Think back to the year 2000. Bill Clinton was leaving office and Bush II was campaigning against Al Gore. But think about how you felt, how your family felt, how your friends felt. This nation, this world was not nearly on the razor’s edge like we are today, like we have been for the last four years. Whether you liked Clinton or not, he was an accepted and in most cases a respected figure. From every objective measure, he left the nation in pretty good shape. We were not hated around the planet. We had very good trade relations. We had very good diplomatic relations. Oh, and he presided over record budget surpluses….remember those? Even after the Lewinski scandal, he left office with approval ratings that matched those of other most respected presidents like Ronald Regan and Dwight Eisenhower.
What happened next? Al Gore was elected president by the American people, then the election was stolen by a corrupt and fraudulent 2000 election where Jeb Bush and the Republican party of Florida engineered election and vote fraud that miscounted and manipulated popular votes to give Bush the win. The scheme took two trips up to the United States Supreme Court and the court, unwilling to assert the courage and leadership that would have set off a full-blown Constitutional Crisis were complicit in the Deal With The Devil that saw the Democrats conceding the election to the Republicans, and both working out a power sharing arrangement of mutual protection and benefit. Any real disputes over substantive matters impacting corporate, industrial or financial interests were to be mediated by the parties, the public and voters relegated to backdrops, actors in a script where the ending was pre-determined.
So what occurred since 2000? The United States decided that all the world’s problems, along with problems that had not yet manifested, would be solved not with math or science or medicine or diplomacy or leadership, but would be solved exclusively through sheer, brutal, skin melting, rubble creating force. American might and global superiority would be projected not through reason and leadership and diplomacy, but with bombs and carrier strike forces and land invasions.
Immediately upon inauguration, the corporate interests that developed the neo con blueprint pushed aside our nation’s military leaders and these civilian Pied Pipers built the military their corporate projections and strategic plans mandated. Did threats in the world exist? Of course they did, but those threats were magnified and many more were invented by a corpratacracy that viewed our military as a profit center. Our military leaders were only too happy to oblige, the shiny toys and new missile systems and unlimited budgets were intoxicating, impossible for our nation’s soldier leadership to ignore and impossible for them to reject. And so they approved every battlegroup and strike force and weapon system whether it was configured to fight a legitimate foe or not.
Was the world a dangerous place in 2000? Yes, but it is decidedly more dangerous now. Because we all participated in the single greatest peacetime expansion of a military force in mankind’s. Since 2000, we raged war from one end of this planet to the next. When enemies did not exist we fomented and stoked them, creating them in an image and configuration that was suited to conquest from the military apparatus we built.
Was the entirety of the middle east hell bent on destroying America in 2000? Did the young men and women, the families, the tribes of this vast desert region wish bloodshed and misery and pain and suffering on Americans? No. Did the ancient texts of the Muslim faith demand that they rise up to destroy their Abrahamic brothers and sisters? No. Remember of course that Muslims, Jews and Christians all share a common ancestry. Consider the alternative script described in our shared texts and history was not one of conflict and Armageddon, mutually insane destruction, but of harmonization and unity.
But this enlightened path was not consistent with the strategic and policy goals of this nation and no, I’m not talking about the figurehead government, the theater placed before us to give us an illusion of control or input or participation, I’m talking about the combined corporate oligarchy that is in fact the driving force, the unchallenged chairman, CEO and Managing Member, the Supreme Leader of this delusion called democracy.
God help us all.