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THE SYSTEM WORKS! May 28, 2007

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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Such was the note of celebration when Richard Nixon left the Whitehouse. I have not heard much of that conviction lately. Sure the system is working but for whom? Andrew J Bacevich, whose son of the same name has just been killed in Iraq by a “suicide bomb explosion” has some answers. He writes:

To whom do Kennedy, Kerry and Lynch listen? We know the answer: to the same people who have the ear of George W. Bush and Karl Rove — namely, wealthy individuals and institutions.

Money buys access and influence. Money greases the process that will yield us a new president in 2008. When it comes to Iraq, money ensures that the concerns of big business, big oil, bellicose evangelicals and Middle East allies gain a hearing. By comparison, the lives of U.S. soldiers figure as an afterthought.

Memorial Day orators will say that a G.I.’s life is priceless. Don’t believe it. I know what value the U.S. government assigns to a soldier’s life: I’ve been handed the check. . .

Money maintains the Republican/Democratic duopoly of trivialized politics. It confines the debate over U.S. policy to well-hewn channels. It preserves intact the cliches of 1933-45 about isolationism, appeasement and the nation’s call to “global leadership.” It inhibits any serious accounting of exactly how much our misadventure in Iraq is costing. It ignores completely the question of who actually pays. It negates democracy, rendering free speech little more than a means of recording dissent.

This is not some great conspiracy. It’s the way our system works.

Now we know that they are over there cordoned off in their mental island with its two oceans and two land boundaries to the North and the South, but is it really any different here, or if it is different how long with the Americanization of Australian politics, a feature of the Howard Government, will it remain different?

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