Competent historians in one hundred years or so will be able to trace the fall of the American empire to the Full Spectrum Dominance religion of the NeoCons.
We cannot see this clearly now because we are currently in the middle of it. Romans living through the fall of their empire only knew that everything seems to be screwed up. That’s where we are now; everything seems to be screwed up.
Why? Who is doing what? But the NeoCons, like Hitler in his writing and speeches, are not shy about their plans. They write about them and talk about them all the time. In 2000 they published their Manifesto: The Project for a New American Century, (PNAC) calling for fighting and decisively winning “multiple, simultaneous major theater wars.” Here are a few excerpts:
“In broad terms, we saw the project as building upon the defense strategy outlined by the Cheney Defense Department in the waning days of the Bush (Senior) Administration” (drafted in 1992.)
The goal? “maintaining U.S. preeminence, precluding the rise of a great power rival, and shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests.”
Translation: US stays on top of the world, US destroys any state that might challenge that, US intervenes (with overt and covert force) worldwide to thwart any challenge to “American principles and interests.”
But what do they mean by “American principles and interests?” They will quickly say, “Democracy” because we Americans like Democracy and have always been inclined to say it is worth both killing and dying for. You know, because…Freedom! But do the NeoCons love Democracy? If so, why are they perfectly content to support brutal dictatorships or bloodthirsty religious extremists when these serve their version of “American principles and interests?”
We begin to suspect that “American principles and interests” is NeoCon Orwellian for something NOT Democracy. We begin to suspect that “American principles and interests” means something totally different from Democracy when the phrase falls from the lips of a NeoCon. But what?
If you want to know what a person believes, watch their actions over time, since people act on what they believe and not on their own propaganda. “By their fruits you shall know them,” Jesus said. You can’t pick good fruit from a bad tree. Be patient, what they really believe will show up clearly in time.
In PNAC, the NeoCons, mourning the loss of the USSR as an enemy, are casting about for a cause, a new enemy, without which they believe America will descend into a sissified stupor. They are providing the religious Immortality Quest for a lackadaisical nation that seems to have lost its tribal bloodlust, its manliness, its urge to hoist flashing swords and its longing for the clash of metal on metal and the screams of dying victims.
Their conversations are full of what “real men” do, such as “Real men go Tehran.” Without NeoCons’ Immortality Quest, in other words, Americans will become a bunch of pussies, which verifies George Carlin’s Bigger Dick Theory of Foreign Policy.
This locker room swagger would just be funny and pathetic if they were not in control of US foreign policy. “Real men” intent on world domination, backed up by the mightiest military the world has ever seen, have not only killed human beings on a literally industrial scale, in the end this adolescent fantasy is unworthy of a great nation, it is the opposite of real American interests and principles. Ultimately, NeoCons will be the end of the US Empire.
So be it. We can go back to being the American Republic and we will all be better off.
Note: in the original PNAC, the NeoCons justified massive defense spending because in 2000 the nation had a budget surplus. Strike while the money is in the bank! Spend, spend, spend! They have certainly cured that budget surplus, they have certainly fought multiple wars, overt and covert, they have certainly destroyed whole nation-states-but they (while growing fat from defense contracts) have not “won” a single war and have left behind a trail of suffering and bankruptcy. By their fruits you shall know them.