Bush: chosen by God to lead the Christian crusade against Islam.
Cheney: chosen by corporate elite to lead the new imperialism.
Principle Bush tactic: promote criminals to the rank of enemy combatant or insurgent, promote crimes to acts of war, promote criminal organizations to the rank of state actor.
Principle Cheney tactic: bundle access to oil with control over its flow and distribution. This enables the new corporate imperialist to decide who can have oil and at what price. Time will add waterways and wires to the portfolio of the military industrial energy technology cabal. But, for now, follow the pipelines to understand world events.
Well over a hundred criminal justice systems across the world are matured and practiced and staffed and equipped. Nearly all would have given their every resource to help the United States locate and detain and try the criminals responsible for the horrendous crime committed on 11 September 2001. By the time of this writing, the criminal organization that perpetrated that crime would be largely in detention and the remainder would be reviled by most people on earth. The world could unite in the pronouncement that the place for violence is directly in the path of violence oncoming and all else is criminal. Call them Taliban or al Qaeda or any name at all, they would be criminals, recruiting only criminals, devoting most of their energy and resources to concealment and secrecy for fear of capture. Our planet has not and likely will not eliminate crime and criminals and criminal organizations. But the sustained effort to do so is just and rarely produces collateral damage.
But such a clean and just and focused effort to bring criminals to justice would not enable a Christian crusade against Islam or any opportunity for the new corporate imperialist to entrench and profit. Judges and prosecutors and investigators and police and field experts and swat teams and specially trained para military units and special agents and intelligence gatherers and legal systems and correctional systems can limit criminals and criminal activity, but they all have a potential to get in the way of a Christian crusade and an imperial cabal. So send troops instead.
Declare a nebulous war. Call out for the defense of freedom and democracy. It does not matter that your country does not face a gathered and oncoming military force. It does not matter that the security of your population is under no more threat than what the current level of crime and mishap and disease already presents. It does not matter that 19 criminals directed by a nominal criminal organization committed a horrendous crime against your people. What matters is the cabal and the crusade. Pardon the criminals. Promote them to enemy combatant. Pardon the crime. Promote it to an act of war. Pardon the criminal organization. Promote it to the rank of state actor and grant legitimacy to its cause. Send majorily christian troops to occupy the lands of Islam. Let the criminal organizations point to your troops and recruit jihadis by the same high calls to service by which you recruit your own soldiers. Country, religion, friends, family, neighbors, way of life, chosen form of government; threaten them all by your words and the presence of your troops.
East Caspian oil reserves are significant. Being able to pipe it to market across Afghanistan and away from Iran and Russia and China is even more significant. Sunni sands in Iraq are floating on oil. Oops. Did I let out a secret? Never you mind. Having access to Kurd and Shia reserves is significant enough and the ability to control the flow of that oil and decide who gets it at what price for the next thirty years is worth the effort. Nice play Dick. And those hundreds of billions of American dollars flying across Iraq have all ended up in the right hands. Now, if you could just get us control of the southern third of Iran, that would make an excellent icing for the imperial cake.
George, Iraq is so tattered and fragmented and their society has so disintegrated that no challenge can come from a sovereign Iraqi government for many years. Nice work. You have gathered up more power in the oval office than anyone before you and you now have command of a private army that begins to rival the USMC in size. The ISA has more money for black operations than it ever dreamed of having during Vietnam and you even gained authority to use active duty military to control the behavior of U.S. citizens if they get a bit unruly. Unfettered domestic spying is helpful too. Your people are getting so sick of the visions of violence committed by the Islamic radicals and fundamentalists and extremists that you continually drum into their ears that they might well let you attack any nation so long as you can make even a loose claim that it will protect them against such violence. You have come a long way from 911. Just one thing still confuses me. You knew that Angel was not a target just as well as you knew that Saddam had no ties to terrorism and no weapons and no ability to threaten the United States. So instead of leading your people through 911, what did you gain by hiding in bunkers for nearly twelve hours?