Silence is Consent

If you don't speak up you accept what is happening. This site was born out of the mainstream media's inability to cover the news. I am just an American cititzen trying to spread the word in the era of FCC consolidation, post 9/11 Patriot Act hysteria, hackable voting machines and war without end. I rant and post news items I perceive to be relevant to our current situation.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
- Thomas Jefferson

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So Called Social Security Crisis (SCSSC)

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Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Neoconservative Update

Over the course of the last year the Neoconservatives have been not as visible as they once were. Mainly the times during the build up to war and the "Glory Days" that occurred after the fall of Saddam's statue. We still see "Unka" Dick, Rummy and Wolfie but most of those not in high administration posts are no longer on with the talking heads. It's an election year and right now they are a political liability. But what about their agenda? Well here are their Four Core Missions:
* Defend the American homeland
* Fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars
* Perform the "constabulary" duties associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions
* Transform U.S. forces to exploit the "revolution in military affairs"
All missions are in motion. Other than 9/11 they've done a good job defending the homeland, even though their own document predicted it may take a new Pearl Harbor to set all this in motion. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, although they haven't been won decisively. I think the words constabulary and occupation are interchangeable, don't you? And last but no least yesterday's announcement of a major troop redeployment takes care of the last one. So the way it looks from here, even though this bunch of loonies are no longer visible there agenda is well on its way. Anyone who checks in here knows that one of my main tenets of the Bush administration is that just like Hitler with Mein Kempf these people have foretold their plan in Rebuilding America's Defenses (linked on the right). They are not hiding what they intend to do they are just not letting the spokespersons out of their coffins as much as they did when times were good.

More on the Neocons
The Writing on the Latrine Walls
The Reuters photographer I spoke to couldn't get any soldiers to talk about how they felt when surrounded by their fellow soldiers. "They don't talk in the ranks, or just about anywhere on base," he said. "You have to go out to the latrine area, to the Port-O-Potties. For some reason, they talk there. You can read how they really feel - all the anti-Bush stuff, all the wanting to go home - in the writing on the shithouse walls."

A split/evolution of neoconservatism?
This battle matters as the neocons populate many important positions throughout the Bush administration -- and knowing that they may be divided, or even that they could be divided, may present significant opportunities for advancing U.S. foreign policy thinking towards a more enlightened direction than now is the case. This is particularly true if the Bush team loses to Kerry -- but even if we have a new President next year -- these battles over American grand strategy and the debate between neoconservatism, realism, and liberal internationalism are still going to rage.



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