End Evil

Kenneth Adelman

Kenneth Adelman

As the Democrats celebrate their control of the House of Representatives and the Senate, Bush says goodbye to Rumsfeld and finally admits that he has run out of ideas regarding Iraq. But never fear, Kenneth Adelman (a prominent Republican and former US assistant defence secretary) has come up with a novel solution to Republican woes - blame Britian. Apparently, everything went wrong because Blair forgot to tell Bush he was an idiot.

According to Adelman, British officials must have known that policies being pursued in Iraq were "insane" (but by implication Americans such as himself could not possibly have known this) yet they failed to raise the alarm. "They knew what was happening. Ambassador Greenstock was the deputy to Jerry Bremer. He saw, he must have seen, that dismissing the civil service, down to school teachers, was insane; that dismissing the top military down to colonel level was crazy". For future reference, he advises that "the way to deal with Americans is to really be very frank and very tough".

Of course, none of the blame could lie with members of the Republican party like, say, himself. After all it is not as though he campaigned for the invasion or gave his wholehearted support to Bush and his cronies. Oh, actually, he did. Adelman strongly supported the invasion of Iraq and was a member of the group which lobbied in support of the invasion. He is a key member of the "Project for the New American Century", a non-profit organization whose stated aim is "to promote American global leadership" (although he now seems to think they need a babysitter to make sure they don´t do anything "insane").

In February 2002, he stated that "demolishing Hussein's military power and liberating Iraq will be a cakewalk". In March 2003, he claimed confidently "I have no doubt we´re going to find big stores of weapons of mass destruction".

He himself is usually the first to ignore any criticism of the US. He attacked Arab nations who criticised the actions of the US, stating that they were not in a position to say anything about the US as they were poor, had no Nobel Prize winners or Olympic Medal holders in their societies and did not have the civil or political rights of a democracy or decent society. He concluded "Arab leaders lack standing to criticize America as No. 1". He was similarly dismissive of the input of other states "Bush does not need to amass rinky-dink nations as "coalition partners" to convince the Washington establishment that we´re right".

Now he has realised his mistake - "I just presumed that what I considered to be the most competent national security team since Truman was indeed going to be competent". In other words "I have only just noticed they are idiots".

This has all made poor Adelman very unhappy, because the failure of the invasion has spoiled the neo-conservative argument that the US is using their power "for moral good in the world".

We can only hope that for once he is right.

Posted 15th November 2006

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