Thomas J. DiLorenzo
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
by Thomas DiLorenzo: The
Curse of Instigationism
foreign policy views are a combination of wild, irresponsible, and
aggressive warmongering, extraordinary naivete about the nature
of government, and juvenile hero worship. One only needs to read
his September 7, 2006 Wall Street Journal article entitled
"Lincoln and Bush" to see the truth in this statement.
should declare that we are in World War III, says Gingrich. This
in turn will require a "dramatically larger budget." And
what should be done with this dramatically larger budget? According
to Gingrich, the U.S. military should invade Lebanon with the purpose
of "disarming Hezbollah." This would effectively commence
another war with Syria, says Gingrich, as it would be "the
first direct defeat of Syria," which supposedly pulls the strings
of Hezbollah. It would also be an assault on Iran, says the former
House speaker, and would therefore be an act of war against that
country as well.
warfare should be waged against North Korea, Iran and Syria with
the objective of "replacing the repressive dictatorships"
in those countries. All of this would somehow serve in "restoring
American prestige in the region," says Gingrich. Yes, murdering
hundreds of thousands of Iranians, Syrians, and Lebanese, and destroying
their cities and their infrastructure of civilization, which is
what war does, would surely lead the people of those countries to
think of Americans as "prestigious."
vaguely aware that war always causes an explosion of governmental
powers and a corresponding destruction of liberty and prosperity
at home. Thus, he makes the case for magically transforming the
Pentagon into a paragon of efficiency. He sounds a lot like an early
twentieth-century communist preaching the praises of "scientific
socialism." "Clear metrics of achievement" should
be implemented, as though the usual politics would not prohibit
such a thing, as it has for hundreds of years in all societies.
The Pentagon must be made more "business-like," an oxymoron
if ever there was one.
police state should also be expanded exponentially, said Gingrich,
as long as the Fatherland Security Bureaucracy is also run in a
super-efficient manner, with "metrics-based performance"
measurements. He does have his business school lingo down cold.
Just in case
anyone criticizes his proposal for a half dozen or so new wars,
Gingrich plays the standard neocon "ace-in-the-hole" strategy
of quoting the "sainted" Abraham Lincoln. "We must
think anew and act anew," he quotes Lincoln as saying. He praises
Lincolnís response to Fort Sumter, where not a single person was
harmed, let alone killed. In response to the knocking down of some
bricks at the fort, Lincoln responded with a full-scale invasion
of all the Southern states, waging total war on the civilian population
as well, and killing some 350,000 American citizens in those states.
This of course was the very definition of treason under Article
3, Section 3 of the Constitution, which defines treason as only
"levying war upon the states" or "giving aid and
comfort to their enemies."
that secession would have meant "the end of the United States"
when in fact the exact opposite is true: The voluntary union of
the founding fathers Ė their United States Ė was destroyed
by Lincolnís war. To Gingrich, Lincolnís unconstitutional invasion
of the Southern states was "the road to victory." (Lincolnís
greatest failure was his failure to do what all the other major
powers of the mid nineteenth century did with regard to slavery,
and end it peacefully).
seems totally unaware of or unconcerned about blowback or retaliation
for American military aggression. He screeches that "terrorist
recruiting is still occurring" (duh) without making any mention
of the fact that such recruiting is an inevitable consequence of
the American invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Such
"recruiting" will increase by many orders of magnitude
should Newt Gingrich be elected president and enter the U.S. into
World Wars III, IV, V, and VI, as is apparently his pipe dream.
J. DiLorenzo [send him mail]
is professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland and the
author of The
Real Lincoln; Lincoln
Unmasked: What Youíre Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe
Capitalism Saved America. His latest book is Hamiltonís
Curse: How Jeffersonís Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution
Ė And What It Means for America Today.
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