The War Party

This documentary film for the BBC program Panorama originally aired in May of 2003, shortly after the Americans’ “shock and awe” bombing and invasion of Iraq. It’s fascinating to watch it now, five years later, not only with the benefit of hindsight, but also framed in the context of the present geopolitical conflicts and even more specifically, with respect to Sen. John McCain’s remarks the other day when denouncing the aggressive posture of Russia, claiming that: “in the 21st century nations don’t invade other nations.”

Going behind the scenes of the sinister, but not-so-shadowy neo-conservative movement in the US at the height of its power and influence in Washington, the film offers some quite revealing (and alarming) insights into the thinking of hawks like Michael Ledeen, Richard Perle, Bill Kristol, and of course, our own native son, David “Axis of Evil” Frum.

While McCain’s suggestion that, in this day and age, countries don’t invade one another may have been meant in innocence, given that the US is currently occupying two foreign nations, it’s difficult not to see it as being indicative of either monumental hypocrisy or a stunning lack of awareness concerning the powerful ideological forces that have been driving US foreign policy for the last seven years. Or, somewhat perplexingly, perhaps a bit of both.

4 Replies to “The War Party”

  1. Has the melanoma spread to his brain?

    I mean, really …

    Does this man check his brain at the door when his pie-hole begins to open?

    The European press will have a field day with this gaffe. Will the American press even pick-up on the irony?

  2. The NAmerikan media is an obedient lap dog. It will no more pick up on McCain’s brain fart than it has on the Georgian instigator sucker punch (at a cost of 2,000 civilian lives) in South Ossetia. Georgia is an American client state, much like Canada. Why would the spin of the NAmerikan corporate press be other than what it is?

  3. Yeesh. What a smirk-fest that was. I’ll never understand how these psychotic neoconservatives could smirk while discussing issues of grave import. It’s what convinces me over and over that the issues with neoconservatives are deeply psychological and are rooted in a festering sense of injustice that is unrelated to whatever wrong they claim they are addressing.

    What is pretty undeniable though is that, regardless of the credentials they come with or the wealth, power and influence they wield, they are remarkably unintelligent and emotionally vacant.

    A fresher, clearer-eyed perspective was provided recently by Andrew Bacevich (who was interviewed recently on Bill Moyer’s Journal) whose book, The Limits of Power : The End of American Exceptionalism came out this month. Essentially, his thesis is that the disaster of neoconservatism is a manifestation of domestic, systemic weaknesses that have festered at least since the Eisenhower era.

  4. I think he meant it genuinely.

    However, powerful Americans operate under the assumption that rules and laws are there to keep the rest of us in line. They do not (and must not) apply to the USA.

    Viewed through the appropriate filter, it has an eerie simplicity.

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