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Lt. Col. (Ret.) Karen Kwiatkowski: "Can a U.S. War with Iran

TO: Distinguished Recipients
> FM: John Whitbeck
> Transmitted below is a stimulating analysis by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Karen
> Kwiatkowski.
> BY: DR. KAREN KWIATKOWSKI, a writer, Lieutenant Colonel (USAF-Retired),
> and
> former Pentagon insider who courageously became a whistleblower.
> SOURCE: Published on 2-16-07 by
> URL:
> Even after a long winter of orchestrated chanting and battlegroup
> repositioning [1], springtime American attacks on Iranian territory are
> not written in
> stone. Such a war is not predetermined, except perhaps in the minds of
> neoconservatives [2] in this country and some politicos in Tel Aviv [3].
> We should remember that these people do not run the country, ostensibly
> still
> a Republic. True, this mindset of war-economics and super-dominance of the
> world is appealing to many in Congress. Those with the ability to deliver
> votes,
> and take them away, seem to want this next iteration of creative
> destruction
> [4]. More dangerously, this mindset grips the military-industrial complex
> and
> even many diplomats for reasons of self-actualization. War makes them
> relevant, prosperous, significant.
> If we were a kingdom, George W. Bush would be our King. If George W. Bush
> were our King, a war with Iran would indeed be inevitable. To stop that
> war, we
> would need to stop the king himself -- and stopping a king is often
> something
> that requires bold action on the part of those with access to him.
> If we were a kingdom trying to stop a troublesome king, we might look to
> the
> person closest to him. For us, this would be the vice president, Dick
> Cheney.
> However, if we were a kingdom today, we would be a witness to a power
> behind
> the throne in the form of a well-placed civilian with a mystical
> reputation for
> force of personality, and a posse of loyal samurai willing to kill and die
> for him. Other empires have had their Grigori Rasputins [5], the
> Agrippinas,
> their de Richelieus. If we were a kingdom, we would have Dick Cheney.
> If we were a kingdom, a key source of power with excellent access to a
> wayward or delusional king would be the head of the king's army. Marine
> General
> Peter Pace has recently stated [6] that he "believes" Iran is involved in
> Iraq
> against our troops, bur he sees no need for "kinetic action against Iran
> [7].
> Well, I suppose that's comforting. In a republic, the top military officer
> would
> be exceptionally loyal to the Constitution, or perhaps, the "people." The
> jury
> is out on Perfect Peter, but somehow I think he will be of little
> assistance
> this time.
> If we were a kingdom, we might seek the help of trusted advisors to the
> king,
> and call on their persuasive skills to realign the kingdom towards fiscal
> sanity, peace and civility. The modern American serfs might set their
> hopes on
> the lovely Condie Rice, ostensibly holding an important position and
> personally
> close the president. However, her latest obfuscation to the Congress [8]
> should leave the serfs less than inspired.
> If we were a kingdom, those who speak for the serfs might truly be our
> salvation. In a republic, a congress may represent the people, and in
> ours, holds
> the sole charter to declare wars and impeach incompetent and corrupt
> officials.
> If we were a kingdom, we would have something similar, perhaps a
> parliament
> that exists to advise the king, but rarely to overrule him. It might be
> called a
> parliament of whores [9], to borrow a moniker popularized by P.J.
> O'Rourke.
> Not much help if we were a kingdom.
> If we were a kingdom we would be in dire straits. We would be saddled with
> a
> crazed and warlike fantasist as king, a powerful warlike fantasist as his
> right hand man, a perfect peter as top military man, an über-loyal
> diplomatic
> advisor, and a parliament of whores standing alert and ready like trained
> dogs.
> Are we not a republic? A republic would, in response to the desires of a
> supermajority, turn back our carrier battle groups, and bring our troops
> home from
> Iraq and elsewhere in the world where they occupy unwanted garrisons. A
> republic would seek constitutional inspiration and hard truth in order to
> make
> foreign policy. A republic would take action to impeach corrupt officials,
> and
> remove from power those who have proven to be both criminal and grossly
> incompetent in their public duties.
> If we were still a republic, reversing the stupidity and hubris of this
> administration and bringing the troops home, much less avoiding this
> so-called
> inevitable attack on Iran [10], would be achievable, and even normal.
> If we are still a republic, I am not justified in advocating harsher and
> more
> radical action.
> But if we are no longer a republic, then more radical action by
> individuals
> and groups is surely appropriate. Today, those who wish for good
> government and
> a wise foreign policy charitably march on Washington during the weekend,
> disrupting no traffic, and seeing few lawmakers. If we are not a republic,
> it is
> legitimate to act in a less charitable manner, perhaps by shutting down
> traffic
> around the White House Monday through Friday, and disrupting the everyday
> activities of our monarchy and their lackeys in other creative ways.
> If we are not a republic, we have already lost a great deal of that for
> which
> we fight as a nation -- and thus we ought to feel no obligation to fight
> solely for an unpopular king. If we are no longer a republic, we should be
> supporting the troops not by sending sunscreen and love letters but by
> encouraging
> desertion, insubordination, and rebellion at every turn.
> If we are a kingdom, or an empire ruled by our own special Nero, then we
> have
> nothing to gain by following the rules of republican citizenship, and
> everything to gain by ignoring them.
> I don't know if we will attack Iran or other countries from the sea, the
> air,
> and our lily pads [11] in puppetized post-Saddam Iraq and post-Taliban
> Afghanistan. I don't believe it is inevitable, exactly. If we were a
> republic, we
> would not do it.
> Sadly, habit and evidence point in a different direction, one of more
> murder,
> more death, more destruction [12] -- and it demands that each of us begin
> to
> learn and practice new and more frightening ways to be patriots and
> democratic
> republicans.
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> [4]
> [5]
> [6]
> [7]
> [8]
> [9]
> [10]
> [11]
> [12]
> SEE ALSO Dr. Chalmers Johnson's excellent new book, "Nemesis: The Last
> Days
> Of The American Republic" (New York: Metropolitan Books, February 2007):
> [End of article.]
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