THIS generation's 'American Gangsters' are imminently more dangerous and pernicious than the pimps, drug dealers, and thieves who roam and rule over our nation's most vulnerable and malleable citizens. This generation's ruling class of gangsters have been elevated to the highest levels of our government by Bush and his corporatist cronies.
No Don or Godfather has ever enjoyed a more effective illusion of clean hands than Bush Cheney, or any of the cabal of military and oil executives who've been allowed to occupy the most influential offices of authority and power in America, or in the world. Operating a nationwide and global protection scheme behind the front of the American presidency, Bush has used our military and our own involuntary contributions to government as enforcers for whatever ambition he or his peeps in crime imagine they're entitled to commit with impunity.
Their standard method of exercising their assumed power and authority is the shakedown; effected in their early diversion of tax dollars to their rich corporate benefactors, to their theocratic opening of the Treasury to 'faith-based' evangelists; from their perpetual feathering of secret Defense accounts and the erection of new 'intelligence' bureaucracies with unaccountable budgets exploiting the 9-11 killings and American fear of another attack, to the hijacking of the bulk of our nation's defenses to support and defend their Iraqi coup.
The 9-11 killings were used as cover for the predicted, calculated shortfall in tax revenue as programs and services Americans rely on for survival and well-being were threatened by the Bush administration with extinction or severe reduction to make up the difference as he embarked on his manufactured assault on Iraq. At the same time, he embarked on a dual campaign of fear and intimidation at home, warning Americans of another devastating attack on the nation from terror suspects allowed to escape into the mountains of Afghanistan as Bush used the bulk of the pursuing forces to secure his coup of Kabul.
Throwing out the only effective wedge against Iranian expansion in the Mideast when he overthrew Saddam, Bush destabilized the entire region and inflamed the very forces of opposition to U.S. expansionism he was busy feigning concern about as he expanded the scope of his cynical 'terror war." It was a perfect crime. He let the most pernicious fear of Americans run free for over six years since the 9-11 killings, while he waged predictably and deliberately inflammatory attacks against Iraqis, taunting 'terrorists' to attack our soldiers there.
So it was, this week, that the Bush administration set out to shake the country down once more to enable them to continue their discredited, rejected occupation of Iraq without the pesky interruption of democracy. Over 200,000 civilian military workers jobs were threatened with furlough by the Pentagon -- mechanics, support personnel, medical; the most vulnerable Americans among their military enterprise -- as Bush was threatened by Congress with their refusal to continue funding his fiasco.
This is some real gangster sh**, make no mistake about it. Targeting vulnerable Americans for job cuts right before the holidays as blackmail for their Iraq money is a vicious and ruthless act.
This is from an administration which has had no compunction at all about promoting the taunts and threats of the very terrorists the pretend to be pursuing. This is from an president who, today, said that Pakistani dictator Musharraf hadn't yet "crossed the line" in jailing all of his political opponents before his country's election, citing a threat from "terrorists" as he unilaterally suspended their constitution, unilaterally disbanded and replaced their Supreme Court (all the while campaigning for the presidency in the military garb he's worn since his coup.)
This is from an administration who has repeatedly singled out the most vulnerable of Americans to intimidate into resigned compliance with their anti-democratic shakedowns. Bush and his corporate cabal are today's ultimate American Gangsters. Yea, boi!!
I'll steal a quote from the celebrated American gangster, Frank Lucas, in my reply to Bush's own imperious shakedown. "This is my home (Bush). This is where my business is, my wife, my family. This is my country, I ain't goin' nowhere."