Strange coincidence that I read this today right before reading beeftenderloin‘s entry The Wheels On The Bus Go Round And Round, wondering why the world seems to have gone crazy, as if the wheels have come off the bus. Well, one of the lugnuts holding that wheel on has traditionally been objective journalism, and over the last ten years or so that lugnut has gone bouncing down the highway. Mr. Pitt’s article is a disturbing explanation which spells out clearly something I and some friends have wondered about for awhile: Why is the mainstream American press so slow to criticize government and big business? I’ve learned more about what’s really happening in America, and why, by reading independent news sources like truthout.org and international news sites like BBC and the Toronto Star than I ever have by reading CNN, MSNBC, and the like.
Like beeftenderloin, I’m increasingly distressed and depressed about the direction my country, and the world, is headed. How did things get this bad, and what can stop it?
– Iraq is a disaster, with no end in sight. The US and Iraqi death toll is going up, and the deaths of so many Iraqi civilians are creating more terrorists in the surviving family members, determined to avenge their deaths on Americans.
– Vladimir Putin is consolidating his power in Russia, and well on his way to turning Russia into a police state, or worse: back into the Soviet Union. I got the same chills when that man became president as I did when W became president.
– North Korea is aggressively pursuing nuclear weapons, and has been loudly proclaiming that fact for awhile. Iran is very close to their own nukes as well, and rather than deal with those REAL threats Bush went after Saddam, and weapons that never existed. Look what that got us, and now the higher-ups are drafting plans to possibly use “coercive measures” against Iran, North Korea, and possibly Syria to stop their weapons programs.
It’s a little late for that now, don’t you think? We’ve nearly used up our military against Iraq and we’re still stuck there. We’re even pulling troops from the DMZ in Korea to shore up the forces in Iraq.
In 2003, General Eric Shinseki testified before Congress that an additional 50,000 troops would be needed beyond what the Bush administration said would be necessary to stabilize Iraq after the invasion. The President ignored him. Now it’s obvious to even the most die-hard war advocate that we’re stretched too thin and we need more forces. Where do you think those troops are going to come from? Hint: five letters, starts with D.
Where does it end? What happens next? Make no mistake, it’s going to get much much worse before it gets better, if it ever does. We are way past the point of quick fixes and easy solutions. I keep hoping in vain that something will come along, perform a little “deus ex machina”, and make everything all better. I also wonder if the removal of certain key people – the anchor points that support this web of insanity – might defuse all these situations, and give sense and reason a chance to prevail. Unfortunately I don’t think anyone is going to come along and remove them, so I guess we’re pretty much stuck.