Some of us had the luxury of holding that dispassionate wide-angle perspective from the comfort of distance — I lived on the West Coast at that time.
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But there were others who saw what was coming even while still breathing the dust from the collapsed Twin Towers. Neither Iraq nor Afghanistan could possibly be mistaken for successes, and yet the neocons have succeeded in creating a political climate in which, as Engelhardt explains, war and security are somehow seen as being synonymous. As a result, any alternative to war has become tantamount to diminishing our security — and is therefore politically untenable. Alternatives to war get no serious hearing in modern Washington. He asks good questions about it. Indeed, it would appear that unless things change dramatically, we are condemned to enduring war, in the form of a Global War on Terror GWOT that never ends.
At least now you know why. Blinding ourselves via the GWOT, we released American hubris and fear upon the world, in the process making almost every situation we touched progressively worse for this country.
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In this article warincontext. What I would like to know though, and I think it is relevant, is who authorized the false flag sinking of the South Korean war ship Cheonan? If we cannot trust Israel to investigate its own piracy on the high seas, we certainly cannot trust the US and its yes-men cronies Canada, UK, Australia, and Sweden to investigate this incident. Everything was quiet at the time. Germany sells no torpedos to Pyongyang. It does to Israel and the Pentagon.
So it seems the supposed Korean threat is the slightly obvious yet quite disgustingly construct to justify continued hegemony. I suppose what bothers me most is that the boldest of lies are being used to justify empire and are not even being questioned by any main stream journalism in the US.
It seems to be just accepted that the North did this just because America said so.
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The fact is that this is a dangerous power game being played at the cost of Asian stability, but the lies are so transparent. Only the US is appearing to be the one fooling itself. When we have our Government officials running around the World telling other Countries what to do, how to behave the way we want them to, then we can only expect more animosity towards our once great Country.
In other words, dumbing down, especially this first decade of the 21st Century. Apparently the odd man out was Sweden who eventually under American pressure withdrew its reservations…. Apparently Sweden did not concur on the conclusion that North Korea was responsible. For those interested in the devil and the detail:.
Certainly the idea that the investigation and reports made by South Korea and its war allies on this matter are conclusive or transparent must be rejected. The matter is as clear as mud. But what is worse than the deed itself, which killed 46 Korean sailors and injured 70, is the callousness of motive behind it, if it were to be shown that the sinking was deliberate and orchestrated.
What a world, what a foreign policy, where lies and decipt are the rule and plausable deniability sufices for cover! What does stand out is the obvious long hours of work and fine writing that went into compiling this book which surely exemplifies what has made Tom so valued and respected in editing and journalism circles for so many years.
Estaban, there is nothing particularly appealing about the truth. The opposite is true. As a candidate, Obama argued that the Iraq War represented an exorbitant cost for the American people.
Over the course of his presidency, though, the U. In one important way, Obama has made good on his pledge to extract America from war and make Americans safer: The number of U. The frequency of such strikes has been declining since , however. According to the same data set, Obama has authorized at least strikes in Yemen and 19 in Somalia.
Bush launched one solitary strike in Yemen during his entire presidency. Obama has also embraced special-operations forces. In fiscal year , U. And it is indeed a golden age for special operations. In other words: The dragons persist, but now the dragon-slayers tend to operate in the air—or in the shadows.
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