Enforcers or Enablers: Will Democrats Become Part of the Problem?

Former Assistant Secretary of Treasury under Reagan, Paul Craig Roberts is a 9/11 Truther who sometimes tones down his views on 9/11 to get published in larger publications. But his analysis of the need for the Democratic congress to investigate 9/11 and to take other actions to save America from fascism is well worth reading.

"It only took six years for Americans to comprehend George Bush and the Republican Party and to realize that the Republicans were not leading America in any promising directions.

Exit polls and interviews with voters across the country by CNN political analyst Bill Schneider show that the November 2006 election was a vote against both Bush and the war in Iraq. Schneider reports that voters did not even know the name of the Democrats for whom they voted. Voters said: "I am going to vote Democrat, because I don't like Bush, I don't like the war. I want to make a statement."

I believe that voters recognized that the peril of one-party rule is that political accountability exists no where except at the ballot box. With the Republican built and programmed electronic voting machines, even accountability at the ballot box was disappearing.

Americans realized that they had made a serious mistake giving power to one party, and they rectified it.

With Republican control of the legislative branch ended, Pentagon Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was immediately swept from power. With the troops, generals, and the service newspapers calling for Rumsfeld's head, only the delusional warmonger, Vice President Richard Cheney, wanted to keep Rumsfeld in power.

It was a battle that Cheney lost. Cheney's defeat is an indication that reality has elbowed its way back into Republican consciousness, pushing hubris and delusion away from the control they have exercised over political power.

The lust for unbridled power proved to be too strong a temptation for normally cautious Republicans. The Republicans waved the flag and shouted "terrorist sympathizer" at every civil libertarian who attempted to defend the US Constitution, the separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, the Geneva Conventions' proscriptions against torture, and America's reputation from a nazified US Dept of Justice (sic) and a president who behaved--with the approval of Republicans--as if he were above the law. In violation of his oath of office, Bush used signing statements to negate laws passed by Congress, not with a veto, but with his personal opinion. Bush, thus, elevated himself above the rule of law that has protected America from becoming a tyranny and made a mockery of the separation of powers that are a foundation of American liberty.

Americans may not have understood this as clearly as the Founding Fathers did, but the people recognized, however dimly, a problem and exercised corrective action. The question now is: what will the Democrats do?

The Democrats clearly have no mandate for their pet issues of gun control, homosexual marriage, and higher taxes--especially at a time when the average American is deeper in personal debt than at any other time in history and jobs are being offshored at a rapid rate destroying the economic prospects of the American people.

After the years of illegal war and the overnight destruction of civil liberties that were 800 years in their creation, the United States stands at a watershed. If the legislation that has been put on the books permitting spying on Americans without a court warrant, legalizing torture and self-incrimination, and repealing habeas corpus and the right to an attorney remains on the books, the United States will be a police state regardless of which party is in power.

If the Democrats are to make a real difference, their first task is to repeal the Orwellian-named "Patriot Acts," the torture legislation, the detention without court evidence legislation, and the right-to-spy and invade privacy without court warrant legislation. The White House tyrant needs to be quickly told that one more "signing statement" and he will be impeached, convicted, and turned over to the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague.

The notion that Americans can be protected from "terror" by giving up the Bill of Rights is absurd. Democrats are complicit in this absurd notion. Many were intimidated into voting for police state legislation, because they lacked the intestinal fortitude to call police state legislation by its own name. The legislation that has been passed during the Bush regime is far more dangerous to Americans than Muslim terrorists.

Indeed, the prime cause of Muslim terrorism is the US interference in the internal affairs of Muslim countries and America's one-sided stance in favor of Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When Jimmy Carter was president, his even-handed approach made the US respected throughout the Muslim world. 9/11, if it was actually an act of Muslim terrorism, was the direct consequence of US one-sided meddling in Middle Eastern affairs.

When, and only when, the Democrats have erased the Bush administration's police state legislation from the books, thus restoring the Constitution, they should clear the air on two other issues of major importance. The Democrats must convene a commission of independent experts to investigate 9/11. The 9/11 Commission Report has too many problems and shortcomings to be believable.

Recent polls show that 36 percent of the American people do not believe the report. Such a deficient report is unacceptable. 9/11 became the excuse for the neoconservative Bush regime to launch illegal wars of aggression in the Middle East. The 9/11 Commission Report is nothing but a public relations justification for the "war on terror," which in truth is a war on American liberty. As long as politicians with a police state mentality can cling to the cover of the 9/11 Commission Report, the Bill of Rights will remain endangered.

The other issue is the blatant corruption in the Bush regime's contract practices. So many contracts are tainted with their connections to Republican power brokers, including Vice President Richard Cheney, that the taxpayers are being fleeced on the level of the Grant administration. Indictments and long prison sentences are in order.

This leaves the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both are lost. Both invasions were illegal. Those responsible must be held accountable. The American prosecutors of the Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg emphasized, as Robert Jackson put it, that Germany's crime was not in losing the war but in starting it. Under the Nuremberg standard, to launch a war of aggression is a war crime. It is punishable with a death sentence.

As the wars are crimes, they must be stopped. Having overthrown a stable secular regime in Iraq, the US and its craven allies have no recourse but to accept that Iraq will break into three states: In the north the Kurds will unite with the Turkish Kurds, and Turkey will have to deal with the situation without US interference. In the south, the Shiites will have an Islamic regime similar to the government in Iran, with whom the Iraqi Shiites will be allied. The Sunnis will be isolated in the middle without any oil.

The US and Britain no longer have any role to play in the Middle East. As the King of Jordan predicted, there is now a Shiite crescent that runs from Iran through Iraq into Lebanon. This Shiite crescent is the most powerful force in the Middle East.

The Iraqi Sunnis can come to terms with Shiite power or be destroyed. The American puppet states of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the oil emirates are faced with the instability that comes from being allied with the "hegemonic" West against their own people. It is up to their own wits whether they can make the transformation.

The US has neither the resources, the finances, nor the credibility to intervene.

The Israelis have isolated themselves with their genocidal policies against the Palestinians. Intelligent Israelis are already sending their children out of the country. Israeli peace groups have thrown up their hands in the face of the persistent intransigence of the Israeli government and the disregard of common sense. It remains to be seen if the Israelis can learn to care about anyone but their own kind. Israel can save itself if its political leaders will stop pushing Palestinians off of their own land by destroying their homes and orchards and murdering their children, thus turning more Palestinians into refugees. It would be easy for the economically talented Israelis to pull the Palestinians into prosperity, thereby ending the conflict. Are Israelis capable of the humane leadership required to create a place for themselves in the Middle East or are they forever wed to Mao's dictum that "power comes out of the barrel of a gun"?

Republican rule in the 21st century has devastated American civil liberties and American prestige and leadership capability. Can Democrats restore American liberties and leadership, or will a lust for power corrupt them, too, and cause Democrats to retain the police state powers Bush has created?

If the Bush regime's police state legislation is still law in 2008, the Democrats will have failed.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions. He can be reached at: paulcraigroberts@yahoo.com"

we all know they will be a

we all know they will be a part of the problem, but on the off chance they actually do too much good, look for Lieberman to switch parties. hes already on record saying he would consider it if they gave him a senior chairmanship position. that would give the Republicans the majority in the Senate. i have to admit, i had a tiny bit of hope about Conyers(and McKinney before she got axed) based on his impeachment rhetoric. i guess its possible hes taking impeachment off the table just at this time and not for good, but probably not likely. not that impeachment is a real end but its a small measure of justice and the least we can do.

Dumbercrats or Rethuglicans

They're practically the same. Both are in place to defend the international elite's imperialism and stolen wealth. They do this by keeping tabs on the American population and most importantly by upholding the USA's hardcore foriegn policies which come from the Council on Foriegn Relations (a Rockefeller institution). The USA foriegn policy is ruled with an iron fist. The only difference between the Rethuglicans and the Dumbercrats in regards to foriegn policy (and soon coming domestic policy) is that the Rethuglicans use the Iron fist (i.e. invading Iraq) and with the Dumbercrats, they use it as well but they slip a velvet glove over the iron fist. Both parties will lay a hurting on anyone in their way. In a nutshell the USA is the armed guard for the international elite treasure trove.

Neocons or Neoliberals, both

Neocons or Neoliberals, both are enemies of the US Constitution. Our Constitution is an amazing article which has set our nation aside from anyone else in history. It is our identity. Without the Constitution, we are not the USA.

The least that can be done

The least that can be done is nothing. That has already been tried.

Paul Craig Roberts is a Genius

He is consistently one of the very best political essayists today.

What I wouldn't give for more real conservative patriots like him; instead we get opportunistic, hypocritical buccaneers that appropriated the conservative label to commit their crimes.

He is completely on target in asking whether the Democrats will function as an opposition party and restore our freedoms and our republic.

Loved the Nuremberg reference. But I wonder about one thing,.... we know that the criminals behind the 9/11 attacks love to have test-runs before they commit their atrocities...do you think Ken Lay's staged death was a precursor for similar exits by Bush and Cheney?

I hate to say it but

I hate to say it but Democrats aren't going to change anything. The fact is they have consistently voted in support of many of Bush's foreign policies. They could have at least voted against appropriations which have been funding the messes abroad. Instead they tell us that Bush is just incompetent and that they would do a better job.

We had no f#@#ing business invading other countries and unfortunately the average citizen is just too damned niave to question politicians motives. We need the people doing more to make changes happen. Our politicians ain't gonna do shit. Wake up people. The Democrats and Republicans are just taking turns bending us over.

Way to go! Well said!

Your words on true and on the mark.

Now is the time for America to wake up, or you can kiss this all goodbye.

I kid you not; they did it before and they're going to do it again, except the next one will be the closer (and of course they will blame it on the Middle East)...and right after all the death and destruction NORCOM and the rest of the forces already in place will take over, martial law will be declared, and it will be "game over", the end of this dream called America.

The election was about

The election was about punishing the GOP for their continued support of the War On Terror and the 9/11 lie it is all based on. That Democrats were the silent winners of all that is just a painful footnote. People should have voted independent, not to reward the gatekeeping Left.

Interesting take on Cheney.

I have just come across two articles which say he is not going to relent and might consider anything to take back the presidency -- these articles explain what that anything might be. I think that is a losing battle...who has closer ties to the shadow government...Cheney or Poppy? I would say Poppy.

i have been racking my mind

i have been racking my mind since Rumsfeld was pushed out over that very question. they are both pawns in a larger game, but Bush(41) being the former head spook and all would have to have the edge i would think.

New World Order

How many times have you heard Cheney use the phrase "A New World Order"? lol. I dont think I've ever heard him use it. Bush sr, on the other hand, probably talks about it in his sleep



"I dont think I've ever

"I dont think I've ever heard him use it."

Or talk. Including the time he shot that guy, he's held, I think, three press conferences, ever. People say removing W. from office would be counter-productive/counter-judicial because Cheney's so evil, but a) I think this is fear-mongering rhetoric and b) it would at least put Cheney in the spotlight (above ground, at least), where he appears to really not want to be at all.

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loaded question

Democrats are already part of the problem. The worst part of it is that Cynthia McKinney was probably worth more to 9/11 truth than a democratic majority! The only thing the dems are likely to accomplish over the next two years is the legalization of millions of illegal immigrants. If you're looking for anyone in washington to bail this country out, then get ready to be disappointed. How many S&Ls, Enrons, and Patriot Acts does it take before this sinks in?


People voted AGAINST the gop war machine, not FOR the democrat agenda.

Democrats=Republicans, neither are our friends (except for Ron Paul)

We need to hit the streets and hand out MORE DVDs, and do MORE movie presentations in our local communties.
This is the way it will go down, not through elections where both parties are virturally the same!!

trouble with hitting the streets

Only about half of the population really cares about who did what on 9/11. It's a sad but true part of reality.

Now, of that half that does care, about 2/3 are always going to appeal to authority, regardless of any evidence. The infamous Kennedy headshot is proof that people don't care about facts, logic, or evidence. They pick their leaders and they stand by them. Period.

That leaves only about 15-20% of the population that are even reachable from the grassroots. The curious ones. The independent thinkers. The people who will march to their own drummer when it suits them. They are the ones that have already been convinced over the past 5 years. In other words, the ground movement has done basically all it can, on the information front.

The next step is to reach the people who appeal to authority. And to get to them you have to get to the gatekeepers and the higher ups in the various establishments. But the gatekeepers did not get where they are by accident. They're very tough to reach. One single issue is not going to get to them, no matter what it is. There could be 100,000 americans dying in concentration camps every month, it still would not be enough to reach them. Their entire paradigm must be shattered in order to reach them. And in order to do that you have to learn every little detail of their world view. The irony is that gatekeepers like Chomsky have already done much of that work already. Those who would flush all that work down the toilet over any one issue, even one as big as 9/11, are only setting themselves up for failure.

I do agree with 15-20%

You make some good points.
Many/most are unreachable.
But we keep handing out DVDs and showing movies and pretty soon we'll hit one or two or three people who have the power to really do something. No, the noam chomski's and Air America's will do nothing for us.

But imagine getting 20% of the population solidly behind 9/11 truth, and THEN having something like Loose Change Final Cut hit mainstream theaters!

JFK was a tiny case compared to 9/11. yes like 80% of people know it was a conspiracy. That didn't change anything because it's ONE guy. In this case we're talking about 3,000 dead on that day plus another 3,000 soldiers in Iraq, and an out of control admistration.

The media can't control everything forever. This is too important to let them do that.

This thing will blow up in 2007, with or without the help of the msm.

There are a lot of DVD's

There are a lot of DVD's already in circulation. How about taking over Spitzer's office in demand that he investigate?

missing courage

What it would take is a challenge to the Bush administration by a prominent, respected speaker, that can't be dismissed as a "conspiracy theorist" by a Tony Snow or a Bill o' Riley. Like Reagan's "tear down this wall" speech to Gorbachev, someone ought to ask aloud in Washington the unanswered questions put to the 9/11 commission, and expose how suspicious it all is.

"We need to hit the streets

"We need to hit the streets and hand out MORE DVDs, and do MORE movie presentations in our local communties.
This is the way it will go down, not through elections where both parties are virturally the same!!"

Hmm...I don't get it. Are the DVD's going to overtake Congress or something?

Who says the Dems are...

Who says the Dems are for gun control, gay mariage, and higher taxes?

Media muppets, like O'Riley, that's who! They'll take my gun with an Apache helicopter before they start lookin for cold, detached fingers! Nobody gives a damn about so weird o's who think its hip to hump their buddies in public and goddamned if the sob's want more money for Haluburton, the'll get stone soup before I'll pay more tax.

The scum feeding feces Pelosi & McCain deserve to be in same 1-bed jail cell with Bush! There's an 'open' mariage made for reality TV.

Constant pressure

I have decided that the only way we wiil ever get a half way honest government is through constant pressure. You can never assume they will do the right thing unless you watch them constantly. The only way the democrats will do anything is if we hold their feet to the fire and make them. The crimes our government have been committing won't stop until the people doing the crimes are exposed and brought to justice. I would like to see a whole bunch of investigations begun. And not phony show investigation where a bunch of old Bush hackneyed cronies do the investigating.
I would like to see a bunch of 9/11 experts get jobs investigating these creeps. They would have the benefit of starting the job with the right attitude.

Wait a minute, if we're

Wait a minute, if we're talking about the possibility of impeachment, wouldn't that...or, excuse me, SHOULDN'T that mean not just W himself, but the entire administration? What good is impeachment if only the mouthpiece is removed? I thought this was considered common sense by this late point in time.

Unfortunately, one can't

Unfortunately, one can't impeach those who aren't in office, pulling the strings.

Ironically, it was the Repugs who were holding back a law that

will further curtail our freedom of speech (or is it actuall the Repugs & Dems doing a tag-team on us?):

That draconian Military Commissions Act must be repealed!!

Today we got a taste of just how un-American President Bush's Military Commissions Act of 2006 is. After detailing the indefinite detention of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri — a legal US immigrant student who has been locked up for over 5 years without charges — Jack asks: Is it fair for immigrants in the US to be held "indefinitely" if suspected of terrorism?

Isn't this a turn-about for CounterPunch?

Considering all the Alexander Cockburn articles that would (not so) subtly reinforce the US Gov's cover story, isn't this article a new thought for their pages?

Hurah for turning the gatekeepers!
(or at least their magazines)

Good point

I missed that. Paul Craig Roberts I think has much stronger opinions on this -- he must have toned it down for Counterpunch.

Diana Johnstone -- now she surprised me. I admired her work on Yugoslavia.