Hillary ran all over Trump for saying he might question election results. Obama started the fake news/hacking smokescreen the day after the election. Those items as separate obfuscation led to the ‘Russians’ did it by hacking, even as WikiLeaks told the world that insiders gave them the damaging emails and just after ‘our’ leaders were telling how safe and secure our election process was/is. Everyone who doesn’t agree with the Empire’s story is accepting “fake news” and this is in a ‘democracy with free speech’. To be a member of the ruling Empire requires both telling and believing lies.
We’ve been seeing titles like “Kremlin brought Trump to power”, “Moscow interferes in the internal affairs of other states”. It seems that ‘our free press’ have a never-ending supply of these. It doesn’t matter that the recent anti-Russian accusations have been supported by no actual facts, since ‘our free press’ decided to ignore Western intelligence agencies all saying that Russia’s meddling is the ‘fake news’ Obama warned us about and CNN has had to fire people and retract stories.
The mainstream media’s reporting on the ‘Russian hacking’ has most of the world collapsing in laughter. It’s so amateurish by any standards. The rest of the world knows America would never let itself be ‘hacked’ by a foreign country because hacking foreign countries is what the Empire does best. The idea of Russian ‘collusion’ in the ‘election’ as a tool towards toppling Trump becomes further implanted in the minds of the most eager activists. Pointing out these glaring flaws in the latest anti-Russia frenzy is immediately interpreted by cynics as ‘defending Trump’ when it isn’t.
“Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on “I am not too sure.” – H.L. Mencken
Wars are discussed as if they’re good options because of the unique mix of ignorance and political cowardice of the entire American political class. Most American politicians apparently believe their own silly propaganda about America’s military being ‘the best’ in the world with no evidence needed. Even those smart enough to realize that this is something nobody outside the Empire takes seriously, they know that saying that publicly is political suicide, so they keep on spewing the patriotic mantra about we are ‘the best’ etc. Some figure that since the Empire spends more on aggression that the rest of the planet combined, that must mean that America’s military must be ‘better’.
Something crazy inevitably happens, like in Syria recently where the State Department had one policy, the Pentagon another and the CIA yet another one. The resulting cognitive dissonance is removed by engaging in doublethink: ‘yes, we screwed up over and over, but we are still the best’. That attitude is at the core of the American inability to learn from past mistakes. If the choice is between an honest evaluation of past operations and political expediency, the latter always prevails. American soldiers are often more capable of self-critical evaluation, especially in the enlisted ranks: the problem is that civilians and generals rarely listen to them.
American foreign policy is wholly dependent on America’s ability to threaten using military force. Every country which dared to defy the Empire did that only after coming to the conclusion that America didn’t have the means to crush it militarily forgetting the potential for ‘arranged coups’. Historically only the weakest, which are already de-facto American colonies, fear the Empire but that’s been changing.
‘Voters’ ignore what they dislike in favour of the tidbits tossed to them to attract their attention. This leads to votes for the Hildabeast by those who prefer peace and in that process ignore all of the things she’s on public record for doing that certainly aren’t peaceful. Same thing with any other politician.
‘Our free press’ camouflages the unsavory history of American interventions in foreign nations using such means as electoral fraud, economic blackmail, political assassinations and the violent overthrow of governments. The post-Soviet Russian state has been on the receiving end of electoral manipulation directed by America. An American-directed IMF “emergency infusion” of many billion dollars into the Russian economy re-routed a large amount of this to the Western-backed pawn Boris Yeltsin who had been failing with a single-digit approval rating just before the Russian presidential elections of 1996.
The Empire is politically schizophrenic. The still unproven allegations of Russian hacking during the American presidential elections as well as that related to Trump being compromised by a blackmail operation conducted by Russian intelligence only serve to confirm that America has charged into a self-inflicted uproar. What about all the politicians who take money from the Saudis and Gulf emirates, or Sheldon Adelson, the zealous advocate of Greater Israel? What about political payoffs to the flat-earth politicians who are Israel’s amen chorus? There’s no reason for us to believe that the Empire under Trump will contribute to the development of peace. All it can do, much like its predecessors, is cultivate “allies” to wage wars so that weapon systems remain a profitable commodity in the global market and that the economy keeps running without interruption.
‘Our’ unilateral military bloc is intentionally sowing chaos across the entire planet for a very specific purpose. It’s the same purpose all hegemons throughout human history have sought to divide and destroy regions they can’t directly conquer. A destroyed competitor may not be as favorable as a conquered, controlled and exploited competitor, but is certainly preferable to a free and independent competitor contributing to a greater multipolar world order. The Empire, by embedding itself in the chaos it’s created, as it’s proven in Afghanistan and Iraq, only ensures further chaos.
Using this chaos, the Empire can make certain if its own members can’t benefit from the region, no one else will. Everywhere the Empire goes, chaos stays indefinitely. America is no longer the super power it was, but it retains its military dominance and there’s a greater temptation to use it. When the Empire fights for influence it’s to “promote peace and stability in the region” and when Russia does, it demonstrates its “malign influence”, we’re told.
And now, the Empire/America is mixing it up in Africa in ways ‘our free press’ never speaks about so we’ll have more fun on the way. This isn’t about assisting the American military’s African partners in their fight against terrorism. It’s the continuing American Deep State’s fight for resources, to which ‘our’ government, and the corporations it supports, has no right; to insure that the governments of Africa are Western-centric, even if they need to give those governments a coup. It’s about insuring that those resources are only sold in dollars, and it’s to keep Russia and China away from those resources as well. As Chalmers Johnson said “Blowback is another way of saying that a nation reaps what it sows.”
Unfortunately, “we the people” are the ones who keep reaping what the government sows. We’re the ones who suffer every time, directly and indirectly, from the blowback. We’re made to pay trillions of dollars in taxes to a military/industrial complex that kills without conscience. We’ve been saddled with a crumbling infrastructure, impoverished cities and a faltering economy while our tax dollars are squandered on unrestrained military installations and used to prop up foreign economies. We’ve been stripped of our freedoms. We’re treated like suspects and enemy combatants.
We’re spied on by government agents: our communications read, our movements tracked, our faces mapped, our biometrics entered into a government database. We’re terrorized by militarized police who roam our communities and SWAT teams that break into our homes. We’re subjected to invasive physical searches in airports, roadside strip searches and cavity probes, forced blood draws. America will never be safe or secure as long as our government continues to pillage, plunder, bomb, kill, create instability, fund insurgencies, stockpile weapons of mass destruction and police the globe.
– Craig Dudley