Over at Common Dreams is an exceptional post on exceptionalism, that clinging delusion that drives the chaos in today’s world. This from Bernard Weisberger, also a collaborator with Bill Moyers & Co.
But why us alone? That cued the final trumpet flourish. “That’s what makes America different,” said the president. “That’s what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.” Pleased as I was with the outcome and its sequel so far, I couldn’t help thinking of George M. Cohan’s remark that “many a bum show is saved by the American flag.”
As one is tortured by the tiresome rhetoric of the Obama lot and the exceptional legislators of bellum eternum, the comforting vision of Prof Frankurt’s classic essay beckons. But for a salutary lapse in the Administration’s reckless zeal for war, death and destruction would have been by now inflicted on the people of Syria and their neighbours, with those predictable consequences so blithely ignored by the intended beneficiaries.
And thanks to the lapse, the civilised world has recently learned of the bona fides of an ‘established and much quoted Syria expert’ , Dr Elizabeth O’Bagy – neither PhD nor expert. Indeed, the Judith Miller du jour – but now without the media orchestrated ‘Shock and Awe’. What a difference a moment of sanity makes. Of course, there is the question of the profitable need to replace and modernise weapons; and there is that ‘enemy’, and just like Hitler.
With humility. Exceptionalism. An illusion.
Foreign policy of the United States, as written by The Bard, William Shakespeare
“…I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er…”
Even with ‘no boots on the ground’…
Members of the British Parliament recently reflected the will of their voting constituents by voting against the obsession of the country’s leaders to join the US on yet another obligatory overt rampage. Last time its PM got such a comeuppance was in 1782, and the nuisance then was a renegade colony, US. [In all this urgency for death and destruction from some Western politicians no mention is made at all about peace in Syria, or even the region.]
To assume such a democratic procedures to take place in the US would suggest self-delusion. Once upon a time, many US law makers consigned the term, ‘french fries’ to the dustbin of history. Yes, yes, these are the same people who arbitrarily recommend which countries should be invaded or attacked to inflict death and destruction or its leaders deposed or worse. French dressing would meet the same fate. And derision would have little impact, after all who really has weapons of mass destruction.
In a nutshell, with a woefully inexperienced and self-absorbed President and advisors of similar sterling attributes the folly of staving off imperial collapse by wanton death and destruction continues to go unrecognised as the inevitable occurs – in slow motion. Read the rest of this entry »