Empire in the Post Cold War Nuclear Age

Barack Obama was in large part awarded the Nobel Prize for his stated determination to clean up yet another mess that he chose to be handed. The mess of thousands of nuclear weapons floating around after the Clod War.

Apparently the price of doing that right now is continuing the American Empire and continuing killing people who have never done anything to us and never will or would.

Afghanistan is after all, at this point, just a huge, costly and deadly cover story for the CIA to try to “secure” Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. Nothing more, nothing less. We certainly don’t care about the Afghan people, since we have been killing them and locking them in Bagram for eight years.

Which brings us to perhaps THE worst legacy of George and Dick’s Bogus Journey into Empire. After all the torture, all the completely innocent dead in two countries, all the children and future children deformed by the depleted uranium we spread around so casually, it may seem tough to settle on that title of ‘worst.’

Until you consider what has been created in the name of the American Empire, given the absolutely terrifying history of the CIA. Because we no longer have four branches of the American military, we now have five.

The CIA is no longer a spy agency, it is now a covert army, encapsulating a covert navy, a covert air force, covert combat units…and of course, drones that can kill anyone, anywhere in the world, without them knowing it is coming until they are already dead.

This is the same CIA that constantly lies to Congress. This is the same CIA that has gone rogue so many times it makes Palin look like the poseur she is. This is the same CIA that indirectly created the regime in Iran that we are now fighting and directly helped to create the Taliban and Al Qauida, the same CIA that smuggled cocaine into the United States to pay for the weapons we shipped to Iran in exchange for hostages, the same CIA that now has some measure of control over the worlds largets opium crop.

Due to its mobility, lack of accountability, penchant for complete and lethal idiocy and getting little stuff like whether countries have massive amounts of WMD or not absolutely WRONG, there is only one thing nearly as scary as the thousands of loose nukes in this world…and that is the agency that is now tasked with the covert invasion of Pakistan to secure them.

The American Empire can now project a nearly invisible army to do its bidding anywhere in the world, and the only evidence it leaves behind is a trail of dead wedding parties.

The American Empire was bad enough when we could see the destruction it semi-indiscriminately spread around the world, but now not even Congress gets to know what the American Empire is doing….if the CIA doesn’t want it to.

Welcome to the new world of covert Empire. And just imagine the possibilities.  

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  2. maybe we should round up the others?

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  3. In paragraph one.  If it’s phrasemaking, I kind of like it!  : )

  4. with Cheney condoning it all on from his home ten minutes walking distance from the CIA Headquarters.

    Covert activities are going on right now, in Pakistan, in  Jeremy Scahill’s, “Blackwater’s Secret War in Pakistan Revealed”

    An elite division of Blackwater* plans targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan. And everyone’s denying it.

    At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch and grabs” of high-value targets and other sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan, an investigation by The Nation has found. The Blackwater operatives also assist in gathering intelligence and help run a secret US military drone bombing campaign that runs parallel to the well-documented CIA predator strikes, according to a well-placed source within the US military intelligence apparatus.

    The source, who has worked on covert US military programs for years, including in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has direct knowledge of Blackwater’s involvement. He spoke to The Nation on condition of anonymity because the program is classified. The source said that the program is so “compartmentalized” that senior figures within the Obama administration and the US military chain of command may not be aware of its existence. . . . .

    *elite division of Blackwater?  Hummmm? (my words)

    Coincidentally, Cheney for 2012?

    A new group wants former Vice President Dick Cheney back in the White House. The organization – “Draft Dick Cheney 2012” – launched on Friday, and unveiled their new Web site. Their aim: To convince the former vice president to seek the Republican presidential nomination in the next race for the White House.

     

    • TomP on December 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    after being at the Big Orange where, for far too many, war and empire are positive goods if, and only if, Barack Obama does them.

    The empire is costing people homes and jobs at home.

    Hope and Change were a great ad slogan.

    • jamess on December 3, 2009 at 3:54 am

    til the black ops CIA, delivers Obama,

    his abu ghraib,

    or his first Black Water massacre —

    Can’t wait to see the tap dancing then.

    Maybe he we learn the meaning of the words,

    ‘you break it, you own it’  then.

    and maybe he finally learns,

    the real meaning of “humility”?

    or perhaps even, “arrogance”?

    let’s hope so.

    • banger on December 3, 2009 at 4:58 am

    It’s a truly global empire of the global elite. The U.S. just furnishes the military because its people are the stupidest on earth. The European governments like this Prez because he’s making it more international and shunting the  Texas crazies aside. They believe they can rule the world. BTW the paranoid ravings of the right about world government are right. I admit it — those guys saw it coming — they just had no idea how it was going to happen or who the perps are.

    • banger on December 3, 2009 at 4:58 am

    It’s a truly global empire of the global elite. The U.S. just furnishes the military because its people are the stupidest on earth. The European governments like this Prez because he’s making it more international and shunting the  Texas crazies aside. They believe they can rule the world. BTW the paranoid ravings of the right about world government are right. I admit it — those guys saw it coming — they just had no idea how it was going to happen or who the perps are.

  5. …”Follow the money!”  But now we can say,

    Follow the…

    trail of dead wedding parties.

    Imagine the possibilities — the wedding cakes, the champagne, the…

  6. NYT, drones

    The White House has authorized an expansion of the C.I.A.’s drone program in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas, officials said this week, to parallel the president’s decision, announced Tuesday, to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. American officials are talking with Pakistan about the possibility of striking in Baluchistan for the first time – a controversial move since it is outside the tribal areas – because that is where Afghan Taliban leaders are believed to hide.

    By increasing covert pressure on Al Qaeda and its allies in Pakistan, while ground forces push back the Taliban’s advances in Afghanistan, American officials hope to eliminate any haven for militants in the region.

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