Dec 10, 2013
Hell to Pay
Posted on Oct 30, 2008
This is a power-craving administration that will do what it can to retain power. It has invested billions of dollars in R&D and in building the infrastructure to carry out its mandate to militaristically “preserve an international security environment conducive to American interests and ideals.” It has invested billions of dollars and sacrificed thousands of lives in fighting a war to fulfill its mandate of setting up permanent bases in Iraq, and it deems the Democratic option of setting a timeline for troop withdrawal antipathetic to this goal. It has not yet capitalized on its efforts to further U.S. economic interests in the Persian Gulf, and it still aims to thwart any efforts by Iran to counter such schemes. It has already had eight years of interruption by the Clinton administration in actualizing its “military revolution” and has good reason to believe that the old guard which began this incredibly complex ideologically driven venture may fall out of favor and thereby lose the opportunity to finish what it started. It has weapons systems currently in limbo such as the Strategic Defenses, which is a major budget item in defense appropriations and would probably be cut by an Obama administration just as it was by the Clinton administration. Such a cut in defense spending would also have effects on powerful corporate interests such as Lockheed Martin, which is a major supplier of components for the missile defenses involved in the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Consider, also, that the PNAC/Bush administration greatly enhanced the powers of the executive branch, which can now spy on and imprison Americans at will. The architects of such powers are unlikely to want to hand them over to the opposition.
Add to these reasons the frustration at perhaps seeing an ideological vision dashed after almost two decades, and it is clear that the PNAC/Bush administration is not likely to simply swallow an electoral loss.
The consequences of such defeat are and should be a matter of deep concern to us all. Much will depend on the resolve of the American people and their collective commitment to democracy and the rule of law. We must stand firm against fear mongering, propagandizing, bogus legal challenges, attempts to declare the election invalid by fiat, and other tactics aimed at interrupting the constitutional transfer of power.
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