Why is America`s VP Lobbying for a Boost in China`s Nuclear Capability?
What I have noticed about
conservatives and Republicans is that they are no longer
conservative and Republican. They believe in the
efficacy of force. If we are losing in Iraq, it is
because we are not using enough force. All we have to do
to win in Iraq, they maintain, is to nuke the towel
heads. In case you have forgotten,
Rich Lowry, editor of National Review,
suggested that the US
nuke Mecca in retaliation for a terrorist attack.
Ann Coulter was
more mild, no doubt due to her feminine nature. Her
solution to Islam was to
"invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert
them to Christianity."
Determined to win, conservatives
and Republicans are willing to nuke Iraq. Precisely what
they would be winning, they cannot identify. But they
believe that with sufficient force, America can teach
those on the receiving end a lesson and make them do
what the Bush administration wants. That is the extent
of the brainpower that conservatives and Republicans
bring to war and diplomacy.
Conservatives and Republicans used
to be people who thought it was America`s business to
avoid wars and to govern well at home. It was Democrats
who involved us in wars—World War I, World War II,
Korea, and Vietnam all started under Democratic
Governing well at home meant being
suspicious of government power, not giving government
cart blanche with Orwellian legislation called
"the Patriot Act."
I can remember when conservatives and
Republicans would have gone berserk if Democrats had
identified patriotism with the police state legislation
called "the Patriot Act."
You can`t learn a word of this from
rightwing talk radio or Fox "News." According to
these war-mongering propagandists, Democrats (read Jane
Fonda and John Kerry) are squishy pacifists who want the
commies to take over the world. Democrats always run
away once a shot is fired, say the rightwing crazies,
and believe terrorists are people who had a bad
As a result of the influence of
Israel`s neoconservative supporters and evangelicals
expecting The Rapture, conservatives and Republicans are
focused on the Middle East. They are apoplectic over
Iran`s nuclear power program. If Iran has a nuclear
power program, Iran might be able to produce a nuclear
weapon in ten years. Vice President Cheney has
ordered a plan for the US to use
tactical nuclear weapons to take out Iran`s
capability should an excuse arise.
That would be the third Islamic
country the US would have attacked in as many years. All
hell would break loose. Meanwhile, the chairman of the
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced that the
Commission will approve Westinghouse`s sale of two
nuclear reactors to China.
Conservatives and Republicans think
this is a good idea. Vice President Cheney has
lobbied in behalf of the sale. It is good for
private business. It means $2.4 billion in revenues for
Westinghouse Electric Company.
Iran will never again be a world
power, even if it has a few nukes. Persia was a power in
ancient times, not today. If we don`t bother Iran, Iran
won`t bother us.
China is a different matter. China
already is a world power. China holds enough US
government debt to have the dollar and US interest rates
in its hand. Last month in an
official briefing a top Chinese general, Zhu Chenghu,
said that if the US messes around with China or
tries to interfere with China`s reunification with
Taiwan, China will nuke the US: "If the Americans are
determined to interfere, then we will be determined to
respond. We Chinese will prepare ourselves for the
destruction of all the cities east of Xian. Of course,
the Americans will have to be prepared that hundreds of
cities will be destroyed by the Chinese."
VP Cheney and the US Nuclear
Regulatory Commission want to make sure China has what
it takes to do the job.
The moronic Bush administration is
all concerned about "weapons of mass destruction"
where they aren`t, not where they are. Why in the world
is the Bush administration using up the US military and
its weapons systems in Iraq, a country that was no
threat whatsoever to the US, while aiding and abetting
China`s rapidly growing
Having asked this question, I will
receive 1,000 emails from Bush worshippers who will
indignantly inquire why I am demonizing China. I am not
demonizing China. I am simply asking a question about
the intelligence of the Bush administration.
Bush`s supporters, of course, are
busy at work demonizing landlocked Middle Eastern states
that have nothing but fanatical insurgents to ward off
US military attacks on their homelands.
The conservative movement has
disappeared. The Republican Party has disappeared. The
two have morphed into a
brownshirt movement that worships coercion and a
strutting little marionette who believes he can
threaten peoples into submission.
Why does Cheney want to sell
nuclear reactors to China, but order the US Strategic
Command to prepare to nuke Iran`s nuclear power
capability, a capability that would allow Iran to sell
more oil to an energy-starved world?
What`s going on here?
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Wall Street Journal and a
former Contributing Editor of National Review,
was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during the
Reagan administration. He is
the author of
The Supply-Side Revolution
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