Ian Masters interviews Nicholas Confessore about the neocon's dream of creating a one party nation, and how this all fits into a bigger picture of shrinking government (except defense and corporate welfare), how Karl Rove and Grover Norquist fit into the picture, etc. Nicholas Confessore is the editor of the Washington Monthly, a highly respected academic journal published by a think-tank with mainstream and conservative board members like Brent Scowcroft. This is not marginal views from the left. These are mainstream views that sharply criticize the total insanity that is the George W. Bush junta.
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Nicholas Confessore (Editor Washington
Monthly www.washingtonmonthly.com) on how the GOP is turning
Washington's K-street lobbying industry into an arm of the Republican
Party and how this strategy plays into the larger goal of establishing
a de facto one-party rule in the USA. This comprehensive
political strategy, masterminded by movement conservatives in
positions of power and influence such as Tom DeLay, Grover Norquist,
Karl Rove and others, seeks to make the Republican Party
indistinguishable from corporate cartels and utterly dominant in
American life, with a consequent transformation of public service to
private profit, the end of social programs, the shrinkage of the
middle-class and the gulf between rich and poor expanding to
third-world dimensions. This important discussion, and the
article which inspired it, are not to be missed.
Dr. Rahul Mahajan (Author of "The New Crusade: America's
War on Terrorism" and "Full Spectrum Dominance: US Power in
Iraq and Beyond." Dr. Mahajan is a member of the Nowar
Collective, the National Board of Peace Action, and the National
Committee of the National Network to End the War against Iraq. He
holds a PhD. in physics from the University of Texas at
Austin. www.rahulmahajan.com ) on what's really happening
in Iraq, how the United States will impose "full spectrum"
dominance in the Middle-East and elsewhere and how US foreign and
economic policies support repressive and kleptocratic regimes
worldwide. Dr. Mahajan addresses US manipulation of the UN, the
NeoCon agenda for the world and the price to the citizens of the US
and the world of the NeoCon empire.
Dr. Cheryl Rubenberg (former Professor of International
Studies, Florida International University. Author of "The
Palestinians in Search of a Just Peace," "Israel and
American National Interest: a Critical Examination," and
"Palestinian Women: Patriarchy and Resistance in the West
Bank") on the under-reported back-story of the "Roadmap to
Peace." Dr. Rubenberg addresses the unlikelihood of
success, after 35 years of military occupation, for the
peace effort, the questionable sincerity of the participants, the
dubious authenticity of the hand-picked by the US and Israel
Palestinian representative. She questions the Israeli commitment
to a just long-term settlement, given the powerful political and
religious forces in Israel that insist of the sovereignty of Israel
over the occupied territories. She notes open discussion in
Israel of "Palestinian transfer" (see www.gamla.org.il/english
). Dr. Rubenberg offers a simple prescription for a genuine
peace: honesty, fairness, abandonment of the settlements, a real state
with real democracy, and respect for the humanity of both sides.
Can this become a reality?