By Bernie Quigley
For The Hill on 3/22/13
Ten years after the invasion of Iraq the only prominent loyalists are Weekly Standard’s William Kristol and his neocon posse. Interestingly, all the prominent papers and media like the Washington Post and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer which followed like a flock of pigeons have ten-years later demurred. They should clear the decks now and retreat in infamy.
Peggy Noonan asks today in the Wall Street Journal if the Republican Party can recover from Iraq. Partially. We start again with the Pauls. The better question is can America recover. Yes, but a new America – Rand Paul’s, Judge Andrew Napolitano’s and even Sarah Palin’s has already emerged. And at CPAC 2013 this month it established dominance.
The optional questions here are: Can the Bush apparatus survive? Can Israel? The conservative establishment and its MSM sycophants push New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today as the stealth candidate for Jeb Bush. It is absolutely imperative for the third Bush, who made such vague impressions at CPAC 2013, to take the presidency in 2016, or as VP behind Christie, to legitimize the nefarious failure of press, Congress, the people and George W. Bush in his ill-fated and immoral invasion of Iraq. Without Jeb, the family legacy is lost.
But the Bush/Rove Popular Front is not holding up. The more lasting symptom of the tragic events is the rumor that Israel pulls the strings of the American state department and it was Israel which instigated the invasion. But the influence of American sympathizers for Israel occurred just as Israel itself was entering a quantum shift in consciousness due to its fraught relationship with America going back to Carter, the Clinton administration and the Oslo Accords. Moshe Feiglin, who was sentenced to prison for civil disobedience in opposition to the Oslo Accords, proposed in 2001 that Israel could never be a true state under obtrusive American influence. He called then for cutting off from American military aid. This year he was elected to the Knesset and following this election, a “Second Zionist Revolution” is occurring with a new generation of Israelis, bringing greater distance from American dominance.
Will America survive or be broke to pieces? All 50 states have recently registered secession requests with the federal government. They started in Vermont in 2003 in opposition to the Bush invasion. Europe broke and lost its soul in WW I after being railroaded into a tragic war. But Europe is 2000 years old and America is 200 years old. And it is not entirely clear if it has fully been born yet.
Writing on the Mexican War, U.S. Grant wrote, “We were sent to provoke a fight . . .”
“Once initiated there were but few public men who would have the courage to oppose it.” And experience proved to him that “the man who obstructs a war in which his nation is engaged, no matter whether right or wrong, occupies no enviable place in life or history.”
Conservatives should turn to its governors now, especially in the big states, as they had no stake in the fight and can begin the world again from scratch. Especially those who conform to the new thinking – “states rights, sound money, constitutional government” – because it is the pure legacy of political awakened.
Conservatives should look to Texas Governor Rick Perry, who shook the walls at CPAC; a “man ahead of his times” says the National Journal this week. Perry was there first with the new thinking and his book, “Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington” has become the handbook for action in both liberal and conservative states – states like Michigan where the legislature has voted to nullify NDAA.