The success of the Obama Administration in bringing about meaningful change to America hinges on a total rebuke of the phony but much touted War on Terror, along with the entire Homeland Security gestapo that came along with it. The War on Terror was concocted by the Bush Mafia to justify the oil occupation of Iraq, the gas pipeline occupation of Afghanistan, and the shredding of our Constitution.
Unless one is willing to debunk the War on Terror there can be no exit from the fear-based reactionary politics that have decimated our Bill of Rights, bankrupted our Treasury through the buildup of Homeland Security apparatus, and pulled us into anti-democratic occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The hard pill which the American people have yet to swallow is that now that the US occupation has ended in Iraq, Prime Minister Malaki will fall. Likewise, as soon as we pull all troops out of Afghanistan, Prime Minister Karzai is toast. The idiot Republican “look how great the surge worked” crowd, basking as ever in their Empirical delusions, will immediately blame these collapses on Obama-ordered withdrawals. Nothing will be further from the truth. Again.
The reality in both cases is that the US has backed crooked, unpopular tin cup dictators whose rule is only possible due to the imposition of Imperial Army dictates. We backed Karzai because he used to work for Unocal (now part of Chevron) and was willing to go forward with a key natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Kandahar to the Port of Karachi. We backed Malaki because he was an exiled South of France millionaire beholden to the international corporate/banking glitterati.
Both are destined to fall, not because of Obama’s withdrawal orders, but because these Halliburton cronies are hated by their people and for good reason. If we are really interested in promoting democracy in the region these regimes need to fall. That’s how far out of whack US foreign policy is. When they do fall the blame should be placed squarely on the heads of Bush, his Republican Boy Scout cheerleaders and the “Bush kept us safe after 911 (just not ON 911?)” morons, all 27% of whom could benefit from a few days in Guantanamo before we shut her down completely.
Obama must recognize that al Qaeda is run by the Israeli Mossad and British MI6. Transferring troops out of Iraq and into Afghanistan was a fool’s errand. This move signaled that the War on Terror mentality was alive and well and that Obama had bought into this nonsense. Instead he should pull all US troops out of everywhere and let tyrants fall. A full investigation of bin Laden’s ties should focus on his ties to the Saudi royal family and the British Crown.
Special forces battalions inserted into the tribal areas of Pakistan have decimated al Qaeda. Unlike many progressives, I have no problem with this. I know who they work for. Texas, Wyoming, Tel Aviv and the City of London are now the areas where 911 criminals should be hunted down. Like dogs.
If Obama can break out of the imperial double-think that is the War on Terror he can slash the military budget, attack the corporate welfare queens and easily pay for the public infrastructure which is needed to keep us out of a depression. If he does not break from this mindset, his well-intentioned domestic agenda could be derailed in much the same way that Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society plans were largely squandered in the jungles of Vietnam.
Dean Henderson is the author of four books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve & Stickin’ it to the Matrix. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @ www.deanhenderson.wordpress.com