it’s truly a pity that the U.S. left is totally irrelevant. the mainstream “”“discourse”” on empire is years upon years behind. still seeing critiques and counter-critiques of the U.S. army as if this is still 2003 and the U.S. Marine Corps is the primary apparatus being deployed overseas. i mean, even in 2003 when the siege on Iraq started their plan was to occupy and sell off the Iraqi state piece by piece to multinationals and privatize state assets—against the Geneva convention that states no sovereign assets can be touched during wartime by a foreign or extraneous power without the consent of the sovereign people. well, their country’s resources were sold off to a slew of different finance vultures and texas oil based multinationals. their issue with Saddam wasn’t that he was bad but that he wasn’t allowing them access to markets. their issue is never that someone is bad. they do not have a moral compass. they ruthlessly exploit enlightenment narratives that prima facie seem impossible to disagree with in order to justify whatever it is they need to. i feel nauseous having to repeat this, it’s nauseating that this needs to be repeated, still. it’s nauseating that after a decade of occupations not wars, of interventions, people still need to hear this.
u.s. liberalism has reached the point of farce.
referendums were staged and rigged and the Iraqi state has been basically dismantled. the region has been destabilized. the Iraqi Kurdish people who were supposedly being saved from Saddam are in an even more precarious position. all these countries with their own incredibly complex historical conditions have one thing in common, they happen to be cursed with immovable resources or border countries cursed with immovable resources.
now that it is no longer sustainable to deploy large military forces the U.S. uses other methods. occupation is no longer viable so it needs other vessels through which to quickly access resources and establish geopolitical influence. except geopolitical influence is no longer indefinitely guaranteed because people have been extremely politicized through decades of occupation and proxy wars.
the U.S. empire has not operated like a modern European colonizer in quite some time. and now it is much more obvious that they depend on microwars, destabilization, proxy conflicts, geopolitical gambling, gunboat diplomacy. why are we still talking about the army as if it’s the primary embodiment of empire? it’s a mere vessel. people talking about the poor having no choice but to join the army for uni aid, you are behind.
empire cannot be dissected and discussed in isolated bits and pieces. you know what else is a vessel of empire? all the other policies and strategies executed that weave together and form HOLISTICALLY the fabric of the united states of america’s relationship to dependent nations. sanctions, the IMF and world bank, drones, covert operations, funding the enemy of our enemy, intervening to destabilize when the enemy of our enemy becomes our enemy as well, there is no aspiration to permanence or stability. they thrive off destabilizing because they are good at it, because they really don’t have a plan for the people whose lives they ruin, they just want to colonize their resources and make sure no one influential and progressive remains or comes to power.
everything happens at supersonic speed, they have their tentacles in every nook and cranny of geopolitics. every conversation can be hijacked. it is dangerous because any time a group of marginalized people attempt to voice their own critiques, attempt to struggle and resist, their voices are hijacked. peaceful drones to “save lives”, intervening to “liberate” Muslim women, no one asks why the poverty being exploited by the Taliban exists in the first place? no one asks on the decade long Opium microwars the CIA waged on the Afghan-Pakistan borders… the effects of which are still felt today…
it is so messy, so easy to just acknowledge and wave off. because it seems by the time you’ve convinced people one occupation or intervention is fucked up they’re already on route to another.
people need to start thinking as fast-paced and holistically as their government. people need to stop talking about a “West” as though it is still the early to mid 20th century. the West has become United States and its friends. no former colonizer does anything without U.S. aid. Israel can survive on U.S. aid alone, even if the rest of the “First world” boycotted and divested from Israeli products. 300 million dollars a year, of your tax money, go to Israel just for military grants. think about your country, man. think about how all the spheres of U.S. society combine to reproduce its hegemony.