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  •  military not a policy making or enforcement machin (5+ / 0-)

    Last sentence in an article Why Washington Just Can’t Stop Making War
    The US 'Blowback Machine' and the coming era of tiny wars and micro-conflicts

    it is bummer not to be able to get our way in the world

    In terms of advanced and unchallenged military power, there has been nothing like the U.S. armed forces since the Mongols swept across Eurasia.  No wonder American presidents now regularly use phrases like “the finest fighting force the world has ever known” to describe it.  By the logic of the situation, the planet should be a pushover for it.  Lesser nations with far lesser forces have, in the past, controlled vast territories.  And despite much discussion of American decline and the waning of its power in a “multi-polar” world, its ability to pulverize and destroy, kill and maim, blow up and kick down has only grown in this new century.
    A Destabilization Machine

    Let’s start with what the U.S. can do.  On this, the recent record is clear: it can destroy and destabilize.  In fact, wherever U.S. military power has been applied in recent years, if there has been any lasting effect at all, it has been to destabilize whole regions.

    Wonders of the Modern World

    If the overwhelming military power at the command of Washington can destabilize whole regions of the planet, what, then, can’t such military power do?  On this, the record is no less clear and just as decisive.  As every significant U.S. military action of this new century has indicated, the application of military force, no matter in what form, has proven incapable of achieving even Washington’s most minimal goals of the moment.

    Making Sense of War in the Twenty-First Century

    Whether the U.S. military does or doesn’t last a few more years in Afghanistan, the blunt fact is this: the president of one of the poorest and weakest countries on the planet, himself relatively powerless, is essentially dictating terms to Washington -- and who’s to say that, in the end, as in Iraq, U.S. troops won’t be forced to leave there as well?

    •  Yet another parallel with torture (4+ / 0-)
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      PhilJD, Don midwest, TheMomCat, aliasalias

      Thanks for bringing this insightful argument.  In a comment upthread, I referenced Falk's argument that one-sided warfare shares a trait with torture that should make it equally abhorrent: both involve defenselessness of the victim with no threat to the perpetrator.  This comment points out that one-sided warfare as conducted by the US shares the other common argument against torture, that it does not accomplish its stated goals.

      We are left to conclude that the only thing accomplished by either torture or by one-sided warfare is the creation of fear.  We have seen backwards speak coming out of Washington for years now, with pols accusing their enemies of what they themselves are doing.  The "War on Terror" is an ultimate example of such reversespeak, with those purporting to protect against terrorism being themselves the terrorists.

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      Secrecy is a hot bed of vanity. - Joseph Brodsky They who have put out the people’s eyes reproach them for their blindness. – John Milton 1642

      by geomoo on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 11:08:07 AM PDT

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