The American Metastasis

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Who’s in Charge of the World and How?

Just who are the most retrograde elements in the United States government to dictate policy to sovereign countries in the rest of the world? Where does their authority–and it appears to be absolute–come from? Who are they to lay down unilateral trade bans and tariffs, promote “regime change,” grab sovereign funds in American banks, or sponsor false-flag operations, proxy wars, torture venues, and far-right regimes worldwide? Or to propagate their climate-change criminal negligence?

Are they duly empowered to decide who can buy Venezuelan or Iranian oil, or to impose their grim version of “democracy” all over the world by means of armed drones? Of course, they’re not. All of this supposed authority they have simply arrogated to themselves, like greedy children grabbing all the toys in the nursery. They’re having us on, running rampant across the world while at the same time denouncing the very policies they regularly practice themselves. They deplore Russian signals intelligence at the same time the NSA is tapping the telephone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an important European ally.

All of this bullying is intolerable by any stretch of the imagination, but they think they can get away with it based on their “unique superpower” status the “American exceptionalism,” the “manifest destiny” of the 21st century. They declare their presumed omnipotence to the four winds. Are they presuming too much? Time will tell. In the meantime, not-insubstantial nations around the world are noticing that the United States has become a cancer on the planet, and it’s metastasizing.

World Domination is a Tricky Business, Sooner or Later You Get a Bad Reputation

That “later” has already arrived for the United States. And in historic terms it hasn’t been that long in coming. I would date it from President Truman’s double atomic bombing of Japan. Why double? It was because the Americans had two models of nuclear bombs, the Little Boy, dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and the Fat Man, loosed three days later on Nagasaki, and they wanted to try them both. Never mind the inevitable messiness this double-dip would cause. With the Japanese military divided and their government tottering, was it really necessary to nuke Japan? Many authorities think not. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his 1963 memoir, Mandate for Change, criticized the use of the atomic bombs, saying they weren’t necessary to force the surrender of Japan.

Then came the American-dominated Cold War against the Russians and socialist governments around the world. The Russians had been loyal allies during World War II and assumed the vast majority of human casualties among the Allies, and on their own ground. What made the Americans and the British turn on them? At bottom, it was Truman and Churchill’s infirm fear of Communism or any other political system that smacked of collectivism. Why fear? Because they suspected that a large part of the world would prefer collective solutions for their countries rather than colonialism or predatory capitalism. Both Truman and Churchill are dead but their fear lives on and continues to spread untold grief.

After the CIA and NATO were formed at the end of the 1940s the same team of American intelligence officers who had been responsible for dirty tricks during and immediately after the war was assigned to carry on along the same lines in peacetime, then with a vastly bigger budget and wider remit. They were–and remain–the executive advance of America’s world-takeover initiative with significant actions in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Far East, including, of course, Viet Nam. There, two old men, a brilliant general and a well-loved political and military leader made history.

The former was Vo Nguyen Giap, acknowledged by military historians as one of the 20th century’s most brilliant generals. Though he had no formal military education, he learned from the masters in South China during the Communist revolution there, and his resolve was stiffened by the fact that his wife had died in a French prison. Giap was, and still is, revered by his countryman. He lived to the age of 102, dying in 2013. The latter was Ho Chi Minh, who, in his youth, had been a world traveler, some say including a stint as a cook (or dishwasher) in an English hotel. Ho went on to become a beloved elder statesman and one of history’s most renowned revolutionaries. Together they had led a tiny, primitive, and impoverished nation to victory over two of the 20th century’s most advanced–and most rapacious–colonial powers, both of which were guilty of grossly underestimating their enemies.

The US Geopolitical “Coming Out,” a Clear Statement of Intent

The United States’s next leap forward, their “coming out” in the macabre business of world domination was the rise of the PNAC (Project for the New American Century, 1997-2006), a neoconservative think tank and satellite of the American Enterprise Institute, that focused on US foreign policy. The list of its first 25 signatories reads like a rogue’s gallery of American far-right chicken hawks including Elliot Abrams, Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Norman Podhoretz, William Kristol, and Donald Kagan. (Source: Sourcewatch.org)

Their one-page Statement of Principles (June 3, 1997) responds to the question: ” Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests?” Their answers harkened back to the Reagan administration’s get-tough approach to foreign affairs and advocated for openers the invasion of Iraq. The clearest expression of neoconservative pretensions in September, 2000, was a PNAC policy document, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, that advocated increases in military spending in order to establish what they called a Pax Americana that would reap the rewards of complete military and commercial control of land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. This, they said, would be accomplished by the waging of “multiple simultaneous large-scale wars…” The most ominous line from that paper was this: “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.” (Source: Antiwar.com) Conveniently, that “new Pearl Harbor” took place a year later on September 11, 2001.

Add One Sociopathic President, a Barbarian Cabinet, a Castrated Congress, and Stir

Today this sinister American plot is thickened by a sociopathic President and a cabinet of barbarian know-nothings who conceive their mission as privatizing or destroying essential American institutions one after the other. What about the United States Congress, the ultimate repository of American sovereignty, can’t they intervene? No, their hands are tied. They have long since been bought off by turbid interests. As for saving American institutions, neither the executive branch nor the Congress is very interested, in any case. Some of them are actually convinced that those institutions will soon be redundant. They believe the Apocalypse is nigh and they and their fellow believers are about to be “raptured” by God directly up into Heaven, leaving the rest of us here below to roast in hell.

Maybe they’re right. Metastasis tends to be terminal.

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What Went Wrong, America? 2/2

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The West Virginia Coal Wars 

The West Virginia Mine Wars are a dramatic and often overlooked chapter of American history. In the early 1900s in the coalfields of Southern WV, miners faced desperate circumstances. Below ground they withstood some of the worst working conditions in America. Above ground they dealt with brutal mine guards and a mine guard system that controlled the politics and economy of the region.

In 1921 mountaineer families from the nearby hollows, African Americans from the Deep South, and immigrants from places like Hungary and Italy all came together to fight for the right to unionize and basic constitutional rights. From August 20 of that year, miners began rallying at Lens Creek , approximately ten miles south of West Virginia state capital of Charleston. Estimates of total numbers vary, but on August 24, between 5,000 and 20,000 miners began marching from Lens Creek into Logan County. Many of the miners were armed. Continue reading “What Went Wrong, America? 2/2”

What Went Wrong, America? 1/2

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Most Everything, Actually

Why is the United States, allegedly the richest, most-advanced country on earth, so out of step with the rest of the first world? Why does a significant part of its citizens live on the streets in cars, tents or cardboard hovels? Why are prisons occupied by an unnatural preponderance of people of color? Why are its gun homicides off the chart? Why are its elections so dubious and its religions so militant and mercantile? Why is such a wide swath of the population without health care? Why is the economic inequality so grotesquely pronounced there? What gives the American behemoth the right to impose–or try to impose–its will on any sovereign nation it pleases? Why does the United States need 800-1,000 military bases around the world? Why is the country controlled by a fiendish cohort of industrialists and financiers, headed up by a lowbrow President who was actually elected? Why doesn’t somebody do something about all of these glaring anomalies? They’ve done it in the rest of the First World. What went wrong with you, America? Continue reading “What Went Wrong, America? 1/2”

Un-Brainwashing America

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Lorenz’s Goose Eggs

Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989), the Austrian physician and zoologist who shared the Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1973, hatched a clutch of greylag goose eggs as a young man and found that the newly-hatched goslings “imprinted” on him and would follow him wherever he went as if he were their mother. He later found that they would imprint on whatever they saw moving during a “critical period” after they emerged from the eggs. In goslings that period is from 13 to 16 hours after hatching. That’s how Lorenz became “mother” to a series of baby geese and ducks in subsequent years. He also found that this surrogate motherhood was indelible. Once the little birds had “learned” that the naturalist was their mother there was no “un-learning” it. That might explain why Lorenz often appears in photographs followed by a gaggle of geese. Continue reading “Un-Brainwashing America”

Democracy Ain’t What It Used to Be

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Wikipedia: The shell game (also known as thimblerig, three shells and a pea, the old army game) is portrayed as a gambling game, but in reality, when a wager for money is made, it is almost always a confidence trick used to perpetrate fraud.

A Burning Bush on the Way to the Dentist’s Office

One day I’m walking to the dentist’s office  and I notice the bold bronze letters glowing over the door of a Granada University building: “Facultad de Sociología y Ciencias Políticas.” That was when it finally hit me. The traditional base elements of democratic politics–idealism, honesty, goodwill, life, liberty and the pursuit of the happiness of the citizenry–have been substituted for sociologized “political science.” The essence of western democracy has been downgraded to pandering to the lowest common voter, by means of numbers, statistics and opinion polls. The modern political model, which the United States has exported all over the world, calling it “democracy,” is no longer about noble ideas and the struggle for human rights, equality and citizen well-being.  It’s about opportunism, not idealism, as the leaders of the Free World would have you believe.

Abraham Lincoln would not recognize his country’s governors today. Continue reading “Democracy Ain’t What It Used to Be”

We Were Wondering…

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These are the hollow men. They are the stuffed men. Leaning together. Headpieces filled with straw.

How Do American Governments Justify Their Questionable Actions?

Although the Americans in charge regularly resort to “American exceptionalism” and other familiar formulas to justify their belligerent solutions both at home and abroad, Europeans and other people from the world outside the United States have a lot of questions for the government and the people of the world’s only superpower regarding those “solutions.” Thanks largely to that exemplary American hero, Superman, we all agree that superpowers should be used for good, and that evil should be left to the likes of super-villain, Lex Luthor, and other characters of his ilk. At least that’s the theory. As usual, the reality is somewhat different… Let’s take a look together.

How Do Americans Live with Their Own Government?

How does one of the world’s greatest countries–historically, economically, technologically and militarily–the home of some of the world’s most prestigious seats of higher learning, manage to elect a government made up of its worst elements semi-literate accountants, speculators and rednecks, ultra Christian zealots, racists, militarists, hypocrites and other assorted sociopaths, headed by an uncouth, unlettered and unprincipled President and backed by packs of extreme right-wing billionaires and industrialists promoting their own sinister agendas?

Virtually none of these eminent American leaders have any consideration for the wellbeing of the people who elected them, preferring to favor with all their government initiatives a cynical, opportunistic and affluent sector of American society–the notorious “one per-cent,” not to be confused with the 1% sector of unruly motor-cycle club members who might actually be considered a better class of people insofar as they only rough up their fellow citizens individually or in small groups. And they have yet
to provoke a mortgage crisis or major bank bailout. Continue reading “We Were Wondering…”