel  Paul Wolfowitz

Cheney and Cheney are hitting the floor slithering with interviews and articles on everything Murdoch (FOX, WSJ, et al) and everything neo-con (AEI, Weekly Standard, Hot Air).   The demonic duo are whipping up the willfully ignorant, scared and whining base, trying to froth the psychotic rage of exceptionalist immaturity once again.

"Noble Lies" (not at all noble but mere echo-chambered memes of fear-mongering feigned outrage) still used to create a fog over the reality.  Political power makes big bucks for he, his progeny and their friends while it keeps the world imploding and entire populations dying.... All for greed and control to feed that greed.

The question is, will we allow it to happen once again or will we stake this latest taxpayer sustained incarnation of Dracula before he has time to sink his teeth into this weakened and balkanized nation, bleeding us dry - laying to waste what is left of America?  

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