Empire building and democracy don't mix
In the July/August issue of “Atlantic Monthly” is an important article in the "know your opposition" category. Anyone who is trying to push us away from democracy is in opposition to what's good for the U. S. The author of the article, Robert D. Kaplan, is advocating empire building, and that is contrary to democracy. He has been an active voice for the same strategies advocated by some of President Bush's inner circle. An example is his book "Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos". (He misuses the word “Pagan” not to mean the ancient European religion, but to represent amoral thinking.)
He is in sync with this set
of goals and values currently being labeled "empire building", and lets fall from his own pen more than enough fruit to reveal
what kind of tree this is. He wants to skip over the question of whether the
As a way to avoid the inconvenience that public opposition creates when trying to dominate some part of the world he suggests we "...keep the public's attention as divided as possible. We can dominate the world only quitely: off camera..." He says that the press naively casts some of our international actions as being about "...'democracy,' 'economic development,' and 'human rights,'..." even when those in power know that that "...conceals the harsh...ground-level truths." He suggests we encourage this deception.
He doesn't seem too concerned
about whether we get it right, saying, "..the
That this is all wrong should not need to be pointed out. You tell me, how we can adopt this mindset and still be who we are? How can we expect our leaders to be devils when dealing with the world yet behave saintly by running an open, truthful government at home? How can we adopt such values and still expect to maintain democracy and rights? The most basic wisdom tells us this won't work. Yes, there may be times that war is unavoidable, and war is war. But this guy isn't talking about when it's unavoidable. He's talking about going out and making war, and domination, and empire building, and starting right off with the most under-handed, dirty-tricks, lie-to-the-people, do-it-all-in-the-dark methods. This is a sick, sick mindset. The promoters of it are hoping that by repeatedly talking about it as if it’s a done deal that it simply gets accepted as okay, as the way it is, as the norm. It needs to be nipped in the bud.
It does pay to know the opposition. More of the article can be found on my website, and links to the “Atlantic Monthly” article, and an extended response I have submitted to them.