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An endless war on terror? « Previous | |Next »
July 3, 2011

It appears that the US, after the death of Osama Bin Laden, is continuing with the Republicans global war on terror. It's business as usual on steroids by the national security state. That is in spite of Obama announcement last week to bring home the 33,000 so-called surge troops by the summer of 2012.

War fever may be subsiding in the US and there is a growing unhappiness over the Afghan War. Yet the US is still involved in multiple wars (eg., in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and more generally, the global war on terror).

Along with the now permanent state of war we have permanent declarations of "progress" ("we’re now well on our way to victory, the surge has worked”) and the continuation of the imperial presidency (the administration goes ahead with a war lacking any form of Congressional authorization.)

The US increasingly looks to be a garrison state that constantly girds itself for national security crises, exaggerating threats, defining all responses to those threats in military terms, dismissing dissenters as weak and deluded because they don't support the troops doing a heroic job. As Tom Engelhardt observes at Tom Dispatch:

Any potential act of terrorism simply feeds the system, creating new opportunities to add yet more layers to one bureaucracy or another, or to promote new programs of surveillance, control, and war-making -- and the technology that goes with them. Every minor deviation from terror safety, even involving plots that failed dismally or never had the slightest chance of success, is but an excuse for further funding.

The US launches attacks officially meant to put terrorists out of action, but that have the effect of creating them in the process. We have a terrorist-creating machine that requires repeated evidence of or signs of terrorism to survive and thrive.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 4:09 PM |