NeoConned! A (Very) Partial Book Review,
with A Detailed Discussion of Luttwak's Coup d'Etat: A Practical Handbook
(the how-to guide used by the 9/11 perpetrators)
Neoconned: Just War Principles: A Condemnation of the War in Iraq.
I/bigger>/fontfamily>HIS Press: Vienna, VA 2005
NeoConned Again: Hypocrisy, Lawlessness, and the Rape of Iraq. IHIS
Press: Vienna, VA 2005
By Kevin Barrett, http://mujca.com
Is Catholicism a living force of morality and truth? American culture has
long harbored a virulent anti-Catholic strain of Protestant extremism that
considers the church and its faithful to be terminally corrupt—a prejudice
less widely noted, but just as deplorable, as anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
Sometimes events seem to confirm that view: priestly pederasty, Jesuitical
intrigues, mafia connections and papal poisonings seem to paint a picture of
a decadent institution. Yet voices of truth and justice continue to speak
out from within the church, from the grassroots to the papacy, showing that
a real Catholic moral-spiritual tradition lives on.
The two-book series Neoconned! offers an eloquent, almost
overwhelming chorus of such brave voices. Published by IHS press, “the only
publisher dedicated exclusively to the Social Teachings of the Catholic
Church,” Neoconned! and Neoconned Again exposes the Iraq
blitzkrieg as a war crime of the first magnitude. Together, the two volumes
include a grand total of 62 essays, plus forwards and appendices, by an
impressive array of academics, theologians, church officials, writers, and
political and media figures spanning the political spectrum from Noam
Chomsky to Pat Buchanan, and traversing the church hierarchy from Cardinal
Alfredo Ottaviania and Bishops Hilarion Capucci and John Michael Botean to
ex-prisoner of conscience Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia. About half the
contributors have Ph.D.s, and many of the others are household names. If you
have an intelligent friend who still isn’t sure that the Iraq war marks
America’s descent into pure evil, please lend him or her these books.
Best of all, the second volume, Neoconned Again, includes two
brilliant, hard-hitting 9/11 truth essays, as well as a great many oblique
references to the neocon “New Pearl Harbor” coup d’etat. Unfortunately, it
also includes essays that refer to the official “19 Arabs” Big Lie in such a
way as to imply that the author believes it. Just for fun, I went back
through the book counting the 9/11 references. According to my quick survey,
Neoconned Again includes 14 references (in ten essays) that take the
official story for granted; ten that cast doubt upon it indirectly or
through innuendo; and three clear statements that the official story of 9/11
is a lie. I would guess that this is an accurate reflection of the sentiment
within the US antiwar movement: About half of those who oppose the war still
believe the official 9/11 myth; about 40% have doubts and lean toward LIHOP
(let it happen on purpose); and perhaps 10% or so have done their homework
and know that it was an inside job, or MIHOP (made it happen on purpose).
The trend, of course, is toward 9/11 truth and toward MIHOP. A long and
growing 9/11 truth honor roll, whose members are moving ineluctably toward
MIHOP, testifies to the fact that everybody is changing their minds in only
one direction: toward stronger and stronger versions of 9/11 truth.
With all due respect to the powerful antiwar essays in this volume, the ten
that accept the official story of 9/11 are going to have a very short
shelf-life. A few years from now, writings that speak forcefully against the
Iraq war, but accept today’s official version of 9/11, are going to look
like dodos: dumb, extinct, and irrelevant. The few who courageously say
today what will seem obvious tomorrow will be hailed by posterity.
Let us pass over the dodos and go straight to the heroes: Francis Boyle,
Maurizio Blondet, and Col. Donn de Grand-Pre. Francis Boyle, a
Harvard-educated international law specialist who teaches at the University
of Illinois, drops the following three-sentence bombshell: “It is clear that
bin Laden was a pretext, and 9/11 was a pretext. They needed a pretext to go
to war against Afghanistan and Iraq, and they created the conditions to make
it possible. It also seems to me that they knew the 9/11 attacks were going
to happen, but that’s another story.” The interviewer responds: “Indeed.
There’s a lot about the mainstream story of 9/11 that doesn’t make sense,
but that is, as you say, another story” (373).
Dismissing a war-triggering act of high treason and conspiracy to commit
mass murder as “but that’s another story” seems incongruous to say the
least. The remarks are symptomatic of the self-imposed repression that
surrounds the topic of 9/11. But Professor Boyle is a brave and intelligent
man, and he will undoubtedly be speaking even more forcefully about this
“other story” in the not-too-distant future.
Aside from Professor Boyle’s aside, there are only two other essays in
Neo-Conned Again that speak clearly and forcefully about 9/11. But those
two essays alone are worth the price of the book. The first is Col. Donn de
Grand-Pre’s blistering indictment of the neocons, the Iraq-war, and the 9/11
war-trigger coup. Col. de Grand Pre led a group of high ranking military
officers who, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, met to share their view
that a coup had taken place, and decide what, if anything, to do about it.
He has spoken out a few times since then, but his essay “Nemesis and
Name-Calling” seems to be his major statement to date. (Note: Col. de
Grand-Pre should be invited to contribute to 9/11 truth publications and
conferences.) In “Nemesis and Name-Calling,” he lucidly rips the folly of the
war, offers qualified praise of CIA defector Michael Scheuer’s criticisms of
“war on terror” policy, but then unleashes this zinger:
“The second main criticism of Scheuer’s thesis is related to the first: his
book seems to take at face value the official version of the event that
launched the GWOT, the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It isn’t necessary to enter
into speculation or conspiracy theory to understand that there is a huge gap
between the facts and the ‘official story.’ It is clearly problematic when
people are said to make cellular phone calls on a plane from an altitude
where it is technologically impossible to do so, or when steel girders are
said to melt due to a fire that never reached the temperature required for
them to do so. These and so many others are questions of fact, and not
interpretation. It is all reminiscent of the Warren Commission, which
concluded that there was no ‘conspiracy’ in the murder of President Kennedy.
Few believed that then, and even fewer believe it now” (700).
De Grand-Pre goes on to cite former UK Environment Minister Michael
Meacher’s 9/11 truth essay “The War on Terrorism is Bogus” (The Guardian
9/6/03). Then, in a darkly hilarious passage, he ridicules the al-CIA-duh
myth of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the “Scarlet Pimpernel of terror” who hops all
over Iraq on his one leg, setting off massive explosions designed to split
the Iraqi resistance into factions. How this one-legged legend could wreak
such anti-Resistance havoc, without ever being seen by anyone, including the
Iraqi Resistance itself, remains a mystery...to someone, somewhere. The rest
of us figured it out a long time ago.
The second and most important 9/11 truth piece in Neoconned Again is
by Maurizio Blondet, a leading Italian journalist and author of September
11th: A Coup d’Etat (Effedieffe, Milan, 2002), Who Really Governs
America? (Effedieffe, Milan, 2002), and Osama Bin Mossad (Effedieffe,
Milan, 2003). Neo-Conned Again’s editors are to be commended for
including Blondet’s “On Luttwak’s Coup d’Etat: A Practical Handbook”
– an absolutely essential five pages of 9/11 truth analysis that every 9/11
activist should Xerox and pass around as a masterpiece of samizdat.
Everybody knows that the neocons publicly proclaimed their wish for a “New
Pearl Harbor” in September, 2000, in Rebuilding America’s Defenses—and
got their wish exactly one year later. But few 9/11 truth activists realize
that leading neocon military theorist Edward Luttwak wrote a step-by-step
how-to manual for 9/11 and published it back in 1968! Luttwak’s Coup
d’Etat: A Practical Handbook is exactly what its name implies: a recipe
for a neocon coup d’etat. As Stanley Hilton has remarked, the
neoconservatives began planning for a 9/11-style coup d’etat in the 1960s,
when many of them were emerging from the University of Chicago and the
malign tutelage of crypto-nazi professor Leo Strauss. Classroom discussions
were held, late-night bull sessions attended, and dissertations defended on
the topic of how to overthrow Constitutional governance in the United
States. The long-term project that emerged from this
meeting-of-the-sick-minds culminated on September 11th, 2001.
Those who wish to understand how it happened need to come to terms with
Luttwak’s recipe for a secret coup d’etat. I hereby offer a few sample
passages from Luttwak, including Blondet’s comments in brackets, and my own
Coup d’Etat: A
Practical Handbook by Edward Luttwak (Harvard
University Press, 1968)
Chapter 1: What is a Coup d’Etat?
A coup d’etat is not necessarily assisted by either the intervention of
the masses, or, to any significant degree, by military-type force...A coup
consists of the infiltration of a small but critical segment of the State
apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of
the remainder [JINSA infiltrated the Pentagon in exactly this manner].
Chapter 2: When is a Coup d’Etat Possible?
The social and economic conditions of the target country must be such as to
confine political participation to a small fraction of the population [this
is the case in America where non-voters are the majority].
...An illegal seizure of power must take the form of a “Palace Revolution,”
and it essentially concerns the manipulation of the person of the ruler.
He can be forced to accept policies or advisers, he can be killed or held
captive, but whatever happens inside the Palace Revolution can only be
conducted from the “inside” by “insiders” (see Webster Tarpley’s discussion
of the Air Force One anomalies and threats on 9/11 in Synthetic Terror,
p. 272-310) ...if a piece of information, or a given order, is followed up
in a stereotyped manner, and if the order comes from the appropriate source,
it is carried out...A coup operates by taking advantage of this machine-like
behaviour; during the coup, because it uses part of the State apparatus to
seize the controlling levers; afterwards because the value of the “levers”
depends on the fact that the State is a machine.
Chapter 3. The Strategy of a Coup d’Etat
We want to seize power within the present system (rather than by
changing the system) and we shall only stay in power if we embody some new
status quo...This is perhaps a more efficient method, and certainly a less
painful one, that that of a classic revolution [this is a perfect
description of the neoconservative coup d’etat].
Though we will try to avoid all conflict with the “political” forces, some
of them will almost certainly oppose a coup. But this opposition will
largely subside when we have substituted our new status quo for the old one,
and can enforce it by our control of the State bureaucracy and security
forces. We shall then be carrying out the dual task of imposing our control
on the machinery of State while at the same time using it to impose our
control on the country at large.
As long as the execution of the coup is rapid, and we are cloaked in
anonymity, no particular political faction will have either a motive, or
opportunity, to oppose us.
Chapter 4: The Planning of the Coup d’Etat
The major political parties in developed and democratic countries will
not present a direct threat to the coup. Though such parties have mass
support at election time, neither they nor their followers are well versed
in the techniques of mass agitation. The comparative stability of political
life has deprived them of the experience required to employ direct
methods... (This partially explains the difficulty of getting 9/11 truth off
the internet and into the street, and the lame response of the Democrats.)
Though some form of confrontation may be inevitable, it is essential to
avoid bloodshed, because this may well have crucial negative repercussions
amongst the personnel of the armed forces and the police.
Chapter 5: The Execution of the Coup d’Etat
With detailed planning, there will be no need for any sort of
headquarters structure...In fact, having a headquarters would be a serious
disadvantage: it would constitute a concrete target for the opposition and
one which would be both vulnerable and easily identified...The leaders of
the coup will be scattered among the various teams. [As we can see Luttwak
is theoretically discussing an invisible coup d’etat: the infiltrated coup
participants speak with the voice of the legitimate government, which they
have seized. On September 11th, let’s remember, the immediate entourage of
President Bush were not thinking of an Arab attack, but of a military coup
d’etat. It is for this reason that the President was taken to a secure
location for 10 hours.] (Again, see Tarpley, p. 272-310.)
We should establish direct communications with as many of the more senior
officers and officials as possible to convey one principal idea in a
forceful and convincing manner: that the coup will not threaten their
positions in the hierarchy and the aims of the coup do not include a
reshaping of the existing military or administrative structures [this
appears to be exactly the task of JINSA].
Our immediate aim will be to enforce public order, but our long-term
objective is to gain the acceptance of the masses so that physical coercion
will no longer be needed...Our far more flexible instrument will be our
control over the means of mass communication...In broadcasting over the
radio and television services our purpose is not to provide information
about the situation, but rather to affect its development by exploiting our
monopoly over these media. [This is exactly what the American mass media
has been doing since September 11th.]
[The action of the media] will be achieved by conveying the reality and
strength of the coup instead of trying to justify it [the emotional blow of
the collapse of the World Trade Center was presented with plenty of
“reality” and “force” by CNN]. We will have fragmented the opposition so
that each individual opponent would have to operate in isolation. In these
circumstances, the news of any further resistance against us would act as a
powerful stimulant to further resistance by breaking down this feeling of
isolation. We must, therefore, make every effort to withhold such news.
If there is in fact some resistance...we should strongly emphasize that it
is isolated, the product of the obstinacy of a few misguided or dishonest
individuals who are not affiliated to any party or group of significant
membership. The constant working of the motif of isolation, and the
emphasis on the fact that law and order have been reestablished, should have
the effect of making resistance appear dangerous and useless.
The inevitable suspicion (of “conspiracy theorists” that the CIA is
involved)...can only be dispelled by making violent attacks on it...and
the attacks should be all the more violent if these suspicions are in fact
justified...We shall make use of a suitable selection of unlovely phrases
[for example, anti-Americanism? Anti-Semitism?]. Even if their meanings have
been obscured by constant and deliberate misuse, they will be useful
indicators of our impeccable nationalism.”
[It seems to this author that these paragraphs describe, with shocking
precision, all that has taken place in America since September 11.]
Luttwak’s recipe for 9/11, by laying bare the mechanism of the coup, can
help us formulate a successful 9/11 truth strategy. Take this and run
with it to 911truth’s Citizen’s Counter-Coup:
1. We need to break down our isolation from other 9/11 truth activists—and
the internet, supplemented by conferences, has given us a head start.
Solidarity is everything. Luttwak’s plan was drafted before there was an
internet—and that’s their Achilles heel. But the net alone still feels
isolating. Let’s make the next conference (late April/early May, in Chicago)
the biggest and best yet! And please, let’s STOP dissing our 9/11 truth
comrades. Anybody who’s brave enough to speak out should be embraced and
lionized, even if they get a few technical details of the collapse of the
WTC wrong. Morgan Reynolds, I salute you! Come back into the fold, brother!
2. Stop being afraid. Fifty to a hundred neocons seized power in a coup
d’etat, and though they hold the levers of State power, the last thing they
want to do is order non-complicit agents to come after us. The cops and
spooks might start asking questions about why these peaceful,
pro-Constitution activists are being targeted—and there goes the
“machine-like behavior” of the State. From what I hear, the cops and spooks
and soldiers are just about ready to turn their guns on the 50 neocons. The
more noise we make, the safer we are—and the higher and faster the neocons
get hoisted on their own petard.
3. We can’t let the neocon coup plotters remain “cloaked in anonymity.” PNAC
headquarters, and JINSA headquarters, are two big, juicy targets, and we
know exactly where they are. We need to say “neocon” and “JINSA” and “New
Pearl Harbor” and “Luttwak’s Coup d’Etat” over and over. We need to
name names. We need to put the fear of God in these criminals. We need to
follow Sibel Edmunds, who has indirectly confirmed (via Vanity Fair)
that she learned, while translating FBI intercepts, that two of the
“American names” who financed 9/11 were Richard Pearl and Douglas
Feith. Shadow these guys! Hound them! Find out where they live! Harass
them! Name their names from here to high heaven, on every talk show in the
land, and then name them again! Last fall I planted a story that PNAC
head Gary Schmitt was going to be pelted with rotten fruit and hit with
a citizen’s arrest for 9/11 when he showed up to give a talk at
UW-Milwaukee. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I didn’t have time to
successfully organize an actual fruit-pelting and arrest. But I did call in
and indirectly threaten him on a Wisconsin Public Radio talk show just hours
before his appearance. I tell you, the sonofabitch was quaking in his
loafers—his voice quavered as he kept insisting that he and his PeeNack
posse were SO surprised when their “New Pearl Harbor” prayer was
oh-so-miraculously answered. He kept trying to distance himself and PNAC
from the Bush Administration and its policies...basically he was squealing
“it was the CIA! It was Cheney and Rumsfeld! Those guys are just names on
our board—they have nothing to do with us! I hate Rumsfeld, really I do! We
want him fired! Pee-Nack is just a bunch of poor innocent eggheads! Please,
don’t arrest me and pelt me with rotten fruit!” Gary, your guilty conscience
doth protest too much.
4. Don’t waste time on the “major political parties” as parties—but
get prominent people, like Barbara Boxer, to speak out, and then publicize
their words. The Green Party has officially endorsed 9/11 truth, and the
Libertarians are on the verge. Let’s take over these second-tier parties and
use them as platforms for 9/11 truth. Go, Carol Brouillet! (Green, HR, CA).
Go, Sander Hicks! (NY Governor). Go, Craig Hill! (Green, Vermont, Senate)
Go, Clyde Morgan! (HR, NC). And let’s quickly learn the techniques of
“agitation” Luttwak rightly fears. Street theater, rabble-rousing speeches,
media stunts and events, and so on are our logical next step for taking 9/11
truth out of the internet and into the street.
5. Smash the media blackout by any means necessary. I’m about ready to break
the Unabomber out of jail so he can write a 9/11 manifesto and use the
“publish me before I kill again” plan to get it into the New York Times.
Maybe it hasn’t quite come to that yet—but we need to find ways of
putting on 9/11 truth stunts that the media HAS TO COVER. If it takes
getting arrested, so be it. The more cautious among us should plan for such
actions at a level, and in jurisdictions, where no jury will convict.
Remember, Luttwak and the 50 neocons are desperate to suppress any kind of
9/11 truth news. They have key media owners and CEOs on their side—but the
media, like the state, is a machine, and coverage of certain kinds of events
is automatic. If a 9/11 truth activist gets prosecuted for something fairly
minor and free-speechish, we can turn the trial into a circus and a cause
celebre. Anybody out there ready for 15 minutes of fame?
6. We should not be afraid of the “unlovely phrase”
“anti-Americanism”—instead, we should pick it up and hurl it back against
those who have overthrown our Constitution, like demonstrators throwing back
a tear gas grenade. Even those of us who are not raving nationalists should
make it clear that we are 9/11 truth activists because it is our
patriotic duty to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign AND
DOMESTIC. The police, intelligence operators, soldiers, and politicians
have all sworn that same oath. When crunch time comes, most of them will be
on our side. Likewise we should not be cowed by the unlovely phrase
“anti-Semitism.” It does seem to be the case that the majority of the coup
plotters, like Luttwak himself, are Jews—it has been said that about 80% of
the neocons are Jewish—and that the 9/11 coup was at least partly aimed at
triggering JINSA’s bloody, harebrained scheme to clean up the Middle East on
behalf of Israel. (Don’t even get me started on 6-billion-in-two-months WTC
insurance-fraudster and Ariel Sharon buddy Larry Silverstein!) Worse, there
is obviously a connection between the corporate media’s support of the
neocon coup and the Zionist commitments of its owners and operators. There
is nothing anti-Semitic about facing unlovely facts. But 9/11 activists
should take pains to emphasize, over and over, that the vast majority of
American Jews are liberals who are congenitally opposed to the sick neocon
philosophy. They are, or should be, our allies in the cause of 9/11 truth.
Indeed, many American Jews, like Russ Feingold and Paul Wellstone, have
bravely opposed the coup in one way or another; while others, including
Barbara Boxer, Jamie Hecht, and several MUJCA-NET endorsers have risked
speaking out for 9/11 truth. Other American Jews who should be 9/11 truth
allies, perhaps including such luminaries as Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, and
Norman Finkelstein, are covering up 9/11 out of a conscious or unconscious
fear of the anti-Jewish backlash that could develop if the truth were
exposed. (It’s hard to blame them—Luttwak and the all-too-real neocons make
the fictitious Elders of Zion look like kids plotting a takeover at “king of
the hill.”) In short, we should speak the unvarnished truth as forthrightly
as possible—including the truth that 99% of American Jews are innocent of
involvement in 9/11 and should not be punished for the evil deeds of their
atheist neocon “co-religionists”—and watch the “unlovely phrases” lose their
potency when they are exposed to the pure, disinfecting light of reality.
So let’s get to work and UNDO THE COUP! Go to Citizen’s Counter-Coup:
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