I wonder if somewhere in the labyrinthine bowels of the US government, there resides some grand scheme. A sort of Schlieffen Plan that by design, must fail. Though it must be followed…because it exists. Perhaps it is a Rube Goldberg-esque contrivance of alien intelligence unfathomable by the tiny ganglions residing in our thick skulls. A process from which all of this country’s ceaseless global flailing aligns in the final thrash. Like a random Rubik’s cube that turns solid on the last twist.
I doubt it. Though if true, we may be assured of an unpleasant solution.
Though just to imagine the breathtaking consumption of lives, property, wealth, and stability in our wake. America, the Great Entropy Machine.
Because life is short, some examples of just recent vintage…
* Drone strikes in Somalia, Pakistan, and Yemen.
* Frothing to attack Syria, Iran, and Russia.
And of course the grievous results of our interminable occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan. And for those who have yet been spared…Hey, we’re gonna get you too.
And so it is with the resignation of fate that we now watch the first unwinding of those great misadventures in Iraq. Afghanistan will, of course, return to nature some few months after our departure–if not sooner.
But in the fertile crescent…
And now, world’s wealthiest ululaters. Hopefully they will not discover how many congressional seats those funds will purchase.
Though surely there’s someone in this miasma America can bomb? Let’s ask a seasoned statesman, Marco Rubio:
As much as it may be popular, declaring wars over prematurely and playing down the threats posed by hardened terrorists has not made us safer. It has made us less secure. After significant sacrifices in American lives and financial support for the future of the Iraqi people, we have squandered the gains in that country. We need to ensure our assistance programs to Iraq are adequate to deal with the threats to their stability.
Who’s “us” senator? Could Iraq could use a few million hard-working hispanic laborers? Though it’s really quite amazing. No sense of circumspection. No reflection as to the cost/benefits. Just the certainty that nine years, 4,500 lives, and $2 trillion wasn’t nearly enough.
And so we have Africans swarming through the debris of Libya en route to Italy. We have a Syria-turned-abattoir producing only corpses and future Swedes. We have a remade Iraq: from a secular Sunni-dominated state into a soon Sunni-dominated caliphate. We threaten Russia, we threaten China, we threaten Iran. We deploy American troops and military assets everywhere in the world…but America. We bomb, we break, and we are hated for our freedoms. For America to intervene, there is no conflagration too large, no squabble too small. If you like your traditions, we’ll provide new ones. We turn conflict into chaos.
And we do more of it before 9:00am than most dictators do all day.