January 4th, 2006

Framed doggie

A party of Chamberlains

Rachel Maddow on Air America Radio is talking right now about how Carl Levin has made himself a Chamberlain (by co-sponsoring an amendment stripping federal courts of the power to hear habeas corpus cases involving the Guantanamo Bay concentration camp).

I haven't researched this myself, and I am translating Ms. Maddow's words into my own language.
My last words

Changes to my LJ

If you view this LJ blog using my style, you may notice some changes. Please let me know if it really messes things up for you. I'm not sure it does the right thing in non-graphical browsers such as lynx and links. In graphical browsers it at least doesn't come out the best if you have graphics turned off; maybe it depends on the browser. I'd like to remedy these problems, but maybe not with the appropriate priority, unless someone tells me they are really messed up trying to read the blog.d
Apollo 4 on column of fire

L'état, c'est moi !


http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/01/04/bush_could_bypass_new_torture_ban/


WASHINGTON -- When President Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief.

After approving the bill last Friday, Bush issued a "signing statement"—an official document in which a president lays out his interpretation of a new law—declaring that he will view the interrogation limits in the context of his broader powers to protect national security. This means Bush believes he can waive the restrictions, the White House and legal specialists said.



Anyone who imagined the Bushist Nazis would obey such a law is living in a different universe. But now something is different. Now the Bushist Nazis are moving to the next stage; they are as good as spitting in our faces that laws are their weapons against us, no longer to be our weapons against them.

We are in terrible trouble, and it only gets worse from here. Of course this is all expected.

As I grow more and more anxious about whether the establishment will stop Bush, I do want to say something about comparisons with our historical past. The other day a right-wing functional 'moron' called up the Mike Malloy show, and when asked to say what law allowed the Bushists to do what they are doing, started talking about the Civil War. Malloy hung up, which was quite a reasonable thing to do, because it's just an attempt to change the topic to something that makes our situation seem less dire.

However, it isn't even necessary to note this, for me to laugh off historical comparisons—because John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, even if they were close to dictators, were not attempting and probably could not dream of attempting to form a pan-global 'Pax Americana'. The Bushist plan is no less than global hegemony by military aggression; it is stated in PNAC writing, it is stated in official U. S. policy. There is simply no comparison; only Bush-Cheney, ahead of Nixon in gall, is a potential Hitler. Nor is this like the Cold War, in which we were the leader of a bloc of nations in a conflict we did not ask for. This conflict is asked for, we are aggressors.

Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Bolton would look entirely natural in SS uniforms.

Readings:

'Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century', http://newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf. Excerpt:
America’s strategic goal used to be
containment of the Soviet Union; today the
task is to preserve an international security
environment conducive to American
interests and ideals. The military’s job
during the Cold War was to deter Soviet
expansionism. Today its task is to secure
and expand the “zones of democratic
peace;” to deter the rise of a new greatpower
competitor; defend key regions of
Europe, East Asia and the Middle East; and
to preserve American preeminence through
the coming transformation of war made
possible by new technologies.…

During the Cold War, America acquired its
security “wholesale” by global deterrence
of the Soviet Union. Today, that same
security can only be acquired at the “retail”
level, by deterring or, when needed, by
compelling regional foes to act in ways that
protect American interests and principles.


['Freedom' is on the March. The Armies of 'Compassion' are securing Zones of 'Democratic' 'Peace'.]

More reading:

The DoD document more or less making the above official policy (I don't remember which document).

The speech in which Bush announced the new DoD doctrine (again I don't remember which).
Apollo 8 Earth

A blast from the past: 'THE WAY OF SUBJECTS'

An episode from past efforts (supposedly) to spread cultural 'virtue' by military conquest. In this case the 'enemy' was what Bush claims to be trying to spread. Structurally, however, it is the same goal, particularly when you take into account that Bush's 'freedom' means corporate kleptocracy. By 'structurally the same' I mean in the mathematical sense allowing generalized treatment (group structure, vector structure, etc.).


http://www.wfu.edu/~watts/w11_ultrantl.htm

[From The Way of Subjects, Japanese Ministry of Education, 1941.]

PART III

Viewed from the standpoint of world history, the China Affair is a step toward the construction of a world of moral principles by Japan. The building tip of a new order for securing lasting world peace will be attained by the completion of the China Affair as a steppingstone. In this regard the China Affair would not and should not end with the mere downfall of the Chiang Kai-shek regime. Until the evils of European and American influences in East Asia that have led China astray are eliminated, until Japan's cooperation with New China as one of the links in the chain of the Greater East Asian Coprosperity Sphere4 yields satisfactory results, and East Asia and the rest of the world are united as one on the basis of moral principles, Japan's indefatigable efforts are sorely needed . . . .

Japan has a political mission to help various regions in the Greater East Asian Coprosperity Sphere, which are reduced to a state of quasicolony by Europe and America, and rescue them from their control. Economically, this country will have to eradicate the evils of their exploitation and then set up an economic structure for coexistence and coprosperity. Culturally, Japan must strive to fashion East Asian nations to abandon their following of European and American culture and to develop Eastern culture for the purpose of contributing to the creation of a just world. The East has been left to destruction for the past several hundred years. Its rehabilitation is not an easy task. It is natural that unusual difficulties attend the establishment of a new order and the creation of a new culture. Overcoming these difficulties will do much to help in establishing a world dominated by morality, in which all nations can co-operate and all people can secure their proper positions. . . .

It is urgent for Japan to achieve the establishment of a structure of national unanimity in politics, economy, culture, education, and all other realms of national life. Defense is absolutely necessary for national existence. A nation without defense is one that belongs to a dream world. Whether defense is perfected or not is the scale that measures the nation's existence or ruin. National growth and development can hardly be expected without perfection of defense. . . .

With the change of war from a simple military matter to a complicated total affair, the distinction between [wartime] and peacetime has been clouded. When the world was singing peace, a furious economic and cultural war was staged behind the scenes, among nations. Unless a Country is organized even in time of peace, so that the total struggle of the state and the people is constantly concentrated on the objective of the country, and the highest capacity is displayed, the country is predestined to be defeated before taking to arms. . . .

3 Chiang Kai-shek (1887–1975), Successor to Sun Yat-sen as head of the Nationalist party, was the recognized leader of wartime China, even though the communists under Mao Zedong controlled large parts of the country.
4 The Japanese term for their Asian empire.
CrudFactory roach transparent

Bypassing hearings completely

Recess appointments
by kos
Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 05:00:34 PM PDT

So yeah, it looks like King George has dissolved Congress. Who needs the pesky Senate for "advice and consent" when a recess appointment will work just as well?

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 4, 2006

Personnel Announcement

President George W. Bush today recess appointed the following individuals:

[17 appointments]

At least where the FEC members are concerned, there weren't even any hearings on their nominations.

[The Bushists are using an incremental approach in which step by step they make mockeries of our governmental formulations, without outright eliminating them. Now they are doing it openly, daring us to stop them. We are in really deep trouble.]