Saturday, September 11, 2004

Juan Cole, September 09, not September 11

Everybody is buzzing about Juan Cole's as usual excellent analysis of what Al Queda hoped to accomplish three years ago. I have been trying to piece something together about the Project for a New American Century and their desire for "a new Pearl Harbor" so that we could have war without end. My technical and organizational skills are well below par, so I keep losing it everytime this dinosaur of a machine hiccoughs.

I think that it is important that this gets said and explained often and I really do not think that the media or the public at large has given this enough scrutiny. With that in mind, I will just repost Juan Cole's September 09 post in it's entirety without his consent or knowlege because it is short; it's powerful and needs to be repeated until it sinks into my conservative friend's heads.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Cheney Implies Perpetual War

Dick Cheney's statement that if Americans elected John Kerry they would suffer another terrorist attack like 9/11 has provoked outrage among Democrats.

But what is interesting to me is the policy implications. Cheney seems to be saying that the reason there won't be another attack if he is reelected is because he will keep fighting "preemptive" wars.

So, he is promising us more wars, folks. And he almost certainly has Iran foremost on his mind.

It is not actually the case, of course, that fighting serial wars against states would necessarily stop international terrorism. Most terrorism is local and not under the auspices of the state.

In fact, the Bush/Cheney invasion of Iraq has certainly been good for al-Qaeda, and has expanded the recruiting pool by creating large numbers of angry young Muslim men.

When Cheney promises more "preemptive" wars, we should take him very seriously.

posted by Juan @ 9/9/2004 07:15:12 AM

If you came here from somewhere that is not a progressive site I urge you to check out his site, you will never look at FOX News the same way again.


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