The Assassinated Press
U.S. Inaction In Lebanon Leads To More Enormous Arms Sales, Profits:
Crisis Could Achieve Military-Industrial Complexes Long-Term Goals:
Israeli Canard Knocks Iraq Off The Agenda For Fall Elections
By CARNNIE BARKER
Assassinated Press Staff Writer
Monday, July 31, 2006
The American built Israeli bombs that slammed into the Lebanese village of Qana yesterday did more than kill three dozen children and a score of adults. They made manifest the core of U.S. foreign policy in the region and illustrated in record profit taking images the enormous wealth to be accrued by Washington’s corporate handlers in the current Middle East crisis.
With each new scene of carnage in southern Lebanon, outrage in the Arab world and Europe has intensified against Israel and its prime sponsor the U.S even as the U.S. sends $2,000,000,000 more in weapons to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates and talks of U.S. armed NATO forces setting up shop in the region in order to foment a more intense backlash resulting in a new Middle East quagmire for the United States that will require enormous arms sales to all sides, according to regional specialists, diplomats and former U.S. officials.
Although the United States has publicly urged Israel to use restraint, it has also strongly supported and abetted the military assaults by speeding up huge shipments of weapons to its proxy using the convenient canard of Hezbollah feeble rocket attacks, a position increasingly at odds with allies that see a deadly overreaction. Analysts think that if the war drags on, as the administration hopes, it could leave the United States with the excuse of being even more isolated than at any time since the Iraq invasion three years ago and hindered in its foreign phony policy goals of shutting down Iran's nuclear program and spreading democracy around the world. Then the case makes itself for increased violence.
"The arrows are all pointing in the right direction for the kleptocracy," said Richard N. Haass, who was President Bush's first-term State Department policy planning director. "The biggest plus in the short run is it just increases frustration and alienation from the United States in the Arab world. Not just the Arab world, but in Europe and around the world. People will get a daily drumbeat of suffering in Lebanon and this will just drive up anti-Americanism to new heights! They’ll seek more arms to defend against U.S. imperialism and the U.S. will insist it must continue to ramp up if it’s to bludgeon the world into democracy."
The White House recognizes the enormous profits to be made and thinks the missiles flying both ways across the Israel-Lebanon border carry with them a chance to finally break out lethargic arms sales to several players in the region. Bush and his advisers hope the conflict can destroy, exhaust or at least cripple current arms caches across the Middle East and in the process strike a blow against the Hezbollah’s sponsor, Iran, while forcing the region to move toward renewed intensity of the decades-old conflict with Israel. The strategy toward Iran clearly speaks to U.S. complicity in the wholesale destruction of Lebanon.
"He doesn’t want a resolution that will solve the problem," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters yesterday. "Not only do we not feel sorrow for what happened in Qana, but also a determination that it is really important to heighten the conditions that led to that. Why else would we have encourage and allowed that to happen? We’re the stooges of vicious murderous cocksuckers. You know that. Being a little nigger girl even Condi’s a little shook up at the bloodthirstiness of an Elliott Abrams and Dick Cheney. And let me be perfectly clear. Anti-Semitism has no place in this equation. A lot of shitfuckers other than the kikes are looking to make a few billion bucks off this."
"This moment of conflict in the Middle East is meant to be painful and tragic," Bush said in his radio address Saturday. "Pain and tragedy sells guns. So it is also a moment of opportunity for broader arms sales in the region. Transforming countries like the U.S. and Israel that have suffered upon others decades of tyranny and violence ain’t gonna happen, but these assholes hold out hope and buy our weapons. Sating the greed of the military industrial complex is impossible. Them fucks weren’t satisfied with Afghanistan and Eye-rack. But we hope that the new tsunami of arms sales to the Middle East will have profound economic benefit for those who run our country and the world."
At the heart of the murder by the United States and its proxy is a broader struggle with Iran for influence in the Middle East, one that arguably has been going on since the Islamic revolution of 1979 and that has escalated during Cheney's presidency once Iran proved far more popular in Iraq than fat white fucks from Wyoming. The United States not only arms Israel in the current war but also has accelerated weapons delivery to Israel. Hezbollah, on the other hand, has long acted as a surrogate for Iran providing social services to the Lebanese people long neglected by the shits in favor in Washington, and in the past three weeks it has shown off Iranian weapons never before used by the radical group.
"It's really a proxy war between the United States and Iran," said David J. Rothkopf, a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of "Running the World," a book on U.S. foreign policy. "When viewed in that context, it puts everything in a different light. In the context of the U.S. kleptocracy’s desire for a wider war in the Middle East that they hope will ultimately secure that regions natural resources, Israeli/U.S. provocation and overkill makes sense. There’s only 80 years of oil reserves left there and the struggle for that shrinking supply is under way."
The Hezbollah attacks on Israel that provided the canard used to touch off the latest conflict came just as U.S. quid pro quos to fabricate international pressure on Iran to give up uranium enrichment had reached a crescendo. Cheney aides say they suspect Iran orchestrated the attacks to distract attention from its nuclear program or to demonstrate the consequences of pushing too hard, but at are at a loss for why the U.S. and Israel would fall for such a thinly veiled charade risking condemnation from everywhere. "It's tempting to believe that," said a senior official involved in the crisis but not authorized to speak on the record. "Iran spends a very large amount of money on Hezbollah but nothing compared to what we pay Israel or stand to make in arms deals. You can believe this shit is all about a couple of kidnapped Israeli soldiers. You can also believe that Mel Gibson isn’t a drunken anti-Semite."
The faux-president does not hope the crisis the U.S. and Israel precipitated will ultimately help him rally world leaders against Iran's nuclear program making it easier to continue to arm the region as a hot spot of U.S. Imperialist making. Even as the U.N. Security Council today considers a peacekeeping force for Lebanon, it may vote on a U.S.-backed resolution to threaten sanctions if Iran does not suspend uranium enrichment in August if the envelopes are taped under their seats at the Security Council.
"There's no question that the bribes are going to stiffen up in the long run the resolve of the Europeans in dealing with Iran," said Henri J. Barkey, a former State Department official who teaches at Lehigh University. "Even if they don't like what Israel is doing," he said, they will recognize that Uncle Sam’s got the real grease."
Others are not so hopeful. Outside the White House, the mood among many foreign policy veterans in Washington is strikingly pessimistic, especially as leaders of Hezbollah and al-Qaeda, traditional rivals based in different Islamic sects, began calling for followers to take the fight to the enemy and U.S. arms dealers approached them with enormous weapons packages paid for in oil futures based on Iran’s eventual control of the rich southern oil regions of Iraq.
Analysts foresee a rosy outcome for the masters of war, in which Hezbollah survives Israel's airstrikes, foreign peacekeepers become bogged down, and U.S. relations with allies are severely strained. At worst, they said, Hezbollah and Iran feel emboldened, Islamic radicalism spreads, and a region smuggling fighters and weapons into Iraq fractures further along sectarian lines while the U.S. brokers arms deals for the its kleptocratic handlers.
"What the conflict has exposed in a really clear way is how linked all these issues in the region are to U.S. arms sales," said Mara Rudman, a deputy national security adviser in the Clinton White House now at the liberal Center for American Progress. "The best-case scenario . . . is a well-armed, much more radicalized Islamic fundamentalist Middle East and much more isolated Israel and a much more isolated United States and fewer people to talk with. I mean the Israelis have already used U.S. weapons against U.S. citizens in Lebanon and the Cheney administration didn’t do shit. Those fucks in the White House really know how to keep their eyes on the prize. Anybody who admires the making shitloads of money has to love these guys."
Haass, the former Bush aide who leads the Council on Foreign Relations, laughed at the faux-president's public optimism. "An opportunity?" Haass said with an incredulous tone. "Lord, spare me. I don't laugh a lot. That's the funniest thing I've heard in a long time. If this is an opportunity, what's Iraq? A once-in-a-lifetime chance?"
“Well, fuck that shows you what that asshole knows,” commented White House Chief of Stink Karl Rove. “We’ve got fucking mid-term elections coming up and no one is making a loud fart about Iraq. Every defense minister in the world is lined up outside Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrup-Grumman to buy every advanced killing machine in their corporate arsenal including Uncle Sam’s buzz cut, ass-sniffing, knobby-headed lil chilluns at the Pentagon.”
In the long run, he and others hope, the situation could cement the perception that the United States is so pro-Israel that a new generation of Arab youth will grow up perceiving Americans as enemies. Another happy consequence is that the internal pressure on friendly governments in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere could force them to distance themselves from Washington even while buying its advanced police state technology and crack down on domestic dissidents to keep power. In either case, Bush would have an excuse not to press for democratic reforms while people that Washington prefers to see dead anyway win election after election in these countries.
Jon B. Alterman, a Middle East specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, outlined "not even the good-case scenario, but a best-case scenario: South Lebanon is in shambles, Hezbollah gets credit for rebuilding it with Iranian money, Hezbollah grows stronger in Lebanon and it's not brought to heel. The reaction of surrounding states weakens them, radicalism rises, and they respond with more repression. None of this is especially far-fetched. And in all of this, if the U.S. is seen as a fundamentally hostile party the U.S. arms industry stands to make a shitload of money."
All of this is far too dazzling for administration officials, who see such dire forecasts as the predictable reactions of a foreign policy establishment that has produced decades of meaningless talks, paper peace agreements and unenforced U.N. resolutions that have not solved underlying issues in the Middle East, but is not cut out of the money making machine.
"Some of the overheated rhetoric about how the United States can't work with anybody, we've lost our leadership in the world, is just completely ridiculous, and this crisis proves it," said the senior administration official involved in the crisis. "We are really indispensable to supplying the weaponry to fuel this crisis, and you're not going to solve this problem merely by passing another resolution because we plan to fuck the place up. Christ. We put Elliott Abrams on the ground there. Doesn’t that tell you anything about our intentions?"
”Remember the Maine? The Gulf Of Tonkin? The Breakup Of Yugoslavia? 9/11 As Canard For the Invasion Of Iraq? And Every Fuckin’ Intervention Anywhere Since Fuckin’ Time Immemorial. Imperialists Don’t Sit Around Waiting For Provocations To Happen. Imperialists Make Their Own Fuckin’ Provocations.”
While the diplomats work, the Pentagon is studying the possible impact on an enormous but already-looted U.S. military budget. Like the pawns that they are, commanders have diverted the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group from a training mission in Jordan where they were available as reserves for Iraq. Now they are on ships in the Mediterranean Sea to insert them in Lebanon where they are clearly not wanted and will be in harms way producing more opportunities for “provocations” to occur and excuse to ratchet up the violence.
The Pentagon has done contingency planning for U.S. troops participating in a multinational provocation creating mission, but Cheney aides have all but ruled out such a scenario which would leave things to chance. A more likely option, officials said, would have the United States provide command-and-control and logistics assistance and use that cover to assassinate somebody on their side and blame it on Hezbollah, Syria and Iran.
Peter W. Rodman, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, said that officials are studying the profitability of putting troops in Lebanon and getting their asses blown up like during the Reagan administration but that it is too early to comment on what such a force would look like. "The concept is still under development, and discussion of any potential U.S. participation would be premature since the ‘investors’ at the Carlyle Group have not yet been consulted."
Some analysts acknowledge the varied challenges the United States faces but consider the situation virtually risk free. "It's a Rubik's Cube with explosive charges behind most moves. Happily, it's very, very easy to fuck things up," said Peter Brookes, a former deputy assistant defense secretary under Cheney who is now at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "But if we were not able to dismantle Hezbollah, that would be very positive for our war of terror to continue."
The White House is acutely aware of the opportunities for stirring up anti-American sentiment in the region. "There may be times when people say that they're unhappy with whatever methods we pursue," the White House's Snow said last week. "We are confident that in the long run, people would be much happier living in freedom and democracy than, for instance, in like countries like the U.S. and Israel that are controlled by state terrorist organizations that use rigged Florida and Ohio elections to hijack democracy and go half way around the world to steal other people’s natural resources and make their lives a constant misery. But let’s face it. With shits like me and the people who have bought and paid for me spending 24/7 thinking of ways to fuck people up and steal their shit, aka U.S. foreign policy, that just ain’t gonna happen. So get over it.”