A new FRONTLINE special from director Michael Kirk explores how the Bush administration’s reaction to the September 11th attacks led to America’s deadly and costly wars……
A new FRONTLINE special from director Michael Kirk explores how the Bush administration’s reaction to the September 11th attacks led to America’s deadly and costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and changed domestic U.S. politics for generations to come.
The film touches on themes first expounded in the seminal article:
An article on The Guardian Website today features an interview with with Drew Elder, who served 18 years in the Royal Regiment of Scotland, including in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He makes a good point:
“He said: “I wasn’t surprised to see the Taliban take over. Most people there are either supportive or scared of them.”
The Scot, who now works as a truck driver, feels jaded about the UK’s involvement in Afghanistan. “It’s a pointless episode. It feels like, what was the point? I don’t see why we were there in the first place. We have a lot of cheek to go and fix another country when our own country’s broken; the national debt, politics is a shambles. Everybody lies, it’s just who lies the least.”
Here is how that article ended. On reading these paragraphs, you may understand that what I have to say about the USA and what comes next after Afghanistan might be worth listening to:
“There is a shadowy group in existence that has a plan…….
They need a man to help them wrestle control from the coming pluralistic order, one who isn’t seen by the majority to be beholden to the elite interests and privilege of yesteryear. A man who will do what has to be done without worrying about being politically correct, or even for that matter, correct in any way at all. A man who has no problem in lying through his teeth and is so polished at lying he can get millions to not worry that all he is, in fact, is a liar through and through. A man who knows that after decades of being lied to, a large swathe of the U.S. electorate don’t believe anything they hear anymore anyway, so it matters not what the liar says as anything is more believable than someone in ‘insider’ politics who is supposed to be pretending to tell the truth.
A man who would willingly utilize the media platform of an individual who has been engaged in the dissemination of untruths on a massive scale which have served to obscure further the truth behind some of the most critical issues of our time.
Donald Trump, a man who would befriend Alex Jones and in the process Jones would throw under the bus all his previous moral platitudes in return for vain-glory and increased revenues.
Could Alex Jones Infowars be a tool that has been slowly paving the way for a time when it is necessary for dissent to be fomented, in order for a popular political uprising to deliver a less democratic form of power into the hands of some very unsavoury characters? With all the unsavory characters that seem to swirl around the infowars brand, could there be a plot akin to the failed 1934 fascist Business Plot coup attempt to overthrow the Roosevelt administration?
And if there is a fascist plot being hatched, will there be a Smedley Butler to save the day?
Alex Jones, a man who cries freedom of speech and then supports a presidential candidate who supports closing down parts of the internet to achieve his objectives. Alex Jones, a man who reported widely on and derided the CIA for their extraordinary rendition and torture program and now supports a presidential candidate who extolls the virtues of torture and thinks the U.S. needs to go even further in its use of it.
Alex Jones, a pied piper at the gates of hell, ready to lead the unwilling – who knows, perhaps even you – into the valley of darkness, into the abyss.”
USA: No Longer The Worlds Policeman
You may think having the troops home from Afghanistan is a great achievement. It was Trump, of course, who started the pullout en-masse.
It is Biden of course, who has made a hash of ending things there, with Trump helping line up the disaster for him.
But if the U.S. military is no longer policing the world, who is it going to police?
How are all those politicians who are in favour of diverting so much of the U.S. taxpayers hard earned cash into the pockets of military contractors going to keep their campaign coffers full of war lobby dollars?
Furthermore, how are these warmongers for cash, these prostitutes of Mammon, going to retain their seats at the table of power?
Here is what I predicted in that article may happen when the chickens come home to roost about how it has conducted itself on the world stage since the end of World War II:
“We would be foolish to believe that they will give up power so easily. Those who have no respect for democracy outside their own borders when it does not do their own bidding, will have little respect for democracy within their own borders when it fails to meet and further their own ends.”
With the end of foreign military adventures and a hole blown in their ability to coerce right wing voters with jingoism and false patriotism – with the shift of demographics making it harder and harder for them to make political headway – pretty much the only option the Republican party has to gain and retain power is the lie and the boot.
And how long will it be until the demographics have shifted so far that it makes a Republican victory only a vague possibility?
Do you think if they regain power they are going to allow that inevitability to occur?
Why do you think there is a Republican rush for voter suppression?
Once they are back in power they will have the knowledge of Trump’s efforts to dismantle democracy both with misinformation and violence, and a country tearing itself apart at the seams as it tries to make sense of three quarters of a century of military misadventure.
Add to that an education system and cultural ecosphere that actively works against promoting critical thought in it’s population, and a military sitting around scratching it’s ass, then well….
……you have what I believe is called a tinderbox. And as we all know, the devil makes work for idle hands.
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