In the process of pursuing some sort of neoconservative “Manifest Destiny,” President Bush has junked the American Constitution—it gave him no authority to “promote” global freedom, democracy or nation-building with blood and treasure not his own.
In his latest address to the nation, Mr. Bush spoke of more sacrifice (not his own) and promised to “do what is necessary . . . spend what is necessary to achieve this essential victory in the war on terror, to promote freedom and to make our own nation more secure.”
To people who are compos mentis, it is obvious that these abstractions are not advanced by leveling one country (
The President’s overheated rhetoric about the Middle East becoming a place of “progress and peace”; his prophetic visions of “tyrants falling and resentment giving way to hope, as men and women in every culture reject the ideologies of terror, and turn to the pursuits of peace”—this is the political equivalent of speaking in tongues. At best, it’s ahistoric. Yet the American people are lapping it up.
The kind of faith Americans seem to have in the ruling crusts has dulled the outcry at the President’s $87-billion “emergency-funding request” in lieu of the adventures in “Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere” through next year, an amount greater than the world gives annually in foreign aid for all countries.
Initially, the Bush administration had pegged the costs of the war at $65 billion, total. Recall, Iraqi oil revenues were going to pay for this unconstitutional exercise. Like other little pesky details (the missing WMD come to mind), the administration has neglected to mention that, because of the ongoing sabotage and erratic power supply (courtesy of the invaders), oil revenue will barely reach $7 billion.
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This means we’re into Keynesian deficit spending—the government is borrowing and inflating the money supply to fund its profligacy, a practice that will accelerate the depreciation of the dollar, and may even lead to the horror of hyperinflation. While Mr. Bush was making a commotion about returning plunder to the people in the form of a tax cut, he was focused just as keenly on increasing the ceiling on a whopping $6.8 trillion national debt.
At a time when there is an army of nine million unemployed Americans (and these are officially finessed figures), Americans are expected to place a couple of countries on the payroll. A large portion of the new budget will go toward funding expensive and expansive bureaucracies. The New York Times reported that the civilian side of the occupation is expected to cost $30 billion over the next year. Once ensconced, these fiefdoms become self-perpetuating, interminable and parasitical, forming a permanent drain on the private economy and the American taxpayer.
The warfare state is more costly than the welfare state, and just as intractable.
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ne senior Western envoy to ponder “whether the world is ready to pick the
For those of us who believe the lessons lie in rejecting what the
Mr. Bush’s “bring ’em on” bravado has been a disaster. The time has come for some bring-’em-home humility.
* Casualty numbers are 443 as of 12/5/2003, and rising daily.
©By ILANA MERCER
WorldNetDaily.com (Appeared also in the Globe And Mail)
September 11, 2003