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29 October 2006

Delusion And George 'Dubya' Bush ...

Here at home in Britain one would be hard pushed to produce a more conservative publication than the Daily Telegraph.

Yet, today it told everyone this.

The road to delusion

By Niall Ferguson, Sunday Telegraph

Last Updated:11:30pm BST 28/10/2006-Page 1 of 7

Next week, George W Bush faces his last, critical electoral challenge. Niall Ferguson assesses a failed presidency.

In the aftermath of George W Bush's re-election as president two years ago, his campaign manager, Karl Rove, amused himself and his boss with a battery-powered "Redneck Horn". At the touch of a dashboard button, the device would yell insults in a raucous Southern accent, providing automated road rage for "red state" Republicans.

The toy's abusive messages ranged from the relatively mild "Slow down, dumbass!" to "Hey, hogneck, who taught you how to drive?"; "What the hell was that manoeuvre?"; "Are you freaking blind?" and "You're a goddam moron!" How they all laughed in the White House, if the Bush administration's renegade court historian, Bob Woodward, is to be believed.

Today, however, the joke is on them. For the Redneck Horn could now just as easily be used by ordinary Americans to express their frustration not merely with Mr Bush but with the entire Republican Party. With a little over a week remaining until the congressional mid-term elections on November 7, some opinion polls indicate that "You're a goddam moron!" is precisely the message voters intend to send the White House.

Certainly, "freaking blind" sums up the majority view of the administration's policy in Iraq. And, after the bewildering scandals that have ended the careers of three Republican congressmen in the space of six months, Americans have any number of reasons to ask their elected representatives: "What the hell was that manoeuvre?"

And that's not this extremely telling tale in total. See some more of the same as you scroll.

After all, some issues can still be counted on to rally the Republican "base" in America's sprawling exurbs. Yes, they hate gay marriage. No, they don't mind torturing terrorist suspects. And no, they'll never vote for a Democrat.

But the crucial question is: Will they vote at all? Forty-eight years ago, in a very similar political situation, less than 20 million votes were cast for Republican candidates in the mid-terms.

That was little more than half the number who had voted for Eisenhower two years before. Could today's GOP end up being FUBAR in the same way? Only a dumbass – or a hogneck, or a moron – would rule it out completely.

Niall Ferguson is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, at Harvard University.

Read all of this article here.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The point being?

10:43 pm  
Anonymous xxx said...

Well how about this - just for one?

An American Havard professor has to go to a Brit (right wing) paper to get this stuff out in print.

Another point? The US administration is f*cked. So is the US economy. So is its once respectable and civilized world standing. If all these things (and some more) aren't changed soon (and changed drastically), we will ALL be well and truly f*cked.

4:03 pm  
Anonymous paul said...

What kind of answers do you think you'd get if you asked the average yank ~ not 'who' they were voting for ~ but 'what' they were voting for?

Apart from "Duh?"

5:16 pm  
Anonymous paul said...

Or the odd "Huh?"

5:17 pm  
Anonymous Tazmanian said...

Just of the 100th US death in Iraq in October. What's the big deal? something like as many INNOCENT Iraqis get killed every f*cking day. Americans, Have they no sense of humour? BTW can anyone tell me how much this adventure has cost the US and UK in purely financial terms.

10:15 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

Sense of humour? I'd settle for 21st century BushAmerica just finding it's lost sense of decency. And, BlairBritain too.

10:26 pm  
Anonymous gordo said...

I find it very entertaining that Ferguson is now trying to distance himself from the project that he so eagerly supported until just recently.

If Bush and Blair have lost Ferguson, then I have to conclude that there is no chance at all of a good outcome for them in Iraq. He's one rat who desperately wanted to stay on the ship for the entire voyage.

5:12 am  
Anonymous whoever said...

Haaaa! Thanks for that, Gordo. Now that makes an already interesting piece, even MORE interesting. I'll have to google up more on this prof fellow.

11:53 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

In an article by Ali Wyne
Page 4
Volume 1 , Spring 2006

The following is attributed to Niall Ferguson-
Some believe that in a power vacuum,
or, more precisely, in a world without a central power, bedlam
will prevail. Historian Niall Ferguson subscribes to this point of
view, arguing that “the alternative to a single superpower is not
a multilateral utopia, but the anarchistic nightmare of a new
Dark Age.”

Ferguson also wrote the authorised history of the House of Rothschild.
His books are revuewed and quoed often in Council On Foreign Relations publications.

And a description of the CFR-
"The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is the American branch of a society which originated in England and believes national boundaries should be obliterated and one-world rule create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole." -- Caroll Quigley, in _Tragedy and Hope_ (his book had its proofs destroyed so its information would be stopped from being printed and shared, most of its already existing first published copy run was pulped without being sold; very difficult to find for 30 years until republished several years ago; author Quigley was a professor at George Washington University, mentor of Bill Clinton.)"

Prof Carroll Quigley was also a member of the CFR and wrote Tradegy and Hope as the authorised history of the CFR. He had complete access to their historical files. The CFR did not like the result of his labours!

So joining the dots here, I think it is reasonable to say that Ferguson is in tight with the real rulers. These sort of dudes prosper by not biting the hand that feeds them. They are sponsored factotems. Niall Ferguson could be seen as an establishment mouthpiece, in my view.

So it may well be that Bush or Cheney or both are being set up for a fall. Or at least the trap door is being put under their feet in case it is needed.

Feeding time in the shark pool!

6:05 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Pardon all the typos, folks (Preview is my friend. Repeat)!

The parent organisation that CFR is quoted as being a branch of is the Royal Institute for International Affairs (RIIA), otherwise known as "Chatham House"

My interest in Ferguson was initially piqued by his critism of Bush appearing in the Telegraph. This being the official organ for Official Disinformation.

(I couldn't sleep, anyway. Well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! I hope all the medical sorties are successful and getting fewer, Richard)

6:20 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Another piece of the "set-up"-

The Dollar's Full-System Meltdown

by Mike Whitney

"This is the goal of the globalists and the American ruling elite who dream of one system, the dollar-system; with us running it.

So, how will this cadre of plutocrats coerce the other nations to continue to use the dollar while it plummets from its perch?


As long as oil is denominated in dollars, the central banks will be forced to stockpile American scrip regardless of its value. It’s no different than holding a gun to someone’s head. They will use our debt-plagued greenbacks or their cars and trucks will sputter, their tractors and factories will wheeze, and their economies will grind to a halt. It’s just that simple.

America cannot maintain its superpower status unless it continues to control the global economic system. That means the linkage between the dollar and oil must be preserved. The Bush troupe sees this as an existential issue upon which the future of America’s ruling class depends. By 2020, 60% of the world’s oil will come from the Middle East. Bush will do everything in his power to control the resources of the Caspian Basin, thereby expanding US dollar-hegemony and paving the way for a new American century "

That's the conclusion to the article but how Whitney gets there is equally interesting. He knows his stuff economically.

2:49 am  

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