The United States has become war-addicted. Since the Korean War, it has been permanently at war, with the Communists in Southeast Asia, with Balkan aggressors, with Central American leftists, with Colombian drug growers, with Saddam Hussein (twice), with radical Islamists everywhere. I leave out Panama and Grenada.
War has become part of the national identity, as well as the national economy, which turns out more weapons and more military high technology than all the rest of the world combined.
At present, our newest war has hardly begun. We are sponsoring the Pakistan army’s drive to push the Taliban out of territory they have occupied in the northwest of their own country.
The push is on in Washington to send into Pakistan a shadow government of Americans, to show them how to run their country and their struggle with Islamic radicals. Under Barack Obama, we are also going to expand our civil presence in Afghanistan and, according to the press, we have in mind a replacement leader for Afghanistan. The U.S. clearly intends to be there for a long time.
Back in Iraq, sectarian rivalry is getting out of hand since the U.S. stopped paying the Sunni tribes to keep the peace. We’ll apparently be staying there for quite a while, too.This entire frigging country, starting with the president, every war-mongering politician and pastor, and going all the way down to the pimply-faced 17-year-old who can't wait to join the Marines so he can prove he's a "man," needs to get on a lifetime twelve-step program. Now.
Because they're all hopeless addicts.
I've truly come to believe that only some massive spiritual force will be powerful enough to save this country from itself. Not only are we intent on self-destruction, but we're also intent on taking everybody else down with us.
(Thanks to William Pfaff in "Truthdig" for the scoop of truth above.)