Bush's pirates danced in the darkness with their symbiont, Osama,
last week. At bin Laden's taped invitation, the ghouls from
Washington and the Wahabis staged a party to celebrate the coming
Apocalypse. Condoleezza and Colin, Osama and several of his
wives, bumping and grinding toward chaos.
In the immediate
term, bin Laden and Bush both seek to plunge the world into
utter disorder, the better to reshape the rubble. Bin Laden
longs to be High Priest of an Islamic theocracy, which requires
the destruction of the current global scheme of things. As we
wrote in last week's commentary Osama
is Calling... , the Bush men's goal is "to break down
every impediment to their ability to impose the terms of relations
class are creating the conditions in which they can convert
U.S. power directly into capital. Thus, the war against Iraq.
Every obstacle to unlimited freedom of American action must
and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld declare the United Nations
"irrelevant," because they desire to make it so. War
lust does not allow for much foreplay, so Colin Powell serves
as a tall brown jar of Vaseline.
watches as the icon tumbles.
mighty have fallen. Colin Powell's once sterling reputation
as an isolated moderate in a hawkish administration has fallen
with a sickening thud. He will now be forever known as the
front-man for what could become one of the most heinous acts
in recorded history - the wanton slaughter of thousands of
innocent Iraqi citizens. If this ill-conceived "shock
and awe" operation goes forward, you can add another
title to the Secretary of State's resume - War Criminal. The
International Court in The Hague is just itching to get its
hands on some very prominent public figures who have been
instrumental in perpetrating some of the world's worst atrocities.
Two of these men are Ariel Sharon and Henry Kissinger. If
this "war" goes forward, you can add Powell's name
to the list.
This is a man who only two years ago was universally hailed
as a genuine American hero - an African-American who could
have made a legitimate run for the presidency. All of that
is finished now, and his credibility and reputation are in
tatters. Much of the "evidence" he presented before
the UN Security Council that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons
of mass destruction has been refuted by Dr. Hans Blix's weapons
inspection team. The audiotape, allegedly from Osama bin Laden,
which Powell purported to contain a so-called "nexus"
between Al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein turned out to be anything
but that. In fact the speaker on the tape made it very clear
that he had no "warm and fuzzy" feelings for the
embattled Iraqi leader but was instead delivering a message
to the country's Muslim population. Powell now looks like
an incompetent fool after his very public exclamations about
what the tape would show. Is someone feeding him bad information?
I wouldn't doubt it. Back in 2000, many thought that the principal
reason Bush engaged in an elaborate courtship for Powell was
to lend instant credibility to his fledgling administration.
It seems that other agendas were at work as well. If Bush
wins again in 2004, who better to run in 2008 than his little
brother who is currently the governor of Florida - Jeb Bush.
Powell might at one time have been a strong candidate for
the 2008 race, but not now.
Harry Belafonte took a lot of heat for negative statements
he made about Powell last year. As time goes on it has become
apparent that he was absolutely right. All Powell can now
look forward to is slinking off into the sunset when the hawks
in this administration determine that he is no longer a viable
asset and hope that the International Court doesn't come calling.
It will be a sad end for such an accomplished person with
whom I share a Jamaican heritage.
remember that Powell came to national, living room prominence
making warlike faces and saying fierce words about Saddam Hussein
at daily, televised press briefings during the Gulf War, 12
years ago. But that's Rumsfeld's job now, isn't it? Or is Rumsfeld
Secretary of State, too? Whither, Powell? To wither on the vine?
Or headed for The Hague?
about the Bush family's constant companion of the last two decades,
Condoleezza Rice? Has her otherwise alienated existence prepared
her for the judgment of international tribunals? At age 48,
Rice may live to see her day in court.
Billock has been around long enough to carry history in his
pocket. He writes:
previously read your comments on Condoleezza Rice and found
them to be the most honest and forthright available.
veterans of our navy in WW2 remember the unfair method of
assigning African-Americans to officers' mess duties despite
their qualifications in other fields of endeavor. The present
situation has not changed too much. Our military forces are
composed of the nation's working class poor, and our minorities.
It will amaze future generations that a small cabal surrounding
this President have entangled us in a perpetual war with Islam's
I do not
think those that want this war against Islam will be deterred
by any number of demonstrations. A good example of this hypocrisy
was when Colin Powell expressed admiration for the 30,000
young people demonstrating in Tehran opposing the death sentence
imposed on an academic. Powell commented on this, "The
leaders in Iran had better start to listen to their citizens."
Millions demonstrated in the U.S. and the Bush cabal did not
hear them. Tony Blair has not heard the millions in the U.K.
reminds me of a popular ditty when England was gunning down
the Zulus in Africa: "We care not how many Zulus they
have got; we have the Gatling gun and they have not."
Using a bit of poetic plagiarism I can update that to what
our present leaders think: "We care not how many demonstrators
the peace activists have got; we have our fingers on the triggers
and they do not."
was notable for tapes - Osama's and the duct variety - and color-coded
states of confusion. Brother Rueben Smith proposes that terror
alerts be made ethno-specific.
that the White House and Homeland Security (right) issue their
alerts in colors, may I offer the Black community's color
code for extreme danger: white, the color that has caused
terror in the Black world for years. Terror has long been
a part of the Black experience. Those good Americans who are
so concerned about the rights of everyone but Blacks in the
good old USA are nothing more than Satan's posse.
is passing bills that do not help working and poor people;
terror is faith-based; terror is Leave No Child Behind but
putting a Negro in the Education Department that has nothing
to say. These so-called New Black Leaders are nothing more
than the sellouts (2000 version) of Reconstruction. They say
the same thing over and over: everything is forgiven, it's
a new day, etc. If this is true, why is racism raising its
ugly head? Real Black people need to check these fools Now.
Real Black is not about skin color, but state of mind.
by definition, difficult to describe, and harder still to grasp
as policy. As Gertrude F. Treadway reminds us, we're not the
first to note that criminals thrive in a chaotic environment.
again for your illuminating commentaries. I always concur
with them. It is also odd, I guess, that I just finished reading
an analysis of Bob Woodward's book on George Bush. The critique
was by Georgie Anne Geyer. She alludes constantly to the "pirates"
in the Bush administration and their "chaos theory"
of government. Thank God, for the intelligent people in this
country who are able to see beyond what seems obvious (George
Bush's stupidity) to the real strategies planned by this cabal.
a very long time for Hard Right racists to overcome their visceral
revulsion to direct contact with Blacks. However, now that the
Bush crowd has tasted the political benefits of "compassionate
conservatism," their Black front men and women are working
Fowler of Dayton, Ohio, looks forward to showing the Republicans
what a real rainbow looks like.
we are seeing just how brainwashed people of color (I hesitate
to call this type "Black") can become complicit
pawns in the game of global white supremacy and American imperialism.
The likes of Condi Rice, Colin Powell, Clarence Thomas, et.
al. are part of the overclass and its political arm, the WMP,
White Man's Party (a.k.a. GOP). However, let us not be fooled
into thinking that the Democratic Party is our alternative
- No! We need a peoples' party, a party of the working class
majority and people of color - with those people in positions
of leadership. Maybe then the masses will find the motivation
writes from Hendersonville, Tennessee. Like the rest of us,
he watched the White House accept the charges when Osama called.
Commentator is consistently on target and drives straight
to the heart of the matter in its reporting on Bush and his
pirate crew. Brilliant commentary! Keep up the good fight
and may God rain down his blessings for your effort.
In the confusion
of bin Laden-Bush disorder, Osama's first call got routed to
the irrepressible Maddie Bee. She handled it:
Hello! Who is it? Oh, it's you, Osama. I should have known.
When the Bushistas get in trouble they drag you out of your
ex-brother Colon the Powerful claimed not to have heard your
tape, as did "never-know-nothin'" Ari the Flusher.
Osama we just don't believe their lies. Didn't you hand over
that tape to the CIA so Bushistas could scoop Al-Jazeera?
Sure you did.
come on now - how 'bout layin' low next time around so these
fools can't use you to terrify us! Thank you, man. Try to
stay in that cave!
has a large readership in Austin, Texas. Suspecting that the
city might be a hotbed of insurrection, we followed the swirling
currents of Austin's radicalism to the source: Larry Piltz.
before, and each issue reinforces my admiration for your work
at Black Commentator. Your writing is filled with acumen and
courage. It'd be nice if the TV networks and major dailies
picked up these traits. Thanks again for insight and analysis
that goes straight to the center of the problem. The only
thing I could possibly add to your discussion of the pirate
agenda is that, in the end, the chaos will swallow up its
perpetrators. Hopefully, enough of the rest of us will be
around to appreciate that particular irony.
In case you hadn't heard about Colin Powell's participation
in the cover-up of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, which clinched
his status as an up-and-coming good ol' boy with a bullet,
here is a section I copied from Disinformation.com.
A Google search using the words, Colin Powell My Lai, brings
up a bunch more information. (If your amazing cartoonist took
this on as a project, maybe Colin Powell could be made to
resemble Alfred E. Neuman of Mad Magazine saying, "What,
Lai massacre: On March 16, 1968, US soldiers from the Americal
Division slaughtered 347 civilians - primarily old men, women,
children, and babies - in the Vietnamese village of My Lai
4 (pronounced, very appropriately, as "me lie").
The grunts also engaged in torture and rape of the villagers.
six months later, a soldier in the 11th Light Infantry Brigade
- known among the men as "the Butcher's Brigade"
- wrote a letter telling of widespread killing and torturing
of Vietnamese civilians by entire units of the US military
(he did not specifically refer to My Lai). The letter was
sent to the general in charge of 'Nam and trickled down the
chain of command to Major Colin Powell, a deputy assistant
chief of staff at the Americal Division, who was charged with
investigating the matter and formulating a response.
a desultory check - which consisted mainly of investigating
the soldier who wrote the letter, rather than his allegations
- Powell reported that everything was hunky-dory. There may
be some "isolated incidents" by individual bad seeds,
but there were no widespread atrocities. He wrote: "In
direct refutation of this portrayal is the fact that relations
between Americal soldiers and the Vietnamese people are excellent."
The matter was closed.
day, we might not know about the carnage at My Lai if it hadn't
been for another solider who later wisely sent a letter to
his Congressman. (Twenty-five years later Powell gave an interview
in which he not only failed to condemn the massacre but seemed
to excuse it.)
a checklist of various subjects covered in Black Commentator,
I've tried to coin phrases appropriate for each political
vouchers - divide and conquer
Faith-based bribery - daze and confuse
Anti-diversity actions - shuck and jive
The terror war - binge and purge
Deficit spending - I've got mine, and now I've got yours
Homeland security - duck, cover, and pray our president was
Colin Powell - What, My Lai?
Black conservatives - reverse minstrel shows
Tax cuts for the wealthy - that great sucking sound
Environment degradation - federal policy!
Armageddon - Bush's guilty pleasure
of those could be interchangeable, unfortunately.
we allowed Mr. Piltz all the space he needed to lavish praise
on The Black Commentator. Let this be a lesson to all those
who might correspond with
in the future.
Adams, of Atlanta, has also scoped our vain streak.
are Bad... to the Bone! You go !
Great Toon by Khalil Bendib and the Analysis "Osama is
Calling" was most incisive." In fact it may have
been incisive enough to induce a media blitz of ersatz explanations
from the Ministry of Truth.
Powell? He appears to be dancing in the Uptown Cabaret. But,
does he really have a percentage of the house or a chip in
the game? He better have a chip in the game considering what
he's giving up!
laid out some bald faced, bare assed world-class bull for
the Bush Junta that day. However, the world media (especially
on line) chewed up his offering like a school of ravenous
bull-shredding piranha in 18 hours, and atomized it in 36
able to lie in front of the world when many discerning people
know you are lying is not something most of us could do without
showing some feeling of embarrassment. Among the power elite
the ability to Bald Face Lie and Prevaricate is a much-admired
trait and thus the admiration reinforces this ritual ass baring
tendency among those who would strive to join them. Who would
have ever thought that General Powell could become a Grotesque
Gatsbyesque Goebbelsian Crier for The Addled Emperor Dubyus
analysis verges on the psychiatric - a job for 's
resident clinical psychologist/psychotherapist, Dr. Alvin Walker,
PhD, PD, PC.
of new visitors were referred to our pages through massive Internet
posting of Dr. Walker's February 6 piece, "'Shrub'
Bush's Pathological Focus On Saddam Hussein."
Bush's developmentally immature and regressive obsession with
Mr. Hussein seems to be part of an unfolding Oedipal drama.
For him, the goal is to "defeat" the idealized father
who "Shrub" was never able to measure up to and
in whose footsteps "Shrub" seems to have assiduously
sought to tread by defeating and destroying Mr. Hussein, someone
his father was unable to vanquish. In this fashion, Mr. Bush
hopes to win the Oedipal battle....
we are left with foreign policy as psychodrama, as well as
service to Israel and, as Nelson Mandela has pointed out,
US oil interests and the military industrial complex.
that the market value of Dr. Walker's advice is far higher than
that of the publishers of ,
Susan Balmer wrote to him, directly.
Thank you so much for trying to explain Bush's motivations.
I haven't read any of his biographies so I really don't' know
what drives him. My own opinion is that he is a very "evil"
man who tries to masquerade as being god's appointed servant.
His mission is to bring peace to the world by waging unending
war? The few times I've been able to listen to him talk, I
feel that he is insincere - he has a vacant, hateful, arrogant
look in his eyes. He is no more a religious person than I
don't know what. It doesn't matter at this point because we
are going to proceed with this massacre in Iraq with or without
Randall Cook engaged Dr. Walker to discuss the intersection
of criminality, lack of human empathy, and U.S. foreign policy.
There is only one very serious problem with your hypothesis
concerning the DubYa's mental problems:
never, ever called any of the shots in any action since he
has been appointed President by the far right criminals in
the "Supreme" Court. He is simply a spokesman. He
has no intelligence and the Repubs know it. They never wanted
a true thinker in the White House... well, except for the
criminal in the Vice President's office.
domestic and foreign policy of the United States is being
run by unknown individuals that are perpetrating a very short
term plan to make themselves, and a small group of others,
very, very wealthy. That is all there is to it. If you look
at every action they are doing in the terms of a simple five-year
scam designed to make a few people rich, all will become clear.
that their actions are going to destroy the lives of millions
of people. But this, to them, is totally beside the point
and of no concern. They do not care at all about the rest
the ultimate organized crime; the ultimate mob.
circulation newspaper in Kentucky reprinted our January 2 commentary
the Right Rev. Dr. Greedygut: Faith-based bribery's sleazy
constituency." Through the enlightened editorship of the
Louisville Courier-Journal, we are privileged to meet Barbara
the article in my local paper (Courier-Journal) I agree with
it 100%. Keep up the good work and the heat on Bushie.
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