The Anti-Empire Report #130 – July 12th, 2014 – William Blum

American hubris still knows no boundaries. Unfortunately, this intrinsic trait, the driving force of all empires, carries with it the seeds of its own demise. Our nation was warned of the insidious poison that is empire and that this poison would find its way into American civil polities by our national founders and by many others throughout our historically rather extended “democratic” life, but we fell prey to the drought of our successes and to our national self-importance cloaked in universalist sentiments that were, in reality, only the tools to support our nation’s avarice and expansionist greed. A very large part of all that ails this nation is directly derived from the disregard for their very sage advice. America took perhaps the easiest path to riches, certainly the bloodiest and most morally destructive one, when our elites chose empire over the contentment of national hearth and home.  

We were a great nation and a truly exceptional nation, but that was many, many years ago. The only way we can ever hope to be so again is to reject all of the trappings of empire and the associated economic rewards associated with it and drain the poison out of our national veins, by returning to the rule of law, upholding our Constitution and radically reducing the immense power of the military industrial complex and the total surveillance police state. However, this is not going to happen. America is on a path towards it’s own self-destruction and even if the flaws and the end game are all to obvious, the dialectical process underway is destined to play its course. Cry out all you will, the steamroller of history will flatten America all the same. Yet, cry out we must.

The life of a people ripens a certain fruit; its activity aims at the complete manifestation of the principle which it embodies. But this fruit does not fall back into the bosom of the people that produced and nurtured it; on the contrary, it becomes a poison-draught to it. That poison-draught it cannot let alone, for it has an insatiable thirst for it: the taste of the draught is its annihilation, though at the time the rise of a new principle” —Hegel, 1804

4h6otuWhat would a psychiatrist call this? Delusions of grandeur?

US Secretary of State John Kerry, July 8, 2014:

“In my travels as secretary of state, I have seen as never before the thirst for American leadership in the world.”

President Barack Obama, May 28, 2014:

“Here’s my bottom line, America must always lead on the world stage. If we don’t, no one else will.”

Nicholas Burns, former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, May 8, 2014:

“Where is American power and leadership when the world needs it most?”

Mitt Romney, Republican Party candidate for President, September 13, 2012:

“The world needs American leadership. The Middle East needs American leadership and I intend to be a president that provides the leadership that America respects and keep us admired throughout the world.”

Paul Ryan, Congressman, Republican Party candidate for Vice President, September 12, 2012:

“We need to be reminded that the world needs American leadership.”

John McCain, Senator, September 9, 2012:

“The situation in Syria and elsewhere ‘cries out for American leadership’.”

Hillary Clinton, September 8, 2010:

“Let me say it clearly: The United States can, must, and will lead in this new century. Indeed, the complexities and connections of today’s world have yielded a new American Moment — a moment when our global leadership is essential, even if we must often lead in new ways.”

Senator Barack Obama, April 23, 2007:

“In the words of President Franklin Roosevelt, we lead the world in battling immediate evils and promoting the ultimate good. I still believe that America is the last, best hope of Earth.”

Gallup poll, 2013:

Question asked: “Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?”


  • United States 24%
  • Pakistan 8%
  • China 6%
  • Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, North Korea, each 5%
  • India, Iraq, Japan, each 4%
  • Syria 3%
  • Russia 2%
  • Australia, Germany, Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Korea, UK, each 1%

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via The Anti-Empire Report #130 – July 12th, 2014 – William Blum.