Richard W. Behan: A campaign industry has emerged in the U.S., turning a serious public function into a media circus of suspenseful entertainment, a lurid spectator sport.
Richard Behan: The Bush Administration undertook perhaps the most brilliant campaign of fearmongering and propaganda in American history. It was launched in the bombast of the President’s 2002 State of the Union speech.
Richard Behan: Within ten days of taking office in January of 2001, the Bush Administration declared its intent to invade Iraq, and in August the President notified India and Pakistan
Richard W. Behan: Within ten days of taking office the Bush Administration declared its intent to invade Iraq. This was a triumph for the neoconservative ideology of the Project for the New American Century, and personally for Vice President Richard Cheney.
Richard Behan: The need is acute for a similar truth-telling in the U.S., but not only for the sake of an accurate record. If George Bush is not held accountable for invading sovereign nations at will, future presidents will be empowered to do likewise.
Richard Behan: Candidate Clinton’s relationship to her elite compatriots is one of rigid interdependence: she needs their financial and political resources to win the election, and they need her in the White House to sustain their privileged status.
Richard Behan: The Democratic National Committee tilted the primary season to favor Hillary Clinton. This might be seen benignly as an aberration, a negligible prank in the messy world of politics. It was not an aberration.
Richard Behan: We are witnessing the collapse of democratic presidential politics. It is a derelict process, complex, absurdly long, insanely expensive, tedious, inconsistent and now chaotic.
Richard W. Behan: The Superdelegates were meant to judge and identify the most electable of the various candidates, and to counteract the pledged delegates—well-meaning amateurs—should that become necessary.
Richard W. Behan: Hillary will take office because she gamed the nomination process brilliantly, but she was victimized by classic tragedy. In the most bizarre political season in memory, she was the right person in the right place at the wrong time.
Richard W. Behan: So we must place into office, apparently, either a man of comparatively limited intelligence or a woman of compromised integrity—to be an unfit President, painfully deficient in public confidence.