When Glenn Greenwald writes an article concerning the neocons and their syncophants, it is always accurate and pulls no punches:
The Wall St. Journal online has today published a lengthy and truly astonishing article by Harvard Government Professor Harvey Mansfield, which expressly argues that the power of the President is greater than “the rule of law.”
The article bears this headline: The Case for the Strong Executive — Under some circumstances, the Rule of Law must yield to the need for Energy. And it is the most explicit argument I have seen yet for vesting in the President the power to override and ignore the rule of law in order to recieve the glories of what Mansfield calls “one-man rule.”
That such an argument comes from Mansfield is unsurprising. He has long been a folk hero to the what used to be the most extremist right-wing fringe but is now the core of the Republican Party. He devoted earlier parts of his career to warning of the dangers of homosexuality, particularly its effeminizing effect on our culture.
He has a career-long obsession with the glories of tyrannical power as embodied by Machiavelli’s Prince, which is his model for how America ought to be governed. And last year, he wrote a book called Manliness in which “he urges men, and especially women, to understand and accept manliness” — which means that “women are the weaker sex,” “women’s bodies are made to attract and to please men” and “now that women are equal, they should be able to accept being told that they aren’t, quite.” Publisher’s Weekly called it a “juvenile screed.”
I’ll leave it to Bob Altemeyer and others to dig though all of that to analyze what motivates Mansfield and his decades-long craving for strong, powerful, unchallengeable one-man masculine rule — though it’s more self-evident than anything else.
But reading Mansfield has real value for understanding the dominant right-wing movement in this country. Because he is an academic, and a quite intelligent one, he makes intellectually honest arguments, by which I mean that he does not disguise what he thinks in politically palatable slogans, but instead really describes the actual premises on which political beliefs are based.
Finally, an honest neocon, or closest to honest in this space-time continuum. Professor Mansfield doesn’t hide the fact he’s a tyrannical elitist, he’s proud of it! That still doesn’t make Machiavellian philosophy any less palatable, but a neocon who admits as being such is a pleasant *gag* surprise.
Read the rest of Glenn’s take on this guy, the Wall Street Journal and the Weekly Standard. It’s an eye-opener.
Update: Aunt Nancy is not taking a head count. The number for Nancy Pelosi posted at Liberally Mirth and Proud Progressive is not the real deal. All the other numbers are.
I guess I got caught in the fever too. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!
Apologies all the way around.
I guess I better stick to science stuff.
Call yer congresscritter if ya want chimpy to hit the street!
Get’cher numbers here at Liberally Mirth!
Oh yeah, you can get ’em here too:
Now you can foil away!
The CFR has echoed the warning of Zbigniew Brzezinski in claiming that a possible false flag terror attack blamed on Iran could be used to ignite a war, but absurdly pins the potential blame on “Al-Qaeda” and not the most likely perpetrators – the military-industrial complex that owns and controls the United States government.
The CFR along with the Trilateral Commission hold the real strings of power in the United States and act on policy decided upon by the big brother of multinational semi-secret steering societies, the Bilderberg Group.
In an article for the May/June issue of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Foreign Affairs periodical entitled Al Qaeda Strikes Back, CFR member and 29-year CIA operative Bruce Riedel writes,
“The biggest danger is that al Qaeda will deliberately provoke a war with a “false-flag” operation, say, a terrorist attack carried out in a way that would make it appear as though it were Iran’s doing. The United States should be extremely wary of such deception. In the event of an attack, accurately assigning blame will require very careful intelligence work. It may require months, or even years, of patient investigating to identify the plotters behind well-planned and well-executed operations, as it did for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and the 1996 attacks on the U.S. barracks at the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton were wise to be patient in both those cases; Washington would be well advised to do the same in the event of a similar attack in the future. In the meantime, it should, of course, continue do its utmost to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and from fomenting violence and terrorism in the Middle East by using tough diplomacy and targeted sanctions. And it should not consider a military operation against Iran, as doing so would only strengthen al Qaeda’s hand — much as the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq have.”
Brzezinski is a known CFR and Trilaeral Commission man who served under Jimmy Carter, who also is a member of said organizations. One does not take the reins of power too often in the US now-a-days if one is not a member of these “organizations”. Al-Queda was a false flag cover for Bin Laden in order to have a convenient scape goat for more possible blackops if need be. The problem I have now is that the CIA is supposedly being “dismantled” by private contractors such as Blackwater Security. Maybe mercs make it easier to do black-ops, but from what I’ve heard from other sources, they tend to be stupid and sloppy. Just goes to show that idealogues faithful to the State are better for such things than mercs who are in it for the payday.
Look what happened to ancient Rome. Same shit.