Dienstag, Mai 16, 2006


To hear two American men congratulating each other on being heterosexual is one of the most chilling experiences - and unique to the United States. You don't hear two Italians sitting around complimenting each other because they actually like to go to bed with women. The American is hysterical about his manhood. ~Gore Vidal


Vidal's greatness consists in the fact that he never retreated into an ivory tower, so that he always was on the qui vive like all the great artists before him, who never closed their eyes in front of the reality.

So he is strongly critical of the Bush administration, as he has been of previous U.S. administrations that he considers to have either an explicit or implicit expansionist agenda. He has frequently made the point in interviews, essays, and in a recent book that Americans "are now governed by a junta of oil-Pentagon men ... both Bushes, Cheney, Rumsfeld and so on".

He claims that for several years this group and their associates have aimed to control the oil of central Asia (after, in his view, gaining effective control of the oil of the Persian Gulf in 1991). Specifically regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks, Vidal writes how such an attack, which he claims American intelligence warned was coming, politically justified the plans the administration already had in August 2001 for invading Afghanistan the following October.

He discusses the lack of defense, including the delay in getting fighter planes into the air to intercept the hijacked airliners, compared with the time one might expect after a hijacking report. If, he says, these huge failures were incompetence, they would deserve "a number of courts martial with an impeachment or two thrown in". Instead there is to be only a limited inquiry into how the "potential breakdowns among federal agencies ... could have allowed the terrorist attacks to occur." This, concludes Vidal, opens the possibility that the administration in fact let the attack happen, in order to capitalize on a catalyzing event that would enable it to achieve controversial policy goals under the rubric of a War on Terror.

The Gore Vidal Index

Above you can see one of the recent photos of of Gore Vidal and one with his partner Howard with whom he cohabited together for 5o years. :-)
The photo shows them at the Adams Memorial at Rock Creek Park Cemetery, November 1994, after arranging their own gravesites.


Blogger Brad said...

Hmmmm an interesting post. However there actually were a multitude of "breakdowns" between the federal agencies and really nobodys fault at the time. I have personal insight to some of HOW this problem happened but it would be way to lengthy to describe. Suffice it to say that many agencies had their own "language" they spoke in and in a critical moment when minutes counted, they could not adequately communicate. The new movie out on Flight 93 actually shows fairly well parts of what I am talking about.

2:46 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Brad:
I didn't see that movie and I won't see it, because a movie about this sensitive subject made under or during the Bush-Regime is fairly worthless, we know such movies made under the Nazi-Regime ...
Similar propaganda and similar falsehoods! It sucks!

However that what has happened was terrible enough like every war in which the civilian population is involved ...

8:12 vorm.  
Blogger Ryan said...

he sure did look much better younger didnt he?

2:28 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Ryan:
:-) Sure, me too! :-)Did you already read Oscar Wilde's novel "The picture of Dorian Gray"?

3:04 nachm.  
Blogger Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

I hope I'm not prying, but is there a Pollux for you?

5:03 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Daniel:
:-) Once upon a time there was a Pollux but the time has gone with the wind :-)

7:07 vorm.  

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