President Donald Trump on Friday reacted on Twitter to reports that he ordered a military strike on Iran for shooting down an American drone, but then reversed his decision after the plan was underway, saying he called off the attack with just 10 minutes to spare because he was concerned about potential casualties.
I think a lot of the time, we forget what America actually is and because we forget what it actually is, we always read their values in a muddled way.
America is a corporate war machine, the Industrial Military Complex speech that Eisenhower gave in 1961 has only become more true with every passing year.
Corporate warfare is where the real money is, and the soft power of Corporate Hollywood is there to mask the venal nature of the war machine America Inc truly represents.
Look at the money America spends on its Military-Industrial Complex…
…and look how that Military-Industrial Complex stacks up against the rest of the world…
…so in a consumer culture of military worship and fetishised violence we will mistake ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ for the Disney channel versions that turn teenage pop sensations into tomorrows porn sex kitten. The reality is those cries of ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ actually look like this…
…Trump’s nationalism means he wants to withdraw from the world, not invade it. He see’s needless dollar signs for every bomb dropped, he doesn’t see the promotion of Amerikan Democracy and as such he wants less engagement behind his wall, not more.
His decision to not go ahead with the strike against Iran because he didn’t want the 150 casualties amounts to committing the worst cardinal sin for a Military-Industrial Complex, squeamishness at death.
The great Corporate War machine of Amerika drinks deeply and with gusto from the ocean of blood it generates and a President who doesn’t wear his blood stains with pride is quickly accused of heresy.
The manner in which this Iran strike is already being spun as cowardice on the part of Trump is the beginning of a narrative change that the Complex will be demanding.
Can we all just universally agree, as New Zealanders, that if Trump gets tricked into a military conflict with Iran – we point blank refuse to get dragged into it.
Iran isn’t our enemy. American foreign policy is.