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RE: On Neocons
Posted by Botnst: To me, it's all about oil. Saddam was a threat to it. He was bad. He had invaded several of his neighbors and threatened all of them and advocated using oil supply as a directed economic weapon against the USA. That's enough for me. He's no longer in power and that is more than fine with me. It's pure gravy that democracy may find a foothold, if the Iraqi's are willing, in a predominantly Arab country.
I see--a verbal threat is enough to pull the trigger for you. I suppose when Kruschev pounded his shoe at the U.N. and threatened to "bury" us, you were ready to nuke him and the USSR on the spot.
It's interesting that, to you, oil is the undisputed rationale for whatever form of mayhem we wish to engage in, and for whatever international protocals we wish to violate. Kill hundreds of thousands of Iraqis in the name of oil; kill 1600 (and counting) Americans in the name of oil; torture and maim detainees, whether we are sure they committed a crime or not, all ok in the name of oil. And of course, lie about the rationale for it all, and that, too, is ok--as long as it's for a good cause. And by good cause, we do not really mean removing an evil dictator (who was just fine with us for a long time, when he was cooperative), nor do we mean establishing democracy. That, of course, is just window dressing. That's just the bull shit we feed the masses, who are only too happy to lap lap lap it up.
No, we mean maintaining our constitutional right to drive, drive, drive--and to do so cheaply, far more cheaply than the rest of the industrialized world. For oil, we sacrifice (happily) someone else's sons and daughters and a large chunk of our treasury--just keep the petro flowing, by God.