In an email to the Con Man, Reckless G writes:
I’ve been following your show and visiting aspenpost.net, ever since Cathleen Krahe submitted the letter from our Iraqi friend. It’s been very entertaining and informative, thanks for providing the forum on your show and blogsite for airing the many different perspectives of people in the valley and surrounding areas.
I generally agree with your perspective, though I do have a few problems that I’d like to address here.
First, this week you’ve learned the importance of referring to the Eagle Valley by it’s proper name, yet you consistently refer to Conservatives as those who deny science, are anti-abortion, and anti-gay marriage. Those are not Conservative tendencies; they are the attitudes of the Religious Right. Conservativism is a political leaning that traditionally had nothing to do with preserving America’s “moral responsibilities.” Yes, the Republican Party, the current party of Conservatives, has been hijacked by the Religious Right and appears to be pushing their agenda, but for the sake of true conservativism I wish you wouldn’t confuse the issue by using the term in the context of your conversation about the agenda of the Religious Right.
Second, and this is a beef I have with all media today, not just your show; pundits and the public are still talking about the occupation of Iraq in terms of bringing stability and democracy to the region, as if that was ever the goal. Talking about victory in Iraq without discussing the true goal of the enterprise is like discussing the orange juice business without ever mentioning oranges.
You talk about the hypocrisy of Cheney denying gay rights when he has a gay daughter, but you refuse to address the true hypocrisy surrounding the occupation of Iraq. I’ve heard you say you think we’re there because of oil, but then you dismiss the idea that this fiasco was perpetrated for the exclusive purpose of reaping a profit. I know you hold a dim view of conspiracy theories, but by saying the “war” is about oil, you’re effectively calling it a conspiracy.
The media in general talks about the “war” as if it was botched by inept planners. Please! These men are not stupid. They knew full well the consequences of conducting the invasion and occupation the way they have done. If regular citizens like me could predict what would occur, then how can we be expected to believe that federal officials and those in the Intelligence Community couldn’t?
So the question everyone should be asking is; why did they want to create the condition of continuing chaos in Iraq? Why did they purposely send in too few troops, inadequately equipped, to destroy the Baath Party, the regular army, the infrastructure, and the peace? And why are they now sending in what everyone agrees is too few more troops to secure the country?
You want to know why we’re in this war and why the Bush crew doesn’t seem to want to end it any time soon? Just follow the money! Weapons manufacturers, reconstruction companies, military support industries (such as Haliburton), oil companies, the list goes on. This war is a very profitable venture for those invested in any one of the above. As we know, several of our top leaders and their families and friends have connections to these industries.
You question Cheney’s seemingly inexplicable change from a cautious conservative to a hawkish NeoCon. Again, follow the money! The change occurred after he became involved with Haliburton and joined the Project for a New American Century. Just look at the PNAC’s statement of principles; http://www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm
and who signed it, and it’s pretty obvious why we are in Iraq right now, and soon to attack Iran.
If you study war throughout history, nine times out of ten it will be about profits for the warmongers. Why should this one be any different? The telltale evidence of course is how many times the administration shifted its reason for going to war. In the past, populations might have gone along with their government waging war to enrich their own nation, but not now, here in America. We only go to war for altruistic reasons, because we like to think of ourselves as the good guys.
When a crime is committed, the police look for motive. But we can’t talk about the true motive those in the Bush administration had for going to war, or why they planned so perfectly to fail to achieve stability and peace, because it sounds like a conspiracy theory, which makes us look bad.
Now that’s hypocrisy.