As the representative of the “exceptional” nation, the US government has been “exceptional”: exceptionally militaristic, exceptionally aggressive, exceptionally bloodthirsty, exceptionally incompetent, and exceptionally sensitive when anyone points out its shortcomings. From David Stockman at antiwar.com:
When President Trump blurted out the truth about Washington’s “bloody hands” during his interview with Bill O’Reilly this weekend, the mainstream media, Imperial City politicians and War Party factotums instantly broke into a chorus of spleen-busting outrage.
Now they are remonstrating and harrumphing feverishly because Trump called out Washington’s monumental conceit about “American exceptionalism”.
As it happened, Fox News’ #1 bloviator and all around jackass responded to Trump’s eminently sensible suggestion of cooperation with Putin in the campaign against ISIS with what amounted to a verbal sucker punch:
O’Reilly: “But he’s a killer though. Putin’s a killer.”
Trump shrugged the comment off, saying: “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country is so innocent?”
Truer words have never been spoken in the Imperial City – at least since the post-Vietnam era of the 1970’s.
Back then, Washington’s bloody hands in the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese civilians and the sacrifice of 58,000 American soldiers for no earthly reason could not be denied. For a few years, anyway, the people saw through the lies and propaganda of the Warfare State, and their elected representatives seemed to harken to Eisenhower’s warning about “undue influence” of the military-industry complex.
Congress actually throttled the defense budget by 30% in real terms, investigated and exposed the CIA’s illegal interventions and coups, and, via the Boland Amendment in the 1980s, even forbade covert actions to undermine the democratically-elected government in Nicaragua.
To continue reading: Bravo, Donald! The Imperial City Can’t Stand The Truth About Its ‘Bloody Hands’