The Empire are now rolling out the next stage of it’s Iraq plans, the Dems are on-board for the war having mastered the pantomime of last weeks vote which they engineered to ensure the war funding passed while appearing anti-war. If you doubt that read the wonky ins and outs courtesy of David Sirota–
When non-political folks look at what happened today, they will see Democrats approved a procedural rule, and voted against a Republican bill to give President Bush a blank check for the Iraq War. What they may not see is the real story: The procedural vote was the vote to create a situation that Democrats knew would result in the passage of a blank check. In other words, the procedural vote was the key vote in support of the blank check, because it set up a situation whereby passage of the blank check was inevitable. If that rule vote didn’t pass, the blank check wouldn’t even be able to come to the floor in the inevitably-going-to-pass situation it ended up coming up in.
Now the admission of the reason for the huge military bases under construction-
President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday. The United States has had thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years.
Democrats in control of the U.S. Congress have been pressing Bush to agree to a timetable for pulling troops from Iraq, an idea firmly opposed by the president. White House spokesman Tony Snow said Bush would like to see a U.S. role in Iraq ultimately similar to that in South Korea.
And to recap-
There are a couple of sayings that are often applied to how we citizens are managed on planet earth, old chestnuts, cliches if you will.
1. If you put a frog into a pan of boiling water it will jump out (don’t do this at home kids, the frog will be badly hurt). But if you place a frog in a pan of cold water then gently heat it the frog will remain and be boiled to death eventually.
2. Treat the people like mushrooms, keep them in the dark and feed them on shit.
I don’t even know if the frog thing is true and as a vegetarian I don’t recommend any research in this area. But it is a metaphor for how incrementally small changes over time will go unnoticed while radical change will be seen and perhaps fought against. The lesson for the canny politician is to achieve your ends, do it slowly. The mushroom joke shows how secrecy is also to be employed to mislead and manage the populace. Combine these two together and you get Mushroom Soup.
So there you have it, before they took power the plan existed to occupy and control Iraq, events once they were in power made this more easy. To ensure opposition to the plan would never arise strongly enough to endanger the strategy it is revealed piecemeal and only when circumstances dictate the necessity. This is Empire in motion. In the next 2 years- the oil law heralds the splitting of Iraq into 3 states, the castle keep US bases ensure order and oil production. The only fly in the ointment is not our opposition, that would only matter if this were a functioning democracy, the only opposition to this is the Iraq resistance.