Buchanan is too patriotic to come right out and say it, but the
message of his new book, Day Of Reckoning, is that America as
we have known her is finished. Moreover, Naomi Wolf agrees with
him. These two writers of different political persuasions arrive
at America's demise from different directions.
explains how hubris, ideology, and greed have torn America apart.
A neoconservative cabal with an alien agenda captured the Bush
administration and committed American blood, energy, and money
to aggression against Muslim countries in the Middle East, while
permitting America's domestic borders to be overrun by immigrants
and exporting the jobs that had made the US an opportunity society.
War and offshoring have taken a savage economic toll while open
borders and diversity have created social and political division.
her new book, End Of America: Letter Of Warning To A Young Patriot,
Wolf explains America's demise in terms of the erosion of freedoms.
She writes that the 10 classic steps that are used to close open
societies are currently being taken in the US. Martial law is
only a declaration away.
Bush administration responded to September 11 by initiating military
aggression in the Middle East and by using fear and the "war on
terror" to implement police state measures at home with legislation,
presidential directives, and executive orders.
the US became a tyranny in which people could be arrested and
incarcerated on the basis of unsubstantiated accusation. Both
US citizens and non-citizens were denied habeas corpus, due process,
and access to attorneys and courts. Congress gave Bush legislation
establishing military tribunals, the procedures of which permit
people to be condemned to death on the basis of secret evidence,
hearsay, and confessions extracted by torture. Nothing of the
like has ever been seen before in the US.
US has lost millions of middle class jobs which have been
replaced with low paid domestic service jobs. Except for
the very rich, Americans have experienced no gains in real
income in the 21st century. As the ladders of upward mobility
are dismantled and the middle class struggles and fails,
America is left with a few rich and many poor.
cancer might have metastasized if the Guantanamo detainees had
actually been the dangerous terrorists and enemy combatants that
the Bush regime declared them to be. Had the administration actually
possessed evidence against the detainees, the Bush regime might
have succeeded in dispensing with the Constitution. Conviction
of the detainees could have led to what Wolf calls a "fascist
Following the exercise of its new powers, the regime could have
broadened the definition of terrorist to include the regime's
critics, thus pulling citizens in general into tribunals devoid
of civil liberty protections.
could still turn out this way in the event of another 9/11 attack,
whether real or orchestrated. But momentarily the drive toward
tyranny has been blunted, because the vast majority of detainees
turned out to be hapless individuals sold into American captivity
by warlords responding to the bounty the US paid for "terrorists."
Any unprotected individual was vulnerable to being captured by
Afghan and Pakistani warlords and sold as a "terrorist." The Americans
needed to show results, and the Bush regime needed "terrorists"
in order to feed the fear its propaganda had generated.
Stalinist Russia or Nazi Germany, the absence of evidence would
not have mattered as the judicial system produced the results
demanded by the tyrants. However, the US military had not been
sufficiently corrupted for the Bush regime's Guantanamo agenda
[after Sept 11], the US became a tyranny in which people
could be arrested and incarcerated on the basis of unsubstantiated
accusation... America's reputation and credibility are damaged
perhaps beyond repair. Congress and the press have enabled
the executive branch's disregard of the Constitution and
civil liberty. The US is mired in two lost wars which are
pushing Lebanon and nuclear-armed Pakistan into deepening
Honorable officers, such as Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, were able
to discern that the US government had no information on the detainees
and used interrogations in order to rubber stamp the a priori
determination that a detainee was a terrorist or enemy combatant.
Military officers made these revelations known to real courts
before the tribunal process could establish itself.
writer Andy Worthington's recently published book, The Guantanamo
Files: The Stories Of The 759 Detainees In America's Illegal Prison,
proves that the regime's claim that it had hundreds of dangerous
terrorists at Guantanamo was just another Bush administration
support for Bush, Cheney, and the neoconservative agenda is low.
However, Congress, the press, and elections have proven to be
feeble opponents of the Bush regime's drive toward war and tyranny.
It remains to be seen whether the regime has sufficient credibility
or audacity to initiate war with Iran or a false flag attack that
would revive the fascist expansion of which Naomi Wolf warns.
Bush administration has been a catastrophe. Its failures are unprecedented.
Energy prices are at all time highs. The US is deeply in debt
and dependent on foreign creditors. The dollar has lost 60 per
cent of its value against other tradable currencies, and its reserve
currency status, the basis of American power, is in doubt.
The US has lost millions of middle class jobs which have been
replaced with low paid domestic service jobs. Except for the very
rich, Americans have experienced no gains in real income in the
21st century. As the ladders of upward mobility are dismantled
and the middle class struggles and fails, America is left with
a few rich and many poor.
America's reputation and credibility are damaged perhaps beyond
repair. Congress and the press have enabled the executive branch's
disregard of the Constitution and civil liberty. The US is mired
in two lost wars which are pushing Lebanon and nuclear-armed Pakistan
into deepening political crises.
Buchanan concludes, "Our day of reckoning is at hand."
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in
the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall
Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National
Review. He is coauthor of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions. He can be reached at: [email protected]
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