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Monday, June 30, 2008

Paying the Piper

The Aragon was a cock-up, the Yank said.
No artillery, no plans, no timing, no leaders,

everybody running around like rabbits

--
from Moment of War, Laurie Lee (1991)


To compare terrorism with an all-encompassing

ideology like communism and fascism is evidence

of profound confusion

--Sen Joseph Biden [D-DE]

(from "Republicans and our Enemies")

Where's your shame

You've left us up to our necks in it

--Changes
, David Bowie
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The true-blue cheerleaders of the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) are right about one thing: they do want to destroy our way of life. Except the "they" are members of the National Command Authority to include partisan lawyers justifying the Dr. Jekyll nature of U.S. policy.

Two of the worst of the worst, David Addington and "puling scrivner Yoo" (as beautifully embodied by fellow blogger FDChief here) recently testified before Congress to little fanfare. Two men who should raise the righteous ire of any self-respecting Democratic member of Congress, raised nary a whimper.

What is changing our lives and destroying our freedoms are the actions and inactions of our elected leaders. Our lives are being diminished by federal operating deficits in excess of $500 billion per year, the punishing costs of elective phony wars, the skyrocketing price of oil and gas and all that devolves from that and the price of everything rises due to the devaluation of the dollar, the inevitable result of a broken consumer economy. One figure guaranteed not to rise anytime soon is the average paycheck or subsidy allowance.

The threat to the U.S. is not posed by terrorists. The threat is posed by willful ignorance by all players of the ugly issues facing our boy-in-the-bubble societal mindset, or as Steve Pearlstein in WaPo called it, our "mirage economy." Forget Iraq and Afghanistan -- who will pay the piper when the jig is up?

Those regions will both survive without our beneficence. They function as costly distraction, much as the pathologized member of a triangulation functions in a family system. The war hawks can project and focus the ire of a population on The Other for a time, but eventually, when the floor drops out from beneath them the citizens will notice.

Most still accept the long war paradigm vis-a-vis current conflicts, but an even bigger problem is that our national planners are anticipating future wars of the same nature. Even usually lucid Senators Joseph Biden and Richard Lugar of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee say we need "a new national security act," that gives the U.S. a diplomatic and civil administrative strike force capacity, ready to move into "Iraq-type conflicts as the military is to cope with hostile forces" (Foreign Policy's Best Hope.)

The U.S. must focus on the welfare and survivability of our nation before spending irreplaceable deficit dollars on pipe dreams.

Viewed another way, don't invasions and forced regime changes mean we hate them and want to take away their freedoms and change their way of life? U.S. policy does to them what Bush says they want to do to us. "I know you are, but what am I?" Does this make adult sense?

Such a sham; such a shame. Our combat might enable elections in theatre, but without any meaningful democratic features. Theirs is a government of flunkies, minus country or national consensus or identity. Maybe that is why our confederacy of dunces declare all is going well -- it is a case of narcissistic identification.

Our armies are fomenting hatred and embitterment that cannot be quelled with palletized greenbacks or ballot box props.

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11 Comments:

Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

any "elections" held in iraq, or afghanistan have all the credibility of the elections just held in zimbabwe by mugabe.

of course, if he was sitting on top of oil that motherfucker'd be toast by now.

Monday, June 30, 2008 at 11:33:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

The worst enemies are always internal. The foreigner can only conguer (which the patriot can resist - the worst he can do is kill our body). The traitor, the like of which the smirking, lying lawyers Addington and Yoo should be considered worse than the Original Benedict Arnold, destroys from within, stealing the soul and the meaning of our nation, perverting the good and legitimizing the evil. Traitors and the henchmen of the traitors paste a leering grin over the pcckmarked face of Wrongdoing, wheedling us with the cozening carnie's voice that it's not wrong if the President does it, is it? That Real Nations torture and hide their enemies in secret prisons, c'mon, it's what We Have To Do...

The traitor conquers in such a way as to make resistance pointless: the nation is so changed that the very object of resistance is the toxin.

WASF

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 6:59:00 AM GMT-5  
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Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 8:40:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Chief,

Again, in response you send shills with the clarity and force of your words.

These men are traitors and henchmen of traitors, perverting our nation.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 9:38:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Chief,

Amend.:

I inadvertently wrote "shills" for "chills," but we are talking of shills when we talk of the seducing carnie's call, aren't we?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 9:58:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

FD Chief, i'm not so sure they stole our souls, it appears to me that we gave them away to slick talking fear mongers. in so doing most felt they were buying safety from the bogey man .
We've not lost our souls as much as we've lost direction.we ignore historical implications and long term trends here in amurica.From the know nothings to the america first movement there is a consistent thread in our political thought.ie;are we leaders or do we fit into the international community. are we a nation of law and order or do we revert to barbarism at a simple threat like al q.
imho the greatest threat to the health and welfare of the world community is not nukes in the hands of iran nor in the hand of terrorists which seems to express americas greatest fear BUT RATHER the nucs in the hands of idiots like bush/cheney and cohorts.i never thought i'd ever reach the point that this would be my belief.people like addington and yoo compound my belief and fears.a fearful nation will pop nucs and we are there-fear is our national product.fear and elective phoney wars.
chief, i really wish that these words wouldn't have to utter from my mouth.i wish i could speak sunshine but thats not where its at. jim

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 10:06:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

MB, mugabwe would be burnt toast- on both sides. jim

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 10:10:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

let us not forget that the most significant cases in the nuremburg trials were those of lawyers and judges who gave the color of law and authority to some of the nazi's worst excesses.

yoo, and addington, and ashcroft, and a host of other minions and underlings would have been convicted in a post war germany.

too bad they are getting off scott free and much richer in today's america.

it will be a lasting shame, not on them, on us.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 1:37:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Mr.Natural said...

You have got one fine blog here. What a crying shame these things are even necessary, eh?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 9:52:00 PM GMT-5  

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