The graveyard of empires

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger


They don’t call Afghanistan the graveyard of empires for nothing. Just ask Great Britain and Russia. It seems that the U.S. Empire, however, is bound and determined to prove that it’s the exception to that adage. No matter how bad things get for the Empire, U.S. officials become more and more determined to stay the course and let the chips fall where they may, including the possibility of economic and financial bankruptcy for the United States...

The anti-American American empire

Strike the Root
by Tony Pivetta


It may well be that nothing’s more powerful than an idea whose time has come, but a carefully cultivated Big Lie will invariably give that timely idea a run for the money. People know what they know. They know war brings prosperity. They know because ‘World War II got the U.S. out of the Depression.’ They know because the government schools told them ‘World War II got the U.S. out of the Depression.’ Beyond that, they know because of what they see. They see the manufacturing might of the military-industrial complex (MIC). They see it employing land, labor and capital. They see its technological sophistication. They see the high-paying jobs. They don’t know what they don’t see...

The myths that made an empire

The American Conservative
by Bruce Fein


Two unassailable orthodoxies drove [Cold War US] hyper-interventionism. First was the belief that the national security of the United States was dependent upon the vitality of democracy in foreign lands. Second was the notion that a global military presence, with its ability to ensure international stability and access to resources, was indispensable to economic growth. Both orthodoxies are patent nonsense, yet both continue to dominate American thinking...

How to dismantle the American empire before this country goes under

by Andrew J. Bacevich


No doubt the case can, and probably will, be made that the obligations of global leadership demand that the United States take on the problems besetting Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, much as it has addressed those besetting Afghanistan and Iraq. Little evidence exists to suggest that such efforts are likely to have a positive effect, however. No evidence exists — none — to suggest that U.S. efforts will advance the cause of global peace...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The U.S.-Made Mess in Somalia

By Gwynne Dyer

The U.S. decision in 2006 to send Ethiopian troops into Somalia was one of the stupidest moves in a very stupid decade. This week, some of the chickens spawned by that decision came home to roost.

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