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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2145 on: January 11, 2019, 05:07:10 AM »

We have been betrayed by all of them since Carter and a few before him.

I miss Jimmy Carter and his integrity. That is one great guy who got a real bad deal from most everyone.



If you have not read Morris Berman's 2006 book "Dark Ages America," you might enjoy it. Berman shares the high opinion of Carter  that I also share with you:

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The Carter presidency is so anomalous, particularly in terms of the postwar pattern of U.S. foreign policy, that it is initially hard to conceive how it ever happened. Timing accounts for much of it. America had just suffered an ignominious defeat in Vietnam, and the morality of the entire venture looked shabby in the extreme. The Church Committee had conducted a congressional investigation into the dirty tricks of the CIA, focusing especially on the overthrow of Salvador Allende. Gerald Ford had pardoned Richard Nixon immediately after the latter resigned, thus making the squalor of Watergate even more squalid. All in all, U.S. government morality and image were at ebb tide; it was a confused and demoralized time. Enter, in 1976, Jimmy Carter, a "Christian" candidate, low-key and self-effacing, who spoke to the need for some national soul searching. "We're ashamed of what our government is as we deal with other nations around the world," he announced on the campaign trail - astonishing rhetoric, really. "What we seek is ... a foreign policy that reflects the decency and generosity and common sense of our own people." Over and over, in hundreds of speeches and interviews, Carter reiterated that the United States had gone through a loss of spirit and morality. A foreign policy dominated by rivalry with the USSR, he maintained, was an obsession whose logic led directly to Vietnam (the latter, in short, was no "detour").The time was over for blaming an enemy for our own problems, he declared; rather, the time had come to look within ourselves, to put our own moral house in order. Carter attacked the realpolitik of Henry Kissinger and the U.S. role in Chile; the time had come, he maintained (this in 1977), to move beyond "that inordinate fear of communism which once led us to embrace any dictator who joined us in that fear.'

For a brief moment in American postwar history, the position of sanity found an echo, The moment, was, however, long enough for the president to suggest a different direction in our international agenda: obsession with communism would not shape every policy; we would work for a more humane world order in our international relations, not seek merely to defeat one adversary; military solutions would not come first; efforts would be made to reduce the sale of arms to developing countries (by 1975 we had become the world's largest arms exporter - $15 billion in sales as compared with $2 billion in 1970); and so on. These were, quite clearly, exceptional times .

But the exception was of short duration; the Carter morality was, within two years, heavily out of step with the return to the usual public demand for a more muscular and military foreign policy. In addition, out-of-office cold warriors closed ranks, forming organizations such as the Committee on the Present Danger, which included Paul Nitze. Their goal-to revive the Cold War-was ultimately successful; Ronald Reagan and CIA-assisted torture in Central America were the inevitable results. And in the course of all this, a picture was formed of Jimmy Carter as weak, bungling, inept, and out of his depth; an ad hoc president who had no coherent conceptual outlook or foreign policy at all. It seems to me that some of this was true, but a genuinely alternative foreign policy simply could not "scan" in the mind-set still with us ...


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To many observers, / Jimmy Carter was a kind of mysterious politician who descended from the moon, visited D.C. for four years, and then left-which, given the foreign policy outlook of his predecessors over the previous thirty years, was in a sense correct. He had neither the talent nor the patience for memorable rhetorical appeals; his interest was in the substance of foreign policy issues, not in how they would play in the media. It is no accident that he was defeated by an actor, a not terribly astute, sloganeering individual with an opposite modus operandi. Popularity with the media was at the top of Reagan's list. He was not interested in the substantive details of foreign policy; he probably couldn't even understand them. What interested the fortieth president was rhetoric, public appearances, and ceremonial duties. He had no intellectual curiosity whatsoever; his political philosophy amounted to little more than "us good, them bad," and that was basically what most of the American people wanted to hear. Jimmy Carter (perhaps foolishly) had loftier goals in mind; thus, he was "inept ."

... Jeane Kirkpatrick's widely influential essay in November 1979, "Dictatorships and Double Standards," faulted [Carter] for failing to support America's right-wing allies, and for being a "liberal." Kirkpatrick was a member of the Committee on the Present Danger, whose goal it was to resuscitate the Cold War. Her central charge-that Carter's human rights policy "lost" us Iran and Nicaragua-was full of holes, but it carried great weight among the Cold War crowd and beyond (it was squarely in the tradition of the GOP's attacking Truman for "losing" China). The United States, she said, should accept dictators such as Anastasio Somoza and the Shah of Iran as "traditional authoritarians," ones who prevented the triumph of the left. Carter, she went on, was destabilizing our right-wing allies. Our so-called crisis of spirit was simply something being inflicted upon us by liberals. Right-wing regimes were, she asserted, capable of redemption; left-wing ones were beyond it. Furthermore, any nation that describes us as colonialist, expansionist or racist was an enemy, for we were none of those things (Kirkpatrick apparently hadn't read a whole lot of American history). Not surprisingly, the article attracted the attention of Ronald Reagan, who appointed her ambassador to the United Nations in 1981; and her distinction between "redeemable" right-wing regimes and "irredeemable" left-wing ones provided the basis of much of his foreign policy: the Iran-contra scandal, the repression of the left in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and the CIA torture training that went on in Honduras, to name some of the worst examples. William Casey, Reagan's CIA director, manipulated intelligence reports to exaggerate the Soviet threat in Central America, in order to whip up support for the government policies. Business as usual, in other words.

Although Kirkpatrick's attack was fundamentally misguided-indeed, Christopher Hitchens remarked that what she really preferred was not authoritarian regimes to totalitarian ones, but authoritarianism to democracy ...

There is more, excerpted here:
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Berman_Morris/Pax_Americana_DAA.html

FWIW, "Dark Ages America" was the book that put me on the road to doom/collapse awareness.

Thank You Surly, One of the most interesting and powerful reads presented to me. Fascinating scope and excerpts which require one to stop reading and ponder such is their depth.

Was pleased to find much admired author of mine, James Kunstler, in a minor quote that played well to my Libertarian beliefs.

This war culture can be seen not only in our foreign policy, but also in the details of how we live, both physically and emotionally. As Kunstler points out, "Indulging in a fetish of commercialized privatism, we did away with the public realm, and with nothing left but private life in our private homes and private cars, we wonder what happened to the spirit of community We created a landscape of scary places and became a nation of scary people." We live, says Richard Sennett, as though attack-and defense were the correct model of our subjective lives. As Mother Teresa suggested, what could be more tragic?

Thanks again Surly and may I suggest Diners take time to read this exceptional posting.

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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2146 on: January 12, 2019, 04:44:22 PM »
At some point, even conservatives are going to have to throw in their hands.

 

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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2147 on: January 13, 2019, 03:42:00 AM »
"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2148 on: January 13, 2019, 05:42:08 AM »
"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2149 on: January 13, 2019, 09:10:30 AM »


But the man has gone very far not having to pay taxes.  Sorry to have to tell the Dude this but Trump is not just going to piss on his rug.  He is going to shit all over it after he's done pissing and shitting the ignorance of the lowbrow classes to the bullying stupidity of Trump will embolden a new dark age of exploitation.  The upper classes need little encouragement to lord it over everyone else.  They live for condescension and Trump is like a fast talking carny in a low budget traveling big top with a crooked game that he robs rubes with.  All the other thieves watch to learn how he does it.  Snake oil America is just getting started.

This is going to result in MASSIVE die-off.  Trump may be comparable to Hitler after all, but it will take a turn of history's wheel to generate as many dead as Hitler killed.  It took hours for the Titanic to sink; same idea with our ship of state, but we are bigger so it will take longer for the unintended consequences to kick in.

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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2150 on: January 14, 2019, 04:57:29 AM »
"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2151 on: January 14, 2019, 04:59:24 AM »
"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2152 on: January 14, 2019, 05:03:25 AM »

The Funniest Anti-Brexit Protest Signs

These people are convinced that Brexit is a terrible mistake and are not afraid to tell it to the world via hilarious signs.

This is like when...

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Pulling out never works.

The worst trade negotiation since...

What a load of brexcrement.

Even Baldrick had a plan.

If I'm here, things must be BAD.

We're gonna need a bigger vote.

Please note...

Do you really want this?

Boris, you w*nker!

Go home, Brexit. You're drunk.

More tea, less Brexit.

Banksy meets Brexit.

Brexit will be as shit as this sign.

Pee station.

This doesn't seem very well thou...

Brex-shit.

Mo mother in law lives in Spain...

Brexit.

Mom knows.

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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2153 on: January 14, 2019, 01:57:49 PM »
Oldie but goodie...

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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2154 on: January 15, 2019, 04:16:26 PM »


"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2155 on: January 15, 2019, 05:03:40 PM »




There has to be a conspiracy here somewhere....

I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why youíre here. Youíre here because you know something. What you know you canít explain, but you feel it. Youíve felt it your entire life, that thereís something wrong with the world.
You donít know what it is but its there, like a splinter in your mind

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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2156 on: January 17, 2019, 07:53:09 AM »
"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2157 on: January 17, 2019, 08:17:55 AM »
"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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Re: The Daily Meme
« Reply #2158 on: January 18, 2019, 11:39:17 AM »
I love the fact that to date, none of these troglodytes and 'tards has laid a glove on AOC.

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« Reply #2159 on: January 18, 2019, 11:48:26 AM »
"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

 

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