Scott McClellan: Confessionals and Legal Covers
June 10, 2008.
[June 10, 2008] The newsrooms and chatrooms across the United States of America are awash with confessions of Mr. Scott McClellan on President George W. Bush's Iraq “imperial mobilization” under contrived pretexts to prosecute a pre-planned supremely criminal war of aggression and conquest. The Washington Post of May 28, 2008 on its front page summed the press coverage up:
' in a chapter titled “Selling the War,” he alleges that the administration repeatedly shaded the truth and that Bush “managed the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option.”
“Over that summer of 2002,” he writes, “top Bush aides had outlined a strategy for carefully orchestrating the coming campaign to aggressively sell the war. . . . In the permanent campaign era, it was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president's advantage.” '
The most amazing thing observed however, is this bit of disingenuousness for one's own role in the commission of crimes against humanity:
' McClellan, once a staunch defender of the war from the podium, comes to a stark conclusion, writing, “What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary.” '
And overnight becoming the sensational darling of the proverbial dissent-space, the so called “leftists”, the “peoples of conscience”, those who proclaim to know “right from wrong” and “left from right”, the peace and justice activists, and the famed anti-war historians and scholars who habitually rail against the empire!
The erstwhile author of “Rogue States” and “Killing Hope”, historian extraordinaire, William Blum, even had the following to say in his monthly 'Anti-Empire Report' of June 06, 2008, titling the section on Scott McClellan “Washington's grand and noble new ally in the Free World”:
' Scott McClellan has been criticized for not expressing his reservations about Bush administration policies while still at the White House. This would have indeed taken a measure of courage few people have, and likely meant his job and career committing suicide. '
William Blum further notes elsewhere in that report:
' Can we look forward to Perino's memoir after she leaves the White House in which, like her predecessor Scott McClellan recently, she confesses that she was part of a “permanent campaign” mode to deceive the American public? I'm prepared to welcome her into the fold as I have McClellan. I have a soft spot in my heart for political late bloomers. I used to work for the State Department when I was a good, loyal anti-communist. '
Project Humanbeingsfirst humbly questions this bizarre 'uber' morality that wipes-off one's complicity in aiding and abetting in the commission of monumental crimes against humanity simply as “political late bloomers”.
While it may be over-exuberance by a seasoned chronicler of the crimes of empire at an insider confirming what most of the world already knows, and, as a matter of fact, already knew well before the war on Iraq was criminally launched under the deception of WMDs (see Project Humanbeingsfirst's Internet edition of Zahir Ebrahim's 2003 book “Prisoners of the Cave” which was repeatedly rejected by mainstream publishers), the grave matters have to be set straightforwardly in the proper context to ensure that no criminals can ever escape via ill-thought out endorsements by those in similar positions in the past. The art of “incestuous self-reinforcement”, apparently, isn't only for decision making in the Bush White House!
Project Humanbeingsfirst remains un-impressed by the 'cat who goes for Hajj after having eaten 900 mice', and by the zeal of other cats, also having eaten to their fill throughout their lives, rushing to embrace the newcomer with various excuses of “job and career committing suicide”! Since Scott McClellan's case is exactly similar to the case of the famous EHM, John Perkins – the Confessions of an Economic Hitman – and perhaps many more confessionals are yet to come as many 'rats' desert the sinking ship of empire, the same response is appropriate here as was given to John Perkins, and will remain so for all future confessions. It is humbly reproduced below – for what else can any plebeian antidote to hectoring hegemons do except to minimally call it the way it is!
[Redux: A note on confessions and legal covers.
The real question that apparently escapes all John Perkins admirers (like this one) is: After the Economic Hitmen retire from their cushy jobs of raping nations and peoples under “legal cover”, they write confessionals as victims of conscience; should the Jews have let Adolph Eichmann go had he too written a confessional, as an extreme example to illustrate the point? He also had 'legally' conspired the Holocaust! Why should the victims of the EHM espouse a different tolerance? Why should the uber-moralists in the EHM's society espouse a different tolerance?
From 'legal' wars to 'legal' rape into economic conscription and bondage – is one continuous achievement of any super-morality throughout the pages of history who 'legally' commit monumental crimes and kill/subjugate a million under “the sound of trumpets” as “primacy and its geostrategic imperatives”! But only of course, until victor's justice is made to prevail! Then, all confessionals and that inner 'voice of conscience' only cement one's ascent to the gallows!
Should the conscionable John Perkins be donating the monetary proceeds of his Confessions to the nations and peoples he helped rape and plunder, in restitution, just as he is now presumably helping them with forensic information on how he covertly did it to them? Selling books on one's con-game in the name of helping future victims only imputes impure motives to the enterprise: First be highly paid for orchestrating the rape, then get paid again writing about it, while also winning praise and fame in the process!
Furthermore, it is interesting to observe another blatant dichotomy in crime and punishment. Adolph Eichmann was the harbinger of cataclysm to some six million Jews for a short span of 3 to 5 years with just the stroke of a pen or the drop of a word, and he was hanged in Jerusalem. Whereas the EHMs are the harbingers – with the same stroke of pen and some button pushing on calculators and fancy spreadsheets – of the continued entrapment of entire nations in inextricable systems of poverty and misery for generations that is no less cataclysmic for these victims. And yet, the EHM walk free among us in suits and ties, sometimes even heading prestigious economic institutions, and of course, nations.
As the prime-mover DNA – the 'legal covers' – should we do something about this root cause that enables the multi-color-collared crimes against humanity by the emperors? Where else are we seeing such “legal covers”? Would it be pertinent to point to “shock and awe”, “Economic Sanctions”, and the “UN Security Council Resolutions”, to subjugate entire nations? To know right from wrong is indeed not too complex – the Bible has already taught it to us through the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you have others do unto you” – there are few shades of gray for the commonsensical un-hypocrite!
Thus I have little sympathy for the cat who goes for Hajj after eating 900 mice! Crimes are not absolved or made less abhorrent by confessionals. Nor its victims restituted by the voice of one's conscience! Payment still needs to be made in full. Thank you.]
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