Empire of Disaster


At what point does the ability of an empire to mask the imbecility of its operation to its own subjects become impossible? When, if ever, does its capacity to conceal, deny, or falsify the reality of its policies and actions simply break down and fail?

It may not. And it doesn’t seem to matter.

Louis XVI kept a hopeful public face nearly to the scaffold. Churchill vowed not to preside over the demise of the British Empire, but then did it, orating earnestly as it crumbled around him. Hitler kept the Nazi invincibility myth vital as Russians lustily tore the guts out of it from Stalingrad to Berlin.

Is it possible that the wildly out of control Smash and Destroy program of the American Empire–hayseed parochial, resolutely world-ignorant, and jejeunely conceited–can continue its undirected idiot thrashing indefinitely?

The evidence indicates it can. Having inflicted rape and degradation on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and now Syria, American hubris has strung end to end a succession of the most disastrous military adventure failures–on any terms one chooses–in the history of the world.

So enormous, so abysmal, have these disasters been–for the poor violated victim peoples as well as for morally torpid, braindead Americans whose money and future have been wasted in exercises in state mass murder–that official mouthpieces rarely mention them, as if countries, effectively destroyed, no longer exist. The whole world knows this gigantic failure.

But that’s the real deception. This series of bloody farces has been an unqualified success for the interests that own the Empire, for whose

benefit the appalling mayhem was devised and executed. America’s War Machine has profited to an extent that no victorious imperial army in history ever approached, financed by the fleecing of our stupid, spellbound citizenry.

Schumpeter described this phenomenon best long ago: “Created by the wars that required it, the machine now creates the wars it requires.”

There has been no disaster, only enrichment, for the owners of the system.

That’s why the Empire can weasel, stammer and lamely alibi the rocketing and murder of a hospital full of Doctors Without Borders and their bedbound patients while whiningly admonishing the Russians for punishing “moderate” jihadi throatcutters in such a violent and effective manner.

It’s also why Obama–in a patented piece of pratfall comedy–can attempt to persuade a bemused, sophisticated diplomatic audience at the UN, that he has any actual policy in Syria at all, and that he–steeped and reeking in noisome, signature fraud–represents the moral center of the human universe.

Absurd and repulsive as he is, it doesn’t matter to his owners, in the War Machine and the dummy government it operates. He’s their boy, and his “folks” are doing mighty fine, thank you. Nothing in war profiteering has succeeded like failure.

Besides, why fret about exposure when accountability is never demanded? And who would demand it? The Exceptional, The Indispensable People..? LOL, as they say on their iphones: We’re Number One!

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Paul Edwards is a writer and film-maker in Montana. He can be reached at: hgmnude@bresnan.net

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