April 24, 2006

Yet another one...

Some thoughts on a preposterous article by yet another retired army guy, Lawrence Wilkerson. Yet another who made sure he skimmed all possible cream from his career, then retires and suddenly discovers that the government he was a part of is evil and needs to be denounced! It's not really worth fisking, (or you reading) but hey, it's therapy for me! Wilkerson writes:

....As Alexis de Tocqueville once said: "America is great because she is good. If America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
He never said it. And it doesn't make any sense anyway. (Thanks to PowerLine)
In January 2001, with the inauguration of George W. Bush as president, America set on a path to cease being good; America became a revolutionary nation, a radical republic. If our country continues on this path, it will cease to be great - as happened to all great powers before it, without exception.
There ought to be added to the list of logical fallacies something like "Argumentum ad Collapsium." That fact that all "great powers" have declined or fallen tells us nothing about the present moment.
From the Kyoto accords to the International Criminal Court, from torture and cruel and unusual treatment of prisoners to rendition of innocent civilians, from illegal domestic surveillance to lies about leaking, from energy ineptitude to denial of global warming, from cherry-picking intelligence to appointing a martinet and a tyrant to run the Defense Department, the Bush administration, in the name of fighting terrorism, has put America on the radical path to ruin.
This is just the list of Democrat talking points. You might be able make a case for any of them, but to present them as "self-evident" is pretty silly. And to claim that things like "appointing a martinet" are self-evidently "the road to radical ruin"....beyond silly.

Unprecedented interpretations of the Constitution that holds the president as commander in chief to be all-powerful and without checks and balances marks the hubris and unparalleled radicalism of this administration.
Can this guy possibly know so little of our history and law? Crazy. And this is not some brain-dead columnist from the Boston Globe. He was Secretary of State Powell's chief of staff!
Moreover, fiscal profligacy of an order never seen before has brought America trade deficits that boggle the mind and a federal deficit that, when stripped of the gimmickry used to make it appear more tolerable, will leave every child and grandchild in this nation a debt that will weigh upon their generations like a ball and chain around every neck. Imagine owing $150,000 from the cradle. That is radical irresponsibility.
Suppose you lived in The People's Republic of Bormenia, and had no hope of advancement or freedom, but could become an American citizen by assuming a debt of $150,000. Would you do it? I sure would. The silliness of this is evident if you think of the debts people assume to buy homes or get a degree. (And your real share of the debt is proportional to your wealth. The rich pay most of the taxes that service our debts.).
This administration has expanded government - creation of the Homeland Security Department alone puts it in the record books - and government intrusiveness. It has brought a new level of sleaze and corruption to Washington (difficult to do, to be sure). And it has done the impossible in war-waging: put in motion a conflict in Iraq that in terms of colossal incompetence, civilian and military, and unbridled arrogance portends to top the Vietnam era, a truly radical feat.
Pretty obviously silly. Homeland Security is mostly a grouping of agencies that already existed, sleaze is a Dem specialty. And any historical comparisons with our other wars make the Iraq Campaign look stellar, as I've often pointed out.
In Eugene Jarecki's documentary Why We Fight, Richard Perle, head theoretician for the neo-Jacobins who masquerade under the title "neoconservatives," claims that America was changed forever by 9/11. He tells us that those attacks are responsible for all this radicalism. The Jacobins were members of a radical political club during the French Revolution that instituted brutal repression in what became known as the "reign of terror."....
No evidence, just name-calling. And the neocons were never running things, we just used them and their policies; not surprising since their warnings about the bankruptcy of the other policies were shown to be correct by 9/11.
....First, it was Mr. Perle and people such as he who put us where we are today, not the terrorists of 9/11. A somnolent Congress assisted - a Congress that, as Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia said as the Senate failed to debate in the run-up to the Iraq war, was "ominously, ominously, dreadfully silent."....
Wait a minute. Where was Lawrence Wilkerson when this was going on? He was part of the administration. He was Chief of Staff to the guy who made the case for invasion before the UN! He pushed these very policies. Talk about "ominously, ominously, dreadfully silent." Damn peculiar, if you ask me. I'll bet he took a "principled stand" by leaking secrets to reporters. Somebody ought to have tapped his phone.

Posted by John Weidner at April 24, 2006 6:21 PM
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