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The Privatization of U.S. Foreign Policy


The Privatization of U.S. Foreign Policy

Paul Pillar

The unethical blurring of private interests and public business is a hallmark of Donald Trump’s presidency. That blurring has increasingly involved U.S. foreign policy. The possible effects on U.S. foreign relations may be subtle and largely out of public view.


The USA is following the pattern of other failing empires by emphasizing “foreign threats” in order to keep people’s minds off their rapidly declining living standards. One side religiously gets news from Sean Hannity and the other from Rachel Maddow, propagandists for their respective parties and promoters of the empire. The rest of the world is correct when they view the USA as the biggest threat to world peace.


Reminds me of when Clinton was renting out the spare bedroom in the White Hoise.


Disagree only in that empires always use “foreign threats” as the rationale for their behavior regardless of whether they have reached their “imperial overstretch” yet.

The US emerged from World War Two as the preeminent superpower but immediately trumpeted the Red Scare as the next enemy to justify the military Keynesianism of a permanent wartime economy, the codification of a national security state through the 1947 National Security Act and subsequent legislation (the geniture of the “deep state” that has the right wing clutching its pearls today), and, by 1950, the blueprint for the “rollback” of communism in general and the Soviet Union in particular with NSC-68, although that got an early preview with the use of two atomic bombs on Japan that were completely unnecessary for the defeat of Japan but were an effective way to show the Soviets that the US held the “master card” (to use Secretary of War Henry Stimson’s phrase).