August 11, 2008

While Bush cheered on at the Olympics---another failed policy is revealed.

If Bush, Cheney and their oil buddies (they only seem to get really excited these days when there's a bunch of oil or pipelines at stake) have been making promises the US can't keep, it only serves to create a sort of martyr cause for them to use down the road. In fact, it's possible that's the whole point. Push for NATO, push for military involvement, push for permanent presence. That seems to be the neoconservative longterm energy plan ---- rule the world. Same as it ever was.

Oh, and the conservos should probably soft peddle the self-righteous screeching about how the Russians broke the law and invaded for the purpose of "regime change" and on

And it looks like the neocons are getting excited that we might go and fight Russia.

Go Digby go....

Can you feel his excitement at the idea of fighting the Russians again? These are worthy enemies, unlike that pissant Saddam or those half-assed terrorists. Why if we play our cards right we can have WWXXIVII (we must be up to that by now, right?) with both Russia and China, just like their adolescent wet dreams.

The neocons think very long term and always rigidly refuse to change their analysis no matter what the facts or circumstances dictate. Even the fall of the Soviet Union wasn't enough to change their view, not really. Everyone remembers that in 1992, Paul Wolfowitz famously wrote a defense document that reemerged as the neocon PNAC manifesto "Rebuilding America's Defenses." That original document contained a plan to repel a Russian military assault on a former republic:

Senior Defense Department officials have said the document will be issued by Defense Secretary Cheney this month. According to a Feb. 18 memorandum from Mr. Wolfowitz's deputy, Dale A. Vesser, the policy guidance will be issued with a set of "illustrative" scenarios for possible future foreign conflicts that might draw United States military forces into combat.

These scenarios, issued separately to the military services on Feb. 4, were detailed in a New York Times article last month. They postulated regional wars against Iraq and North Korea, as well as a Russian assault on Lithuania and smaller military contingencies that United States forces might confront in the on

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