The Failing Empire
by Patrick J. Buchanan
by Patrick J. Buchanan
“Things are in the saddle, and ride mankind.”
Emerson’s couplet comes to mind as the New Year opens with Pakistan, the second largest Muslim country on Earth, in social and political chaos, trending toward a failed state with nuclear weapons.
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, whom the White House pressed to return home from exile to form an anti-Islamist alliance with President Pervez Musharraf, is dead, assassinated on the second try in two months.
Her 19-year-old son, who has spent most of his life outside the country, is now the declared leader of her Pakistan Peoples Party but is remaining at Oxford. Her husband, widely regarded as the bag man of the Bhutto family, is playing regent, denouncing the Pakistan Muslim League with which Musharraf is affiliated as a “murderers’ league.”
As riots ravage the country, the PPP is demanding that the Jan. 8 elections go forward and calling on the nation to repudiate Musharraf and bring the PPP to power – in her memory.
Nawaz Sharif, a two-time prime minister like Bhutto who presided over Pakistan’s test of an atom bomb, who is close to the Islamists, who was also ousted for corruption, and who is detested by Musharraf, had declared an election boycott. Now his party, too, is urging that the elections go forward. Sharif wants Musharraf out and himself in.
If Musharraf postpones the elections, or they are not regarded as free and fair, the whole nation could erupt. If he does not postpone the elections, he will almost surely be repudiated.
Revealed by all this is the inability, if not the impotence, of America to assure a desired outcome in a nation whose support is indispensable if we are not to lose the war in Afghanistan, now in its seventh year.
Moreover, the reactions of some U.S. presidential candidates suggest they are not ready to run this country, let alone Pakistan. After Bhutto’s assassination, Bill Richardson called on Musharraf to resign. Hillary Clinton has suggested that Musharraf could be toppled and demanded that he submit to an outside investigation of the murder of Benazir Bhutto.
Nancy Pelosi is suggesting a cutoff in U.S. aid if there is no outside investigation and demanding the White House ensure that Pakistan’s elections are “free and fair.” Perhaps the Pakistanis will demand observers this year in Florida and Ohio.
But if Musharraf stands down, who steps in? Do we know? And if elections go forward, are we ready to accept any outcome?
After all, this is a country whose provinces bordering on Afghanistan, the Northwest Frontier and Baluchistan, are ruled by a coalition of Muslim parties sympathetic to the Taliban. Tribal regions along the border play host to the Taliban and perhaps Osama himself. Elements of Pakistan’s military and intelligence services are Islamist. The nuclear proliferator A.Q. Khan and Osama are far more popular than Musharraf or Bush. Lose Pakistan in the war against al-Qaeda and the Taliban and you lose the Afghan war.
In recent elections in the Near and Middle East, many of them called at the insistence of President Bush, the winners were Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, Moqtada al-Sadr and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
What are the primary U.S. interests today in Pakistan? That its nuclear weapons remain in secure and friendly hands and that Pakistan remains an ally in the war against al-Qaeda.
Whatever happens in the elections Jan. 8, or later, the United States should retain close ties to Pakistan’s military. As Rome’s emperor Septimus Severus counseled his sons on his deathbed, “Pay the soldiers. The rest do not matter.”
But the United States must begin now to look at the longer term.
It seems clear that we are so hated in that country that any leader like Bhutto, seen as a friend and ally to the United States, is ever at mortal risk. Musharraf has himself been a repeated target of assassins.
Second, our ability to influence events is severely limited. What does democracy mean in a country where 60 percent of the people are illiterate and parties are fiefdoms of families and political instruments of religious radicals?
As Burke reminded us, “It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”
We need to ask ourselves hard questions. Has the blood we have shed in Afghanistan and Iraq, the hundreds of billions we have plunged into these wars, and into foreign aid, made us safer? Has it made us more friends than enemies? Perhaps, as is seen today in Anbar, locals are better at dealing with al-Qaeda than even our American soldiers.
Russia, China, India, and Japan are closer to Pakistan than we. Yet, none of them feels the need we apparently do to be so deeply enmeshed in her internal affairs.
January 2, 2008
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Fox News Guard Decks Ron Paul Supporter
Thursday, January 3, 2008
This Video was taken a few minutes after a Fox News Guard Decks a guy just for holding a Ron Paul Sign during the “Hannity and Colmes” show in Des Moines Jan 2, 2008. This video is taken outside of the “Racoon Brewery” where Fox News was broadcasting live from.
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ABC Now Considering Banning Ron Paul from Debates
Op Ed News
Thursday, January 3, 2008
The last article I did produced some stir, as it dealt with the decision by Faux News to ban Ron Paul from the upcoming presidential debate in New Hampshire. Most of the responses were supportive as this is a travesty. That any news agency, let alone a fake one, would purposefully try and influence the outcome of a presidential election has to be unacceptable for all Americans.
But toward the end of the comments I was attacked for “sloppy reporting” by a Mr. Westmiller, who claimed that Paul was not being excluded from the debates at all! Well, all is fair in propaganda I guess. Not only is Paul being excluded, as I correctly reported, but ABC may also be blacklisting him as well. Here is a link for those who ought to check their sources before accusing anyone of sloppy reporting:
ABC seems to be applying fairer standards but why can’t the American people hear all the opinions? Paul is still leading in fundraising, so why exclude him? Fox’s lame excuse is they do not have enough room in their trailer…I kid you not. An alleged media giant can only afford a trailer that fits five candidates comfortably. They have enough room for Fred “I don’t really want to be here” Thompson, who has been in for a month and has done NOTHING, but not for the top fundraiser in the pack.
We all know why there is such bias against Dr. Paul. It is because he represents something other than the script the other guys will be reading off of. He would have been the only GOP hopeful talking about NOT blowing up the world, true fiscal discipline, and restoring civil liberties. Can’t have that on Fox where they pretend to report, but they have already decided. Instead now we will be regaled with tales from the five would be tyrants who all believe they can more efficiently bomb Iran. They will spin yarns about how we need them to protect us and how the democrats are all spineless wimps because they do not lockstep to the war drumbeats and thrashing of our civil liberties. Most important to Fox News of course, is that they get to present their view of the Republican Party unblemished. They get to present the neocon vision as the only articulated platform for the GOP. No more uncomfortable post-debate polls showing how Ron Paul handily defeated their host of war-mongering candidates. Sean Hannity will not have to exclaim how Paul backers somehow rigged a poll. Fox gets to draw the sharp delineation they have been seeking. It is either the big brave republicans or the wimpy ole democrats. Nothing in the middle folks, nope, nothing to see here. Move along and cast your vote for one of our pre-selected candidates.
I guess some might be confused as to why ABC has hopped along the un-American express? I mean, everyone knows Fox is biased but ABC is “mainstream”, right? WRONG. The corporate media is the corporate media. The true damage Fox does is to make other corporate media appear more central, when they are in fact just as in bed with the machine as Fox. ABC might cave quicker to pressure though.
I suggest a call for a boycott of all advertisers for Fox and ABC unless they rethink their decision to subvert the democratic process. If someone could link how we could do that, it would be very helpful. Maybe hitting them where it hurts will help. Ron Paul is not Duncan Hunter. He has the largest support base and has raised the most money than any candidate in the GOP field. His appeal has now crossed party lines and his message is starting to resonate with the public. They have tried to ignore him. They have tried to scoff him off the stage. Now they are just getting desperate. It is time we rose up and spoke against the rigging of our presidential electoral system.
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New Interactive Ron Paul Revolution Blog Site Launches
Ron Paul War Room goes live
The site will act as a clearing house of information concerning Ron Paul’s ongoing presidential campaign.
Totally user driven, this state of the art central hub for everything Ron Paul is currently skeletal and awaiting content from web users everywhere.
Ad links to Ron Paul news stories, post your own articles, audio links, video links, youtube clips, ad comments to other articles and start discussions.
When the site goes into full operation next week, users will also be able to register their own individual blog on the site and attract their own readers.
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Users can create their own accounts, completely free of any charge, by heading over to www.RonPaulWarRoom.com and clicking on the “SIGN-IN or CREATE AN ACCOUNT”`tab in the top right corner.
The site then walks the user through the registration process and the user has immediate full access to all features of the blog.
Aside from the obvious, the site is, as always, free from any censorship. The aim of the Ron Paul War Room is to spread the word about the Congressman’s campaign and promote open discussion and debate over his policies, a role the corporate mainstream media has clearly severed from its own endeavors.
The site also features detailed maps and links to where the latest battle grounds on the campaign trail are, as well as links to a wide and varied range of other Ron Paul websites, fundraising activities and forums.
Webmaster and site creator Kurt Nimmo describes the site as “An info-bunker for the Ron Paul Revolution”.
Check out www.RonPaulWarRoom.com and become a part of the Ron Paul rEVOLution today!
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January 03, 2008 NA (Network America) e-wire
How to Participate in Watch the Vote Iowa Caucus!
Before the exciting news flash, the first thing to know is that, if all else fails, or even as a first option, there is a “perpetual” Conference call tonight from 4 PM (CST) to midnight at this number:
Call in for how to report the vote if you are at home, and how to report the vote if you are in Iowa at a caucus. Call in if you have not been assigned, or want to help.
****** First: NEWS FLASH! – encouragement that OUR EFFORTS ARE HAVING A NATIONAL EFFECT! If you go to www.iowagop.net – the official website of the Republican Party of Iowa – you will see a news item put on up January 2, 2008 – YESTERDAY – 1 day before the Caucus – that the Iowa GOP is now devoted to TOTAL TRANSPARENCY for the Iowa Caucus. Quite a CHANGE — Ten days ago Iowa GOP HQ told investigator Bev Harris (the star of the HBO documentary, Hacking Democracy) that they would NOT publish the results precinct by precinct and caucus by Caucus to the internet, and they never have! But . . . now . . .
Now they have been suddenly teamed with Google (that must have taken some power-phone calls from some powerful people!) in the last ten days to do exactly what Liberty Broadcasting is trying to do: publish the results real time to the internet on Iowa Caucus night!
This can only mean one thing: all of our efforts were costing them their very credibility as more and more people understood the mechanism by which they cheated Pat Buchanan in 1996, — and they had to suddenly become the “foremost advocates of transparency” (read the story at IowaGOP.net !), even though they completely hid the ballots behind Police Guard at the Iowa Straw Poll 4 months ago! All of you who have emailed, called, YouTubed, etc. take a big bow – we all succeeded in forcing this concession to at least lip service to transparency in the vote count!
We welcome the Iowa GOP’s two-minutes till midnight conversion to transparency regarding the Iowa Caucus – but, full speed ahead on our Watch the Vote effort – as with such rascals we must take Reagan’s advice and, “trust but verify.” END OF NEWS FLASH! *****
So sorry for all of you who have been waiting for instructions to help watch the vote in the Iowa Caucus. The programming is running behind what we had hoped, but we is up so we can operate tonight.
I am just one person and could only call so many people – and we didn’t have everything ready to go, some of it just up ready to today. Please don’t be offended if no one got back to you, or if you weren’t assigned yet. Please be on the conference call going from 4 PM to Midnight tonight (CST).
DO SOMETHING IN THE RIGHT NOW!
If you want to do something now (between 2 PM CST and caucus time at 7 PM CST , pick a county, other than Polk and Story, off of the map on iowagop.net, and follow the instructions at the bottom of the home page at LibertyBroadcastNetwork.com to find a source from that county that would be willing to share the results in their county tonight with us. – One good idea is to use www.inanews.com to find the local WEEKLY community newspaper in that county and see if we can find a LOCAL reporter for the community paper who is covering the caucus in that county, and see if they will share results with a you, a correspondent for LibertyBroadcastNetwork.org, so that we can post what happened in their community to the internet. Remember, we are looking for LOCAL sources, as opposed to national sources, which have warped the results in the past.
And no matter how things go tonight, help us make the operation better for New Hampshire next Tuesday, but watching for the conference calls and joining them, as we can now place you on the spot.
Skip past this next section if you are in a hurry, and go to the next section called: “GO TO LIBERTYBROADCASTNETWORK.ORG” –
WHAT DREW IVERS HAS THE RP CAMPAIGN DOING IN IOWA REGARDING THE VOTE WATCH
Part of the difficulty in getting the Watch the Vote effort really flying, is that Drew Ivers, the head of the Iowa Ron Paul paid Campaign Staff, and his band of merry men in Des Moines, have been refusing for months to cooperate with our effort, the only effort afoot until yesterday, to publish the real results to the internet, to keep the Iowa GOP and the news media honest in tonight’s count.
Ivers has directed all Iowans working with the Ron Paul campaign to go to the caucus, watch the vote (good), make sure the Caucus leader calls in the vote properly (good), call Ron Paul HQ in Iowa with the real results of their caucus (good), but then he is refusing to publish the real results up on the internet (very, very bad.) So what good is that? Why have 1000 people call in results and sit on them? That sounds like something the Iowa GOP would want, but not something real Ron Paul supporters would want, or any other person who wants a transparent vote count. I personally delivered the message to Drew Ivers via phone that he has to go to the last step and publish the results to the internet. But, so far, he is planning to sit on the results.
So we must continue, even being absurdly opposed and smeared by the Iowa GOP (which is now trying to save face), by the RP campaign paid upper staff in Iowa and NH, and by the largest meetup group leaders in Iowa and NH. What all these brain-boxes are doing is against the expressed wishes of talk show host Matt Pyeatt, Ron Paul’s oldest grandson, as expressed on his radio program several times in the last week, against the admonition of Dr. Rand Paul, Ron Paul’s son, who has urged transparency in the vote count in Iowa and NH, and against the stated wishes of Ron Paul himself for transparency in government. — Just wanted you all to know the senseless obstacles we are facing, and why we need your help, as clearly, the efforts of all of us pushing for transparency are the ONLY pressures having a beneficial effect on the effort for an open and honest tally tonight.
GO TO LIBERTYBROADCASTNETWORK.ORG
Here are the relevant points on this website:
AT THE TOP YOU SEE A LINK to the reporting mechanism tonight. If you have trouble getting this to work for you, either from Iowa or from home, call the conference call number!
**** Next, also at a top position of the home page, you see a blue box with the three conference call numbers going tonight. The first number is going from 4 PM EST to midnight. So is the second number listed. The third number (beginning in 605) is the Steve Harris national Ron Paul Meetup Call, starting at 9 PM EST, and that will be for discussion and overflow. *****
1. Under “ACTION ITEMS”, the first link is to sign up as a Field Correspondent. If we don’t get to you tonight, you can participate in NH next Tueday.
2. # 2 in action items is the “Tally Work Sheet” which listed the GOP candidates. Print this out if you are in Iowa or at home. But if you are at the computer, the preferable course is to type your results directly in the computer.
3. #3 in action items is the resource tool box:
a) is the most current list of at-home correspondents assigned to each county and each precinct.
b) is the list of the caucuses in each county, right off the iowagop.net website. This is useful to see the actual caucus locations and addresses of each.
c) is how to find local SMALL media, normal Iowans, NOT the big media, who might be willing to share what they found out tonight or tomorrow. This list can even be useful tomorrow. The important thing is to get LOCAL sources of normal Iowans.
d) & e) for now, ignore #4 and #5 in the Media tools box, they will be clearer for NH. They have to do with finding local people via community newspapers, etc. to share results with our effort. Just use www.inanews.com for this for now.
Item 4 under “Action Items” is reporting the vote, also linked at the top of the home page.
—- So click the links, try out the home page, and be on the conference call from 4 PM on if you need any help.
We want to be first to report, but the important thing is that we get real numbers from real people from the Iowa Caucuses, and can produce an eye-witness chain of evidence if push comes to shove.
End of this Network America ewire.
Jim Condit Jr.
PO Box 11339
Bill O’Reilly Admits He Is “Frightened” By Ron Paul
Fox News talking head says he agrees with decision to ban Congressman from presidential forum
Paul Joseph Watson
Talking head blowhard Bill O’Reilly admitted on Fox News last night that Ron Paul frightens him and that he completely agrees with the decision to exclude him from a Fox presidential forum this weekend.
“Ron Paul, when you look at the totality of his positions, is a pretty frightening guy,” barks O’Reilly.
O’Reilly then proceeds to play a clip that proves the Congressman completely right and makes Billo look ridiculous. The clip is from O’Reilly’s September 2007 interview with Paul in which he dismisses the Iranian threat and voices his opposition to the Neo-Cons spreading the war further throughout the middle east.
The fact that the CIA’s National Intelligence Estimate, which was released less than three months later, concluded that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, is lost on Bill, who claims that Paul’s desire to bring American troops home puts the country in danger.
Reason Magazine’s Nick Gillespie ably puts Bill in his place.
Watch the video.
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