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Empire Notes"We don't seek empires. We're not imperialistic. We never have been. I can't imagine why you'd even ask the question." Donald Rumsfeld, questioned by an al-Jazeera correspondent, April 29, 2003.
"No one can now doubt the word of America," George W. Bush, State of the Union, January 20, 2004.
A Blog by Rahul Mahajan
So the results are in. After shellacking Dean in
Some cast this
Kerry’s greater experience in
Until they were
blindsided by the
Dean phenomenon, the mainstream Democratic candidates were all running
strategy of not allowing too much daylight between them and George W.
Superficially at least, the Kerry results seem to bear out all of this analysis. Dean, though he had plans on other issues, was defined as the antiwar candidate, and yet even voters who describe themselves as antiwar voted for Kerry over Dean.
I’m still unconvinced. There’s something I think the pundits are not paying attention to – the main election campaign will be run against Bush, not against Kerry or Dean or Edwards. Karl Rove has already announced that foreign policy is what Bush will run on, and the attacks on the Democratic candidate will be merciless. Once the Bush campaign really starts and all that money kicks in, the political landscape will be transformed.
After that, the
thing I can
predict is this: a Democratic candidate who has little intelligent to
the war will be swallowed whole. If the candidate bases his objections,
do now, on our not asking
In fact, even
Kerry seems to
wrong lesson from his two victories. After limbering up to the point
actually denounced Reagan’s illegal war in
In the hardest moments of the past month, I depended on the same band of brothers that I depended on more than 30 years ago. We're a little older, and a little grayer, but I'll tell you this: we still know how to fight for our country.
This is the same John Kerry who in 1971 delivered perhaps the finest speech (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1972VVAW.html) ever given to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he said, among other things, “In our opinion and from our experience, there is nothing in South Vietnam which could happen that realistically threatens the United States of America..” He understood then that he and his fellow soldiers were not fighting for their country but for an immoral imperial foreign policy. If he had really learned the lessons of the 2000 and 2002 elections, he would post that speech right at the top of his website.
Dean seems initially to have learned the right lesson and is attacking Bush administration deception on WMD more vigorously. If he can bring himself to say that three-letter word “lie” and back it up with some of the copious evidence unearthed by so many, he might just be able to transform the presidential race.
Of course, no
about the real horrors of the continuing occupation of
In response to
Kerry’s call to
Democratic voters not to “send them a message” but rather to “send them
president,” Howard Dean has said his campaign is not about “changing
presidents” but about “changing
If Kerry went
his speech, perhaps he would realize that now is the time to go beyond
himself in the flag of his participation in an immoral war and open a
Rahul Mahajan is publisher of Empire Notes. His latest book, “Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond,” covers U.S. policy on Iraq, deceptions about weapons of mass destruction, the plans of the neoconservatives, and the face of the new Bush imperial policies. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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