Showing posts with label War on Terror. Show all posts
Showing posts with label War on Terror. Show all posts

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Juan Cole Gives Us the Big Picture

Juan Cole has an important new post at his site Informed Comment which ties together seemingly disparate facts in a coherent narrative which explains the action of the Bush administration in the "War on Terror".
The Bush administration has been about "the Greater Middle East" (including Central Asia). It has been about basing rights in those areas. It says it is fighting a "war on terror" that is unlike past wars and may go on for decades. It has been about rounding up and torturing large numbers of Iraqis, Afghans and others. This region has most of the world's proven oil and gas reserves.

Why is the Bush administration so attached to torturing people that it would pressure a supine Congress into raping the US constitution by explicitly permitting some torture techniques and abolishing habeas corpus for certain categories of prisoners?

Boys and girls, it is because torture is what provides evidence for large important networks of terrorists where there aren't really any, or aren't very many, or aren't enough to justify 800 military bases and a $500 billion military budget.

The post is based on the the insights of the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray . Murray was able to observe how the Bush administration behaved in Uzbekistan. This provided the basis for his understanding of the administration's motivations in hyping the "War on Terror". Go read the entire post. It is very convincing and very important.