06
Jul
08

Red Ink Superman, Indeed

\"Red Ink Superman\" Guided By Voices, August 2004, Pier 54, NYC
(From 2004)

Several commentators have referred to Norman Podhoretz’ recent 30,000-word manifesto “WW IV: How It Started, What It Means, and Why We Have to Win.” I have actually read the thing, and frankly, it’s scary. If you think the neverending carnage in Iraq is bad, just wait until we expand it into Iran, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. Just the kind of fun new program to look forward to in a second Bush (or, frankly, a first Kerry) term.

This is the kind of delusional thinking you can afford to engage in when you are just a commentator, and you don’t have to deal with the real costs of neverending war for empire – the dead, maimed, missing, the orphaned, the dislocated, and the moral and financial ruin to the nation that is caused by wars waged for resources rather than self-defense. It’s almost as if those making policy for the Bush administration have been watching too much “Mad Max” and “The Road Warrior”.

Paul Craig Roberts observed;

Podhoretz begins by alleging that “the malignant force of radical Islamism” has as its objective “to conquer our land” and to destroy “everything good for which America stands.

If Muslims intend to conquer America, then they are every bit as delusional as Podhoretz, who intends for America to conquer the Middle East.

 Frankly, I think people like Podhoretz are the ones destroying “everything good for which America stands.”, by urging our vague Republican president into spilling even more blood and more red ink in more commercial wars.

Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices has written a song that didn’t make sense to me until now called “Red Ink Superman”, in which the penultimate lyric, shouted, is;

“We’ll even the score / In World War IV!”

Pollard clearly has read Podhoretz.

It’s clear to me that the score being “evened” here is with the Muslims of the Middle East for having the audacity to want to hold onto their own land and control their own destinies.

Given the unprecedented, immoral increase in Federal debt, and the destruction of the dollar wrought by The Decider-In Chief, it isn’t at all clear we will be able to do either one.

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1 Response to “Red Ink Superman, Indeed”


  1. 1 Joe Pulcinella
    July 6, 2008 at 10:32 am

    It’s amazing that to defeat something we consider evil, we must become evil. To destroy imperialism, we must become imperialists. To defeat communism, we must become communists. To rid the world or dictators, we must become a dictatorship.


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