The United States of America has benefited from a high degree of leverage over the past seventy years. After emerging as the lone superpower after World War II, America has enjoyed an exceptional standard of living as it loaned the destroyed countries money to rebuild and suffered very few logistical or infrastructure losses at home. At the same time, the US acquired military bases abroad which increased its influence in international affairs and commerce.
Pricing oil in dollars has given special unstated permission to the government and banks to be loose with monetary policy and trading because no real consequences have materialized, even after a bank bailout and housing crash. The leverage of preeminence has been used and abused as long as it possible.
However, we are seeing this leverage quickly disappear in the western world’s way of controlling the value of assets, credit, un-pegged paper currency and stimulus coming to an end.
You would think that a bunch of crazy people in the Middle East would have zero effect on your or my daily life, and in reality, it’s true. The United States are not energy dependent upon the middle east, it merely maintains a relationship that has consistently produced profits both financially and politically across the board for elite and special interests at the expense of most Americans.
The whole concept of attacking ISIS, ISIL (or whatever the name of the group is this week), Syria, and performing airstrikes on Iraq continue a failed US foreign-policy based on imperialist intentions built on false pretenses. As the hundreds of billions of dollars sent to Afghanistan over the last 13 years has produced no results and many casualties as well as substantial United States federal debt, the continued military campaigns in the Middle East show not strength, but weakness.
Osama’s dead. Saddam’s Gone. Why do I care about the equivalent of a bunch of dumb angry mid east rednecks with some rifles and humvees (which they got from US bases or captured from rebels)?
I don’t care.
Here with the concerted effort in the press to paint ISIS as a real, credible threat we have business as usual even as Switzerland as a nation will vote to repatriate its gold this fall.
I would say that most Americans do not want continued war in the middle east, but I would soon be reminded that many Americans are too busy wrapped up in watching the NFL, playing fantasy football, and feasting on endless hours of television in what arrogant Hollywood executives have deemed “the Golden Age of television.”
And by that same logic, Americans are experiencing a Golden Age of culinary excellence based on the fact that many Americans are obese. Let’s not consider the fact that those same obese Americans are the ones watching endless hours of TV or the fact that the American food supply is highly tainted with genetically modified organisms, which many nations around the world have already banned, and have consequences of altering people’s metabolisms.
Yes, it’s true. We are living in a golden age, of bullshit.
I call bullshit.
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