February 15, 2007

All Hail President Pace!

Did General Peter Pace just save Iran from a US attack?
With the “mainstream media,” that is, the government’s propaganda ministry, bombarding the American public with “news reports” from unidentified sources that the US government has proof that “the highest reaches of the Iranian government” is supplying weapons to the Iraqi insurgency, Marine General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, demurred. General Pace told the Voice of America on February 12 that he has no information indicating that Iran’s government is supplying weapons to the Iraqi insurgency.

General Pace said that “Iranians are involved,” but “what I would not say is that the Iranian government, per se, knows about this . . . I would not say by what I know that the Iranian government clearly knows or is complicit.”

Unlike the New York Times, Fox “news,” CNN, and the TV networks, General Pace refused to lie for the Bush Regime.
What if he had gone along with the lie? Would Bush have issued his astonishing denial today? I don't think so.

The "misunderstanding" is now being blamed on an over-zealous staffer. Where have we heard that before? And will this anonymous "staffer" face dismissal? I don't think so.

This is not an acceptable situation for the USA or the world. We cannot survive two more years of this. Fortunately, Paul Craig Roberts has a solution:
Perhaps America could regain its reputation if General Pace would send a division of US Marines to arrest Bush, Cheney, the entire civilian contingent in the Pentagon, the neoconservative nazis, and the complicit members of Congress and send them off to the Hague to be tried for war crimes.
The idea of a military takeover of the USA is pretty bizarre, but what the hell. They can't be worse than this lot. One thing about soldiers is they they would mostly prefer NOT to die, which gives them a certain level-headedness when contemplating war.
How can any patriotic American support a regime that has shredded the US Constitution, ignored the separation of powers, violated the Geneva Conventions, forced through a law legalizing torture, launched a war of aggression that has produced 26,000 American military casualties in service of a lie, murdered tens or hundreds of thousands of Muslim civilians, destroyed an entire country, and planned an attack on Iran, perhaps with nuclear weapons?

Patriotism is loyalty to country and to the US Constitution, not loyalty to a criminal regime.
I wonder what US soldiers in Iraq would make of this idea? I wonder what all this retired Generals would say of it, given how their criticism of Bush has been ignored?

I wonder how many US soldiers would swear allegiance to the White House, if and when it came to the crunch, rather than to their commanders on the ground?

Don't get me wrong. I can see all sorts of problems with a military coup in Washington. But the fact that we have even got to a point where such discussion is valid, even in a hypothetical sense, says a lot.

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