“Our enemies never stop trying to come up with new ways to
harm our people, and neither do we.” President George W. Bush
Like everything else, Rumsfeld’s promise to “transform”
the military has been a lie. The Defense Secretary never had any intention of
converting the military into “smaller, more agile units”. From the
very onset his goal has been to create a global strike-force that operates as
the enforcement-arm of the multinational corporations.
Rumsfeld has done everything in his power to remove the military from congressional
oversight or accountability to the people it is supposed to serve. Under his
stewardship, the Pentagon has lurched from one humiliating scandal to the next.
From Abu Ghraib to Falluja, from Guantanamo to Bagram; his record has been a
dismal chronicle of one disgrace heaped upon another. No wonder the generals
are so eager to see him get his walking papers.
An article in Sunday’s Washington Post “Rumsfeld
OKs wider anti-terror role for Military” shows that Rumsfeld’s
powers are expanding rather than contracting. The article by Ann Scott Tyson
outlines the Defense Secretary’s strategy for making the entire world
a “free-fire” zone for agents of the empire. The details of the
plan are still classified, but the documents envision “a significantly
expanded role for the military — and in particular a growing force of
elite Special Operations troops — in continuous operations to combat terrorism
outside of war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Developed over about three
years by the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in Tampa, Fla., they reflect
a beefing up of the Pentagon's involvement in domains traditionally handled
by the CIA and State Department.”
Just as Rumsfeld initiated Northcom and lowered the standards for using the
military in domestic affairs (check the debacle in Katrina) so too, he intends
to eschew the conventions restricting the use of the military in foreign countries
by deploying “small teams of Army Green Berets and other Special Operations
troops to U.S. embassies …to conduct military operations where the United
States is not at war.”
This ambitious plan has been the military’s “top priority”
for over three years and is ready to be activated pending another “terrorist
attack” on American soil.
Even Rumsfeld apologists are probably shocked at the breadth and arrogance
of this sinister plan. The military is being hijacked in full view of the American
people and turned into the world’s most-lethal security apparatus. Under
Rumsfeld’s direction, special units operating clandestinely around the
globe will perform criminal renditions, assassinations, sabotage, and acts of
piracy all in the name of corporate profiteering.
53,000 paramilitaries and Green Berets now operate within Special Operations
Command (SOCOM) The next terrorist attack will allow the Pentagon to quickly
mobilize these troops to “disrupt and respond” to potential threats
across the planet ignoring national sovereignty or the laws of war. The surprise
appearance of Bin Laden in a video which aired yesterday on Al Jazeera (another
Rumsfeld psy-ops?) must have been warmly received by the Pentagon warlords who
would like to see their plan executed pell mell.
There should be little doubt that Don Rumsfeld’s dream of a global military
empire, accountable only to the league of corporate mandarins, hasn’t
dimmed by his abysmal record of failure in Iraq. Left to his own devices, Rumsfeld
is determined to put the US military under private control and turn the world
into one massive war zone.