Monday, August 27, 2007

Utterly deranged

Wow. We knew the NeoCons are having problems now that their warmongering policies are now about as popular as striped pajamas in a Synagogue with the American (and global) public. But I didn't think any of them had gone so far as to decide that democracy itself was therefore the problem, and that "destroying freedom in order to save it" was a policy prescription rather than a criticism.

Unfortunarely, we were wrong. A NeoCon author has openly called for President Bush to "follow Caesar's example", commit genocide in Iraq, repopulate it with Americans, and then use the military to declare himself "President-for-Life" (and yes, that's an actual quote). Seriously:

If President Bush copied Julius Caesar by ordering his army to empty Iraq of Arabs and repopulate the country with Americans, he would achieve immediate results: popularity with his military; enrichment of America by converting an Arabian Iraq into an American Iraq (therefore turning it from a liability to an asset); and boost American prestiege while terrifying American enemies.

He could then follow Caesar's example and use his newfound popularity with the military to wield military power to become the first permanent president of America, and end the civil chaos caused by the continually squabbling Congress and the out-of-control Supreme Court.

President Bush can fail in his duty to himself, his country, and his God, by becoming “ex-president” Bush or he can become "President-for-Life" Bush: the conqueror of Iraq, who brings sense to the Congress and sanity to the Supreme Court. Then who would be able to stop Bush from emulating Augustus Caesar and becoming ruler of the world? For only an America united under one ruler has the power to save humanity from the threat of a new Dark Age wrought by terrorists armed with nuclear weapons.

There's more in there, including the traditional aristocratic critique of democracy as mob rule, and the chilling line that "modern weapons now mean a nation must practice genocide or commit suicide". It's a frightening insight into NeoCon thinking, and how utterly deranged these people have become (or perhaps, always were).

Note that this isn't some random isolated wingnut - the article was published on the website of Family Security Matters, a front for the Center for Security Policy, a respected NeoCon thinktank whose members include Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Doug Feith, and PNAC stalwarts Richard Perle and Frank Gaffney . It has since been pulled, and the site sanitised to remove all references to its embarrasing author, but neither group has yet repudiated it.

(Hat tip: Crooked Timber).