Principalities & Powers

Treason Prospers

As I (along with just about every other armchair strategist in the Western world) correctly predicted last year, the United States launched her war against Iraq in the early spring of 2003, but by the time she did so, the path of treason along which this country had been dragged to war was plain to see.  A month before the war began, on February 23, Tim Russert of NBC’s Meet the Press asked Richard Perle, an advisor to former Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu and a Bush administration official, if the United States was trying to dethrone Saddam Hussein for American or Israeli interests.  Mr. Perle blandly asserted the former, but the Forward, America’s leading Jewish newspaper, noted a few days later that, if Mr. Russert could ask this question publicly of Mr. Perle, then “the toothpaste is out of the tube.”  The very day that President Bush issued his ultimatum to Saddam Hussein and his sons to get out of Baghdad in 48 hours, Paul Krugman wrote in the New York Times, “It’s a matter of public record that this war with Iraq is largely the brainchild of a group of neoconservative intellectuals who view it as a pilot project.”  Sir John Harrington, it seems, was wrong.  Treason doth prosper, and, at least on this occasion, a good many Americans are beginning to call it by its proper name.

If Harrington was wrong, Samuel John-son was right. ...

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