BY: DR. KAREN KWIATKOWSKI, a writer, Lieutenant Colonel (USAF-Retired), and
former Pentagon insider who courageously became a whistleblower.

SOURCE: Published on 2-16-07 by

Even after a long winter of orchestrated chanting and battlegroup
repositioning [1], springtime American attacks on Iranian territory are not
written in
stone. Such a war is not predetermined, except perhaps in the minds of
neoconservatives [2] in this country and some politicos in Tel Aviv [3].

We should remember that these people do not run the country, ostensibly
a Republic. True, this mindset of war-economics and super-dominance of the
world is appealing to many in Congress. Those with the ability to deliver
and take them away, seem to want this next iteration of creative destruction
[4]. More dangerously, this mindset grips the military-industrial complex
even many diplomats for reasons of self-actualization. War makes them
relevant, prosperous, significant.

If we were a kingdom, George W. Bush would be our King. If George W. Bush
were our King, a war with Iran would indeed be inevitable. To stop that war,
would need to stop the king himself -- and stopping a king is often
that requires bold action on the part of those with access to him.

If we were a kingdom trying to stop a troublesome king, we might look to the
person closest to him. For us, this would be the vice president, Dick
However, if we were a kingdom today, we would be a witness to a power behind
the throne in the form of a well-placed civilian with a mystical reputation
force of personality, and a posse of loyal samurai willing to kill and die
for him. Other empires have had their Grigori Rasputins [5], the Agrippinas,
their de Richelieus. If we were a kingdom, we would have Dick Cheney.

If we were a kingdom, a key source of power with excellent access to a
wayward or delusional king would be the head of the king's army. Marine
Peter Pace has recently stated [6] that he "believes" Iran is involved in
against our troops, bur he sees no need for "kinetic action against Iran
Well, I suppose that's comforting. In a republic, the top military officer
be exceptionally loyal to the Constitution, or perhaps, the "people." The
is out on Perfect Peter, but somehow I think he will be of little assistance
this time.

If we were a kingdom, we might seek the help of trusted advisors to the
and call on their persuasive skills to realign the kingdom towards fiscal
sanity, peace and civility. The modern American serfs might set their hopes
the lovely Condie Rice, ostensibly holding an important position and
close the president. However, her latest obfuscation to the Congress [8]
should leave the serfs less than inspired.

If we were a kingdom, those who speak for the serfs might truly be our
salvation. In a republic, a congress may represent the people, and in ours,
the sole charter to declare wars and impeach incompetent and corrupt
If we were a kingdom, we would have something similar, perhaps a parliament
that exists to advise the king, but rarely to overrule him. It might be
called a
parliament of whores [9], to borrow a moniker popularized by P.J.  O'Rourke.
Not much help if we were a kingdom.

If we were a kingdom we would be in dire straits. We would be saddled with a
crazed and warlike fantasist as king, a powerful warlike fantasist as his
right hand man, a perfect peter as top military man, an ├╝ber-loyal
advisor, and a parliament of whores standing alert and ready like trained

Are we not a republic? A republic would, in response to the desires of a
supermajority, turn back our carrier battle groups, and bring our troops
Iraq and elsewhere in the world where they occupy unwanted garrisons. A
republic would seek constitutional inspiration and hard truth in order to
foreign policy. A republic would take action to impeach corrupt officials,
remove from power those who have proven to be both criminal and grossly
incompetent in their public duties.

If we were still a republic, reversing the stupidity and hubris of this
administration and bringing the troops home, much less avoiding this
inevitable attack on Iran [10], would be achievable, and even normal.

If we are still a republic, I am not justified in advocating harsher and
radical action.

But if we are no longer a republic, then more radical action by individuals
and groups is surely appropriate. Today, those who wish for good government
a wise foreign policy charitably march on Washington during the weekend,
disrupting no traffic, and seeing few lawmakers. If we are not a republic,
it is
legitimate to act in a less charitable manner, perhaps by shutting down
around the White House Monday through Friday, and disrupting the everyday
activities of our monarchy and their lackeys in other creative ways.

If we are not a republic, we have already lost a great deal of that for
we fight as a nation -- and thus we ought to feel no obligation to fight
solely for an unpopular king. If we are n longer a republic, we should be
supporting the troops not by sending sunscreen and love letters but by
desertion, insubordination, and rebellion at every turn.

If we are a kingdom, or an empire ruled by our own special Nero, then we
nothing to gain by following the rules of republican citizenship, and
everything to gain by ignoring them.

I don't know if we will attack Iran or other countries from the sea, the
and our lily pads [11] in puppetized post-Saddam Iraq and post-Taliban
Afghanistan. I don't believe it is inevitable, exactly. If we were a
would not do it.

Sadly, habit and evidence point in a different direction, one of more
more death, more destruction [12] -- and it demands that each of us begin to
learn and practice new and more frightening ways to be patriots and




SEE ALSO Dr. Chalmers Johnson's excellent new book, "Nemesis: The Last Days
Of The American Republic" (New York: Metropolitan Books, February 2007):