Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Wam Bam Thank you Man

From Tom Engelhardt,

"But of course nothing like this happened. In that terrible moment when a choice might have been made between the vision of apocalypse and the reality of al-Qaeda, between a malign version of the smoke-and-mirrors Wizard of Oz and the pathetic little man behind the curtain, the Bush administration opted for the vision in a major way. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and other top officials chose to pump up al-Qaeda into a global enemy worthy of a new Cold War, a generational struggle that might comfortably be filled with smaller, regime-change-oriented, "preventive" hot wars against hopelessly outgunned enemies who -- unlike in those Cold War days -- would have no other superpower to call on for aid. "

Goddammit, this guy seals the deal.


Blogger Germanicu$ said...

This piece is excellent, and gives further lucid amplification to the reasonable contention that dealing with al-Qaeda should ALWAYS have been a law-enforcement issue. Declaring "war" on them played right into their hands, lent them a credence they didn't before have, and emboldened all sorts of other fringe groups to push the envelope, and transform their militancy into apocalyptic doom.

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