One thing is clear about the Bush administration’s current rush to war: It has nothing to do with protecting
There is no evidence nor reason to believe that
What is much less clear is the actual reason for war, especially because it poses real risks to
Big Oil: It should go without saying that the Bush administration, like administrations before it, obsesses about the
The Military-Industrial Think Tank Complex I: A network of defense industry-backed think tanks have been instrumental in cooking up the rationale for invasion of
The Ideology of Empire: The ideology and geopolitical strategy of the war-mongering extremist networks is, in a word, empire. They hope to demonstrate how awesome and dominant is
But more is going on here than just a corporate agenda.
There is no escaping the pathetic fact that a major impulse for war is the desire of President Bush and many of the key actors who served in his father’s administration to “redeem” the failure of the first Bush regime to depose Saddam Hussein.
And there is the narrow political calculus that must have been undertaken prior to the 2002 election by Karl Rove and other White House strategists. They realized that the post September-11 boost for the president was rapidly fading and that the administration was losing control of the national agenda as the Enron, WorldCom and other financial scandals dominated the headlines. They ran the election on the war and, with the Democrats offering no coherent opposition, this proved a successful strategy.
Still, while these propulsions to war can be identified, there are substantial countervailing factors at play. A war brings with it enormous uncertainty. While few doubt that the
These are not just concerns for common sense-minded citizens. They involve the uncertainties that intensely disturb corporations, which is presumably the reason the Dow falls as the drums of war beat louder. They even pose potential risks to the oil companies. (They may also pose risks to George Bush’s re-election, which is why the last, best hope of averting war perhaps is that the White House political strategists pull the country back from the brink.)
But the administration appears to have shunted aside these countervailing concerns. The momentum for war — fueled by a combination of corporate interest, ideology, personal pique and political expedience — combined with the arrogance of power of the most hawkish wing of the administration, appear to have steamrolled saner voices urging caution.
President Bush is on the verge of launching a war that will kill untold thousands of Iraqis, and turn an already tempestuous world into a much more dangerous place. Every person in the
Russell Mokhiber is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime
Reporter. Robert Weissman is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Multinational Monitor, http://www.multinationalmonitor.org. They are co-authors of Corporate Predators: The Hunt for MegaProfits and the Attack on Democracy (