Thursday, January 06, 2011

Tomgram: Engelhardt, War Is a Drug

Blogger's note: Tom Engelhardt is a journalist and book editor who has become a full-time essayist at his web site This column seems to be a particularly good history of America's wars since Vietnam and its evolution into today's imperium, committed to endless foreign wars it believes it can win ...but it cannot for many of the same reasons that brought down the Soviet Union. The one flaw in this essay is that Englehardt uses in his narrative the "official conspiracy theory" of the 9/11 attacks, i.e., that a lame outfit called al-Qaeda was not only able to out-fly top gun fighter pilots and catch NORAD asleep but they also either magically violated laws of physics in bringing down the World Trade Center towers or they preloaded them with hundreds of tons of exotic explosives. Anyone who still doubts that 9/11 was an inside job may also want  to check, here, here, and here. So if you the reader should substitute "insiders" wherever you read "al-Qaeda" or "jihadis," Tom's story becomes even more powerful.

The Urge to Surge 
Washington’s 30-Year High

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