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By Justin Raimondo – Antiwar.com

I often make reference to “the War Party” in this space: it’s a convenient shorthand, one that evokes an image of something sinister, even Satanic, and this serves my rhetorical purposes well. But if we unpack the concept, and look for examples in real life, what we find is a little more prosaic than Satan with a sword.

Speaking of real life, I’ve been on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Freedom Watch show twice, of late (the second show has yet to be aired), and in both cases I was matched up with someone we might reasonably describe as a charter member of the War Party.

The first was Wayne Simmons, who argued that WikiLeaks is a “terrorist organization,” that only “our leaders” have the right to information about the war in Afghanistan – or any other war – and that the legal ruling that freed Daniel Ellsberg from the clutches of the federal government was a “bad decision.” Simmons is a former CIA analyst whose heroics supposedly include “fighting cyberterrorists” and “narco-terrorists,” and whose biography [.pdf] includes a stint as “President and CEO of WSS International, Ltd, a Maryland company formed to arrange loans for multinational companies in Europe, Hong Kong, and Macau. He was also involved in working with American Fortune 500 companies and providing introductions to the various foreign ministers of Kazakhstan.”

In short, Senor Simmons is using his government connections to profit from “introductions” to the kleptocrats of Kazakhstan, an oil-rich Central Asian country where the Absolute Ruler, Nursultan Nazarbayev, presides over one of the most repressive and corrupt regimes in the world. In Nazarbayev, Simmons – who claims waterboarding isn’t torture – has found a kindred soul.

The second was retired USN Captain Chuck Nash, whose tales of derring do are duly recorded on his Fox News biography. He’s also CEO of something called “Emerging Technologies International Inc,” described in his bio on the web site of the Iran Policy Committee – a group that has been agitating for war with Iran for many years – as follows:

“The company’s focus is to understand military requirements and then actively search out and identify high leverage, emerging technologies that can be inserted quickly and inexpensively into tools for the U.S. military.”

In short, Captain Nash is profiting from America’s wars, and it’s only natural that he would be eager to expand their scope. Like Simmons, Nash is a charter member of the rising class of militarists who make their living from the Empire. Also like Simmons, Nash was a member of the circle of “independent” military analysts who appeared on television touting the War Party’s talking points in the run up to the invasion of Iraq: while coordinating their activities with Donald Rumsfeld’s Pentagon, they posed as “objective” analysts of military science for the benefit of television audiences nationwide. From NBC to ABC to the cable channels, these guys were all over the place making the case for war.

Which brings us to the question of: what do these people really believe? Is it all about cash for Nash and Simmons, or are they ideologues pursing their natural inclinations? This is a question, for me, because there was a curious lack of fervor in their arguments, at least insofar as I could see, a certain listlessness and an inability to mount a serious argument. It was as if they simply assumed imperialism and war as a self-evident premise, the way any predator assumes the law of the jungle: there was a kind of innocence in their bafflement at my and Judge Napolitano’s arguments, as if they genuinely could not conceive of a world where brute force did not reign supreme, and the rule of law trumped the law of the jungle.

I don’t know about you, but I find this frightening: that some men can be so unreflective, so immersed in their own ideological and economic bubble, that rational arguments simply bounce off of them. They are immune to argument, unable and unwilling to understand how militarism and imperialism are killing us and dragging us down into financial and moral bankruptcy. Sprung from the nexus of economics and foreign interventionism, they personify a growing sector of American society, one that derives both its income and its very identity from our ever-expanding Empire.

These men and women are the enemies of our republic: they pose a deadly danger to the survival of the republican tradition. When I heard Simmons state – without emotion – that only “our leaders” have the right to know what WikiLeaks has revealed about the Afghan conflict, I shuddered from head to foot, as if hearing the death knell of all that America was, and, to some extent, still is.

Justin Raimondo writes a column for antiwar.com.  He is a regular contributor to The American Conservative and Chronicles magazine. He also writes for Taki’s Top Drawer. He is the author of several books.

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6 Comments

  1. Earlaiman on the 06. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    You have to have served in the military or worked with people like Wayne Simmons and Captain Nash, to understand people like them.

    But, Raimundo comes close to identifying their problem when he asks, ” Which brings us to the question of: what do these people really believe?” and then goes on to suggest that they do not show the enthusiasm or fervor of a true believer or advocate of the programs they advocate and promote, and the rationale of the arguments which they use to support them.

    This is because these are “trained men… not “learned” men! They are selected and trained because, like good puppy dogs, they accept training and “conditioning” readily and without too much questioning or curiosity which might create moral, rational or ethical conflicts within.

    They are the kind of men who make good astronauts simply because they read and speak a language and understand instructions better than the first astronauts, a dog and a chimpanzee.

    These men are “good soldiers.” They are “true believers”… to them there is nothing else beyond that which they believe, and they harbor no question or doubts about these beliefs for the simple reason that they do not understand what they believe,… they simply believe it because someone taught them that it is TRUE, and everyone around them acts and believes the same, and as if it is.

    Anyone like Justin Raimondo, you or I, who question these beliefs is either crazy, a “traitor to the cause” (like Ezra Pound) or they simply do not know what it is all about.

    That is why they do not seem to even understand Raimondo’s, your or my arguments and cannot respond to them intelligently. They are not intelligent men!

    These are the kind of men who are selected to go into Military Academies, Politics, Law, Police and Government Service. They are the kind of men who are invited to join such societies of like minded men such as Freemasonry, the Bilderberg Club and the Bohemian Club, as well as your local Country Club and all of those Social Clubs downtown who meet, eat and speak at Mom and Pop’s First Tuesday of the Month Dining Halls.

    They are the little men who rule the world.

    They are the War Party, The Grand Old Party, The VFW, The American Legion, The Returned Servicemen’s Association, all of the above, and many more which follow.

    They rule the world!

    They are just not very intelligent men!

    Earlaiman

  2. Debbie on the 06. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Earlaiman, I beg to defer. You make it all sound too simplistic. They are not a bunch of dumb ol’men. They are evil men with an agenda. Ofcourse they know what they are doing and what they have been paid to do and hired to do, and as Justin says, we ought to be frightened.

  3. Les Visible on the 06. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    That’s all well and good except that Assange is a tool of Mossad/CIA and everyone paying attention out here knows it so… what does that make those who buy into this crap; useful idiots, or, willing employees?

  4. justanotherhuman on the 06. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Dear Justin, where you say:-

    “I don’t know about you, but I find this frightening: that some men can be so unreflective, so immersed in their own ideological and economic bubble, that rational arguments simply bounce off of them. They are immune to argument, unable and unwilling to understand how militarism and imperialism are killing us and dragging us down into financial and moral bankruptcy.”

    It can be summed up in one word: Psychopathy.

    Perhaps it’s time for you and all others in the much-divided ‘antiwar movement’ to tackle Lobecewski’s ‘Political Ponerology’
    Springmeier’s books on Monarch programming and last but by no means least:
    WG Carr’s “Pawns in the Game”

    Armed with this knowledge, (freely available on bibliotecapleyades.com ) one can face down and overcome the inherently cowardly psychopaths.

    There’s not much time left for reflection, though, is there?

  5. Big Red on the 06. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Les is right. Assmange is controlled op. Raimundo wont go near the truth about 911 with a 10′ pole. The NWO employees aren’t hard to sniff out.

  6. Ken Brodeur on the 07. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Nurturing greed, hatred, and loyalty to your master because he feeds you, can create a psychotic world. Where lying is an industry of extreme complications, and telling the truth is a revolutionary act. Remember, ALL the money in the USA and most of the world is created out of thin air! Truly, economics is the science of the manipulation of labor. No labor no wealth, period. The international bankers control everything, nothing starts or stops without their creation of an illusive concept, money. Simply, abolish all laws concerning money and use barter, gold, silver, goats, etc and negotiate deals and remove the tyrannical power of central control, the International Bankers.

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