From the Inauguration Day letter Obomba left for Herr Trump:
“Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It’s up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that’s expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend.”
Alternately, one might tweak the title as ‘The Empire that Mistook Itself as Manifesting God’s Will to Rule the World’, or ‘…Mistook Itself as Divinely Ordered Judge, Jury, and Executioner’.
The notion came to mind after one of our neighbors had a stroke, and when released to his own abode, tried to drink from a flashlight. Aha! I told his sister: that’s known as ‘visual agnosia’; this is the simplest explanation:
Freud coined the term “visual agnosia” in 1891, using it to distinguish between perception and recognition. Freud’s term is still used today to refer to a neurologically based inability to recognize or identify familiar objects in the absence of a primary visual problem (i.e., acuity, brightness discrimination and visual fields are all intact), a psychiatric disorder, or other serious cognitive or intellectual loss (e.g., aphasia, alexia). Typically, agnosias are acquired disorders due to brain lesions (e.g., trauma, stroke, tumor, or carbon monoxide poisoning) that impair functioning of one or more higher order visual centers.
As for the bolded underlying causes, the collective ruling elites of the Western hegemon could easily be considered to be under the dictates and spells of any number of psychological disorders, including: narcissistic personality disorder with attendant God complex, delusional paranoia flavored with socio/psychopathy, etc.
Our Rulers have no inner lives they check in with, i.e. consciences, because: they know they were destined to rule, so there is no need to look inward, is there? Pax Americana™ ended with Herr Trump’s rule, according to the New York Times. (Sorry for the non sequitur.)
Many modern historians believe that the roots of the Imperium actually began in 1776 with a major aim of the Revolution being to keep slavery alive. But let’s look at the present threats of the Empires’ war on so many fronts, shall we?
Nikki Haley at the UN: “North Korea is begging for war!” Never mind, Nikki, that you might consider ‘Why North Korea needs nukes and how to end it’, from b at MoA, but in the end, it’s more pleasurable to try to drink from a flashlight powered by Bombastic War Drums. No, it’s far better to say “We’ve talked enough, now all options are on the table!” It seems that even South Korea has followed your lead…for now and of course Japan and other allies flying in intimidation formations over the Korean Peninsula.
But there’s clear evidence that both Russia and Iran want war…
…including with their proxies in Syria, but ooopsie, didn’t the NYT just utter that Assad in Syria has won…something? Maybe the astroturf ‘civil war’ will end soon? Cuz hell, there any number of ‘security threats to Amerika to move on toward, including WTF, Venezuela? So chug a few mouthfuls, Nikki, and take another selfie with your BFF tax scofflaw Bono, then see if George Clooney of the Council on Foreign Relations board might stop by for a selfie, too. Because there’s always South Sudan to liberate from Amerikan Hegemony gone…juuuust wrong enough.
Consider ‘The cynicism of Nestle frontman George Clooney; A “human rights advocate” at the intersection of imperialism and greed’ by Club des Cordeliers a year ago’; it’s seriously worth the time to consider his Tweeted history. If memory serves, he’d done his dissertation on the many evils of Nestle.
At the beginning of September, the Head Cheese of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, announced that “…the world is at its most dangerous point in a generation’ and warned of converging threats as Russia mobilises estimated 100,000 troops on EU’s borders, as a nuclear crisis grows on the Korean peninsula.” Never mind the militarized ‘readiness’ exercises (read: threats and warnings) afoot in the South China and Black Seas, over the Korean Peninsula, nossir. Those nations are threatening war on the Imperium, one revanchist, one simply maniacally nuts, two threatening a unipolar world, and must be stopped; all options are on that Increasingly Large Table, as Our Rulers and their lackeys slurp from that same flashlight of bellicosity, white phosphorus, depleted uranium, but surely not really…nukes?
Now given that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to grasp the fact that the permanent War on Terror™, ‘successful’ regime change operations, and their resultant occupations of Muslim Holy Lands is exactly what triggered the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, it would be all too easy to say that the hegemon knows exactly what it’s doing…for profit and fun, but in any event, the key principle always circles back to Gawd’s Manifest Destiny and the Export of Democracy (for the few). Do they collectively sense that this Empire is fast approaching its sell-by date, and are thus even more dangerous? The rest of the citizens of the world seem to see it so, don’t they?
From Dahr Jamail:
“Authors of a report titled “Body Count: Casualty Figures After 10 Years of the ‘War on Terror,'” told Truthout the numbers of dead in Iraq and other countries the US had waged war on since the events of September 11 had reached “genocidal dimensions” and “could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely.”
In Afghanistan alone, well over 31,000 civilians have died violent deaths from the war, and uncounted numbers have suffered — and continue to suffer — from wounds and health impacts and being unable to get treatment or assistance.
Afghanistan, already a war-ravaged country, has been made even more difficult to live in by the US occupation, which the US has just amped up again by sending nearly 4,000 more troops. Issues like lack of sanitation, extreme poverty, lack of basic healthcare, pollution and malnutrition have all grown worse, not better, with the US presence there.
So, has the so-called War on Terror succeeded? Even if we take seriously the criteria by which it was propagandistically sold to the US public, as well as the rest of the world, the answer must be a resounding “no.” The Global Terrorism Index revealed that, as of 2014, there had been a fivefold increase in global terrorism fatalities since 9/11.”
But moar from Obomba’s ‘secret’ inaugural day letter to the orange-haired one:
“First, we’ve both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It’s up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that’s willing to work hard.”©
Ah, yes: the Capitalist Manifesto and Mantra:
“A few years from now, strange as it may sound, we might all find that we are hungry for more capitalism, not less. The simple truth is that with all its flaws, capitalism remains the most productive economic engine we have yet invented.”
~ Fareed Zakaria
Yes, more wage slaves to rob and plunder are just what Capital requires; for those unwilling to work hard enough for success, there are always debtors’ prisons, dissident prisons, or welfare and other social safety nets. Oh, wait; not any longer, hello, Bubba Clinton, but maybe just slow death by hunger, toxic water, food, and air…or addiction or suicide, of course. ‘We’re starving in a handful of gluttons; we’re drowning in their gravy spills’, ~ Buffy Sainte Marie
At the same time, socialism cannot stand! Not in See-you-in C.U.B.A., not in the global south, especially in Venezuela (will Peru be next?). Better to strangle Bolivarism with anti-government CIA-driven street protests, economic sanctions that will end up in a sincerely ‘failed state’, trigger a military response, and support of Amerikan neoliberal puppets, eh?
“Together with the nuclear madmen, they will rain poisonous death upon us all unless we stop them. Remember: to be a contemplative is to be an outlaw. Don’t divorce resistance from contemplation; they are married for life. Joy and suffering are their children.”
~ Thomas Merton
Sure, there are increasing moves to create a multi-polar world, but those burgeoning efforts are for another day.
Borrowed Stolen from ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat’ by clinical neurologist Oliver Sachs, RIP, of course.) ;-)