Posted by: quiscus | August 2, 2010

August 2, 2010

1.  “They Want Us to Know: On Conspiracies and Cover-ups

He then lays out the hypothetical question: if the reality of the 911 conspiracy were widely accepted by the American public, would they be capable of doing anything about it? Morrissey believes that at this point in history they would be powerless (that they lack the power to bring the culprits to trial or even impeach them). Which he contends is a powerful basis for demoralization and alienation.

Contrasting 911 with the JFK Assassination

He then contrasts the 911 conspiracy cover-up with the cover-up of the JFK assassination, in which years of advanced planning went into creating a fictional identity (as an unstable Marxist) for a US intelligence agent named Lee Harvey Oswald – and in which scores of witnesses were murdered and evidence secretly destroyed and/or fabricated.

In the case of 911 there was very limited – a few fictitious cell phone calls from a high altitude that weren’t technologically feasible in 2001 and some clumsily forged bin Laden videotapes. The government made no attempt to conceal that they were destroying evidence at Ground Zero – they simply loaded all the twisted steel onto trucks and shipped it to Long Island to be melted down into something else. The 911 Commission was more of a whitewash than a true cover-up.”

2.  “The Myths That Made an Empire

From the late 1940s to the end of the Cold War, U.S. presidents interceded everywhere in the world in an effort to contain or to defeat the USSR. No country was too small for the United States to believe its alignment with the Soviet Union would be pivotal to American safety, freedom, or prosperity. For the first time, America began to devise a foreign policy for every nation on earth, be it Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Nepal, or Fiji. And this attitude prevailed when no one would have dared an offensive war against the United States—at the height of its power, the Soviet Union flinched in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Two unassailable orthodoxies drove this hyper-interventionism. First was the belief that the national security of the United States was dependent upon the vitality of democracy in foreign lands. Second was the notion that a global military presence, with its ability to ensure international stability and access to resources, was indispensable to economic growth. Both orthodoxies are patent nonsense, yet both continue to dominate American thinking.”

3.  “US Military Lies About July Iraq Death Toll

4.  “The Twenty Years War

The Twenty Years War is only the latest manifestation of a recurrent American tendency: the “errand to the wilderness,’’ to use the Puritans’ phrase, in which we (European-origin Americans) would tame and subdue the savages of the wilderness, extract its bounty, and remake it in our own image. This errand took us across the North American continent, and when that was ours, we grabbed for the global frontier — often in “savage wars’’ — in the Pacific and Asia particularly.

The Iraq venture is very much in this spirit. While the lure of oil is obvious, Iraq also appeared as a hostile frontier of US-led globalization — alien, “backward,’’ resistant — which presented all the ingredients of what cultural theorist Richard Slotkin calls the Frontier Myth. The urge to extend “freedom’s empire,’’ the depiction of Saddam and indeed Arabs more broadly as savages, the bounty of oil, the attempts to reshape Iraq’s politics, economy and culture to our liking; all these objectives fit snugly in the long narrative of American globalism.”

5.  “Israel Has Crept Into the EU Without Anyone Noticing”

6.  “Hans Blix’s Stalinist Rewriting of History

Far from being anti-war heroes, UN weapons inspectors paved the way for the bombing of the ‘bastards’ and ‘moral lepers’ of Iraq.”


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