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 (DV) Leupp: A Regime in Denial







“Let Me Take You Down…”
A Regime in Denial
by Gary Leupp
October 4, 2006

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“I don’t know that this meeting took place, but what I really don’t know, what I’m quite certain of, is that it was not a meeting in which I was told there was an impending attack and I refused to respond. . . . It kind of doesn’t ring true that you have to shock me into something I was very involved in.”

That’s what Condoleezza Rice told reporters en route to Saudi Arabia, when asked about the briefing she in the actual world of objective reality had on July 10, 2001 with CIA chief George Tenet and Cofer Black, the CIA’s top counterterror official. The one in which they warned of an imminent al-Qaeda attack on the U.S., including a PowerPoint presentation in which the prospects for such an attack were described as a “10 on a scale of 1 to 10.”

Bob Woodward describes the meeting in his new book State of Denial, and the State Department has confirmed that it happened.

As I read Rice’s convoluted comment, the lyrics of Strawberry Fields Forever came to mind.

I think I know I mean, ah yes     
but it's all wrong      
that is I think I disagree  
Let me take you down  
cause I’m going to strawberry fields  
Nothing is real  
and nothing to get hung about  
Strawberry fields forever

The LSD-inspired stream of consciousness lyrics of John Lennon’s masterpiece celebrate the withdrawal from reality: “Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see… It doesn’t matter much to me.”

Reality, past present or future, never much mattered to this neocon-driven administration. Woodward’s book just provides further evidence for a state of denial of reality there from the beginning. This deluded, lying, warmongering administration has used 9-11 to try to restructure the whole Middle East by war based on lies. Those with eyes open should help to drive the regime out. Demonstrate October 5!

Gary Leupp is a Professor of History, and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion, at Tufts University and author of numerous works on Japanese history. He can be reached at: gleupp@granite.tufts.edu

Other Articles by Gary Leupp

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* Yassar Talal Al-Zharani, R.I.P.
* Making the Case for Impeachment
* The Occupiers and the Worsening Plight of Iraqi Gays
* Breakthroughs in Iraq, While Backing Off on Iran
* Behind the Iran Talks Charade
Office of Iranian Affairs, Embedded Journalism & the Disinfo Campaign for War on Iran

* “Reminiscent of the Holocaust”: More Disinformation on Iran
* The “Darfur Advocates” and the “Boromir Fallacy”
* “Out of Iraq, Into Darfur”? Just Saying No to Imperialist Intervention in Sudan
* Cheney, the Neocons, and China
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* “Ideologies of Hatred”? What Does Condi Mean?
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* “We Have No Choice”: Why They Really Think They Must Defeat Iran
* Exposing Incitements: Those Danish Muhammad Cartoons
* 2005: A Year of Maoist Resurgence
* Neocons Considered Planting WMD Evidence in Iraq?
* What a Difference a Year Can Make: Will 2006 be 1966?
* Reorganizing Rumsfeld’s Inner Circle
* Iran and Syria Still in the Crosshairs
* Celebrating the True Meaning of December 25 -- Happy Birthday Mithras!
* A Syrian Chalabi? An Ominous Neocon Gathering
* “Why Are You Reading the Little Red Book?”
* “It’s Just a Goddamned Piece of Paper!”: Throwing US Constitution in the Prez’s Face
* Bush the Dupe?
* The Niger Uranium Forgery of December 2003
* Connected at the Roots? Judith Miller, “Scooter” Libby, and the June Notes

* The IAEA Vote Against Iran
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* Rethinking the War in Afghanistan
* The Fascist View of Public Intellectuals
* Bolton’s Proudest Moment: Breaking the UN’s Anti-Zionist Resolution

* Maoist and Muslim Insurgencies in the Philippines 

* Jefferson, Mao, and the Revolution in Nepal