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The trip to the Middle East

Posted by alifinmath on January 16, 2008

A critical look at the president’s trip:

I have to agree. Nothing — but nothing — that comes from GWB’s mouth has any credibility. Just meaningless noise. But then again, the same is true of every US politician on the national stage (but perhaps to a lesser extent).

Hunter Thompson (the “king of gonzo journalism”) came out with a book, “Kingdom of Fear,” a few years back, which I have somewhere in storage. Thompson unfortunately blew his brains out three years back (I presume in despair).  Some of his choice utterances on GWB in “Kingdom of Fear” can be found in cyberspace:

Is it even vaguely possible that some New Age Republican whore-beast of a false president could actually make Richard Nixon look like a Liberal?

We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world-a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us… No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we’ll kill you.

And — *sigh* — I think he’s right. The USA today is not a state that is in danger of succumbing to fascism. Not a state that is “proto-fascist.” No sirree. It is a fascist state. Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels, and Heydrich would be drooling at the unlimited powers of the executive, at the ability and technology for surveillance, at the propaganda of American mass media, at the vast databanks on individuals and organisations, on absolutely unaccountable power (save for the rubber stamp of formal elections, where voters are allowed to choose between indistinguishable candidates from virtually indistinguishable parties, both of which are in the iron control of an oligarchy). The level of monitoring, control, and arbitrary interference both on the domestic and foreign stage dwarfs anything the Third Reich ever had. They were bungling amateurs. In this connection, Orwell’s 1984 is not directed at a particular state: what’s he is saying is that all modern, technological states move in the same direction towards control, propaganda, militarism, surveillance, and centralised power. And the US is in the lead in this respect.


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