Today is one year from the day our warmonger president invaded Iraq. Everything the opposition to the war warned about and feared has come to pass. With more deaths and destruction every day Iraq is teetering on edge of chaos. Yet BushCo professes that all is good. Below are writings from earlier Byrd”s Brain postings on this war.
Controlling the Masses
Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece…
But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.
[“There is one difference,” Gustave Gilbert pointed out. “In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United State only Congress can declare wars.”]
Oh that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
— Herman Goering, at Nuremberg, as told to Gustave Gilbert, in his book, “Nuremberg Diary.”
Byrd’s Brain March 26, 2003
I am riding on the train. It is 7:33 in the morning on February 27th. I am traveling for work. I have meetings to attend and then will return home by train tonight. Outside the window the sky is blue, the hills are green and as we pass parts of San Francisco Bay the scenery is idyllic. All is peaceful and seemingly right with the world. At least with this small part of the world. Granted, we are on “orange alert”, but that’s surreal.
The threat of a terrorist attack is too indistinct for us to take precautions.
But the threat of war, no, the reality of war, is very real in many many parts of this planet.
If I were riding in a train in Iraq today I would have a radically different perspective of the world. I might be wondering if I would be alive in a month. I would be wondering if my family will survive the U.S. invasion.
The propaganda that we in the U.S. have heard over the last year about Iraq. The constant bombardment of news. The never-ending battle cry that the U.S. will invade Iraq. The endless calling up of reservists. The pictures of military personnel stationed throughout the Middle East. All of this has served its purpose. It has made millions of Americans numb.
Millions are against the war, but the propaganda has made the possibility of an invasion of Iraq almost a foregone conclusion. The invasion feels like a fact. It will happen. It is almost as if people feel that it has to happen.
We’ve heard so much about it. Make it real for Christ sake. Or so we are intended to feel.
A war in Iraq won’t matter much to the daily lives of those in the U.S. People will continue on with their lives as if nothing has changed. Americans will watch (to the extent that we are allowed to see) the war on TV. It will be a new reality series. Forget “Survivor Amazon”, this is “Survivor Iraq”.
The collective impact may be no more than if Americans had all gone to the local multiplex and seen the same movie. The explosions and body parts might even look less real than the cinematic version. That will be good for Bush. The horrors will seem not so horrible. When we get hungry, we’ll go into the kitchen to get something to eat. And then return with our chips and beer to watch more of the war. When we are tired we’ll turn the TV off. And then forget about it until we turn the TV on again for the next installment, the next battle. Maybe, even the next war. 24 Hour news stations have commercialized, commodified war.
We learned that during Bush Sr’s Gulf War. This Gulf war may be brought to us by Nike and Pepsi.
We’ll watch this reality show whenever we get the chance. Around the water cooler at work, we’ll talk about the amazing sights of explosions and laser guided missiles. We’ll talk about the amazing technology that the U.S. is using.
We’ll talk about how “neat” the explosions were. We might even mention, in passing, that innocent Iraqis were probably killed, but we won’t think much about them. We’ll focus more on the Americans that will die. Those Americans’ deaths will be just as abstract to us, but somehow they will mean more. After all they are on our team.
But folks, real people are going to die if the U.S. invades Iraq. People who have no say in the Iraqi government, people who are just trying to get by one day at a time. People like you and me. People who are old, people who are young, people with families are going to die. Whole families may be killed. Children will be killed by U.S. bombs.
In order to limit backlash in the U.S., BushCo. must use massive amounts of firepower in the opening salvos. These high-tech killings will cause destruction and death in Iraq in ways we can’t imagine, but that very firepower will limit the number of Americans actually engaged in battle. Thus BushCo must avoid the evening news spectacle of plane loads of Americans coming home in body bags.
This is the lesson learned from Vietnam. If you are going to fight, fight an all out war and — at all costs — avoid American deaths.
As the war unfolds remember that real people are being killed.
U.S. tax dollars at work.
Byrd’s Brain, February 27, 2003
Battlefield Science Fiction?
Stuff in the report on Rebuilding America’s Defenses reads like a screenplay for a science fiction movie like the Terminator. It promotes a type of cyberborg soldier. The report was developed by then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney in 1992. On page 62 the report describes the U.S. soldier of the future:
“Future soldiers may operate in encapsulated, climate-controlled, powered fighting suits, laced with sensors, and boasting chameleon-like ‘active’ camouflage. ‘Skin-patch’ pharmaceuticals help regulate fears, focus concentration and enhance endurance and strength.”
What are these people thinking? What country is this? The U.S.? Suddenly we have no constitutional rights. The military is to be comprised of soldiers who are drugged to be obedient, strong and fearless? Basically, people are no better or worse than robots in the view of this report. This shows a galling lack of respect for individuals. Apparently whatever helps the collective is okay. Expecially when the collective is the ruling elite.
These people are running our government now. Yes, I would like to believe that all is for the best, but when people with ideas like this have the President’s ear it is time to be vigilant. Once soldiers are drugged who is to say that they won’t be used to control unruly rabble at home? And wouldn’t be good to control the rabble by drugging them too? Maybe that idea seems crazy now, but once you embark on that slippery slope ideas that were once farfetched become commonplace.
Another quote from page 14, makes you see that they were just waiting for an excuse to go after Saddam. Remember, the report was written in September 2000. The plan for years has been to force a “regime change”. Septemtber 11th just gave Bush the cover needed to push for Saddam’s ouster.
“While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.”
Byrd’s Brain October 7, 2003
Bush Profits From War In the early days of this blog I referenced arms dealings by the Carlyle Group, The British government is planning on partially privatizing its weapons research by selling a stake in a top secret defense lab.
The likely buyer of QinetiQ is the Carlyle Group. The Carlyle Group is one of the biggest venture capital groups, a leviathan that commands respect and inspires awe in equal parts. Chaired by former US Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci, the group’s tentacles spread far and wide.
John Major, George Bush Sr and his former Secretary of State, James Baker, are on its payroll. Arthur Levitt, former chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and ex-Bundesbank president Karl Otto Pohl are among its advisers. Besides the bin Laden family, which has disowned Osama, it has managed funds for Prince Alwaleed and the likes of George Soros… Yes, the President’s dad is on the Carlyle Group payroll. A war here or there might get rid of a family enemy and could be personally profitable for the Bushes.
For the complete lowdown on the Carlyle Group check this out.
Like everyone else in the United States, the group stood transfixed as the events of September 11 unfolded. Present were former secretary of defense Frank Carlucci, former secretary of state James Baker III, and representatives of the bin Laden family. This was not some underground presidential bunker or Central Intelligence Agency interrogation room. It was the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., the plush setting for the annual investor conference of one of the most powerful, well-connected, and secretive companies in the world: the Carlyle Group. And since September 11, this little-known company has become unexpectedly important…
It is important to know that our President will personally profit from wars. I guess that a “few” deaths, the destruction of the economy, environmental devastation and the tossing aside of Constitutional rights doesn’t matter when there is money to be made. Do you feel safe yet?
Byrd’s Brain January 4, 2003