Quoting Pat Buchanan, Pepe Escobar predicts a new phase of militarism if McCain wins


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PEPE ESCOBAR, THE REAL NEWS ANALYST: What the whole world wants to know is who is going to be advising these pre-candidates, or then the two candidates, or then the next president of the US in terms of foreign policy. Is US foreign policy going to change in 2009? Well, on the Republican side, it’s very easy to see what’s going to happen. Let’s start with a proposed budget for 2009, proposed by President Bush for the Pentagon: $515 billion. That’s four percent of the whole American economy. If we add, like, something like $150 billion extra, which the next president may ask Congress to improve, we’re going to have more than the whole GNP of Australia. So this is what the Pentagon wants, and this is what the industrial military establishment complex wants. For them, McCain is their guy. Maybe one piece of information is enough to tell everybody what’s going to happen. Pat Buchanan, who knows one or two things about the American establishment, has said on the record on a talk show:

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PAT BUCHANAN: If McCain wins, McCain wins, he will make Cheney look like Gandhi.

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This means what? This means a John “a century of war” McCain, he said that he still believes, in fact, that Iraq is the central front in the war on terror, which proves that in his visits to Iraq he’s never learned anything on the ground. He also sang on the record:

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MAN: Why don’t we send them an airmail message to Tehran?

JOHN MCCAIN, US SENATOR: That old Beach Boys song, “Bomb Iran”? ♫ Bomb bomb bomb—. ♫ Anyway.

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Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, who composed “Barbara Ann,” obviously was not amused, so he’s going to confront leaders all over. He’s going after them. So we’re going to have Bush III, actually, which obviously suits the industrial military complex. If the US votes for John McCain, they’re going to get the ultimate neocon, and the rest of the world is going to be saddled with it as well. McCain is being supported by all major neocons, everyone from Norman Podhoretz, who advocates that we’re already at World War IV, and he keeps on talking about Islamo-fascism all the time. Total rubbish, because fascism was invented in Europe, for that matter, has nothing to do with Islam. And William Kristol, one of the founders for the Project for the New American Century, who advocated that US needed a new Pearl Harbor to reestablish US world domination, and every neocon in between, of course. George Bush already said that McCain is a good conservative, which for many people is the kiss of death, but for many neocons it’s a very worthy endorsement. So if we’re going to have McCain, it’s good for the Pentagon, it’s good for the military-industrial establishment. But Americans in the world must be warned: it’s going to be less jobs, more war.

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Story Transcript

PEPE ESCOBAR, THE REAL NEWS ANALYST: What the whole world wants to know is who is going to be advising these pre-candidates, or then the two candidates, or then the next president of the US in terms of foreign policy. Is US foreign policy going to change in 2009? Well, on the Republican side, it’s very easy to see what’s going to happen. Let’s start with a proposed budget for 2009, proposed by President Bush for the Pentagon: $515 billion. That’s four percent of the whole American economy. If we add, like, something like $150 billion extra, which the next president may ask Congress to improve, we’re going to have more than the whole GNP of Australia. So this is what the Pentagon wants, and this is what the industrial military establishment complex wants. For them, McCain is their guy. Maybe one piece of information is enough to tell everybody what’s going to happen. Pat Buchanan, who knows one or two things about the American establishment, has said on the record on a talk show: (CLIP BEGINS) PAT BUCHANAN: If McCain wins, McCain wins, he will make Cheney look like Gandhi. (CLIP ENDS) This means what? This means a John “a century of war” McCain, he said that he still believes, in fact, that Iraq is the central front in the war on terror, which proves that in his visits to Iraq he’s never learned anything on the ground. He also sang on the record: (CLIP BEGINS) MAN: Why don’t we send them an airmail message to Tehran? JOHN MCCAIN, US SENATOR: That old Beach Boys song, “Bomb Iran”? ♫ Bomb bomb bomb—. ♫ Anyway. (CLIP ENDS) Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, who composed “Barbara Ann,” obviously was not amused, so he’s going to confront leaders all over. He’s going after them. So we’re going to have Bush III, actually, which obviously suits the industrial military complex. If the US votes for John McCain, they’re going to get the ultimate neocon, and the rest of the world is going to be saddled with it as well. McCain is being supported by all major neocons, everyone from Norman Podhoretz, who advocates that we’re already at World War IV, and he keeps on talking about Islamo-fascism all the time. Total rubbish, because fascism was invented in Europe, for that matter, has nothing to do with Islam. And William Kristol, one of the founders for the Project for the New American Century, who advocated that US needed a new Pearl Harbor to reestablish US world domination, and every neocon in between, of course. George Bush already said that McCain is a good conservative, which for many people is the kiss of death, but for many neocons it’s a very worthy endorsement. So if we’re going to have McCain, it’s good for the Pentagon, it’s good for the military-industrial establishment. But Americans in the world must be warned: it’s going to be less jobs, more war. DISCLAIMER: Please note that TRNN transcripts are typed from a recording of the program; The Real News Network cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.

Pepe Escobar

Pepe Escobar, born in Brazil is the roving correspondent for Asia Times and an analyst for The Real News Network. He's been a foreign correspondent since 1985, based in London, Milan, Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore, and Bangkok. Since the late 1990s, he has specialized in covering the arc from the Middle East to Central Asia, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has made frequent visits to Iran and is the author of Globalistan and also Red Zone Blues: A Snapshot of Baghdad During the Surge both published by Nimble Books in 2007.