I Dumped my Political Girlfriend

After a lifetime together with her (I’m 50), I dumped my political girlfriend. I’m in the United States, so there are only two girls. One’s named Democracia. She’s the one I dumped. The other one’s Republiana. I don’t want her either.

Republiana is a war mongerer, an enemy of everything decent in humanity, a destroyer of worlds, economies, societies, cultures, including our own. Democracia is all of that, AND a remorseless and skilled liar.

Somehow Democracia convinces people that she’s not a war mongerer, not a destroyer of worlds, economies, societies, and cultures. But here’s some truth (the truth), http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176227/ >>>

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Special Ops, Shadow Wars, and the Golden Age of the Gray Zone

Posted by Nick Turse at 7:49am, January 5, 2017.
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Don’t think the fad for “draining the swamp” began on the campaign trail with Donald Trump.  It didn’t, although the “swamp” to be drained in the days after the 9/11 attacks wasn’t in Washington; it was a global one.  Of course, that’s ancient history, more than 15 years old.  Who even remembers that moment, though we still live with its fallout — with the hundreds of thousands dead and the millions of refugees, with Islamophobia and ISIS, with President-elect Trump, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, and so much more?

In the never-ending wake of one of the most disastrous wars in American history, the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, it’s hard to imagine any world but the one we have, which makes it easy to forget what the top officials of the Bush administration thought they would accomplish with their “Global War on Terror.”  Who remembers now just how quickly and enthusiastically they leapt into the project of draining that global swamp of terror groups (while taking out the Taliban and then “decapitating” the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein)?  Their grandiose goal: an American imperium in the Greater Middle East (and later assumedly a global Pax Americana). They were, in other words, geopolitical dreamers of the first order.

Barely a week after 9/11, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was already swearing that the global campaign to come would “drain the swamp they live in.”  Only a week later, at a NATO meeting, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz insisted that, “while we’ll try to find every snake in the swamp, the essence of the strategy is draining the swamp [itself].”  By the following June, in a commencement address at West Point, President George W. Bush would speak proudly of his administration’s desire to drain that swamp of “terror cells” in a staggering “60 or more countries.”

Like Washington for Donald Trump, it proved the most convenient of swamps to imagine draining.  For the top officials of the Bush administration launching a global war on terror seemed like the perfect way to change the nature of our world — and, in a sense, they weren’t wrong.  As it happened, however, instead of draining swamps with their invasions and occupations, they waded into one.  Their war on terror would prove an unending disaster, producing failed or failing states galore and helping to create the perfect atmosphere of chaos and resentment in which Islamic extremist groups, including ISIS, could thrive.

It also changed the nature of the U.S. military in a way that most Americans have yet to come to grips with.  Thanks to that permanent war across the Greater Middle East and later Africa, a secretive second military of startling proportions would essentially be fostered inside the existing U.S. military, the still-growing elite forces of Special Operations Command.  They were the ones who, at least theoretically, would be the swamp drainers.  TomDispatch regularNick Turse has long been following their development and their increasingly frenetic deployment globally — from, as he reports today, an already impressive 60 countries a year in 2009 to a staggering 138 countries in 2016.  Those special operators would train and advise allied armed forces, while launching raids and drone strikes against terrorists across a significant part of the planet (including, of course, taking out Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011).  In the process, they would be institutionalized in ever more ways, even as the terror groups they were fighting continued to spread.

Perhaps you could say that they didn’t so much drain the swamp as swamp the drain. Today, as we approach the new era of Donald Trump, Turse offers his latest report on their rise and possible future. Tom

The Year of the Commando

U.S. Special Operations Forces Deploy to 138 Nations, 70% of the World’s Countries

By Nick Turse

That’s an intro. There’s more detail in the article here: http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176227/

Republiana comes right out and tells you all this. You can make her your girlfriend if you want; you know what you’re getting. Democracia gives you exactly the same thing, plus, she constantly punches you in the face with lies about humanitarianism. She’ll beat you in the face until you accept that you can’t see truth right in front of your eyes.

Those are the two options in the United States.

I’ll take a third option: none.

Regarding the face beating, Caitlin Johnstone lays it out crystal clear here

You Are Already Currently In A Media War — Start Fighting Back!

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An excerpt from Caitlin’s article:

Like it or not, you are at war. Your nation’s unelected power establishment has been waging an aggressive, destructive psywar upon you and your countrymen throughout your entire lifetime, and it’s getting more and more brazen in its psychological assaults as the public gets more and more access to new media. This is happening whether you fight back or not. Refusing to engage in the media war against the deep state propaganda machine is not refusing to get into a fight with a bully, it is allowing yourself to be punched in the face over and over again by a bully who is already currently fighting you.

View story at Medium.com

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