Neocon insanity


Via reader Someofparts, this crazy story from Mark Ames:

Q: Is Putin Really Planning To Bomb Saudi Arabia?
(A: In 2008, Cheney Really Did Plan To Bomb Russia)

One of the wildest rumors about the Syria War going around last week claimed that Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s military chiefs to draw up plans for a full-scale military attack on Saudi Arabia if US-led forces bomb Syria…

Last month was the fifth anniversary of that war in Georgia. Most people in the West have forgotten about it by now, but it’s a good time to refresh your memories. Western media and political leaders got that war completely wrong, blaming it on an allegedly aggressive, imperialist Russia out to “punish” Georgia for the crime of being a “Jeffersonian democracy” in Russia’s backyard, as Georgia’s spindoctors put it. What’s even more frightening is how that war, misreported and mischaracterized as Russian aggression, brought us dangerously close to World War Three.

A couple of years after the Georgia War ended, it emerged that Vice President Dick Cheney and “several senior White House staffers” had wanted to start a war with Russia to stop their counter-offensive against Georgia. Cheney’s idea had been to launch “surgical strikes” and/or to bomb Russian land forces using the Roki Tunnel, the only land link between Russia and South Ossetia, thousands of feet up in the Caucasus mountains…

This false framing almost allowed Bush Administration neocons to drag America into a war with nuclear-armed Russia. On August 10, 2008, just as Russian forces were pouring through the Roki Tunnel to push Georgian troops out of South Ossetia, American military C-130 transport planes were ferrying hundreds of US-trained Georgian soldiers and heavy equipment out of Iraq — where they had served as a loyal backup contingent for Bush, the third largest after the US and Britain — and into battle against Russian and Ossetian forces. That alone could’ve sparked war with Russia. Imagine if Russians started ferrying hundreds of Taliban fighters and heavy armor into Afghanistan to fight US troops…

Luckily for the rest of us, Bush’s neocon national security advisor Stephen Hadley retained enough sense to realize that the Russians would respond militarily to any “surgical strike,” and that would be the end of everyone’s retirement golfing plans. Knowing how Cheney works on the sly, Hadley decided that the only way to stop him and the other neocon loons was to make Cheney’s plans known to Bush, and to force Bush to take a clear position on war with Russia…

Now imagine if we’d launched “surgical strikes” against Russia, sparking World War Three, over a war that we’d completely fucked up and got bass-ackwards, a war that the New York Times and the EU admitted they had flubbed. Not only would we be hairless, toothless, wheezing and generally dead, but we’d also feel pretty goddamn stupid.

So Cheney really was plain old batshit crazy, even more than we already thought. Astounding.

H/t Nicole Naum Attorney at Law.

3 thoughts on “Neocon insanity

  1. Every neo-con is batshit crazy with their my bomb is bigger than your bomb mentality. Their Capitalist drive shines through when they decide that buying a countries natural resources isn’t as profitable as stealing them is. Let’s name a few of these neo-cons (interventionists). Cheney, McCain, Hillary…………………..

  2. LOVE wikipedia (LEST WE FORGET):
    Politicians[edit source | editbeta]

    George W. Bush announces his $74.7 billion wartime supplemental budget request as Donald H. Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz look on.
    George W. Bush – President of the United States (2001-9); Republican Governor of Texas (1995-2000); numerous neocon advisors[97][98]
    Dick Cheney – Vice President (2001-9); Secretary of Defense (1989-1992); Republican US Representative for Wyoming’s At-large congressional district (1979-1989); numerous neocon advisors[99][100][101][102]
    Henry M. Jackson – Democratic US Senator from Washington (1953-1983)
    Lindsey Graham – Republican US Senator from South Carolina (2003-)[103]
    Joe Lieberman – Independent Democratic US Senator from Connecticut (1989-2013) [104]
    John McCain – Republican US Senator from Arizona (1987-), 2008 Republican presidential nominee [105]
    Rudy Giuliani – Republican Mayor of New York City (1996-2002), 2008 presidential candidate
    Tom Cotton – Republican US Representative from Arkansas’s 4th congressional district (2013-)
    Newt Gingrich (former neoconservative) – Republican US Representative from Georgia’s 6th congressional district (1979-1999) and Speaker of the House of Representatives (1995-1999), 2012 presidential candidate[106]
    Government officials[edit source | editbeta]
    Paul Wolfowitz – State and Defense Department official.
    R. James Woolsey, Jr. –Director of Central Intelligence, Under Secretary of the Navy, green energy lobbyist.
    Richard Perle – Assistant Secretary of Defense, lobbyist.
    Condoleezza Rice – Secretary of State (2005-2009)[107]
    Jeane Kirkpatrick – Ambassador to the United Nations.
    Scooter Libby[citation needed] – Chief-of-Staff to Cheney.
    Donald Rumsfeld[citation needed] – Secretary of Defense (1974–77, 2001–06); numerous neocon advisors[99][100][102]
    Elliot Abrams – Republican foreign policy adviser.
    William G. Boykin[citation needed] – Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.
    John R. Bolton[citation needed] – Ambassador to the United Nations.
    Eliot A. Cohen – US State Department Counselor 2007-2009, now Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.
    Academics[edit source | editbeta]

    Francis Fukuyama
    Robert Kagan – Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Historian, founder of the Yale Political Monthly, adviser to Republican political campaigns.
    Francis Fukuyama (former neoconservative) – Senior Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford, former-neoconservative, political scientist, political economist, and author.
    Victor Davis Hanson – Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, columnist and author.
    Michael Ledeen – Freedom Scholar chair at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, former US government consultant, author, columnist.
    Nathan Glazer – Professor of sociology, columnist, author.
    Harvey Mansfield – William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University, author.
    Public intellectuals[edit source | editbeta]
    Irving Kristol (Deceased) – Publisher, journalist, columnist.
    William Kristol – Founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, professor of political philosophy and American politics, political adviser.
    Norman Podhoretz – Editor-in-Chief of Commentary.
    John Podhoretz – Editor-at-Large of Commentary, presidential speech writer, author.
    Irwin Stelzer – International economics and business columnist, editor at The Weekly Standard, Oxford fellow.
    Charles Krauthammer – Pulitzer Prize winner, columnist, physician.
    David Frum – Journalist, Republican speech writer, columnist.[108]
    Max Boot – Military historian, columnist, author.
    Oriana Fallaci (Deceased) – Italian – U.S.permanent resident journalist and writer.
    Jennifer Rubin – Columnist and blogger for The Washington Post

  3. Quite a rogue’s gallery you’ve listed there, Tracey. Just scanning it makes you sad. We could add Ari Fleischer and the illustrious John Yoo for old times’ sake. When you can start identifying those people with their nicknames (‘the Prince of Darkness’, ‘the Walrus’) you know they’ve had an impact. None of it good. Psychopaths, most of them. None of them ever believed in democracy.

    “Lest we forget” would a nice motto, if it were true. Trouble is, regardless of any election results, regardless of what people really want, these people and their descendants still run the show in the Nobel Peace Prize winning Obama administration.

    Fukuyama is the one guy in the group you can laugh at. Anybody with the audacity to write a book about how ‘history ends with us’ is always good for a guffaw.

    But maybe I’m being too hard on him. From a standpoint of evolution of political systems, he’s nuts. But from a standpoint of ruining the planet’s ability to support life similar to our own in the near future, he could be right after all.

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