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The Bush Middle East “wars” finalized US conversion to an empire, freed US rulers from annoying chains placed on them by the Constitution-Raimondo, 3/19/2003

August 24, 2021

2003, “Even as they put on a great show of “liberating” foreign peoples,

they are in the process of enslaving the American people.

They seek to “export” democracy to the four corners of the globe, at gunpoint, starting with the most intractable region, the Islamic world.”..2010, While Europeans are accustomed to being ruled by presumed betters whom they distrust, the American people’s realization of being ruled like Europeans shocked this country into well nigh revolutionary attitudes.” Codevilla

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March 19, 2003, “Shine, Perishing Republic: Kiss the good old USA good-bye, say hello to the American Empire,” by Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com

“George W. Bush and the neoconservative cabal that has manipulated, bullied, and finally inspired him into war, invoke the ideals of the American Revolution even as they betray and corrupt the vision of the Founders. The Devil is known to invoke scripture, but this particular demonic clique has made a fetish out of it: they invoke “Americanism” to implement the most anti-American agenda imaginable.They seek to “export” democracy to the four corners of the globe, at gunpoint, starting with the most intractable region, the Islamic world….

Can “democracytake root in the arid soil of the Middle East, forcibly implanted and fertilized with plenty of U.S. tax dollars? To the social engineers of the neoconservative persuasion, who see the world as their laboratory, it is an experiment worth conducting….They see themselves as revolutionaries, and that they are. But their revolution is not directed primarily against foreign tyrants: for even as they put on a great show of “liberating” foreign peoples,

they are in the process of enslaving the American people,

and destroying the remnants of the Constitution. They are worse than mere hypocrites: they are defilers, who pray loudly even as they desecrate the gravestones of their ancestors.

[Image: For his service to the Crown, Bush #1 was awarded Honorary Knighthood in the British Empire in 1993:George H. W. BushThe former president was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath-or GCB-the highest honorary rank Britain can give a foreigner. He received the honor in 1993.” getty]

The era of the American Republic is over, and age of Empire is begun.

Where the US once fought wars in self-defense,

it now wages wars of outright conquest.

The difference is that now we are fighting a rearguard action.

The enemy is not only within the gates: he has seized our main headquarters, and is

now conducting mop-up operations against such pockets of resistance as still persist.

The citadel is taken.

The war on Iraq [as of 2003] is going to be short,

but the occupation will a task without end, a heavy burden that will be more than just punishment for our vainglorious “victory.”

A future of endless conflicts, perpetual war for perpetual peace, and color-coded terror unto infinity that is what we have to look forward to….

Our old Republic, once the enemy of kings and contemptuous of empires,

is now donning the imperial purple….

The America we loved is lost, perhaps forever. That is the meaning of this [2003 Iraq] war.

The republic that bound its rulers with the chains of the Constitution

and freed the rest of us to live in peace

is no more.

In its place arises…what? For answers I turn to books: Jeffers and Garet Garrett, to start with, the poet and the polemicist. Each were a bit of both, and it was the latter who predicted this day, this hour, half a century ago [under Truman]:

We have crossed the boundary that lies between Republic and Empire. If you ask when, the answer is that you cannot make a single stroke between day and night; the precise moment does not matter. There was no painted sign to say: ‘You now are entering Imperium.’ Yet it was a very old road and the voice of history was saying: ‘Whether you know it or not, the act of crossing may be irreversible.’ And now, not far ahead, is a sign that reads: ‘No U-turns.’”

Garrett thought we had crossed the Rubicon back

in 1950, when Truman went to war without the consent of Congress,

setting a precedent that would strip the peoples’ representatives of their constitutional prerogative.

But the precise moment

did not come for another fifty-three years,

when day turned to night

and the bombs fell on Baghdad….

This is what hurts: that the republic shines even as it murders, even as it morphs into a grossly misshapen parody of itself. So that its rulers can speak half-credibly of “liberation” when they mean conquest; can say “freedom” to signify subjugation, can commit war crimes and still call for the prosecution of war criminals, can do the Devil’s work

and still invoke almighty God.”…

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Added:

31 among US interventions 1945-1999 including Afghanistan, 1979-92: In the end, the United States won, and the women, and the rest of Afghanistan, lost. More than a million dead, three million disabled, five million refugees, in total about half the population.”

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Added:

1/19/21, Hate and disdain of ordinary Americans…binds the oligarchy together.” Codevilla

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11/20/20, “Arguably the American country class’ principal mistake between 2016 and 2020

was to suppose that the Left was actually after Trump,

rather than set about crushing them.Codevilla…

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