I explained why in this K5 comment. In short, I wanted it to become unequivocally obvious - to every American with an IQ "above room temperature" - exactly who is responsible for the utter failure and chaos resulting from the Neocons' full frontal attempt to implement their wet dream - the Project for a New American Century.
Only the complete collapse of their strategy will sufficiently discredit this naive ideology to the extent necessary to extinguish the meme as thoroughly as, for example, Fascism.
It would be nice to pretend that the lesson has been learned and that it's time to let America off the hook; let it rejoin the human race. But it would only be make-believe.
I agree with almost every word written in this powerful piece by Robert Parry. I even agree with his conclusion. He regards anything less than Democrat takeover of both houses as endorsement of the Bush dictatorship,
He describes the Stakes of the elections in these terms:
If one combines the language of the Military Commissions Act with deputy attorney general McNulty’s vision of “preventive prosecution” – and then add in the growing possibility of another Republican victory on Nov. 7 – the United States is on the verge of being transformed into an Orwellian nightmare.That is the only point on which we disagree. I think the stakes are much higher than that. For a start, we can't risk a marginal Democrat victory. And the lesson certainly hasn't sunk in deep enough yet. Parry provides the evidence for that with the example of the New York Times op ed (penned by Ted Koppel). He complains:
And that's precisely my point. If even the NYT doesn't yet "get it", there's no chance at all that the average American voter is anywhere near getting it.
To say that “respected” figures like Koppel don’t get the magnitude of the situation would be an understatement.
Unless the Democrats were to win on an unprecedented scale (taking, say 300 plus seats in Congress and 25 plus of the available Senate seats) they would effectively provide the Bush regime and the Neocons with an Exit Strategy.
If the Dems achieve even marginal control of just Congress, it will give them the clout they need to impede the President. So what will he do? He will up the ante (for example by proposing to double the forces in Iraq - bringing back conscription to get the numbers up) and challenge the Democrats to block it. Which they no doubt will.
As a result, Iraq will continue its descent into Civil War, a couple of thousand more Americans will be killed trying to keep the lid on and the eventual ignominious retreat can all be blamed on the Democrats for not allowing the President to put enough boots on the ground.
You get the drift. We can't be sure exactly which pretext will be presented but that's the broad game plan if the Democrats get even one hand on one of the levers of power. And the problem is not so much that such an attack would sink the Democrats. It wouldn't. What it would do, though, is prevent the demolition of the Neocons. And that is what must happen if we really want to destroy the Totalitarian tendency.
If even the Land of the Free can't resist dictatorship, what hope for the rest of the planet?
Bin Laden's strategy seems to be working very well. So well, you might be forgiven for jumping to the conclusion that it was created in a Washington think-tank rather than Tora Bora.
They must be allowed to burn themselves out beyond hope of recovery. America - and the World - simply can't afford Neocons, any more than we can afford Nazis.