can be seen, but is it—can it ever be—enough?
IF YOU LOOK BACK
through my posts (poor you, if you do) you’ll see how often I state that the United States of America isn’t a country, nor even a nation—it is an Empire. Complete with all the trimmings, too.
Take it or leave it we’ll move on, to a parallel universe person’s perspective on Mr Trump and his Establishment—
He has threatened to cut the F-35, a huge blow to Lockheed-Martin and hundreds of subcontractors; to pull US troops out of South Korea, a blow to the Empire; to end the wars, a blow both to the Empire and the military industry getting rich from them; to pull troops out of Okinawa, crippling the Empire in the Pacific; to start a trade war with China with a forty-five percent tariff of Chinese goods, threatening American corporations with factories there; and to chase out illegal immigrants, an important source of cheap labor to businesses. He has called NATO “obsolete,” when leaving it would be the death knell of the Empire; and threatened to establish good relations with Russia, when the lack of a European enemy would leave NATO even more obviously unnecessary …
What sense does this make–apart from money and power? Russia is an economically challenged nation of 145 million, less than half of Europe’s population and much less than half of America’s. Its economy is a small fraction of the combined economies of Europe and America. It is not on a war footing. It is not moving forces into position for an invasion. It is not mobilizing. To satellite photography, to NSA these things would be as obvious as leprosy on a prom queen. The Establishment would be screaming to high heaven if there were the slightest trace of preparation for war. The whole business is manufactured …
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So I am not the only loose cog in the clock.
He uses the word ’empire’, too. How dare he!
In 1964 the CIA was running various kinds of attacks against North Vietnam, without admitting it. Two intelligence vessels, the Maddox and the Turner Joy, claimed that they had been fired upon by the North. They had not, and if they had been it would not have been unreasonable since the United States was inserting teams of saboteurs into the north. The result, and intention, was to chivy America into wars which devastated three countries and lead to millions of deaths. It worked.
But in retrospect — who the hell cares? Only what’s left of the players and their descendants—the rest is entertainment* and agonised philosophising**.
an entertainer (of sorts)
It’s all history now—ancient waters under rapidly forgotten bridges and brief entries in yellowed log-books/reports (Custer who?).
TO FINISH WITH A QUERY:
On the topic of History … is it really exactly a hundred years since that great ‘War to End All War’?***
* John Wayne, Barry Sadler; Apocalypses and such-likes …
** “This must never happen again!” (Yeah. Right.)
*** One of ’em. They’ve actually had a few more since …