The commanding heights in the US have become a self-service store for the powerful. It is not clear whether the various clients of the US self-serving store are necessarily in conflict with one another - some may be, others not. Only consider that the Goldman Sachs -Treasury-Fed self-aggrandising clientele represents a coalition of beneficiaries not necessarily at odds with other parasites, say, from the military-industrial complex.
But, one thing is clear: America is being robbed by her powerful, and the populace has absolutely no way of stopping the multi-pronged onslaught, being half deluded about the nature of the problem, half hapless, and still too comfortable and already much too effete to put up meaningful resistance or just care for providence.Following up on Who Controls America's Military (1/2), I once again recommend a piece by Jeff Huber.
In the peroration of his Stan McChrystal's Flying Circus he writes:
Our war on terror never really had much to do with terror. The neocons, who wrote the template for the foreign policy collision with the brick wall of destiny that we are presently on, merely wanted to turn America into a 21st century version of ancient Rome. Like Rome, we are about to become captives of our Praetorian Guard, our military elites, the likes of Stan McChrystal and his mentor Petraeus and their puppet boss, Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
As renaissance political scientist Niccolo Machiavelli noted, the ascendency of the Praetorian Guard caused the fall of Rome. As he noted in The Art of War, the Praetorian Guard became “insolent and formidable” and “put many emperors to death and then disposed of the empire as it pleased.”
We’re at a perilous point in the American experiment. Unless Obama can get control of our Praetorians, our republic will become, once and for all, a militaristic oligarchy. That would sadden our founders no end.
Make sure to read the entire excellent piece, and judge for yourselves, whether you agree with my slight deviation from Huber's final assessment: there may be a conflict between the president and some of his top ranking soldiers, but to think that he could or would ever want to be anything but a facilitator of the clients of the self-serving store for America's powerful, or even put up a courageous fight against them is a conclusion I cannot bring myself to draw. There is no place for heros in that den of thieves. Obama was admitted as a presidential candidate precisely because he would not threaten the looting.
A president is a useful ally for America's elite of robbers, especially one as congenial as Obama, who would certainly find his mindset of I-know-best-so-give-me-power in Petraeus' et al concept of counterinsurgency as a militarised form of central planning or Bernanke's infinite deceit to think he is in exclusive and privileged possession of insight into the right level of interest rates.