Guest Post: An Empire with no Barbarians


The American print and TV media are servants of the police state. This makes the US media the principal threat that Americans face. The US media is the handmaiden of war, the police state, lies, and evil. The presstitutes have no shame over their lack of integrity and the risk of thermo-nuclear war to which they expose humanity.Paul Craig Roberts


‘Our free press’ consistently performs well below the already extremely low expectations most have for it. In the days since WikiLeaks released more than 8,000 documents detailing the CIA’s global covert hacking program, our ‘free press’ barely acknowledged it happened.  Considering how much America’s media loves to babble about spies and hacking, you would expect around-the-clock coverage and analysis of these leaks. Then again, why would the CIA want to report about its own crimes?

Fact-free, evidence-free accusations that just happen to align with CIA agendas are passed off as ‘news’ and anyone who questions the ‘authorities’ is slandered as ‘promoting fake news’ in the current state of doublespeak in the Empire. The first hint we had of ‘fake news’ was the day after the ‘election’ when Obama told us about its existence. Some ‘consumers’ believe a top-down “rescue” is coming, and if they can hold on, everything will be ok. The country is falling apart in so many ways it’s hard to list, but consider just a few like infrastructure, pensions, healthcare, and schools. So what do we do? Spend more cash on doing our best to rule the world using the military: ‘Guns and butter’ that never seems to benefit the populace at large.

Federal-Government-Corporation-Overlaps-Goldman-SachsThe sincerity of the Trump’s claim that he wants to “Make America Great Again,” could be demonstrated with the rebuilding of America’s infrastructure. That would actually return national economic value in form of increased jobs and increased economic efficiency and profitability. The wars with China, Iran, Syria and Russia that Trump’s team, or those in his government, are intent on pursuing is worse than a stupid waste of scarce national resources. It seems he forgot his campaign pomposity, or was made an offer he couldn’t refuse.

I hear the radio telling me I have to worry but they’re wrong and amusing. Look at all of the things I worried about that never happened. We can be sure the ‘deep state’ will continue to act as they have, so worry is the wrong word. There is little to no doubt their crimes will continue unchecked by ‘our’ law enforcement agencies…paging James Comey as the latest exhibit. I’ve been told it’s good to be witty when describing ‘our’ government’s actions, but I don’t have to do anything more than present their words and actions as that’s funny enough, in a sad way, if you have any historical perspective.

Russia has reduced its military budget by nearly 25%. This comes at a difficult time, as America has announced intentions to expand its tools for murder and theft by $ 54 billion yearly. That would be an increase greater than all that the Russians would be spending. Putin must be maneuvering into the victim’s role. Perhaps this is why the deep state under Trump directed the Empire’s hostility towards China and Iran who seem to be more grateful enemies: their armament expenditures are still increasing.

NATO is now wondering if Russia can still maintain the ‘Russian threat’ to Finland, Sweden, the Baltic States, Montenegro, and Ukraine. The insurrection against Kiev could collapse in the absence of a commitment by Russia. This could be a bad example because we need military spending to prop up a flagging national economy. NATO’s eastward expansion has been wasted, unless the Russians are bluffing. While American bases and ships increasingly surround China and Russia, the surrounded become the aggressors and aggressive American imperialists whine about their victim-hood. America is the worlds’ largest arms exporter, surpassing the collective production and sale of the next five leading merchants of death. We couldn’t sell so many weapons if there was no ‘threat’ that needed to be answered. America’s military/industrial complex are the winners of confrontation with Russia, closely followed by the hierarchy of NATO who has been chasing justification for their existence for years. As long as the military/industrial complex owns ‘our’ government, there will be international friction, but American spy satellites will continue to be carried on rockets powered by Russian engines.

America is a one-party state but, with typical American overindulgence, we have two of them. Candidates represent Goldman Sachs, Wall Street and several corporations. Americans respect government less each day. Many of us are obsessed with the idea of ‘absolute invulnerability’ for ourselves, and my extension our country, which implies absolute vulnerability for everybody else. ‘Our government’ hopes that by encircling the world with military bases, and aggressively inserting itself where ‘necessary’, it can prevent the emergence of any challenge that will weaken the Empire as global superpower.  America’s future rests on its ability to derail economic integration of its targets and succeed in the Great Game where others have failed.

Empires have no integrity, morality, compassion, self-awareness, or truth. We’re told everyone knows that Russia is an opponent, an adversary, but what does that mean? It is classic empire talk. Whenever the Empire encounters a country that isn’t sufficiently subservient and compliant, those are some of the labels that are pasted on it. Imperial adjectives like assertive and independent oftentimes are introduced. If Russian “meddling” in American elections is considered to be a bad thing, then why does ‘our government’ meddle in elections and other domestic politics in other countries?

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Kiev before and after US ‘assistance’
‘Our free press’ and political animals never mention Langley’s interventions in other countries when they suspect that Russia meddled in ‘our’ election. Why not? If it’s bad for government to meddle in foreign elections, then why have the Pentagon, CIA, USAID, State Department, and other elements of ‘our’ national-security establishment been doing it in other countries for decades. When we talk about American meddling in the political affairs of other countries, we aren’t talking about scheming. We’re talking about bribery, kidnapping, assassination, embargoes, coups, invasions, and occupations with lots of death, destruction, suffering, and corruption. Ask people from Cuba, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Panama, Grenada, Chile, Guatemala, Congo, Yemen, Libya, Syria, and lots of other countries around the world that have been at the receiving end of American ‘assistance’.

Don’t forget the recent American regime change operation in Ukraine. You know the one that just coincidentally led to a big crisis with Russia, which then provided increased budgets for the Pentagon. The Trump/Russia ‘burning issue’ won’t lead media ‘consumers’ to do any soul-searching over the interfering which ’our government’ has been doing in the whole world so let’s enjoy the amusing and hypocritical spectacle.

Apparently most ‘consumers’ assume that global sea-change events just happen randomly, and that the elites are stupid, uninvolved or oblivious, and that all outcomes are a matter of random chance.  These people are idiots, who have a bias, nurtured by decades of indoctrination by ‘education’ and media propaganda, causing them to deny the potential for ‘conspiracy’, no matter the evidence. It’s not crazy to suspect that there are groups in power, perhaps for many generations, which aggressively seek to predict or even force particular outcomes in geopolitics for their own profit. History is rife with examples of just that. By profit, I don’t necessarily mean material wealth. In many cases, the power of influence and psychological sway over the masses might be considered a far greater prize than money or property.

Managed chaos is Washington’s foreign policy. That’s why there’s no strong, stable, secular governments that can provide security for their people in any of the countries the Empire has destroyed, because this long string of failed states that now stretches from North Africa, through the Middle East and into Central Asia create a permanent justification for ‘our’ military intervention as well as strategic access to vital resources. Why waste money and time on nation building which runs counter to America’s strategic objectives? The Empire unilaterally attacks because it’s the investigator, the prosecutor, the judge, and the jury. This is called global leadership by those who have no conscience: Air strikes are the easy way to look tough without fixing anything. It’s most amazing that ‘consumers’ continually believe humanitarianism is the goal of American wars. No one is asking why America ought to believe itself to be authorized to interfere anywhere as it does.
Terrorist attacks serve some of three political purposes: create a reason to increase centralized power, increase state surveillance and/or decreased freedom for ‘consumers’. Create an excuse for a military intervention, or all-out war on foreign soil, as 9/11 was so used. Undermine the security of a target government, forcing them to commit resources to a war, or else turn the government’s response into a reason to attack them like the Empire did in Syria, and Libya. Throughout history, terrorist attacks, from the Reichstag fire, to Chechnya, and 9/11, have served the interests of established power structures. This correlation is not coincidental.

It is reasonable to conclude that terrorism occurs to scare people into accepting the expansion and largess of ‘our’ American military industrial complex. At the end of the Cold War, America has suddenly found itself an Empire without Barbarians.

 Craig Dudley


 

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6 thoughts on “Guest Post: An Empire with no Barbarians

  1. “First, nations derive their strength from their myths, which are necessary for government and governance. Second, national myths have no necessary relationship with historical reality: they are socio-cultural constructions that the State has a duty to disseminate. Third, to be effective, any national myth must be based on a clear distinction between good and evil; it derives its cohesive strength from the hatred of an enemy nation.”
    Strauss
    First : Americans are free and exceptional.
    Second : well they got that right.
    Third : without a strong enemy, the people look inward, at what is happening at home, and they get mad.
    The two main reasons that Trump cannot throw off the ‘War’ party is that :
    a) without a strong enemy, the Americans fight each other. Hence’ Russia did it’, and ‘The Muslims want to kill you’.
    but the biggest reason :
    b) It will cause a great upheaval to stop the MIC engine. 60% of the taxes and a huge % of the exports are for weapons and people to play with them. Every bomb that drops is two or three man-years employment in the USA. That is why it makes sense to drop a $1m dollar missile on a peasant with an AK 47 and a camel. You are not killing ‘Terrorists’ you are creating jobs and profits.
    It took 60 years to put the economy into the current position and it will take either a huge catastrophe or a long time for the MIC to be slowed and stopped. Think of USA’s largest employers (excluding retail and fast food) and you will find that the industries are totally reliant on Military spending.
    You have an economy like a heavy train running at full speed, to switch tracks will cause an immense crash. To switch to infrastructure and domestic consumption – consumer spending is not possible.
    Even if every cent that is currently spent on MIC is stopped tomorrow, it will take several years to put the expertise, the systems and the equipment in place to spend the money on the people of US and in the mean time your unemployment will reach 60%. Without the MIC jobs, there is no income for cities and schools and all of the service industries.
    Trump has been told that it will take years and a recession to change, and in the mean time, for any kind of economic survival, he has to not only continue as is, but keep on pumping up the spending. There is no viable alternative.
    The Apocalypse is coming, whether the Rapture precedes it or follows it is out of my hands.

    “There has never been a just [war], never an honourable one–on the part of the instigator of the war. I can see a million years ahead, and this rule will never change in so many as half a dozen instances. The loud little handful–as usual–will shout for the war. The pulpit will–warily and cautiously–object–at first; the great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, ‘It is unjust and dishonourable, and there is no necessity for it.’ Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded; but it will not last long; those others will outshout them, and presently the anti-war audiences will thin out and lose popularity. Before long you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men who in their secret hearts are still at one with those stoned speakers–as earlier–but do not dare say so. And now the whole nation–pulpit and all–will take up the war-cry, and shout itself hoarse, and mob any honest man who ventures to open his mouth; and presently such mouths will cease to open. Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”

    ― Mark Twain

    “War is when your government tells you who the enemy is.
    Revolution is when you figure it out for yourself.”

    “…. Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them”

    Do you recognise the game yet?

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  2. No barbarians! hahahahahahahahah On what planet. America didn’t choose to be empire. Bretton Woods elected us, we were the only undamaged nation in 1944. In your next essay please advise who you would have be the empire a nation or UN globalists.

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