While it should be a non-interventionist approach to keeping in good standing among nations and being as firm as is reasonably necessary, the neocon version of US-Middle East foreign policy has instead been the bullying and preemptively violent m.o. of a few enterprising mafia Dons pimping out the neighborhood for The Family.
For every "contingency plan," the legal and moral scales are zeroed-out at U.S. and Israeli exceptionalism. In obvious efforts to avoid even-handed dialogue, several invalid and unfeasible "pre-conditions" (interchangeable, pry bar talking-points vital to the success of any back-handed, rejectionist foreign policy) are thrown onto the table.
And because The Family has veto power and coercive mastery of the UN, they naturally assume that it's their place to slap economic sanctions and aid freezes, at will, on the countries which, predictably, don't comply. To sane, rational people, that would be called strong-arming, bullying, or rigging the apparatus in their favor; to neo-conniving mafiosi, however, it's just one of many ways of "exerting firm, diplomatic pressure."
In addition to the standard diplomatic [sic] routine, blunt, broad-stroke ultimatums must intermittently scutter out of neocon mouths, further revealing a flawed, maniacal and dangerous zero-sum mentality and a myopic misinterpretation of good vs. evil — all topped with a vague, authoritarian dictation of who's a terrorist and who isn't:
We fight the terrorists and we fight all of those who give them aid. America has a message for the nations of the world: If you harbor terrorists, you are terrorists. If you train or arm a terrorist, you are a terrorist. If you feed a terrorist or fund a terrorist, you're a terrorist, and you will be held accountable by the United States and our friends. (George W. Bush, November 2001: "President Shares Thanksgiving Meal with Troops" whitehouse.gov)
One might venture to call that a small penis syndrome-type declaration of war, or at worst, an act of state terror, but to the PNAC Pack, it's simply "making 'em an offer they can't refuse," or "negotiating the terms of the agreement." (Of course the other side has no say whatsoever in the hashing out of those "terms," and "agreements" are never reached beyond unilateral decisions by the neocons and their willing accomplices to inflict pain on non-aligned governments and their peoples.)In raw terms, it really just amounts to a half-assed diversion. In order to appear as the "good guys," the Bush Administration and the PNAC crew must be "on the offense" — militarily and propagandistically. Being loud, proud, and preemptive goes a long way in covering one's dubious tracks. Being in control of the message is a fig leaf in and of itself. The Family has nearly all the bases covered in the arena of public opinion, so they can afford to lay the hypocrisy on nice and thick — and oh, how they do:
That type of guilt transference and projection might have worked for a short while after 911 and leading up to the invasion of Iraq, but thanks to a progressively malignant global disposition, an evident policy of pillaging and conquest, and a hackneyed, fork-tongued spiel, the neocon U.S., over time, has shown itself to be the biggest terror threat in the world, and in so doing, has pitted itself against itself in its own contrived "war on terror" (according to criteria in the president's ultimatum, of course).
Our enemies are evil and they're ruthless. They have no conscience. They have no mercy. They have killed thousands of our citizens, and seek to kill many more. They seek to overthrow friendly governments to force America to retreat from the world. (Ibid.)
In addition to the terroristic carpet-bombing of civilian neighborhoods in Afghanistan and Iraq, the neocon-run U.S. government – in one capacity or another, and with the prolificacy to administer an anti-terrorist ass-kicking of oneself into next Thursday – has been training, funding, harboring, employing, and therefore, being terrorists.
Take, for instance, the U.S. government's relation to Pakistani militant group Jundallah, which, according to ABC News, is "responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran [and] has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005." Jundallah, according to the April 3 report, "has taken responsibility for the deaths and kidnappings of more than a dozen Iranian soldiers and officials." Kurt Nimmo (Another Day in the Empire) further notes:
Jundullah members captured in Iran after blowing up a bus with members of the Revolutionary Guard onboard back in February "said they had been trained for the mission at a secret location in Pakistan." Back in 2003, the CIA established "secret bases" in Pakistan, ostensibly to hunt for the dead Osama bin Laden and his dour pranksters, that is to say patsies and mental deficients. Of course, his is but the latest effort in a long and sordid relationship between the CIA and ISI, stretching back into the 1980s when "the ISI's Covert Action Division received training in the US and many covert action experts of the CIA were attached to the ISI to guide it in its operations against the Soviet troops by using the Afghan Mujahideen, Islamic fundamentalists of Pakistan and Arab volunteers," according to B. Raman, writing for the South Asia Analysis Group. As we know, select members of the "Islamic fundamentalists," particularly the "Arab volunteers," later became "al-Qaeda," the CIA spawned terrorist group named after a Mujahideen database.
And although you never see it reported by the corporate mainstream media, the Iranian opposition group, Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MeK) — a US-designated terrorist organization since 1997 — has been harbored and employed by elements of the U.S. government for years. Raw Story reports:
The Pentagon is bypassing official US intelligence channels and turning to a dangerous and unruly cast of characters in order to create strife in Iran in preparation for any possible attack, former and current intelligence officials say. One of the operational assets being used by the Defense Department is a right-wing terrorist organization known as Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), which is being "run" in two southern regional areas of Iran. They are Baluchistan, a Sunni stronghold, and Khuzestan, a Shia region where a series of recent attacks has left many dead and hundreds injured in the last three months.
MeK. Remember the name. If anything goes down in Iran, they'll probably be on the front lines in one way or another. They were active in Iran as players in the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and thereafter, when they terrorized Americans and fellow Iranians because the MeK weren't allowed enough power in the new government. They were eventually run out of Iran, but since that time, their footprint on the landscape of US-Iranian contingencies has evolved and expanded; they are marketing themselves well, even peddling their propaganda in the mainstream. One of their spokespeople, Alireza Jafarzadeh, appears on occasion as a "Middle East Expert," or "Terror Expert" on CNN and Fox. (Imagine my shock.) It's not uncommon for members of the MeK, the U.S government, neocon "think-tanks," and AIPAC to strategize toward mutual goals. I highly suggest that people read up on that group. If interested, be sure to see: U.S. Support for Terrorism in Iran, by Ardeshir Ommani via CASMII, and Gunning for Iran, by Dateline [Australia] via Information Clearing House.
And then there's the Elliot Abrams "hard coup," wherein militant thugs-for-hire representing Fatah have been armed, funded, trained, and given safe passage by elements within the U.S., Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. The objectives were to foment civil war; destroy Hamas and its military wing; make sure that the pliable puppet, Abbas, would grab the reigns of government and dissolve it; and ultimately, grant Israel and the U.S. another indefinite time period which they can spend NOT having to negotiate a settlement or lift the criminal sanctions and embargoes which have been crippling the Palestinian economy and collectively punishing the Palestinian people since Hamas was elected.
The sister plan to the Abrams hard coup is the Welch Club's coordinated reign of terror upon Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon: the preliminary divide-and-conquer phase of the larger neocon plan for the region — namely, the ruination of Israel's state enemies (i.e., Syria and Iran) through a combination of proxy war and guilt-by-association. (Fatah al-Islam, a group headed by a career renegade who's wanted in both Syria and Jordan for high crimes, and who the neocons fallaciously claim is working for the Syrian government, doesn't just show up in Lebanon out of nowhere, shooting up a refugee camp for target practice. Ask Seymour Hersh.) It was another ill-advised and botched neocon operation, as was the illegal raid by U.S. forces in Irbil, Iraq, on January 11:
[H]elicopter-born US forces launched a surprise raid on a long-established Iranian liaison office in the city of Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. They captured five relatively junior Iranian officials whom the US accuses of being intelligence agents and still holds. In reality the US attack had a far more ambitious objective . . . The aim of the raid, launched without informing the Kurdish authorities, was to seize two men at the very heart of the Iranian security establishment. . . . The two men were in Kurdistan on an official visit during which they met the Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani, and later saw Massoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), at his mountain headquarters overlooking Arbil. . . . The attempt by the US to seize the two high-ranking Iranian security officers openly meeting with Iraqi leaders is somewhat as if Iran had tried to kidnap the heads of the CIA and MI6 while they were on an official visit to a country neighbouring Iran, such as Pakistan or Afghanistan.
That act of state terror was financed, supplied, coordinated, and executed by U.S. personnel. Maybe a few Mossad goons helped out a bit, but that's not unusual. The point is that by practically all means doable, the neocon U.S. is doing what it feigns the deepest contempt for: global terrorism. And as if that wasn't enough, domestic terrorist groups are being harbored as well.
American Free Press reports on a typical day in the life of the JDL: an organization of kinda super-religious/kinda Godless fanatics who are considered terrorists, yet who are somehow able to to operate freely as a clandestine unit:
Since the time of that [Holocaust conference in Iran], organized Jewish groups—including the dangerous and fanatical Jewish Defense League (JDL), which is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government, and the Jewish Defense Organization (JDO) have mounted campaigns to destroy the NK group. According to the East Coast-based JDO, the members of Neturei Karta are "crackpots" and "traitors" to the Jews for "helping Iranian Hitler-imitator Ahmadinejad" who is "planning to wipe Israel off the map with nuclear weapons." In a recent JDO "Intelligence Report," the names, addresses, phone numbers and other pieces of personal information concerning many NK members were published along with "suggestions" by the JDO headquarters as to what actions should be taken with them. Code-named '"Operation Screwball," the JDO has made it clear that their aim is to "wreck & ruin these self-haters and Jewish traitors."
How to justify the hypocrisy?
You can't. You just have to put it into perspective, recognize the obvious, and expose it for what it is: state-sponsored terrorism. In a historical perspective, however, it's nothing new under the Sun for the war-profiteering venture capitalists in Washington D.C.; they've been at this sort of thing for decades, under many presidential administrations.
U.S. intervention in the Middle East — particularly, in Iran — began inflicting direct and major damage back in the early '50s, when British and US governmental and corporate entities, in their efforts to pimp out the neighborhood for control over Iran's oil industry, orchestrated the overthrow of democratically-elected and popular Mohammed Mossadegh, and the subsequent re-installation of the tyrannical Shah, Reza Pahlavi.
Mossadegh wanted his people to have their fair share of ownership of their own natural resources (like Hugo Chavez today), but certain political and corporate entities in the U.S. and Great Britain — the same people whom Eisenhower (the president under whose auspices the Mossadegh coup was carried out), would disdainfully label as the Military-Industrial Complex later in his presidency — weren't willing to let go of their unfair shares.
At the height of the treacherous campaign, pro-Pahlavi rallies were staged; US-controlled, anti-Mossadegh propaganda filled the airwaves; Iranians were paid to publicly support an overthrow; revolutionary militias were armed and trained; and eventually, Mossadegh was removed. It's the type of operation usually referred to as an illegal act of insurrection, but for neoconniving global terrorists, it's "protecting our interests."
The more that things change, the more they smell the same.
Bottom line: President Bush and his neocon policy makers need to stop the dangerous and criminally conniving act now. It's fooling no-one but lemmings and messianic madmen to pretend that a war on terror is some noble and worthy religious-ideological struggle ("clash of civilizations") worth sacrificing liberty and defacing the Constitution over. It's absolutely deplorable and disgraceful to perpetuate an interventionist, enterprising "quagmire" in pursuit of meaningless and disengenuous glittering generalities like "freedom," "liberty," and the never-defined "victory". It's sickeningly hypocritical to then turn around and claim, "They hate us because of our freedoms."
By choosing to bite the lamb and cry wolf, the U.S. is making more enemies in the world every day than even Israel. Diplomacy, non-intervention, and tight security of our own borders are some of the best anti-terrorism measures available, and they're less costly — in terms of lives, treasure, and true allies — than foreign wars and occupations. It's like what Mr. Miyagi said to Daniel-san: "Best defense? Not be there." There is never a good reason for preemptive war and occupation, as they only serve to morally and monetarily bankrupt our nation. It all has to cease, and the sooner the better, because if this is what the road to victory looks like, I cringe to imagine the spoils.