Wednesday, June 08, 2005

On the Theme of Rot and Soul 

Rubicon took off on the disassembly theme after George Bush's malapropism:

But Bush seems to think that he can make torture disappear from everyone's memory—that he can change reality—by repeating, again and again, that any report of torture is "absurd." In his press conference on Tuesday, he said:

We've investigated every single complaint against the detainees. It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of -- and the allegations -- by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble -- that means not tell the truth.

Who knew that Bush was a deconstructionist? Who knew that he had deep thoughts about the disassembly of language? Who knew that he was a disciple of Derrida, a follower of Foucault?

Disassembly is the modus operandi: the method of control, the way to confuse and distract: color codes for levels of terrorist threat, accusations of traitorous activities on those who dissent, manufactured crisis such as social security, and the method of profit in Iraq.

Who, more than anyone, or perhaps unlike anyone else, is profiting off of the chaos, the disassembly in Iraq?


Yes, there was a coup in 2000, and again in 2004, in this country. But it was not a coup, necessarily, orchestrated by the republican party. It was a corporate coup, with the cooperation of Bush and cronies. The lines of distinction blur easily in our era, or perhaps they always have, if you study American history, you will note this. Government, and the interest of profit that became the corporate interest, have always colluded. It is the result of the landed gentry and their influence on the formation of our constitution, of the intention of our government in its beginnng.

And yes, there were high ideals in that beginning, and their spirit has lived these couple hundred years, if not their practice. But these high American ideals of democracy and freedom and happiness as the pursuit of the individual, are being crapped on everyday by our own government, at times with our support.

You may believe in the principles of individual freedom and democracy, but if you invade another country and maim and kill their people in the name of those high ideals, you shit on them, you shit on your own principles. The blood of the Iraqis, of our own soldiers and civilians from all over the world, clots the dream of "democracy" and "freedom".

You, in effect, disassemble your own principles. The best way, and we haven't figured out a better way, to assess reality, is to see how something works, its results. It is to use all of our abilities, including reason and analysis, to assess those results.

The results of our invasion of Iraq, resulted in the beginning, immediately, of the "dissasembly" of Iraqi lives. It was a disaster before it started.

IN the meantime, American companies profit from this misery, and the more disassembly in Iraq, the longer the reconstruction is prolonged, the greater the period of time in which Halliburton will profit.

Halliburton profits from disassembly.

So it was actually, more than a malapropism. It was a classic Fraudian slip. The president was telling us how it is done.