Inside Noam Chomsky's head
John Gray “We’re an empire now and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. Reported in October 2004, this statement from a senior adviser to George W Bush — often attributed to Karl Rove, Bush’s deputy chief of staff until his resignation in 2007 — forms the epigraph to Noam Chomsky’s latest collection of articles.
By the summer of 2002 military action to secure regime change in Iraq had been under active consideration for some time. Those in the administration who were pushing for war did so for a variety of reasons — neoconservatives because they believed regime change would trigger a “democratic revolution” in which an American model of government would be embraced throughout the Middle East, others, such as vice president Dick Cheney, being apparently more interested in the country’s rich oil reserves.
Whatever their goals, the forces that engineered the war had no doubt that Iraq could be reshaped in pretty much any way they wanted. Other branches of government had deep reservations.
The State Department, much of the uniformed military in the Pentagon, sections of the CIA and even — if some reports are to be believed — George Bush Snr appears to have been opposed to the invasion, or at least highly sceptical about its prospects of success. But these voices from the reality-based community were ignored.
Less than a year after the aide’s delusional rant, the US was embroiled in its most disastrous military intervention for a generation and one of the most gruesomely pointless wars of modern times.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Herald