This article on Newsweek is a must read. The article talks about something I have said dozens of times over the last few years: The World is no longer in a Cold War. During the Cold War the United States and the Soviet Union found it safer to engage one another indirectly through the use of pawns. They would create little monsters and have those monsters do battle with each other. This served to build the economy of the United States at a rapid case (Trickle Down Economics anyone?) by giving the USA Military Industrial Complex and excuse to spend crazy money on defense. With the fall of the USSR their monsters ran free and started thinking for themselves. Welcome to the modern world. What Now?
This leads us to why the USA has declared war on nebulous things since the fall of the USSR such as Drugs and Terror – things with no actual country of origin and thus endless spending opportunity. I could delve into the countless conspiracy theories existing today on the US government manufacturing threats etc, but that goes away from the point of this article. The Point here is that the world is not where the US left it during the Cold War. Threats don’t work any more. Sanctions are BS because nobody upholds them. Basically nobody gives two shits about what the Imperialist US Government really thinks any more – and for us, Americans, to think otherwise is totally blind folly on our part. There is no war, on terror or anything else. There is just people around the world that want America out of their business, and our government hanging on to policy they created to spend money on defense to prop up a failing economy.
We were on top of the world once and it wasn’t because our military – it was because of the melting pot we had combined with amazing resources, most of which we have squandered, and a will to produce lighter, faster and cheaper. Now we are just then world’s largest consumer market packed with the fattest culture on the planet, and some argue in history, and we are grasping at straws to keep it.
What a sad thing we have become.