Pat Buchanan`s Day of Reckoning: Good-bye to America?

Pat Buchanan
is too patriotic to come right out and
say it, but the message of his new book, Day of Reckoning,
that America as we have known her is finished. 
Moreover, Naomi Wolf agrees with him.  These two writers
of different political persuasions arrive at America`s
demise from different directions.

Buchanan explains how hubris,
ideology, and greed have torn America apart. A

cabal with an alien agenda captured
the Bush administration and committed American blood,
energy, and money to aggression against Muslim countries
in the Middle East, while permitting America`s

domestic borders
to be overrun by immigrants and
exporting the jobs that had made the US an opportunity


have taken a savage economic toll while

open borders

have created social and political

In her new book, End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot,
Wolf explains America`s demise in terms of the erosion
of freedoms.  She writes that the ten classic steps that
are used to close open societies are currently being
taken in the US. Martial law is only a declaration away.

The Bush administration responded
to September 11 by initiating military aggression in the
Middle East and by using fear and the “war on terror”
to implement police state measures at home with
legislation, presidential directives, and executive

Overnight the US became a tyranny
in which people could be arrested and incarcerated on
the basis of unsubstantiated accusation.  Both US
citizens and non-citizens were denied habeas corpus, due
process, and access to attorneys and courts.  Congress
gave Bush legislation establishing military tribunals,
the procedures of which permit people to be condemned to
death on the basis of secret evidence, hearsay, and
confessions extracted by torture.  Nothing of the like
has ever been seen before in the US.

The cancer might have metastasized
if the Guantanamo detainees had actually been the
dangerous terrorists and enemy combatants that the Bush
regime declared them to be. Had the administration
actually possessed evidence against the detainees, the
Bush regime might have succeeded in dispensing with the
Constitution. Conviction of the detainees could have led
to what Wolf calls a

“fascist expansion.”
 Following the exercise of
its new powers, the regime could have broadened the
definition of terrorist to include the regime`s critics,
thus pulling citizens in general into tribunals devoid
of civil liberty protections.

It could still turn out this way in
the event of another 9/11 attack, whether real or
orchestrated.  But momentarily the drive toward tyranny
has been blunted, because the vast majority of detainees
turned out to be hapless individuals sold into American
captivity by warlords responding to the bounty the US
paid for “terrorists.”  Any unprotected
individual was vulnerable to being captured by Afghan
and Pakistani warlords and sold as a “terrorist.”
 The Americans needed to show results, and the Bush
regime needed “terrorists” in order to feed the
fear its propaganda had generated.

In Stalinist Russia or Nazi
Germany, the absence of evidence would not have mattered
as the judicial system produced the results demanded by
the tyrants.  However, the US military had not been
sufficiently corrupted for the Bush regime`s Guantanamo
agenda to succeed.  Honorable officers, such as
Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham
, were able to discern that
the US government had no information on the detainees
and used interrogations in order to rubber stamp the a
priori determination that a detainee was a terrorist or
enemy combatant. Military officers made these
revelations known to real courts before the tribunal
process could establish itself. 

Andy Worthington`s recently
published book, The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 759 Detainees in America`s Illegal Prison,
that the regime`s claim that it had hundreds of
dangerous terrorists at Guantanamo was just another Bush
administration lie.

Currently, support for Bush,
Cheney, and the neoconservative agenda is low.  However,
Congress, the press, and elections have proven to be
feeble opponents of the Bush regime`s drive toward war
and tyranny.  It remains to be seen whether the regime
has sufficient credibility or audacity to initiate war
with Iran or a false flag attack that would revive the
fascist expansion of which Naomi Wolf warns.

The Bush administration has been a
catastrophe.  Its failures are unprecedented.  Energy
prices are at all time highs.  The US is deeply in debt
and dependent on foreign creditors. The dollar has lost
60% of its value against other tradable currencies, and
its reserve currency status, the basis of American
power, is in doubt.  The US has lost millions of middle
class jobs which have been replaced with low paid
domestic service jobs.  Except for the very rich,
Americans have experienced no gains in real income in
the 21st century. As the ladders of upward mobility are
dismantled and the middle class struggles and fails,
America is left with a few rich and many poor. 
America`s reputation and credibility are damaged perhaps
beyond repair.  Congress and the press have enabled the
executive branch`s disregard of the Constitution and
civil liberty. The US is mired in two lost wars which
are pushing Lebanon and nuclear-armed Pakistan into

deepening political crises. 

As Buchanan concludes, “Our day
of reckoning is at hand.”



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.