In February 2003, I wrote a column for the Moscow Times detailing Don Rumsfeld's personal â€“ and profitable â€“ connection with North Korea's nuclear program. Today Greg Saunders at This Modern World notes (from a Guardian story from May 2003),
that the Bush Administration continued to shove money toward Rumsfeld's
corporate cronies, allowing them to help accelerated North Korea's nuke
push â€“ even as the Dear Leader (theirs, not ours) was kicking out
weapons inspectors and withdrawing from the nuclear non-proliferation
What I wrote more than three years ago unfortunately still holds true today. The nuclear blast test that North Korea conducted this week is not only the result of the Bush Administration's incompetent and sinister diplomatic philosophy â€“ which seems to consist solely of provoking unfriendly regimes into countermeasures which can then be used as excuses for war-profiteering "regime change" assaults â€“ but also stems from the overwhelming lust for loot that lies behind the noble rhetoric of the third-rate goons of the Bush Gang.
(Originally published in the Feb. 28, 2003 edition of The Moscow Times; the version here excerpted from the book, Empire Burlesque.)