Thursday, December 4, 2008

Continuity Error: Guts, Goo and Obama's Imperial Dream
Art: BySilent

Written by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque

Barack Obama's new "national security team" is a grim conglomeration of war criminals, warmongers and apologists for torture and empire who have been praised justly by some rightwingers as a continuation and validation of the Bush Regime's foreign policy. But despite the growing unease these choices have induced in some "progressive" quarters, they in no way constitute a "betrayal" on Obama's part. He has always made it abudantly clear that he stands squarely on the side of a militarist empire – expansive, dominating, brooking no challenge or hindrance to its actions or its preeminence. An empire conceived in bloodshed and dedicated to the proposition that no nation is created equal to the divine American state, whose "interests" – as self-servingly defined by whatever faction of the ruling elite holds temporary sway in Washington – must be pursued at any and every cost. A cost to be paid, of course, by the lesser breeds beyond the Homeland's borders, and, increasingly, by the American people themselves.

This is the philosophy that has guided American foreign policy for decades; it is the philosophy that has guided it during the Bush Administration; it is the philosophy that will guide it in the Obama Administration. Obama has made this clear, once more, with his "national security" appointments. But he has not betrayed us. He has indeed brought the promised change – a change in the faces that will mouth the required pieties when the next small child is beaten into a steaming pulp of guts and goo.

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  1. "They made us many promises, more than I can remember--they never kept but one: They promised to take our land and they took it!"

    Red Cloud

    (1822–1909), leader of the Oglala Sioux Indians; Indian name Makhpiya-luta. He opposed, in what became known as Red Cloud's War 1865–68, the U.S. government's attempts to build forts along the Bozeman Trail in Wyoming and Montana.

    To update Red Cloud's saying, just add in the terms money and freedom and you'll get an understanding of what we're up against.