The power outage in a large section of northeastern US helped me reflect
once again on the war in
In January I wrote an article strongly protesting our going to war in
My response was basically this: Just because we "won" the war and ousted Hussein doesn't mean that we were right in going to war. In fact, the reasons for my opposition are stronger now than before the war because all my objections and fears about the war have come true - and more!
I opposed the war because the main reasons for going to war, according
to our President, were 1)
I also opposed the war because we did not have world support and we rejected the one world authority that has meaning: the United Nations. Finally I opposed the war because President Bush is inaugurating a foreign policy of preemptive strikes against sovereign nations, a policy that is totally contrary to our values.
Although I didn't articulate it in January, I also feared the aftermath
of the war because I was convinced that this administration is woefully
ignorant of the Muslim and Arab world. It thinks that our way of life is the
"right" way of life for everyone and everyone had better jump on
board. This fear is also being realized in the obvious confusion and lack of
Shocking stories of the use of napalm and depleted uranium by US forces
And for what purpose?
The purpose was clearly stated by
the Project for the New American Century in a report in 2000 before Bush was
Former Gen. Wesley Clark reported on NBC's Meet the Press on June 15,
2003 that he received a phone call at home on 9/11 from the White House,
saying, "You got to say this is connected. This is state-sponsored
terrorism. This has to be connected to Saddam Hussein."
What relation does this Project have to do with the Bush foreign policy? The key players in the Project are Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Asst Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Peter Rodman, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton, Senior Director of the National Security Council Elliot Abrams, former Director of the CIA and member of the Defense Policy Board James Woolsey, and Chief of Staff Lewis Libby ("The Project for a New American Empire", Sojourners Magazine, Sept-Oct 2003, p 27-30).
It is no accident that we went to war against
President Bush told Mahmoud Abbas recently, "God told me to strike at al Quaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East" ("'Road map is a life saver for us', PM Abbas tells Hamas", haaretzdaily.com, June 24, 2003).
He has uttered such things before. He believes that he has been chosen by God to lead our nation, especially in the aftermath of 9/11.
Given the combination of self-appointed
divine authority and his militant advisors, we can only guess where Bush will
lead this country in the future. I think we are on a dangerous road of ruin for
 "The Project for a New American Empire", Sojourners Magazine, Sept-Oct 2003, p 27-30 and http://www.newamericancentury.org/