November 14, 2011
If we are to believe two national polls released today, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich now leads the field of establishment Republican contenders vying to go up against Obama next November.
Politico reports today that a CNN/Opinion Research poll shows Gingrich attracting 22 percent of the vote to Romney’s 24 percent, Cain’s 14 percent and Rick Perry’s 12 percent. A Public Policy Polling survey has Gingrich at 28 percent, Cain at 25 percent, Romney at 18 percent and Perry at 6 percent.
“Gingrich’s lead caps an amazing comeback he’s made over the last 5 months,” PPP explains. “In June his favorability nationally with Republican voters plummeted all the way to 36/49. Now he’s at 68/23, representing a 58 point improvement in his spread since then. As recently as August Gingrich was mired in single digits at 7%, and even in September he was at just 10%. He’s climbed 18 points in less than 2 months.”
Gingrich is the candidate of choice for the neocon faction of the ruling elite. While fellow presidential contenders Romney, Perry and Santorum have all called for attacking Iran in response to allegations the Islamic country is building nuclear weapons, Gingrich has offered a number of specific actions, including bombing its major oil refinery and assassinating its nuclear scientists.
In October, Gingrich called for an all-out covert war against Iran. “I think our goal should be the replacement of the Iranian dictatorship with a maximum amount of effort to arouse students, arouse young people, arouse ethnic dissent, to finance every possible element of opposition, to build a radio and television free Iran, and to apply every possible economic sanction, including, if necessary, cutting off gasoline,” he told CNN.
He said the United States will never be safe with the current ruling arrangement in Iran and said that he would use “all the techniques that President Reagan, Prime Minister Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II used to destroy the Soviet empire.”
As president, Reagan oversaw the CIA’s covert war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. The conflict ultimately produced a new array of enemies for the empire to wage an interminable war against, most notably al-Qaeda and the Taliban, both culled from the ranks of the CIA-ISI spawned anti-Soviet Mujahideen.
Following his career as Republican House Speaker, Gingrich became a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, the neocon organization largely responsible for pushing the United States into the invasion of Iraq in early 2003.
He was also involved with other neocon foundations and think-tanks, including the Hoover Institution and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and has worked with a constellation of prominent neocons to push for the clash of civilizations agenda and the war on Islam.
A Gingrich presidency would drive the United States into World War 3. “I think we’re seeing around the world an emerging Third World War from North Korea to Pakistan to India to Afghanistan to Iraq and Iran to the increasing alliance between Venezuela and Iran to the British terrorists who are getting trained in Pakistan,” he told Greta van Susteren in 2006.
He has consistently pushed neocon rhetoric, most notably the idea that Muslims want to overthrow the United States and impose Sharia law:
Radical Islamism is more than simply a religious belief. It is a comprehensive political, economic, and religious movement that seeks to impose sharia – Islamic law – upon all aspects of global society. … Radical Islamists see politics and religion as inseparable in a way it is difficult for Americans to understand. Radical Islamists assert sharia’s supremacy over the freely legislated laws and values of the countries they live in and see it as their sacred duty to achieve this totalitarian supremacy in practice.
Newt Gingrich is the neocon choice for president. Despite misleading polls, it cannot be denied that many Republicans and their supporters long ago drank the neocon kool-aid and have internalized the Islamaphobe ideology and will enthusiastically support Gingrich and his pro-war objectives.
It is not yet clear if the elite will choose Romney to go up against Obama, whom he is almost indistinguishable from. Gingrich, however, with his strident rhetoric and arrogant self-assurance, may yet prove to be the elite’s candidate of choice to replace Obama and finally get the ball rolling on a global conflict of the like we have not experienced in three generations.
This article was posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm