Themes, Dreams and Schemes: Another Conservative in the White House; Arabs Without Oil by Chris Floyd

Dandelion Salad

Written by Chris Floyd
Tuesday, 10 July 2007

And now for a couple of clips from some of our favorite observers. First up, wise man Bill Blum considers the case of one of the more conservative candidates running for president: Hillary Clinton.

“Who do you think said this on June 20? a) Rudy Giuliani; b) Hillary Clinton; c) George Bush; d) Mitt Romney; or e) Barack Obama?

“The American military has done its job. Look what they accomplished. They got rid of Saddam Hussein. They gave the Iraqis a chance for free and fair elections. They gave the Iraqi government the chance to begin to demonstrate that it understood its responsibilities to make the hard political decisions necessary to give the people of Iraq a better future. So the American military has succeeded. It is the Iraqi government which has failed to make the tough decisions which are important for their own people.”

Right, it was the woman who wants to be president because … because she wants to be president … because she thinks it would be nice to be president … no other reason, no burning cause, no heartfelt desire for basic change in American society or to make a better world … she just thinks it would be nice, even great, to be president. And keep the American Empire in business, its routine generating of horror and misery being no problem; she wouldn’t want to be known as the president that hastened the decline of the empire…

Think of why you are opposed to the war. Is it not largely because of all the unspeakable suffering brought down upon the heads and souls of the poor people of Iraq by the American military? Hillary Clinton couldn’t care less about that, literally. She thinks the American military has “succeeded”. Has she ever unequivocally labeled the war “illegal” or “immoral”? ….I’ve long known [she] is a conservative; going back to at least the 1980s, while the wife of the Arkansas governor, she strongly supported the death squad torturers known as the Contras, who were the empire’s proxy army in Nicaragua.

Now we hear from America’s venerable conservative magazine, William Buckley’s “National Review”, an editorial by Bruce Bartlett, policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan; treasury official under President George H.W. Bush; a fellow at two of the leading conservative think-tanks, the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute; you get the picture. Bartlett tells his readers that it’s almost certain that the Democrats will win the White House in 2008. So what to do? Support the most conservative Democrat. He writes: “To right-wingers willing to look beneath what probably sounds to them like the same identical views of the Democratic candidates, it is pretty clear that Hillary Clinton is the most conservative.” We also hear from America’s premier magazine for the corporate wealthy, “Fortune”, whose recent cover features a picture of Clinton and the headline: “Business Loves Hillary”.

… Most of Clinton’s supporters would love to see the end of the Iraqi daily horror and so they presumably will also ignore Ted Koppel, the newsman of impeccable establishment credentials, who reported recently that he was told by someone who had held a senior position at the Pentagon and occasionally briefs Hillary Clinton on Gulf area matters, that she expects US troops to still be in Iraq at the end of her first term and even at the end of her second term.”

Now there’s something to look forward too. Why, your sons and daughters, and their sons and daughters, might still be killing and being killed in Iraq for decades to come…or at least until the oil runs out.

Speaking of oil, the “Angry Arab,” As’ad AbuKhalil does some provocative musing on the subject while soaring high above the earth:

I was thinking on the plane yesterday. Can you imagine how better the Arab world would have been if Saudi Arabia did not have oil? Not a single monarchy or sultanate would have survived the Nasserist tide if there was no oil money. Just imagine how more enlightened the region would have been. Wahhabiyyah would have been treated as a small insignificant cult just as we treat Lyndon LRouche here in the US. Dreaming only.

Arabs without oil? But then what would the Pentagon do with all those toys?


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