Rarely does anyone consider how we would feel with a foreign base on U.S. soil, or how we would react if China, Russia, or Iran built even a single base somewhere near our borders today. For most in the United States, the idea of even the nicest, most benign foreign troops arriving with their tanks, planes, and high-powered weaponry and making themselves at home in our country—occupying and fencing off hundreds or thousands of acres of our land—is unthinkable.
==Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World (American Empire Project) (Vine, David)
From the very start, fighters, weapons and supplies were funneled over the border from Iraq and Turkey into Syria – including the vicious and extremist death squads of the LIFG, or Libyan Islamic Fighting group: fresh veterans of the Libya campaign, mercenaries of an Empire of Terror.
===ISIS IS US: The Shocking Truth Behind the Army of Terror (Washington Blog, George;Madsen, Wayne;Tarpley, Webster;Partisan, Syrian Girl)
For the most part we do not first see, and then define, we define first and then see. In the great blooming, buzzing confusion of the outer world we pick out what our culture has already defined for us, and we tend to perceive that which we have picked out in the form stereotyped for us by our culture.
===Crystallizing Public Opinion (Bernays, Edward L.)
The truth of military empire.
As feared, the destruction of empathy and morality off of our shores could never be contained, for it beckoned the draught of poison we take in every day, a poison that accumulates inside our nation and which, inevitably, will lead to our civilizations death.
Where is the law of nature that says what we do to others outside of our borders we will not also do to many within them? Such laws do not in nature exist, nor do they seem to exist for long within the architecture designed originally to keep us free. We reap what we sow, and the time for our national penance is upon us.
The death sentence of our democracy began to be written long ago, very likely during the Mexican wars when the first words “manifest destiny” blackened our national soul, but certainly, as graham summoner wells cautioned in 1898, when America officially claimed its status as Empire.
We reap what we sow. It is the time now for the reaping. End the Empire Now and Save America.
Terror, intimidation and violence are the glue that holds empire together. Aerial bombardment, drone and missile attacks, artillery and mortar strikes, targeted assassinations, massacres, the detention of tens of thousands, death squad killings, torture, wholesale surveillance, extraordinary renditions, curfews, propaganda, a loss of civil liberties and pliant political puppets are the grist of our wars and proxy wars.
Countries we seek to dominate, from Indonesia and Guatemala to Iraq and Afghanistan, are intimately familiar with these brutal mechanisms of control. But the reality of empire rarely reaches the American public. The few atrocities that come to light are dismissed as isolated aberrations. The public is assured what has been uncovered will be investigated and will not take place again.
The goals of empire, we are told by a subservient media and our ruling elites, are virtuous and noble. And the vast killing machine grinds forward, feeding, as it has always done, the swollen bank accounts of defense contractors and corporations that exploit natural resources and cheap labor around the globe.