"I would point out the obvious difference between I-C and now is 9/11. That has given them a world of protection. Blatant law breaking and nary a word from Sen. Intel. Com. or Sen. Jud. Com. Dem. Min. Leader Reid seems to be against impeachment for crying out loud.i think that Noise touches on an important issue - from my 'headline' understanding of iran-contra, there wasn't a domestic element in I-C. that's a very significant development. i differ with Noise re 'you don't stage a real coup with a guy like W' - as billmon (and many others note) it's really the Cheney Administration. W is just a useful idiot. i suspect that he is very useful, and most certainly an idiot.
My gut tells me the neocons were put in power by the Establishment to do a dirty job. Not enough resistence to them considering how out of control they are.
IMO, you don't stage a real coup with a guy like W."
Lukethere are a thousand reasons why ew's comment is interesting. let me (try to) count (some of) the ways...
Interesting thoughts. Thanks for reposting mine.
One thing I didn't say in my Iran-Contra comment is that I think one fundamental continuity in the last 40 years of Republican authoritarianism is the Texas oil money that morphed and merged into big construction. I'm listening to Caro's Master of the Senate now (on LBJ, one of the best political books I've ever read, by far), and the precursor to Brown and Root bought him very early on (some more plausible Kennedy conspiracy theories involve these creeps). But they began to switch parties with the illegal Nixon fundraising scheme that landed in Poppy's pocket. And from that point forward (parallel with the growth of Halliburton), the Bushes and with them the Republicans were the new property for these guys. That's what I was trying to do with this post--to show that Anne Armstrong (who was personally involved in Watergate and Iran-Contra) and Katharine Armstrong (who seems to be involved with our illegal wars) have been part of this Republican effort all the way through. Add in what we learn from Confessions of an Economic Hitman, and you see how these construction firms have been an instrument force behind the whole Free Trade charade, which has kept them in power up till now. Cheney's job is to find something to replace 90s style globalization with, partly because that globalization depends on oil, and partly because Americans can no longer compete.
Which is a circuitous way of saying I think there has always been a domestic part to this, whatever the Brown family wanted. But that the larger focus is to ensure the world hegemonic plan put in place by them. They need compliant desperate workers here to be able to carry out their plans overseas.
firstly: "...Texas oil money that morphed and merged into big construction...."
i don't fully understand this story - but i can't help but think of analogies - eg the bin laden family is very big in construction - and obviously the bush and bin laden families are very close.
2. ew actually listens to books? that is really weird to me.
3. ew suggests that the people we are now dealing with also killed JFK. i'm not a jfk expert - but ew continues to argue that we need to consider the current crimes in the context of the earlier crimes. i suspect that she is correct.
4. ew's armstrong posts really do make a compelling case.
5. ew's 'construction company' comments are well considered - although even i don't buy into the logic. and i'm fucking delusional.
6. ew says: "Cheney's job is to find something to replace 90s style globalization with, partly because that globalization depends on oil, and partly because Americans can no longer compete."
i've said a thousand times, i simply disagree with this type of meta-analysis. afaic, there's no such thing as 'class war' or any other such thing (and ew isnt making this claim here.) i'm quite confident that there is no ideological consideration here - the only issue is whether the people who are buying the legislation can increase their wealth. i've said the same thing repeatedly - there is a direct connection between those who are paying, and those who are 'paying.'
there's no 'class warfare' - there's just a bunch of rich families trying to do what is best for themselves, personally.
update - a great history lesson in the comments by ew and anon. thnx again to both of them.