Empire of Absurdity: Recycled Neocons, Recycled Enemies

Empire of Absurdity: Recycled Neocons, Recycled Enemies

There are times when I wish that the United States would just drop the charade and declare itself a global empire. As a veteran of two imperial wars, a witness to the dark underside of America’s empire-denial, I’ve grown tired of the equivocation and denials from senior policymakers. The U.S. can’t be an empire, we’re told, because – unlike the Brits and Romans – America doesn’t annex territories outright, and our school children don’t color its colonies in red-white-and-blue on cute educational maps.

TROOPS: Stand Down for Black Lives

TROOPS: Stand Down for Black Lives

We write you as fellow veterans and service members with full knowledge of what’s at stake as many of you are being asked to mobilize against civilians in your own country. As your neighbors fill the streets demanding the justice this country promised them, your command is undoubtedly telling you that you’re being activated in service to your community. And yet, it is your community members who fill the streets, while your Commander in Chief tweets about using you to murder people over something as insignificant as property damage.

MEET THOR HALVORSSEN, NEOCON SCAM ARTIST WHO HEADS BOGUS HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION

With backing from his filthy rich, right-wing Venezuelan family and help from a credulous American press corps, Thor Halvorssen has become one of the best-known human rights advocates in the United States and internationally. The New York Times has said he “champions the underdog and the powerless” while Buzzfeed raves that he “possesses a burning desire to right the countless injustices of this world … and he does not care if those injustices are being committed by the ‘right-wing’ or ‘left-wing’ regimes.”

MEET THOR HALVORSSEN, NEOCON SCAM ARTIST WHO HEADS BOGUS HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION