*By Mike Whitney *
*11/12/06 "**Information Clearing House*
*" -- -- W*hen Dick Cheney woke up on Wednesday mourning, his entire world
had changed. The House and Senate was in control of the Democrats, Bush
Senior's buddy Robert Gates had taken over at the Pentagon, and his
most-trusted ally, Don Rumsfeld, had been thrown overboard.
Cheney knows that the story about a "Democratic sweep" is utter nonsense. He
knows who operates the voting machines and how get the results he wants. The
normal procedures for rigging the election were simply put on hold.
He also knows that the Justice Dept had sent out over 80 attorneys to
various parts of the country where the Republicans anticipated legal
challenges after the elections, but there were no legal challenges. Someone
decided that there would be no fight at all, even in the close senatorial
races where recounts might have made a difference.
Is anyone gullible enough to believe that Republican big-wigs have given up
cheating as a vital part of their strategy for winning elections?
I doubt it.
Cheney knows why there were no challenges; just like he knows why Rumsfeld
was thrown to the wolves AFTER the elections rather than before when it
might've hurt the Democrat's chances for victory.
Cheney was betrayed and his plans for one-party rule have been intentionally
subverted. Even his seat next to the throne has been jettisoned to make room
for Papa Bush's friend and CIA-alum, Robert Gates.
So, what does it all mean?
Well, as many of the political wags are finally admitting, the adults are
stepping in and taking back their government. The establishment "old school"
Republicans and country club plutocrats put-together a plan to sabotage the
Cheney administration and put an end to the Iraq debacle. The scheme first
became apparent when Bob Woodward, the establishment's number one scribe,
released his book "State of Denial". That was followed by the National
Intelligence Estimate (NIE), Lancet's Iraqi casualty report, the Mark Foley
page fiasco, and a steady barrage of ethics and corruption scandals.
The Democrats had nothing to do with the ferocious media-blitzkrieg which
pummeled the Bush team day-in and day-out. It was all the handiwork of
big-money Republicans who lost their place at the policy-table when Cheney
and Rummy decided they would run the whole shebang by themselves.
The only way they could be certain of undermining the Sec-Def and the Veep's
powers was by attacking their political base and destroying the "rubber
stamp" congress. And, that is precisely what they did. It's a classic case
of the parent killing its own offspring or, as Dostoyevsky said, "One
reptile devouring the other."
The election simply proves that one should not expect to take the country
away from the people who really own it.
It's theirs, and the political parties are merely the temporary security
guards who are paid to watch over their prized possession.
What's interesting in this case, is that Cheney was betrayed by Bush. It was
Bush who fed Rummy to the crocodiles and replaced him with Gates, and it was
Bush who broke his oath of loyalty to people who put him in office.
Cheney doesn't like to be betrayed, in fact, Cheney hates to be betrayed.
Loyalty is the only virtue among thieves, and Bush has violated that basic
bond. That probably means big trouble for George W. Bush in the future.
Understandably, the country is breathing a sigh of relief after the midterm
elections, but it may be a bit premature. Cheney may be down, but he's not
out. And, unfortunately, nothing has really changed. Cheney hasn't abandoned
his plan for global domination and he still has plenty of agents lurking in
the shadows who will carry out his agenda. His problem now is how to get
back "in the game" and settle scores with the people who screwed him over.
Ironically, his biggest obstacle is George Bush, the man who knifed him in
the back and put the brakes on the global crusade. Bush is now under the
influence his father's chief-advisors who are determined to get the troops
out of Iraq, forestall any attack on Iran, and (probably) undermine the
powers of the unitary executive.
So, how far will Cheney go to remove the obstacles for realizing his dark
vision? Would he be willing to incite a war with Iran to restore himself to
William S. Lind, Director for the Center for Cultural Conservatism for the
Free Congress Foundation, assures us in his latest article "Iraq Disaster
Warning" that "something big'" will happen "between Nov 7 congressional
election and Christmas. That could be the long-planned attack on Iran".
Dr. Elias Akleh supports this theory in his article "War on Iran" providing
the worrisome details of the military build-up currently taking place in the
Gulf beyond the knowledge of the American people. Akleh states:
"The US and NATO countries had amassed the largest military armada in the
Middle East. The US armada consists of carrier Strike Group 12 led by
nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, Eisenhower Strike
Group-another nuclear powered aircraft carrier with accompanied military
vessels and submarines, Expeditionary Strike Group 5 with multiple attack
vessels led by aircraft carrier USS Boxer, the Iowa Jima Expeditionary
Strike Group, and the US Coast Guard. Canada has sent its anti-submarine
HMCS Ottawa frigate to join the American Armada in the Persian Gulf. On
October 1the USS Enterprise Striking Group has crossed the Suez Canal to
join NATO armada at the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea.
The NATO force is composed of troops and naval vessels from several
countries and is lead by Germany. It includes German command naval forces,
Italian navy, 2 Spanish warships, 3 Danish warships, 10 Greek warships, 2
Netherlands warships, and French, Belgium, Turkish, and Bulgarian troops in
Akleh adds ominously, "This is the largest massing of military power in the
region, and it is gathering for a reason."
So, Iran is still very much on the table just as America is still in danger
of deteriorating into a militarized police state. Cheney's dream of global
hegemony and absolute rule continues to move forward regardless of the
elections' results. He remains committed to his original plan whatever the
cost to the country in terms of blood and treasure.
Do not underestimate Dick Cheney. He is a dogged "bare-knuckled"
street-fighter with a will of tempered steel. He will stop at nothing.
All he needs is a means of getting back into the seat of power.
Do we need to remind ourselves that he is only a "heartbeat" away from the
most powerful position in the world?
That's something that should concern us all.