Many of us have written about the incompetence of the Bush/Cheney Administration and have shown enough examples to have a reasonable case. It will be years, if ever, before historians uncover the real reasons for the policies behind
- Rejecting the Kyoto Protocol
- Abdicating the ABM Treaty
- Marginalizing Gays and Lesbians
- Embracing “intelligent design”
- Driving a wedge between the US and Mexico
- Invading a sovereign country – Iraq
- Adopting an anti-Russian foreign Policy
The list goes on. It is almost too easy to label these as “wrong headed”, misguided, foolish, or short sighted. There are just too many intelligent people in Government to seemingly get it wrong every time. Why then did Bush/Cheney get it wrong every time?
Here is a suggestion:
1. In the early 2000’s, Russia was spinning out of control as they tried to institute Democracy into a country that has never lived in a democratic environment. The Russian capitalists were doing what every capitalist does, make as much money as you can within the laws (and forgeting the laws if you can get away with it). Suddenly the wealthy were becoming more powerful than the leaders.
2. In the US, the lack of a cold war was undermining the “military-industrial-bank” complex. They were use to having enormous amounts of public spending passing through their hands. In essence these still wealthy people and corporations saw themselves getting less wealthy.
3. They also saw something even more disturbing. Wealth was rising in India and China and projections into the future forecasted a dramatic change in world wealth distribution. With more that 2 billion people between them, India and China represented a force that rhetoric could not beat.
4. The solution was an alliance between the right wing/neoconservative elements of the US and the backers of Vladimir Putin. This unusual alliance called for the US to act unilaterally and pre-emptively around the world so that its actions frightened most of the other nations. The Russians in turn would suppress their capitalists and re-establish authoritarian rule under Putin. Then Russia would step forward to confront diplomatically the US around the world. Countries would then be asked to align themselves again, as was the case with the cold war. With most of the countries in one camp or the other, Russia and the US could exercise leverage should China or India step out of line. Under this thinking, China and India could be shorted on raw materials and energy supplies and thereby disciplined back into line.
5. The most elegant part of this alliance was the promise to resolve all Russian-US differences and unite as partners if China and India were to circumvent the aligned nations’ influence. Europe and Japan would be compelled to join the US-Russian alliance and China and India would again be at the trading mercy of the great powers.
You may be thinking that this is fanciful. But think about what has been happening and are these events logical or necessary? Think about the one sided thinking of the Administration and the lock step support by the neoconservatives. The holders of this type of absolute power do not care about principles or individual civil rights. They care only about the rewards that flow to those who hold power. If you build bombs, it matters little who they are dropped upon. The money to buy them flows to the bomb maker and his bankers.
It is not necessary to prove or disprove this theory. It is necessary, however, to break the chain of events that could make this a self fulfilling prophesy. The next President, and his/her Administration needs to reject faith based initiatives in favor of fact based ones. It needs to choose economic and diplomatic means and discard the military option (keep a strong military but don’t use it). It needs to build healthy and respectful relations with China and India while rejuvernating the American manufacturing engine. And above all, it needs to build “one American” where all people are respected and shown the dignity that each of us wants.
Do you see such a Presidential candidate?