Veni, Vidi, Tweeti - An Obituary For The Republic | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Veni, Vidi, Tweeti - An Obituary For The Republic

What dreamers they were! They imagined a kind of global power that would leave even Rome at its Augustan height in the shade. They imagined a world made for one, a planet that could be swallowed by a single great power. No, not just great, but beyond anything ever seen before — one that would build (as its National Security Strategy put it in 2002) a military “beyond challenge.” Let’s be clear on that: no future power, or even bloc of powers, would ever be allowed to challenge it again.

And, in retrospect, can you completely blame them? I mean, it seemed so obvious then that we — the United States of America — were the best and the last. We had, after all, outclassed and outlasted every imperial power since the beginning of time. Even that other menacing superpower of the Cold War era, the Soviet Union, the “Evil Empire” that refused to stand down for almost half a century, had gone up in a puff of smoke.

Someday, if people ask the obvious question — not who lost Afghanistan, but who lost America? — keep all those failed imperial wars and the national security state that went with them in mind when you try to answer. Cumulatively, they had a far more disruptive role than is now imagined in toppling the dominos that sent us all careening on a path to nowhere here at home. And keep in mind that, whatever Donald Trump does, the Caesarian die was cast early in this century as the neocons crossed their own Rubicon.

Hail, Caesar, we who are about to die salute you!

Comments

The demise of most big empires seems to come from their own army

George

Not just what their army did (overextended itself), but from what this apparatus cost. The enemies, from which it purported to protect - the savages, terrorists, heathens, peaceniks, saboteurs - didn't play much of a role in the demise.

Guess which enemy blew up 1030 nuclear bombs in the US? None. The US military did, charging us $1.5 Trillion. What terrorist group would ever have a snowball's chance in heck to compete with this?

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