Military Breaks Ranks With Bush—But NPR Falls In Line

Is the high command of the US military breaking ranks
with the Bush Regime?  

With the "mainstream media," that is, the
government`s propaganda ministry, bombarding the
American public with "news reports" from
unidentified sources that the US government has proof

"the highest reaches of the Iranian government"

is supplying weapons to the Iraqi insurgency, Marine
General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, demurred. General Pace told the Voice of America
on February 12 that

he has no information
indicating that Iran`s
government is supplying weapons to the Iraqi insurgency.

General Pace

that "Iranians are involved," but
"what I would not say is that the Iranian government,
per se, knows about this . . . I would not say by what I
know that the Iranian government clearly knows or is

Unlike the New York Times, Fox "news,"
CNN, and the TV networks, General Pace refused to lie
for the Bush Regime.

Perhaps America could regain its reputation if General
Pace would send a division of US Marines to arrest Bush,
Cheney, the entire civilian contingent in the Pentagon,
the neoconservative Nazis, and the complicit members of
Congress and send them off to the Hague to be tried for
war crimes.  

But he did the best he could and refused to lie for

There is absolutely no doubt that Bush-Cheney and the

Nazis are planning revenge against
General Pace.  We can only hope the general does not
have a wife who works for the CIA.  

Bush`s support stands at 30% or less of the American
population; Cheney`s at 20% or less.  How can
who are not supported by public opinion
or by a single fact
escalate a war that is entirely
based on lies while starting a new war that is entirely
based on lies?

Is America any longer a democracy where failed leaders
are held to account? Obviously not.  

What has America become while it has been in the hands
of the Bush Regime?

How can any patriotic American support a regime that has
shredded the US Constitution, ignored the separation of
powers, violated the Geneva Conventions, forced through
a law legalizing torture, launched a war of aggression
that has produced 26,000 American military casualties in
service of a lie, murdered tens or hundreds of thousands
of Muslim civilians, destroyed an entire country, and
planned an attack on Iran, perhaps with nuclear weapons?

Patriotism is loyalty to country and to the US
Constitution, not loyalty to a criminal regime. 

This criminal regime is in the hands of a tiny cabal of
fanatical ideologues who would risk the very existence
of human life for their perverted ideology that has no
higher value than American and Israeli hegemony.

Bush and the congressional sheep say "support the
by which they mean, of course, "continue
the war."

But Bush does not support the troops.  On February 12

Associated Press
reported: "The Bush
administration`s budget assumes cuts to funding for
veterans` health care two years from now–even as badly
wounded troops returning from Iraq could overwhelm the

Bush is an ignorant warmonger.  He doesn`t care who pays
the price as long as the American people let him sit in
the Oval Office and play Napoleon.  

MoveOn, an organization that, unlike the Bush Regime,
has redeeming virtues, is making a terrible mistake in
trying to collect half a million signatures in behalf of
saving federal funding for NPR and PBS.  

I cannot imagine a surer way of adding NPR and PBS to
the Bush Regime`s ministry of propaganda. 

NPR and PBS desperately need to be totally independent
of government and dependent only on their listeners. Any
organization dependent on government money belongs to
the government.  Such an organization has no
independence.  Just ask the many physicists who cannot
express doubts about the 9/11 Commission Report because
their careers depend entirely on federal government

We have witnessed a decline in the integrity of NPR
reporting over the past six years.  The Bush Regime put
an ideological commissar in charge of NPR and the result
is that NPR sounds increasingly like Fox "news." 
The few people with integrity that America has left in
the news business desperately need their independence.

On February 13, I listened for two hours to NPR and did
not hear a single report of General Pace`s contradiction
of Bush/Cheney propaganda about Iran`s leaders.  But I
did hear a neoconservative from the American Enterprise
Institute (AEI), a propaganda institution in Washington
D.C., push the buttons for war with Iran.

The Clinton Administration permitted the destruction of
independent news in the US when it allowed the
extraordinary concentration of the media.  The American
media is no longer run by journalists with a commitment
to truth but by advertising executives who seek to
protect profits by avoiding "controversy" and who
seek to protect the value of the conglomerates, a value
that depends on government-granted broadcast licenses,
by accommodating the government`s line, whatever it
might be.

The only free and independent media in the US is
online.  The best thing that could possibly happen to
NPR is to lose all federal funding and to become totally
independent of Washington.  

Then we could trust it again.



Paul Craig Roberts

] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.
He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.