Okay. After a couple of centuries of working on it, we pretty much have a perfect plan now. It’s called PFUTS. Preemptively Fuck Up Their Shit. It simply means going after The Enemy before they have done anything to us. Just in case. Because we want their stuff, or because we want them to have enough sense to choose a different form of government than what they have, or because we need to justify the gross amount of cash we spend on Weapons and Warriors. Or because we are having an election and aside from taking away birth control, the minimum wage, or social security, the only thing our politicians know how to talk about is war – so they have to create one to talk about. Or just because we feel like fucking someone up.
The “Their” can be filled in with whomever we choose as the enemy of the day. Today it’s Iran, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen, and Syria. Yesterday, Libya. The day before, Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya, we are currently following up the PFUTS operations with the sub-plan, CFUTS, or Continue to Fuck Up Their Shit. The only reason to follow PFUTS with CFUTS is because we can. We want to. We like doing it. There can be no other explanation. As we can see in Iraq, for example, we totally decimated the country. Somewhere around one million of their people were killed, four to six million were displaced and had to flee their own country, their water and soil is poisoned with our depleted uranium, electricity is still not available many hours of the day, schools and hospitals remain closed, and tens of thousands of Iraqi women have turned to prostitution in an effort to feed their children because there are no jobs. Yet we haven’t quite left yet; our State Department remains with thousands of mercenaries and drones, while we demand war reparations from the country. We invaded them for no reason, but they have to pay us back for the expenses we incurred on ourselves in the invasion and war. In Libya, we have sent around 6000 US troops to guard the oil fields while the government we foisted upon them, the NTC, grabs black Africans and former Ghaddafi supporters off the streets, imprisoning and torturing them. There again, we are demanding that Libya pay for their “liberation” by forfeiting the funds we illegally seized right before we started bombing the crap out of their cities. In Afghanistan, we have US troops guarding gold mines for JPMorgan, while we continue to drop bombs and engage in “warcraft” with the Taliban. For some reason (and it is probably just as simple as wanting to give Raytheon and Lockheed a chance to make a few more bucks while we figure out how to get that damn pipeline built) we seem to be arming the Taliban at the same time we are trying to kill them.
Some countries never escape our CFUTS sub-plan. See, for example, Haiti. The Philippines. Japan. (See, for that matter, Native Americans.) Although our CFUTS is a little more subtle in those instances than in Libya or Iraq. It’s a work in progress, only now nearing perfection; and now that the American public seems to really be on board with the whole PFUTS thing, really behind it, the guys in charge of fucking up people’s shit can be a little more obvious. Obama openly talks about projecting power and the right of the US to exert dominance wherever we feel it is necessary in order to secure our advantage economically. [See my previous article: http://teri.nicedriving.org/2012/02/the-2012-defense-strategic-guidance/ ]
They are so obvious about it that we now have a sitting US president bragging about assassinating foreigners (living in countries with which we are not at war), and US citizens at his whim. Without any charges brought against them, without any legal evidence of their alleged wrong-doing, without trial or sentence. Our top diplomat can now boldly state that the leader of a sovereign nation should do as we direct and step down because “his days are numbered”. [http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/18/us-syria-usa-clinton-idUSTRE7AH2LQ20111118]
This is different than what NATO did in Libya, Clinton is quick to point out, and she is technically correct. In Libya, we posted a 2 million dollar on Ghaddafi’s head, directed the “rebels” on where to find him, and then laughed as he was tortured and assassinated. Assad does not yet have a bounty on his head.
Our PFUTS plan for Iran involves accusing them of doing things they are not doing, sending in the CIA to mess with their people, assassinating their scientists and then imposing sanctions on them, which is an act of aggressive, preemptive economic war. We have also invaded their air space, sending drones over, one of which crashed onto Iranian soil. (Somehow that prompted a threat of what we would do if they didn’t return it.) Now we have them surrounded by land and sea and wonder why in the hell those Persians are not meekly submitting to our “power projections”. How dare they deny that they are not doing what they are not doing? How dare they patrol the waters along their own shores, with clever little patrol boats, no less – that is right where we have our warships, damnit. As you read these passages, notice the discrepancy between our military hardware and that of the Iranian forces.
Nerves were strained as an Iranian patrol boat approached the USS Abraham Lincoln at speed.
A helicopter escort hovered above the vessel in a warning not to get any closer, and the grey boat, tiny compared to the massive U.S. aircraft carrier, eventually turned around.
The encounter involving U.S. and Iranian boats, common in recent weeks, underscores rising tensions in the Gulf region between rival powers since Tehran threatened to close the Hormuz Strait, the world’s most important oil shipping waterway, over Western moves to ban Iranian crude exports….
The fleet, known as “Carrier Strike Group Nine” has been making forays through Hormuz despite the Iranian threats….
With four helicopters circling overhead and two destroyers leading, the carrier entered Hormuz while up in the watch tower, some seven Navy commanding officers, intelligence chiefs and legal experts were gathered in a small but busy control room…
The head of the fleet, Rear Admiral Troy Shoemaker, spotted two small boats, thought to be of smugglers, being battered by the high waves.
“It is going very well, relatively quiet. We have had a couple of surveillance aircraft, a helicopter and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) but nothing in the way of surface activity,” Shoemaker said, referring to activity from Iranian side…
The Iranians make their presence felt every time U.S. forces cross the strait, by almost escorting the fleet either by air or using patrol boats. The U.S. in return reassesses the threat from Iran on regular basis by studying Iranian activity…
Military experts say the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet patrolling the Gulf – which always has at least one giant super carrier accompanied by scores of jets and a fleet of frigates and destroyers – is overwhelmingly more powerful than Iran’s navy.
But it is the small boats that worry the U.S. Navy most. Vice Admiral Fox said last week that Iran had built up its naval forces in the Gulf and prepared boats that could be used in suicide attacks…
In the same article, we see that some of our “warriors” get at least the gist of PFUTS, if not the entire picture.
For many of the sailors, Iran’s threats were not always something they paid attention to. They often saw their mission in simpler terms.
“We want that oil to go where it needs to go in this world. We want people in this region to be able to get the products they can buy from Europe, from America, other regions of the world,” said Naval Aviator Matt Driskill, 33, who recently flew fighter planes over Libya and over Iraq in 2004. [from same Reuters article cited above.]
Now see, I really like this young man. He has thoroughly accepted and internalized the indoctrination that the US has the right to all the oil in Iran and that we are there for the Good of the Whole Entire Earth. I see stars and shiny things dangling from his lapels in his future. He hasn’t seemed to grasp that the oil isn’t flowing from Iran because, well, uh, we sanctioned and embargoed them, thus preventing them from trading their oil. However, he is sanguine in his belief that this is their fault, too, and so he watches for suicide patrol boats and stands prepared to loose the dogs of war. He is a good soldier.
We all are, now. We obediently line up to be scanned at the airports, we laugh at videos of people who are tasered unto death by the local police and make jokes about it. At least 500 people have been killed by tasers to date. [ http://rt.com/usa/news/500-taser-law-enforcement-503/ ]
We listen blandly as our leaders suggest that we should use more weapons, more secret forces, more drones dropping bombs in more countries, drones over our own skies, as they boast of militarized local police forces, and plan the use of the military in our cities and towns. [See for instance: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/us/admiral-pushes-for-freer-hand-in-special-forces.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1 and this: http://wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/pers-f14.shtml ]
We have accepted the indoctrination; the words no longer sound strange to us. “Homeland”, “warriors”, “warrior class”, “special ops”, “black site”, “targeted assassination”, “rendition”, “Patriot Act”, “see something, say something”….
I just saw an ad for a movie, coming soon to a theater near you. It is entitled, “Act of Valor” and stars real-io, trul-io, live-io Navy SEALs, who, I assume, must remain anonymous in their starring roles.
An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film-showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs. — movie synopsis.
Now, this is open propaganda and indoctrination. The definition of “valor” is: “exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)”. This movie is based on an actual event, the killing of Osama bin Laden. We sneaked into a sovereign nation after a man who was alleged to be the mastermind of 9/11, although the evidence was so nonexistent that we never even brought charges against him and the tapes purportedly made by him after 9/11 have been proven to be fakes. It is likely he actually died a decade ago. But once there in Pakistan, we shot his unarmed wife, shot and killed him as he stood, also unarmed, and dumped his body in the ocean. There was no battle. Whomever they shot was some old guy without a weapon of any sort. What is valorous about that?
Maybe we are just stupid, but we have not seemed to glom onto the fact that the psychopaths running things are also targeting us. And let me assure you that these people are seriously deranged. How can anyone not see this? They are using their PFUOS (Preemptively Fuck Up Our Shit) plan right here at home. Perhaps we can’t grasp it because our brains have been permanently damaged by the fluoride they put in the water. [http://www.infowars.com/story-on-mystery-substance-distracts-from-fact-fluoride-is-a-deadly-killer/ ] Or because our food has lost most of its nutritional value and our brains are starved of vitamins and minerals. [http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss]
Whatever it is, we fail to recognize that the oligarchy is ruining our lives right along with all those foreigners we think we need to hate. They keep coming up with plans that should ring alarms – yet no-one notices. The mortgage settlement that Obama announced the other day will cost the taxpayers roughly 20 bb out of the 25 bb. And, by the way, not one single home will be returned to anyone who was foreclosed on fraudulently.
[See: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/02/09-5 ]
They are giving all of Greece to the big banks, and I have to ask frankly, has it occurred to anyone that we are paying a boat-load of interest on the national debt to the same banks that we just gave 14.7 trillion in bail-outs to? They want all of the US, too, see, but nowadays, they have you pretty well convinced that the whole economic downturn thing was the fault of poor people trying to own houses. All it took was a few politicians and newspapers saying or writing complete blathering nonsense for a year or so, and you have totally forgotten how we got into this mess.
If Obama and Congress suggested that the way out of our troubles was to sacrifice virgins to the great god Moloch, I suspect the only argument we would be having would be over which serves the purpose better: “pure” American virgins or the children of immigrants, as a way to solve the “illegal alien problem”. (Hate to tell you, but Obama is disallowing the LIFO – Last In, First Out – method of accounting in his new budget.) Anyone who objected to throwing children off the dome of the Capitol on moral grounds would be jeered at as pansy, socialist, bleeding hearts by most of the population.
They got the EPA to approve a pesticide which is probably the cause of the bee colony collapse using fraudulent research; but we mustn’t interfere with Monsanto’s part in the PFUOS. [ http://grist.org/politics/food-2010-12-10-leaked-documents-show-epa-allowed-bee-toxic-pesticide/ ] And now, they’ve come up with a plan to sequester carbon – by turning it into liquid and burying it in giant pits a mile underground. This should sound utterly insane, but we are talking about the same people who poison our water with fracking, tell us Gulf seafood is safe to eat, allow new nuclear facilities to be built with outdated standards, allow new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico, overfish the oceans until we are are nearing complete collapse of the fish stock, use massive amounts of antibiotics on feed animals; and we don’t seem to have sense enough to wonder about those either. [http://www.alternet.org/environment/154106]
Go watch “Act of Valor”. Have some popcorn. Might as well have some good old-fashioned fun watching guys shoot and maim other guys while the people in charge fuck up your shit.
Bonus thought. From wikipedia; “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described in the last book of the New Testament of the Bible, called the ‘Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ to Saint John the Evangelist’ at 6:1-8. The chapter tells of a ‘ ‘book’/’scroll’ in God’s right hand that is sealed with seven seals’. The Lamb of God/Lion of Judah (Jesus Christ) opens the first four of the seven seals, which summons forth four beings that ride out on white, red, black, and pale horses. Although some interpretations differ, the four riders are commonly seen as symbolizing Conquest, War, Famine and Death, respectively. The Christian apocalyptic vision is that the four horsemen are to set a divine apocalypse upon the world as harbingers of the Last Judgment.”
People in other countries, being closer to the state of sanity than we are, might tremble at the sight of the four horses. The American response, however, would be, “Oooo-ooo, I’ll take the red horse for 200, Alex!”