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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
When William Shakespeare said, "Let me not
marriage of true minds admit impediment," he was probably not thinking
the marvelously apposite union in authorship of Richard Perle, the man
even to his colleagues as the "Prince of Darkness," and David Frum,
who invented the phrase "axis of evil."
No note of internal dissension mars their new book, "An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror." Nor is the book marred by any contact with reality, except by accident. Given the history of this administration, it should come as no surprise that the book is filled with deceit, misrepresentation, half-truths and outright lies. What is perhaps more surprising is how few of those there are. The book has virtually no content. Set in large type, it's full of opinionated ramblings that make virtually no reference to actual events, concrete facts or historical context. The book has only a handful of footnotes, left unnumbered to disguise the thinness of the content.
Even so, the book contains some incredible
learn on page 3 that the
All in all, this is pretty much the opposite
of the picture
Perle and Frum paint. In fact, considering the
The book is really written, though, not to
spread lies like
these. They are just afterthoughts. The main point is the declaration,
again, as if we hadn't seen it enough, of a global kulturkampf. Frum
dwell at length on their view of the sickness in the Arab world. Unlike
"moderates" such as Bush Sr., but like Michael Moore, the authors
attack the Saudis, who, they say, "qualify for their own membership in
axis of evil." Moreover, Frum and Perle declare a right to "destroy
regimes implicated in anti-American terrorism," which is a fascinating
doctrine if one turns it around. In 1986, for example, the
of Justice found the
Along the way, the book is full of jibes at
the CIA and the
State Department, probably the real enemies at whom the book is aimed.
is, extremists like Perle are not very good imperialists. He suggests,
What makes Frum and Perle truly dangerous is the marriage this administration has managed to make between extremist ravers like the authors and "realists" like Colin Powell, and the way this strengthens the hand of both sides in exerting power abroad. That unholy union is the central attraction in our world today, and this book and others like it are just sideshows.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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