Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

John Cory: The Sucker Punch

The Sucker Punch


By John Cory
t r u t h o u t correspondent in Saudi Arabia
From: http://truthout.org/docs_03/031203E.shtml
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Tuesday 11 March 2003

SAUDI ARABIA - The world is getting weird, isn't it? Did anyone else get a creepy sort of "pod people" feeling while witnessing those journalists stand and present their questions at that White House press conference? Was it scripted and staged? Sure felt like it.

And that so-called "somber" tone, what was that? The Bushman was so serious and so sedate it was just - weird. It has to be obvious that this White House has taken the old trial lawyer adage, "never ask a question that you don't already have the answer for" and twisted it into - "never permit a question that isn't on the pre-approved answer list."

All the media drama and speculation about the prime time speech became, to quote T.S. Eliot:

"This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang - but a whimper."

This set up was a sucker punch.

Bush appeared in order to quell complaints about the lack of press conferences, and to warn non-supporters that he was taking names and noting who was on his side and who was not. And the most important spin angle being that he took his case to the American people as he made the statement that the issue was only days away from being settled. In other words, the war is on. Period. No more announcements until the big boom.

It does not matter much what Hans Blix presents, mostly a mixed bag I suspect, the end result will be justification for Bush and company to say - "Enough already. Join up or hit the road."

The message is out there. Non-support will mean disciplinary action for those ungrateful nations who want US aid and development money. Which raises questions about the arrest of an Al Qaeda mastermind, and this morning's online PakTimes article about the possible arrest of Osama bin Laden's son or maybe Osama himself. Pakistan is suddenly very active in rounding up terrorists. Interesting. What are they getting that we don't know about?

This war on Iraq has been a series of sucker punches all along by this administration. The justification for war slips and slides each week, ultimately coming back to the "Saddam is a bad man" argument. The recent Newsweek item about an Iraqi high official having told the US that all Iraq's weapons of mass destruction had been destroyed by 1995 doesn't seem to have generated much interest in the "grown up" media that attends scripted press conferences. So the question arises, is this war going to be as scripted as every other White House event?

Does this White House want war because they know that Iraq cannot fight back and thus will produce one of those swift glorious low casualty wars that America has grown to love over the past twenty years? The low casualty count being US troops not Iraqi civilians. And during this quick decisive war, what special events have already been planned that will trigger use of tactical and experimental weapons?

Like the White House event of last night, there is an eerie aura to this war.

But of course, there could be another "sucker punch" that may have already happened. Has Saddam already feinted and parried enough to sucker Bush into war? What if Iraq really does have hidden weapons of mass destruction? What if they've been successful in suckering Bush to come after them and then release the devastation? Has Saddam determined the gamble is worth near annihilation if he can inflict serious physical and psychological damage on the last super power?

Who is sucker punching whom around here?

The oil companies are winning big time and there isn't even a war yet. The defense industry is lined up at the ticket booth like the opening weekend of the original Star Wars. The UN is about to be put out to pasture by the US who will then make their list of who has been naughty and nice. The Kurds are once again sold down the river. US unemployment grows while waiting on the promise of better times with war. And the administration that can't find money for school lunches and supplies has found $250 million for reelection - after the victorious war of course.

America has been sucker punched into despicable Patriot Acts and Homeland Security color charts without accountability for civil rights. And while the Mall Police are on the job, the FBI and CIA can't stop fighting each other long enough to notice the building terrorist blow back that is heading their way. And now Americans and Brits living, traveling, and working overseas have a big target painted on their backs because of their leaders.

Everyone here expects the war to start somewhere between the 12th and the 21st.

The sparring is over. Last night was a sucker punch intended to show the world how reasonable and calm this president is in his desire to defend America and bring democracy to the heathen world out there. Behind the scenes, the decision is done.

***********

John Cory is t r u t h o u t.org’s correspondent in Saudi Arabia

STANDARD DISCLAIMER FROM UQ.ORG: UnansweredQuestions.org does not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the above article. We present this in the interests of research -for the relevant information we believe it contains. We hope that the reader finds in it inspiration to work with us further, in helping to build bridges between our various investigative communities, towards a greater, common understanding of the unanswered questions which now lie before us.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 


Julian Assange: A Thousand Days In Belmarsh
Julian Assange has now been in the maximum-security facilities of Belmarsh prison for over 1,000 days. On the occasion of his 1,000th day of imprisonment, campaigners, supporters and kindred spirits gathered to show their support, indignation and solidarity at this political detention most foul... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Mauling Of Novak Djokovic
Rarely can the treatment of a grand sporting figure by officialdom have caused such consternation. Novak Djokovic, the tennis World Number One, has always had a tendency to get under skin and constitution, creating a large following of admirers and detractors. But his current treatment by Australian authorities, and his subsequent detention as an unlawful arrival despite being granted a visa to participate in the Australian Open, had the hallmarks of oppression and incompetent vulgarity... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Voices Of Concern: Aussies For Assange’s Return

With Julian Assange now fighting the next stage of efforts to extradite him to the United States to face 18 charges, 17 of which are based on the brutal, archaic Espionage Act, some Australian politicians have found their voice. It might be said that a few have even found their conscience... More>>



Forbidden Parties: Boris Johnson’s Law On Illegal Covid Gatherings

It was meant to be time to reflect. The eager arms of a new pandemic were enfolding a society with asphyxiating, lethal effect. Public health authorities advocated various measures: social distancing, limited contact between family and friends, limited mobility. No grand booze-ups. No large parties. No bonking, except within dispensations of intimacy and various “bubble” arrangements. Certainly, no orgies... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Question Time Is Anything But
The focus placed on the first couple of Question Time exchanges between the new leader of the National Party and the Prime Minister will have seemed excessive to many but the most seasoned Parliamentary observers. Most people, especially those outside the Wellington beltway, imagine Question Time is exactly what it sounds... More>>



Gasbagging In Glasgow: COP26 And Phasing Down Coal

Words can provide sharp traps, fettering language and caging definitions. They can also speak to freedom of action and permissiveness. At COP26, that permissiveness was all the more present in the haggling ahead of what would become the Glasgow Climate Pact... More>>