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The U.S. Empire and ISIS: A Tale of Two Death Cults


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The U.S. Empire and ISIS: A Tale of Two Death Cults

Glen Ford

President Obama is a master of military supply and demand. His operatives and allies supply jihadists with enough weapons, financing and, in the case of Libya, a Euro-American air force, to plunge vast tracts of Africa and Asia into bloody chaos, thus creating a demand for intervention by the planet’s only “indispensable” nation: the United States. It’s a diabolical formula for fomenting hell on earth, driven by a simple logic: Since the U.S. is superior to the rest of the world ONLY in military terms, Washington finds its ultimate advantage in turning the whole world into a battlefield.


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Now, that's telling it like it is! Your article and concise analysis is awesome. You show that you are someone who understands that clear thinking can definitely arouse a whole lot of passion, unlike those who work the other way round and seem proud of it. Many thanks


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It interesting that Ford mentions that the U.S. has only one strong 'suit', their military. This is accurate, but now that the world is about to extract its last remaining barrels of oil, it may prove impossible to wage war anymore. The entire military industrial complex depends on oil and at the current growth rate of oil consumption, we're only one generation away at best before the "Age of Oil" comes to an abrupt end. The problem then is "how will America ensure their military dominance with a rapidly disappearing fuel?" If the U.S. doesn't plan properly for the disappearance of fossil fuels, and every indication so far says that it is unable and/or unwilling to do so, the U.S. will suddenly find itself militarily impotent. This will also occur at a particularly bad moment in human history as the world will struggle to feed itself without the benefit of machine powered farm equipment and transportation. This should be reason enough to impeach the entire U.S. Congress for gross mismanagement of the economy, but instead they keep marching on. Our children and our grandchildren are in for a rough ride ahead as we have proven incapable of reversing the evils of corporate fundamentalism.


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"Flintlock"? That's like the system addicted to empire militarism wringing its hands and screaming, "colonialism, colonialism, the fix, give me the fix !!"
gambling: 'the fix is in';
admonition on waste: don't fix something that's not broken';
drugs: 'the addict needs a fix'
others?
No wonder this mindset engages in 'profiling'.
A profile is not 'seen' when you look a person or a situation straight on / straight in in the face with full recognition.


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"President Obama is a master of military supply and demand. His operatives and allies supply jihadists with enough weapons, financing and, in the case of Libya, a Euro-American air force, to plunge vast tracts of Africa and Asia into bloody chaos, thus creating a demand for intervention by the planet’s only “indispensable” nation: the United States."

Strange that we have the TRILLIONS to wage war all over the planet, but can't feed our children, can't take care of the soldiers that have fought these wars, and are too broke to provide a decent life for our senior citizens! I want our elected terrorist/jihadists to go to Paradise TONIGHT!


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excellent analysis america is the most evil reigning death and killing millions read war is a racket we need bernie and elizabeth not war mongers the ilk of another bush or clinton. wake up america.


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military industrial complex and banksters our pillaging american wealth and using wars one after another till they leave america for next empire. history replaying over and over we need real change run bernie and elizabeth. my country needs you now!


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I think we are pobably are, as you say, one generation away from the end of oil.

And yet in daily life there is only acceleration:-

  • Big cars, SUVs that never leave the tar
  • brand new freeways
  • new car parks
  • cars parked on suburbia's pedestrian walkways forcing the few remaining pedestrians out onto the road
  • government funded busses with only a single passenger
  • a people across all age groups who are becoming less and less willing to walk.
  • drive-in commerce that no longer caters fro people arriving on foot.
  • supermarkets and other business that think you are a theif if you have to wear a back pack.

There has to be some point when the acceleration stops and the motor cars and traffic begin to become less. But I have yet to see the smallest sign of this. I wonder when I could witness the beginning of the end of the oil age?


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Might want to check their history a bit...


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I am sick and tired of disloyal bastards calling the U.S. a death cult!

We ARE NOT a death cult!

We're a wealth and power cult. The deaths are incidental.


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Space cadet said sensibly:

The problem then is "how will America ensure their military dominance with a rapidly disappearing fuel?" If the U.S. doesn't plan properly for the disappearance of fossil fuels, and every indication so far says that it is unable and/or unwilling to do so, the U.S. will suddenly find itself militarily impotent.

Simple. The US military Juggernaut will simply steal oil from civilian sources. That's what happened in Iraq. Suddenly ten percent of US oil needs came from confiscated Iraqi State Oil fields. That's almost what happened in Iran too. Haliburton, was already illegally sucking natural gas out of Iran in violation of sanctions. I imagine how it went was this: Give us your oil/gas or here comes the US Army. Haliburton then charged us $400.00 a gallon for gas delivered to the troops in tents to run their air conditioners.

Keep in mind, that the US Navy and the US space command is nuclear, and doesn't need much oil. I fail to see how the U.S. will ever find itself "militarily impotent" as you put it. Also, untapped oil sources exist that have more oil than Saudi Arabia. One example is the South China Sea. It's not a matter of no oil, as further deposits exist in the formerly frozen North Pole and probably Antarctica. It's a matter of Oil company explorations costs/profit greed.

But if we drill baby, drill, the atmosphere and the oceans won't be able to absorb all the CO2 and we all fry.

I'm going to die no matter what. And Homo sapiens is going extinct, no matter what. That is the lesson of Paleontology: No species has ever dominated the Earth for more than a few million years, and Homo sapiens is not going to be the first!

What bums me out is that all this is happening much faster than predicted. And Hansen, et al, never factored into their doomsday clocks the massive heating of the globe produced by world war.

Bleak Future. Glad I saw the world before it started falling apart. Before the bushmonkey assumed powers the President did not have, and has now passed them on to a President who thinks he's a Caesar.


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Please Common Dreams, more Glen Ford. This guy gets it!

In the above picture, you are looking at the real axis of evil that are the stooges for the Amerikan Empire's world wide vested interests.


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Ah, in the hall of mirrors,our military dictator surrogates stare at our terrorists, anyone notice that Sisi is ISIS backwards?


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"The deaths are incidental," you say. I think the favorite term is "collateral damage."


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And still bicycle-unfriendly communities, including the people who will steal your bike,
because they can't find a better job- "We just don't have the money."- Obama's answer in 2010
to "Why don't we restart FDR's jobs programs, the WPA and CCC?"
But we have the money to bail out Wall St. and pay to continue Bush's wars, and start new Imperial
wars, even risking nuclear war over Ukraine, according to Gorbachev. Search: "Climate Precipice" and
"Climate Elephant".
Two corporate parties- threatening the whole planet! Don't get fooled again!
(Build the Green Party-PLEEEZE!) Jill Stein's running again; check her interviews over at RealNews
Network.


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Paradise? I don't think they'll make it!


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Americans are starting to learn, perhaps thanks to alt-info via internet. The Dem's loss in this past
election shows that more people "get it" about 1% controlling everything; that it's not democratic.
Time to replace this inhuman economic system- That's the real definition of Revolution. And most of
us are not bloodthirsty, but the Corporate Empire has shown its propensity for violence in the millions,
soon to be Billions? - As we slowly cook the planet and disrupt most of our ecosystems.
There is always a lag period before people figure out what to do, and then do it.
It's time to let people know that we DO have an alternative- the non-corporate Green Party. In such a
party, we can debate capitalism vs.socialism, among other things. We will be among our brothers and
sisters, hopefully not silenced or manipulated by the official stance of the Demagogic and Repugnant parties in favor of (drum roll and heavenly strings and pipe organ:) "Free Enterprise".
Just watch out for infiltrators like COINTELPRO gave us, who encouraged animosity among ourselves,
encouraged the use of violence -to discredit our movements, and coaxed people back into the
corporate parties. Peter Camejo wrote a good pamphlet: "Liberalism, Ultraleftism, and Mass Action",
favoring the power of the majority -mass action.
We have a world to gain- or lose.


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Axis of ignorance, not evil. Let's stop using religious terms. Religion is for fools. Wise people don't need any religion and are free of religious craziness.


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The failure of the United States to develop into a postmodern knowledge-based society (managed by a technocratic meritocracy which in turn is overseen and controlled a complex democratic apparatus) is the main reason the superpower will decline in coming decades, and rapidly at that.

Instead the United States has become a vengeful plutocratic oligarchy with low educational standards, destructive attachments ot myths of individualism and shackled by contemptuous forms of Christianity.

The casual cruelty of the leadership and the wide support from the populace is most disheartening.

The educated middle class has lost power and it looks like that loss may be permanent. The great error made by the progressives took place in the 1970's when they abandoned collective national action through the Democratic Party in favor of single issues associated with identity politics, the environment and personal growth. Achievements in identity politics are worthless when the ideology of the state is being converted into that of a corporate fascist entity bent on using force to achieve its objectives.