The Machiavellian Richard Perle

Posted on Friday, February 04 at 08:02 by robertjb


The evil men do lives after them

                                               Shakespeare’s, Julius Caesar
This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq… This is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and just wage a total war… our children will sing great songs about us years from now.                                                                             
                                                                                               Richard Perle
And just what is Richard Perle’s, “vision of the world?” He is, most prominently, one of the authors of the PNAC: Project for the New American Century. This nefarious document unleashed in the year 2000 called for America’s domination of the world. In other terms “Full Spectrum Domination.” The world, for Perle and people like Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Irving Kristol, and John Bolton-dyed- in-the-wool neoconservatives- is to be ordered according to America’s strategic self-interest. Hijacking key resources-most notably the world’s rapidly diminishing petroleum reserves- is a top priority.
In order to carry out their grand project they had to wait out the Clinton administration and the arrival of the Bush Administration to serve as their vehicle for change. They still had a problem. They needed a trigger event, a new Pearl Harbor, to drive their agenda and this most conveniently occurred only months after Bush II arrived in office. 9/11 and the subsequent war on terror provided the smoke screen needed to pursue these imperial ambitions.  9/11 was an exercise in manufacturing Perle’s requisite enemies, creating pretext, and embedding a culture of fear in the homelands. The “terrorists,” it turns out, would prove to be anyone who opposed this agenda.
It is a stark reality in the lives of individuals and countries sacrifices have to be made to serve the greater good. Deciding when, where, and how such sacrifices are to be made becomes a momentous godly responsibility requiring great wisdom, a great deal of altruism, a sound knowledge base and prodigious powers of fore sight. Process that is democratic is of critical importance as flawed process leads to flawed conclusions. Where these essential elements are lacking pursuit of the greater good becomes a recipe for anarchy and despotism. 
 Where decisions are purportedly made to serve the greater good: Can we allow them to be made covertly and born out of conspiracy? Where the greater good is determined through conspiracy it is virtually guaranteed that few, if any, of these elements are present and history has proven this repeatedly. Hitler’s Germany, born out of conspiracy, was based on serving the greater good-at least in the eyes of the Nazi Party.
In his seminal book on 9/11 Crossing the Rubicon, the Decline of the American Empire and the End of the Age of Oil, Michael Ruppert states with refreshing bluntness the real agenda being pursued by the likes of Perle and his cronies:  
The United States has chosen to address the problem of Peak Oil in the most brutal, venal, and shortsighted way available: by using military force to commandeer what remains of the world’s rapidly vanishing fossil fuels. The true attitude of American political leaders is that “the American way of life is not negotiable,” especially if such negotiations would reduce their power or influence.  
For Perle, the greater good is clearly for America exclusively, all others are to be beggared and bombed. However, Perle and his cronies have failed to consider one obvious fact that reveals the utter folly of their machinations: How do you justify the ongoing slaughter of humanity, endless warfare, the expenditure of trillions of dollars on hyper-militarism, gutting the homelands and turning them into a police state for a resource that will be extinct by the end of this century?
It is generally accepted that we are at or past Peak Oil. Demand for it is increasing; the infrastructure that delivers the end product is aging and operating at full capacity. Remaining reserves are more and more inaccessible and much more expensive to extract. Both the German and American military have done studies because of their concerns over anticipated shortages in the next few years. The American study suggests that the conversion to non-petroleum fuels will take decades assuming favorable economic and political dynamics. It is entirely predictable that by mid-century oil will be a scarce commodity for all and by the end of the century virtually extinct.  
Perle and his cronies seem to be acting on the ludicrous supposition that oil is an infinite resource in which case their ravenous greed might be explainable.  They are clearly pursuing an agenda that might yield some short term gain- and most assuredly a lot of long term pain. Their best efforts will only yield a very brief stay of execution for America’s oil driven culture.
The conversion to post-petroleum societies and economies is at best going to be a long and arduous conversion enlisting a concerted multilateral effort. Where military planners now recognize the urgency of preparing for the End of Oil our political classes and the media remain eerily silent.  
As Perle is so willing to let his “vision of the world go forth” it is one that is shortsighted, born of conspiracy, greed and foolhardiness. American exceptionalism is grounded and the American way of life has become negotiable- and this applies to all nations. His country must join with others in addressing this global crisis. If America persists in its arrogant unilateral denialism it will surely be one of the first casualties, as it races down the road to fiscal and democratic bankruptcy.
Perle’s vision allows trillions of dollars to be squandered on endless wars and hyper-militarism better spent on post-oil energy development, new technologies, new industrial strategies and building new infrastructure-especially in the area of transportation. Perle’s demented vision assures there will be no transition just continuous war and social chaos.
We all want our children to sing our praises in years to come but Perle and his cronies will be utterly reviled for the evil that lives after them.

  Perle quoted from David Ray Griffin; The New Pearl Harbor, Olive Branch Press 2004, Page 94
  Crossing the Rubicon, page 49

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