Saturday, September 26, 2009

Military Muscle



...Nice Presidency you've got there, sir. Be a shame if somethin' were to happen to it...



...or...

...oops, did one of my medals poke you in the eye? I'm sorry about that Mr. President.



In his post, Happy Junta Grounds:Militarist Machiavellis Maneuver for More War, Chris Floyd doubts that Obama is having buyer's remorse over the war in Afghanistan, but that is really the only difference of opinion he has with Tom Englehardt's How to Trap a President into a Losing War.

Floyd includes this excerpt,
If McChrystal and his allies get their way, we’ll have deployed over 135,000 troops to Afghanistan — on top of the roughly 130,000 troops still in Iraq — for the purpose of rounding up fewer than a dozen bad guys. Daffy Duck and Wiley Coyote could come up with a better strategy than that. Our military leadership and its supporters are a thundering herd of buffoons whose only real objective is to keep the cash caissons rolling and the gravy ships afloat and the wild blue budget sky high.

Floyd follows with his own observation,
And to keep the power, privilege and dominance they have come to exercise over our society -- a position of rulership to which they now feel entitled, and which whole generations of Americans are now growing up to believe is the natural order of things.

Then Floyd points to Gary Wills' recent piece in The New York Review, Entangled Giant and excerpts this indictment,
The monopoly on use of nuclear weaponry, the cult of the commander in chief, the worldwide network of military bases to maintain nuclear alert and supremacy, the secret intelligence agencies, the entire national security state, the classification and clearance systems, the expansion of state secrets, the withholding of evidence and information, the permanent emergency that has melded World War II with the cold war and the cold war with the "war on terror"—all these make a vast and intricate structure that may not yield to effort at dismantling it. Sixty-eight straight years of war emergency powers (1941–2009) have made the abnormal normal, and constitutional diminishment the settled order....

Can we really go on pretending that the United States is a Constitutional Democracy?

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