Rollin' Like Sisyphus

The Obligatory Arrogance Of Laying Waste To A Wasteland

Posted in Our Simple Affirmative Action President by Huckleberry on September 24, 2014
Boots on the ground.

Boots on the ground.

When the Founders of this country set to the task of cobbling together the foundational charter we colloquially call a Constitution, foreign policy was that part where a chief executive made sure bigger countries than ours didn’t ruin commerce and trade for our citizens. A noble intent, but it didn’t last much past the war of 1812.
Now, foreign policy is managing political concerns against the prospect of lobbing millions of dollars of ordinance at thousands of dollars of enemy infrastructure before declaring a nominal and perfunctory victory over an enemy that never threatened the national interest in any way, shape or form.
This mad tableau provides an ever-ready distraction from the larger issues that pose an actual danger to the national interest but for which the lobbing of millions in ordinance is either ineffective or counter-productive or, worst of all, precipitous of even larger dangers in the offing.
All of this is to say that because a couple of world wars leveled the developed world of the first half of the 20th century, Our Nation, Dedicated to the Proposition of Puttin’ a Boot in Yer Ass (aka the Toby Keith Doctrine) developed a multi-pronged establishment that sought to wage wars subliminally under the surface of Public Attention, and out on the periphery of American Influence, Because Communists, then Because Narcotrafficantes, then Because Militiamen, then Because Terrorists, now Because Other Terrorists.
True, history is rife with empires that shaped the world to their interests, but the key difference is none of them, not a single one, made any bones about being an empire; ask your Congressman about the nature of his Imperial influence. After he’s done looking that up in Websters, he’ll tell you that you’re crazy and to get the Hell out of his office.
The point is, he isn’t going to get a slice of some far-away conquered land because only empires conquer far-away lands. In the Imperial Model, this is where the wealth was, in conquering and pillaging and, well, new land.
For Pax Americana, however, the wealth comes as soon as the first kickbacks on the defense contract clear.
For Jefferson, American influence ended at the borders; for the Roosevelts, it ended at the Horizon; Kennedy said “fuck that, we’re going to the Moon” and that worked out swell except somewhere along the line, while the outer limit of our influence balloned beyond the stars, the inner limit is no longer concerned with prosaic concepts like “borders” and “sovereignty” and “stopping Mexican rape-gangs at the Rio Grande” so just lay back and think of England.
Just ask Scotland how well that works out.

* Editor’s Note: Yes, I’ve had a few, so if this post goes no where, I take full responsibility.


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  1. El Borak said, on September 24, 2014 at 18:22

    We want a kinder, gentler empire.

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