Eastasia’s Getting Awfully Big

Sheesh, just when I was complaining about this war business again, with the existing two already lost the righties have picked out a neighbor or two to toss on the pile, and from the looks of it, Pakistan’s already on top.  It was an awkward revelation when a dozen Americans were killed (and possibly a few Blackwater types, too) in Pakistan by the Obama Administration’s incursions there, at the very moment when every righty worth his “defense” industry largesse was barking and pointing at Iran, something like dogs after a Milk Bone.  A wonderful cartoon could be made of their reaction.  Like dogs, the neocons don’t really care, since they find all wars pretty tasty and don’t care about the origin of its meat products, as long as its dark meat.  And the Blue Dogs, conciliatory as they are to the discerning nature of righty appetites, will then decide that since Democrats picked Pakistan for ourselves, it’ll only be fair to give the Republicans some Iranian chew toy, maybe nuke-flavored.

Also.

Basically, much of the Washington establishment has decided that, despite the deficits they howled maniacally about two minutes ago, a few more wars should be immediately undertaken, minus any help from gay and lesbian service members, of course, and paid for by the elimination of Medicare and Social Security.  Well, that would be nice indeed, and who could complain, but isn’t two lost wars enough?  These things do run up, just like the credit card bills they are, and consumers can only watch one war at a time on their notorious flat screens (that they’re still paying off at usurious interest) and wonder that the Administration that told them a few days ago that the  government had to “tighten its belt” just like everyone else also still seems open to an extra war or so.  Sarah Palin runs around regurgitating gobbledlygook about “common sense,” but somehow common sense is never understood as reticence about starting wars; common sense means something about old people working until death, which minus Medicare, will at least be sooner.   Common sense also seems to mean that ordinary people are willing to sacrifice their futures and a decent life at home for a never-ending parade of Imperial ventures abroad, which only further aggrandizes its proponents as it exacerbates the shocking disparities in wealth and power Americans have come to accept as the “Free Market.”  In what free market, pray tell, would everybody be shopping for Predators and SAMmies?

With all the wars, war provocateurs like the CIA and NSA, weapons, and other police state bloat (excluding the equally disturbing and lavish militarization of local law enforcement) we’ll easily spend a trillion in one, ONE, year on wars even if we don’t start any more of them, which seems at this point unlikely.  This leads me to the inescapable question for which I have no ready answer:  as a people, as a society, what the fuck is wrong with us?  We step over homeless in the streets, we watch neighborhoods deteriorate under waves of foreclosures, and yet we gape in amazement and envy rather than anger and demands for justice at the astonishingly small cadre of people who have so obviously robbed us all blind.  The Republicans offer them tax cuts, and the Democratic Administration appoints them to its economic team, and lo and behold, a lot of people on both left and right end up unnervingly angry.  The answer?  Let’s have another war; if you can’t find a job, I hear Blackwater’s a pretty good place to work.

Admittedly, if those were my policies and record, I’d probably punt like that, too, and have done so routinely in nightmares from which I’ve awakened in a pool of sweat.   If I were Obama, I’d probably have Palin envy by now, and if I were a Democratic congressperson, I’d be as nervous as a whore in church.  The only thing the Dems have going for them at this point is the Republicans, and they’re stupidly tossing that overboard to get their war on, or at least let their righty fringe do so.

CHNN NEWS FLASH:  People do not want to hear about any more wars, declared or undeclared, nuclear or no, until the current two stop costing trillions.  Media, please make a note of it.

14 Comments

  1. timothy3 says:

    A question for the ages

    as a people, as a society, what the fuck is wrong with us?

    And I mull it over daily. That old expression “the lunatics have taken over the asylum” used to be kind of amusing, a half-clever bon mot, but this billowing, planet-covering belligerence is simply mad.

    Just this morning I had the misfortune to run across Daniel Pipes political cure for Obama who, in this madman’s view,

    “needs a dramatic gesture to change the public perception of him… preferably in an arena where the stakes are high, where he can take charge, and where he can trump expectations”:

    Such an opportunity does exist: Obama can give orders for the U.S. military to destroy the Iranian nuclear weapon capacity. [...]

    Just as 9/11 caused voters to forget George W. Bush’s meandering early months, a strike on Iranian facilities would dispatch Obama’s feckless first year down the memory hole and transform the domestic political scene. It would sideline health care, prompt Republicans to work with Democrats, make netroots squeal, independents reconsider, and conservatives swoon.

    It makes me long for the days when, ala Dr. Strangelove’s Gen. Turgidson’s

    Sir, you can’t let him in here. He’ll see everything. He’ll see the big board!

    we ridiculed with edgy darkness the maniacs who were driving the bus.
    Now? Too much silence.

  2. cocktailhag says:

    Pipes was on Thom Hartmann saying exactly that; not that the war was necessary or would accomplish anything, but it would be good optics. In the post W era, we no longer even pretend that wars are anything but TV shows put on for political gain.

  3. Ché Pasa says:

    Common sense also seems to mean that ordinary people are willing to sacrifice their futures and a decent life at home for a never-ending parade of Imperial ventures abroad, which only further aggrandizes its proponents as it exacerbates the shocking disparities in wealth and power Americans have come to accept as the “Free Market.”

    We’re descending back into the Dickensian Nightmare of the British Empire at its Apogee. Reflect: all the places being “done” or on the list of the to-be “done” are former outposts of the British Empire that went bad as it were or where the Imperial Project never really took in the first place. And the most stalwart allies and clients in the endeavor are former British colonies themselves.

    Today it is the Yemen (which back in Imperial British days was known as Aden). Today it’s Pakistan. Which was a restive part of the Jewel in the Crown, India, back in the day. Today it’s Afghanistan, never entirely subdued by the Brits, you know, and needing a good swift Anglo-American kick in the groin just because. Today it’s Somalia, which also did not submit prettily to their New Imperial Overlords when they had the chance, and which now needs to learn that lesson they didn’t learn properly the first time around.

    Iraq was, after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, assigned to the British to reduce to Civilization, a project that had to be set aside due to the recalcitrance of the Natives and Other Matters, like the Depression and WWII, which unfairly intervened in the Good Works of Empire. So, it is back being Civilized. Iran was a client state of the British under the Shah an Shahs, and a very lovely client it was, too, Isfahan being one of the most delightful destinations of the British globetrotters. Egypt and the Sudan were parts of the Empire. Palestine, without Israel. Transjordan.

    It’s been a process of reassembling the shattered remnants of what once was, and making it work this time, with Americans in charge, but at much more cost to the American People than the British yobs had to pay, and their costs were insane.

    It’s a Do-Over.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Ah, but the British did send some of their “best and brightest” for Imperial Duty; we just pay through the nose to have Halliburton and Blackwater scrounge up the world’s ne’er-do-wells for that job. The British also succeeded for a time; I don’t see that happening now.

      • Ché Pasa says:

        Your Empire Done Right!®

        From 30,000 feet it looks like it’s all being prepped to hand over to the Chinese when the time comes to pay the… erm … piper, anyway.

        Brush up your Mandarin.



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  4. Yes, we’re all looking over there, toward the East which used to be red, and now, it seems, is turning green with a little crescent moon and an AK-47 on it, but the old style of U.S. imperialism, United Fruit style, continues to roll happily along — out of sight, out of mind.

    While we’ve all been chanting our hatred for Eastasia, Oceania has once again been steamrollered into submission. Just like Theodore Roosevelt before them, Hillary and Barack put on their best Cheshire Cat grins and publicly deplored the deplorable, while yet another elected President was hustled off the stage at gunpoint, and the state next to the state run by the most hated man in Latin America was turned overnight into an American fortress and aircraft carrier.

    Yeah, that Chavez sure is a crazy motherfucker, thinking we’re out to get him and all. And Zelaya? Hell, he was a Commie too — serves him right for wanting to conduct a national referendum. Fuck ‘em.

    One of these days, and it won’t be long, they’re gonna find terrorists in Stockholm and Oslo, in Paris and in Brussels. (I tell you what, though. If we’re gonna invade Bordeaux, I might actually sign up. And while they’re rounding up everyone at the mairie, I’ll head straight for Chateau Margaux. Even the Nazis understood the value of living wie Gott in Frankreich (Like God in France.)

    • cocktailhag says:

      “One Day,” Electronic, 1996….. That song popped into my head as I read your last paragraph:
      “One day and it won’t be long,” is the beginning of the chorus. I just listened to it and it improved my mood as I contemplate this revolting topic. What annoys me the most is that the whole strategy is so counterproductive; suddenly pissing off the US becomes that new status symbol across the globe, and the US answers this problem by throwing more bombs and credibility at it.
      Set up a few nicer torture chambers to win hearts and minds.

  5. mikeinportc says:

    Eastasia’s Getting Awfully Big :) Love the title. (& the rest that follows.) Unfortunately, a lot (most?) of the “deciders”, are more into Bond* than Orwell.

    During some hurry-up-and-wait time yesterday, the subject of the debt and deficit came up. I was the last to weigh in (I was still on the hurry part.) Brought up the $741B!, as nobody else did, or as it turns out, even thought of it . First response(call him PM) : *sigh*, Yeah,……. we’ll probably need it,… and more.”
    ( He’s for killng all Muslims, except those that renounce it. He doesn’t like Democrats, or politicians in general, bet recognizes that he , and the countries finances were better in the Clinton era . Doesn’t buy the St. Reagan myths either.)

    Me: ” That’s up from $527B, in one year! , and almost 50% over three years. It was $497B , two years ago . An obscene # ,by itself,IMHO.”

    Response(besides rolled eyes from others) PM :” Can’t cut off the troops.”

    Me : The troops? [Actually, I would like to cut 'em off enough, so that they'd have to stay here, until such time as we can whittle down the #s, but didn't have time for that discussion] You mean ‘profits’, and ‘contractors’? Somebody’s getting rich off it, and it’s not us, and it’s not them(“troops”). More like TARP, for military contractors.”

    Reply, from another quarter, (the 23 yr-old ): ” Better to fight ‘em over there, than over here.” ( Before you go there, he’s an Obama admirer with bad knees, who wanted to join, so not a typical chickenhawk.)

    I managed to stifle the derisive laugh that was coming out. Started in on that argument, but we had to get back to hurring up. Later, I got into the whole % of GDP,and Clinton-era #s with him . Looked interested, but not sure , might have just been humoring me. ?????

    The only one sympathetic to the anti-empire arguments is the semi-libertarian,teabagger-lite, Beck/Paulite.

    Point of all that ^ is, wft does it take to get through? I worry that it won’t happen in time, or at all. The

    * The World Is Not Enough

    • cocktailhag says:

      Basically, nothing gets through. War is our only glory, and its no longer even necessary to win, but only stay. Once the bar gets set that low, so many countries can jump it; all they need is a resource or two and a strategic location. Desperate people eat that up; I’ve no idea why, but the righties are clearly on to something.

  6. mikeinportc says:

    Btw,(just to brighten your day ;) ) over the weekend, we made a deal for the use of seven, or possibly ten, bases in Columbia . Why? Probably the real reason is to protect Occidental Petroleum*’s pipeline.

    Obama apparently has also helped(enabled) bring back an old tradition : death squads in Central America , in Honduras. They’r kidnapping, torturing, disappearing, and killing those that opposed the coup.

    *( a W. Clinton sponsor – The CEO was wishing for just such a thing, two ? years ago.)

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