Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Theatre Of The Absurd

In his interview with Keith Olbermann, John Cusack discussed War Inc. in terms of taking absurdity and following it along to its logical conclusion. (See earlier post) What we see in the movie (you HAVE seen the movie, yes?) is a war outsourced to a corporation and then follows the absurdity to its logical conclusion. Of course it seems totally insane.

Yet much of the horror of this scenario is truer than true. Cusack then says a great and wonderful thing in response to a question about the absurdity of the new oil contracts that were handed out to the big US and British oil companies without bids this past week. "Its hard to stay ahead of this crew".

For me, truth is always stranger than fiction, but the oil deals came as no surprise to me... why did we invade Iraq if not to take control of their oil and hand it to U.S. companies who will funnel the spoils through U.S. banks and give the Iraqis a few pennies to the barrel back. A classic modern rape and pillage scheme. I think most of America has figured this one out by now and the story will unfold along the same lines... there will be no more surprises... only the arrogance by which actions will be taken. And we the people will be left to clean up the mess.

Each and every day, I read and watch the world from as many perspectives as I have time for. From any standpoint, it seems that the level of insanity rises by the day as Bush is using the price of oil to justify offshore drilling off the California coast, opening ANWR for drilling, and filling our addicted veins with more of the good stuff. Of course, the people of California will burn down the White House before they see their pristine coastline destroyed and if he thinks that America is going to stand by and let him run rip shod over the environmental protections so hard fought to keep ANWR Alaska safe from drilling... well... its just the same old thing... words from a liar and fool.

In the category of "What Universe Do We Live In?", we get Bill the Hammer Kristol.... who is from another universe entirely and I don't know what this guy is smoking... or the people around him on FOX NEWS (nodding away) are smoking... but they talk about bombing Iran in the same vein as sportscasters speculate who will be taken in the first round of the NBA draft. Its hard to watch... words don't even do it justice. Just watch with one eye... its gonna hurt too much if you watch with both:

So, what this genius is saying is that if Bush thinks that Barak Obama is going to win, then he may bomb Iran. This is such absurdity, it defies all sense of sanity and morality. This "war quarterbacking" by people who have no sense at all about the horrors of war and of "bombing" other countries as a way to work out problems is criminal behavior. This is what our public discourse has come to? Well, I consider Bill Kristol and Fox News to be far more dangerous than anything Iran can throw in the air as these guys love war so much that they could actually seriously speculate about such an atrocity with a straight face.

If that's not enough, comes this from a Fortune Magazine interview with Charlie Black, John McCain's Chief Strategist: We saw how that (National Security issues) might play out early in the campaign, when one good scare, one timely reminder of the chaos lurking in the world, probably saved McCain in New Hampshire, a state he had to win to save his candidacy - this according to McCain's chief strategist, Charlie Black. The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December was an "unfortunate event," says Black. "But his knowledge and ability to talk about it reemphasized that this is the guy who's ready to be Commander-in-Chief. And it helped us." As would, Black concedes with startling candor after we raise the issue, another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. "Certainly it would be a big advantage to him," says Black.

You can't make this stuff up! Thousands of dead Americans in a terrorist attack would help John McCain. Really? Oh, thank you for that bit of great wisdom. Good thing we can be sure that there are people in power really caring about us and our safety in these DANGEROUS times. Apparently, ELECTION TIME seems to be even more dangerous than good old regular INVASION TIME.

I'm going to go and cry for America and pray that our future is not in the hands of these beasts.

Sphere: Related Content

No comments: