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“We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”
The War on Iraq was one of the most brutal events in modern history. Sold to the people on the basis of lies about non-existent WMDs and Saddam Hussein’s non-existent ties to non-existent al Qaeda, the above quote from a Bush administration official encapsulates the pathological delusion of grandeur that is US government foreign policy.
On this week’s show we’ll be marking the 10th anniversary of ‘Shock and Awe’ by comparing American fantasy with reality and examining the disastrous choices American policy-makers have taken as the economy implodes. 9/11 gave the warmongers their “new Pearl Harbor.” Couched in lofty rhetoric about spreading democracy and liberating the world from tyrannical dictators, America’s glorious self-image stands in stark contrast to the brutal reality of ten years of bloody mayhem that has left Iraq and its people ripped apart.
Hubris and pathology writ large… it’s a tale as old as time: from Athens and Rome to the British Empire and today’s US-managed Global Pathocracy. To paraphrase Orwell, in times of monumental deceit, rhetoric is valued over truth. And the reality today’s ‘philosopher-kings’ have created is about to get a very rude awakening.
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