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The War over Iraq: Saddam's Tyranny and America's Mission

William Kristol, Lawrence F. Kaplan

posted on 14 May 2003

reviewed by J. McCauley

book rev. 2
The War
over Iraq: Saddam's Tyranny and America's Mission
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F. Kaplan
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Domination through 'Premptive War'
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This book =
preaches
that 'American' ideas are good for the entire world and should be
imposed by military force. Read this book and others by the
neo-conservatives ('The Threatening Storm', 'Of Paradise and Power')
in order to understand what the men who run The War Machine (Rumsfeld,
Cheney, Perle, Wolfowitz) believe and act on. This book advocates the
neo-conservative policy of 'preemptive war' for Iraq and other
'potential threats' to the US. As foreign policy, one can compare this
advocacy of preemptive war with von Neumann's early fifties advice to
bomb the USSR immediately. von Neumann was one of the greatest
mathematicians of all times. He contributed mightily to computer
theory and design, game theory, and also contributed significantly to
the measurement problem in quantum physics. It was necessary to
consider his advice, and then judge it wrong. Since the implosion of
the USSR we know that Bohr and Einstein were right, that preemptive
war is not the best answer to national security.
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Kagan,
unlike von Neumann, are not scientists. They are
philosopher-policitians following a line though the University of
Chicago philosopher Allan Bloom that goes back through the Nazi
Heidegger to Nietzsche. The origin of their philosophy is Nietzsche's
idea of 'the superman'. They see imperialist, warring strength as
'virtue'. That is, in effect, the thought lying buried beneath the
message of this book. See the neo-con website
www.newamericancentury.org for more on their ideas.
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the
philosophy espoused in this book also lies partly in the confusion of
standard economic theory and beliefs with economic reality. I offer
the following definitions for the readers' consideration. A
neo-classical economist believes, on no empirical basis whatsoever,
that unregulated markets are stable and can approach equilibrium (this
is the idea of Adam Smith's Invisible Hand). A neo-liberal believes in
globalization via deregulation on the basis of neo-classical
economics. A neo-conservative is a neo-liberal with a modern
techo-army and the will and desire to use it to enforce on the globe
his illusion/fantasy of the best of all possible economic worlds. The
latter is basically the message of this book. Without the terrorism of
9/11 the neo-cons could not have had an adequate excuse for putting
their blood-drenched program into effect, thus making the desire of
this book come true. Hitler may have felt it necessary to burn the
Reichstag in order to create enough fear and anger in Germany to
destroy civil liberties there in the thirties, but 9/11 fell like mana
from heaven into the laps of the neo-cons, who have started a
preemptive war following the advice of this book, and have
additionally given us the Orwellian =92Patriot Act', a 'virtuous'
destruction of our civil liberties.
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The
neo-conservatives are impatient people. They don't like to wait: they
are the people who stole the election in Florida (both Jeb Bush and
Rumsfeld signed the 1997 neo-con 'Statement of Principles', as you can
read on www.newamericancentury.org) and then used the fear an anger
from 9/11 as an excuse to invade Iraq in order to 'look for and
weapons of mass destruction'. What they really want is quite different
from what the Bush Administration has told us publically via it's PR
Machine, but their own books (see both this book and 'Of Paradise and
Power') inform us of their desires: they want a military base in Iraq
for further military invasions and, of course, they want to control
the oil. They want to play Caesar to the world while (with fading
economy) Americans are entertained by Rupert Murdock financed
entertainment and 'news' like Fox Network (soon to be established in
China). The neo-con weekly newpaper, 'The Standard', is read
religiously by Rumsfeld et al is, edited by Wm. Kristom, and financed
by Rupert Murdock.
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The reader =
may
also consult my much earlier ('shoot from the hip') review of Allan
Bloom's 'The Closing of the American Mind'. I reviewed that book
frivolously, because I had read and reread the book at least seven
times, always found it fascinating, but never could understand what
Bloom really wanted to say. the book seemed both fascinating and 
pointless. So through Bloom's star student Wolflowitz, we now
understand better what Allan Bloom wanted us to believe, to read
between the lines of his book. By not making his program explicit, by
keeping his scary Platonic program for America hidden, he helped the
neo-cons to launch that program without the American people knowing
what would follow. 
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