Bush's Press Conference: Into the Abyss
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Bush's Press Conference: Into the Abyss
by Rick Rozoff [Posted 12 September 2001]
[Mr. Rozzoff is an editor of Emperor's Clothes]
As many of you have, I just watched US President Bush's White House press
conference on yesterday's gruesome events in New York City and Washington,
Bush and the United States federal government have officially declared
war...only it is not evident against whom.
Subsequent reports indicate that Bush will appear before the U.S. Congress to
invoke the War Powers Act, passed by the House in the 1970s to limit a
president's ability to wage war unilaterally and arbitrarily, but destroyed
as an effective mechanism for doing so in April of 1999 when the Clinton
Administration, for the first time in US history, was denied authorization to
continue a war - against Yugoslavia - in a 213-213 vote in the Congress.
Within an hour of that vote a Clinton National Security Council spokesman was
on national television shrieking that not only would the bombing not stop,
but that it would be intensified.
By the US Congress accepting that crude diktat and nevertheless appropriating
funding for the continuation of the illegal war, it definitively signalled
the end of the US Constitutional role of America's formal representatives to
oversee and rein in the chief executive - half a president, half a monarch -
in future acts of illegal miitary actions and aggression abroad.
It appears that each successive American administration pushes yet further
the boundaries of armed adventurism and catastrophe.
As all the news commentators assure us, Bush will receive near-unanimous
carte blanche authorization to wage war whenever, wherever and against
whomever he finds it expedient to do so.
The US Congress, Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals,
avowed war hawks and alleged Progressive Caucus members, will grant him
whatever he requests: The funds and support to attack any country or
countries, even those not even remotely implicated in yesterday's attacks,
and the use of whatever weaponry, conventional and otherwise, he should
choose to employ.
What in fact Mr. Bush will soon be armed with - by that assemblage of
professional politicians on the Hill who yesterday evening broke into a
spontaneous chorus of God Bless America, right out of the closing scene of
the revanchist Hollywood film, The Deer Hunter - is an unlimited, permanent
blank check to wage la guerre eternal - war without end.
The White House, with none of the fictitious foreign policy fissures we've
heard so much about, and its diehard loyalists on both sides of the
Congressional aisle, have been evoking the specter of Osama bin Laden to
rally hateful and revengeful public sentiment and to personify the
oft-repeated *evil* that threatens the United States and, to quote the
president, "all democratic and freedom-loving people" - no other of whom, it
should be noted, seems to be on the alleged hit list of Mr. bin Laden.
Furthermore, and ominously, Bush threatens not only to attack - recall this
is in his words a state of war - the actual perpetrators of yesterday's
attacks (whomever they may be), but "their harbors." Not those who allegedly
harbor them, but their harbors.
To be consistent, which is to say honest, Bush, as his legion of intelligence
operatives could readily tell him, would have to identify who has and still
is supporting the villain of this dangerous melodrama, Osama bin Laden.
Bin Laden worked hand in glove with the US Central Intelligence Agency since
the early 1980s in establishing his Maktab al-Khidamar network, which raised
money and recruited jehadis - the so-called Afghan Arabs, estimated to be
some 10,000 strong - to overthrow the secular Democratic Republic of
He was a joint asset of the CIA and Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence,
which the Afghan Northern Opposition, Russia and India insist still supports
and controls him and his current Al-Qaida operation. The latter is supported
by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates...all three loyal US
and British clients regimes and recipients of Anglo-American military
protection and largesse. So if Bush is looking for harbors to bomb, he knows
where they are located.
He also knows where they are not.
And where and who they are not are the likely targets: Iraq, Syria, Libya and
All four are not only not linked to bin Laden in any conceivable manner, but
instead are vocal opponents of him and his activities; are in fact potential
victims of the same.
An audio voice-over somehow got on an American television network yesterday
that said: Bin Laden, who has assisted forces in Somalia, Bosnia, Chechnya
The link has never been broken, of course, and the CIA's Frankenstein monster
still serves its purposes.
1) While Washington points to Osama bin Laden as "suspect # 1" in yesterday's
horrific violence, the truth is not being told to the American people:
'Washington Created Osama bin Laden' by Jared Israel can be read at
2) If one looks carefully, one can find in the Western media evidence that
bin Laden has been involved - on the U.S.-backed side - in Kosovo, Bosnia and
3) Bin Laden was propelled into power as part of the U.S. drive to create an
Islamist terrorist movement to crush the former Soviet Union. See, the truly
amazing account from the 'Washington Post,' 'Washington's Backing of Afghan
Terrorists: Deliberate Policy.' at
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