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February 22, 2004


There is political pressure because the logic of the imperial presidency's case is flawed. Even the conservative talk show hosts in the US are scrambling to unravel truth from fiction in the bulletins pouring out of the White House.

That political pressure is just a bit of stir and shake within Washington. That movement against a Republican America has yet to question the fall of the republic to militarism.

Yet the pressure within Washington is linked to the blow back against the US as a hegemonic empire. Consider the 4 tendences mentioned by Chalmer Johnson, which form part of his case. He argues that the new militarism in the US is transforming America and compelling its people to pick up the burden of empire:

"First is endless war... As it stands right now, since 9/11, Articles 4 and 6 of the Bill of Rights are dead letters. They are over... Second, imperial overstretch...

The third thing is a tremendous rise in lying and deceit... The difficulty to believe anything that the government says any longer because they are now systematically lying to us on almost every issue.

The fourth is bankruptcy. Attempting to dominate the world militarily is a very expensive proposition... The United States, for the last 15 years, has had trade deficits running at 5 percent every year. We are on the edge. If the rest of the world decides not to cooperate with us or just the rich people of East Asia decide the Euro is a better currency to put their money in than the dollar, we become a junkyard almost at once. The stock exchange would collapse and we would have a howling recession.

All four of those things are likely to prevail... [The United States suffers from an] inability to reform. I think it is quite easy to imagine the defeat of George Bush as president. I do not find it easy at all that any successor to George Bush would make any difference... That leads me to the conclusion that we are probably going to reap what we have sown. That is blowback."

Johnson calls them the Sorrows of Empire. The book argues that the former American republic has already crossed its Rubicon with the Pentagon leading the way.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 9:06 PM | | Comments (0)