Bush supporters, soon enough to lend support to McCain, Guiliani, or Romney, are so inculcated with impossible and fantastic Brothers Grimm stories about turban-wearing terrorists they have completely surrendered their higher reasoning faculties, that is if they had any to begin with.
“In the May 15 Republican debate in South Carolina, Senator John McCain of Arizona suggested that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden would ‘follow us home’ from Iraq—a comment some viewers may have taken to mean that bin Laden was in Iraq, which he is not,” reports the Boston Globe.
Indeed, Osama is not in Iraq or anywhere else because he died in late December, 2001. Of course, McCain is simply pandering to the ill-informed, that is to say a large percentage of the American people, who had trouble telling the difference between Osama and Saddam. No doubt many of these folks will vote for the Manchurian Candidate from Arizona if he is selected to run for the office of Commander Guy.
“Former New York mayor Rudolph Guiliani asserted, in response to a question about Iraq, that ‘these people want to follow us here and they have followed us here. Fort Dix happened a week ago’…. However, none of the six people arrested for allegedly plotting to attack soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey were from Iraq.”
In fact, they are mental deficient patsies who worked out of a pizza joint set-up by the FBI. But then Guiliani, like McCain, is playing to an audience of dullards, the sort of people who base their worldview on Fox News sound bites.
“Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney identified numerous groups that he said have ‘come together’ to try to bring down the United States, though specialists say few of the groups Romney cited have worked together and only some have threatened the United States…. ‘They want to bring down the West, particularly us,’ Romney declared. ‘And they’ve come together as Shia and Sunni and Hezbollah and Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, with that intent.’”
Obviously, Mitt Romney is either a moron or, more likely, he is disingenuous, a liar, that is to say he has what it takes to be president.
“Spokespeople for McCain and Romney say the candidates were expressing their deep-seated convictions that terrorists would benefit if the United States were to withdraw from Iraq. The spokesmen say that even if Iraq had no connection to the Sept. 11 attacks, Al Qaeda-inspired terrorists have infiltrated Iraq as security has deteriorated since the invasion, and now pose a direct threat to the United States,” the Boston Globe continues. “But critics, including some former CIA officials, said those statements could mislead voters into believing that the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks are now fighting the United States in Iraq.”
But then, of course, this is precisely the point, to fool the easily fooled, that is to say an appreciable number of voters who can’t find Iraq on a map, let alone make distinctions between Sunni and Shia Muslims. It does not matter there is very little credible evidence “al-Qaeda” is in Iraq, never mind the incessant propaganda declaring otherwise effusing from the corporate media. In fact, there is very little credible evidence “al-Qaeda” is what the government says it is and yet millions of people, a majority here in the United States, believe the elusory terrorist cave dwellers are a threat to America.
McCain, Guiliani, and Romney “have recently echoed Bush’s longstanding assertion that Iraq is the ‘central battlefront’ in the worldwide war against Al Qaeda and have declared that Al Qaeda would make Iraq its base of operations if the United States withdraws,” thus extending the neocon fabulist ruse, designed to carry out war against ill-defined enemies for generations, as promised. But then, as Winston Smith discovered when he read Emmanuel Goldstein’s book, “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.”
Bush supporters, soon enough to lend support to McCain, Guiliani, or Romney, are so inculcated with impossible and fantastic Brothers Grimm stories about turban-wearing terrorists they have completely surrendered their higher reasoning faculties, that is if they had any to begin with. “The belief that there is a clear connection between Iraq and the 9/11 attacks has been a key determinant of support for the war. A Harris poll taken two weeks before the 2004 presidential election found that a majority of Bush’s supporters believed that Iraq was behind the 9/11 attacks—a claim that Bush has never made. Eighty-four percent believed that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had ’strong links’ with Al Qaeda, a claim that intelligence officials have long disputed…. But critics have maintained that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney encouraged these ideas by using misleading terms to describe the threat posed by Iraq before the war.”
Of course, this is simply the Boston Globe playing nice. In fact, Bush and Cheney, that is to say the neocons, told numerous lies, not simply used “misleading terms,” and these lies led to the death of more than 750,000 Iraqis.
Following up the duplicitous rhetoric of the neocons as verbalized through Bush and Cheney and thus telegraphed to their stepfordized followers, we are told “some GOP presidential candidates refer to ‘the terrorists’ as one group, blurring distinctions between Al Qaeda, which has attacked the United States repeatedly, and groups that former intelligence officials say have not targeted the United States.”
Again, there is no evidence “al-Qaeda” has “attacked the United States repeatedly,” but never mind, if the Boston Globe declares such things, going on the absurd Alice in Wonderland pronouncements of the neocons, they must be true.
“No point has been emphasized more strongly at GOP debates than the link between the Iraq war and Al Qaeda. During the debates about war funding, GOP leaders have downplayed the role of sectarian violence in Iraq and emphasized the role of Al Qaeda,” the globe tells us. “On Friday, McCain called any attempt to cut Iraq war funding, ‘the equivalent of waving a white flag to Al Qaeda.’”
“Romney’s national press secretary, Kevin Madden, said the former governor’s linking of Shia, Sunni, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood was based on their common hostility to the West. ‘I think [Romney’s statement] was much more directed at intent—they all share a common ideology or intent to bring down Western governments,’ Madden said. ‘There’s a shared attempt to fight any beachhead of democracy in that region.’”
Never mind that this “common hostility” was directly funded by intelligence agencies for specific political reasons, namely to oppose Arab nationalism. “According to CIA agent Miles Copeland, the Americans began looking for a Muslim Billy Graham around 1955… When finding or creating a Muslim Billy Graham proved elusive, the CIA began to cooperate with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim mass organization founded in Egypt but with followers throughout the Arab Middle East… This signalled the beginning of an alliance between the traditional regimes and mass Islamic movements against Nasser and other secular forces,” writes Said K. Aburish, a Palestinian journalist. As well, according to Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies, Israel “aided Hamas directly—the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization).” Israel’s support for Hamas “was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative,” according to another senior CIA official (see Analysis: Hamas history tied to Israel, Richard Sale, United Press International).
“All of the bad actors in the Middle East get mixed up in people’s minds,” Andrew Kohut, director of the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, which has polled extensively on views on Iraq, told the Boston Globe “That’s why it was easy to play on the perception that Saddam Hussein got together with Osama bin Laden and said ‘Let’s fly some planes into buildings.’ Saddam Hussein was seen as a bad guy in the Middle East, and so it all gets jumbled up in people’s thinking.”
Undoubtedly, it “gets jumbled up in people’s thinking,” as the purpose here is to demonize all Arabs and Muslims and thus continue the clash of civilizations paradigm, a scheme that will naturally continue into the next administration, regardless who is in the Oval Office. McCain, Guiliani, and Romney are simply reading from a script provided by the people who control the vertical and horizontal, an oligarchy with a vested interest in keeping the war against recalcitrant Muslims front and center, as the Arabs and Muslims of the Middle East represent one of the final frontiers for the neoliberal plan to break down societies and cultures and thus render the planet into one big slave gulag based on the China model.