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  • Thursday, November 25, 2004

    It's imperialism stupid!

    I've always believed that the Bush regimes adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan had far more to do with Imperialism than a so called "war on terror"this article appears to agree with me. It’s imperialism, stupid! (or, Why Bush won) By MANUEL F. ALMARIO To help us understand why the Americans reelected President George Bush despite his big blunder in Iraq—where hundreds of Americans are dying—we may go back to the Spanish-American war in 1898. The war made Cuba a protectorate of the United States and the Philippines first US colony in Asia. In 1900, when President William McKinley, a Republican like Bush, ran for a second term, the primary issue raised against him by the Democrats was “US imperialism” which, they said, was contrary to America’s Declaration of Independence that proclaimed the right of all men to “Liberty.” The annexation of the Philippines by the United States had become a hot issue especially after the US launched an undeclared war against the Filipinos in February 1899. ..... In his book Against All Enemies, Richard A. Clark, former counterterrorism czar in the Clinton and Bush administrations, wrote that Bush had decided to invade Iraq even before 9/11. In a memorandum submitted to Bush, his chief advisers, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz had reasoned that the invasion of Iraq would “create another friendly source of oil for the US market and reduce dependency upon oil from Saudi Arabia, which might suffer overthrow someday.”..... ...... Americans may eventually learn the bitter lessons of empire, just like Europe, but it will take some time yet. Today, hubris and the arrogance of power propel the American braggadocio as exuded by the famous Bush swagger. As long as the poor American boys and the newest immigrants like the Chicanos and the Asian boys are doing the dying, the American power elite will have their way of empire-building. But wait after another draft like that of the Vietnam war, when American boys from the rich families are being dragooned to a war. Then the Americans themselves may turn back to the ideals of their Founding Fathers who fought colonization and proclaimed the right to liberty of all men.

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