Where Defeat Culture Leads~~~The men who fought the 21st century equivalents of Vietnam, though against right-wing Islamists, not left-wing nationalists and communists: the men who never for a second figured out how to win “hearts and minds” any better than Westmoreland had half a century earlier, are now running the show in Washington. Add in the corporate types who arm them for battle and lobby for more of the same while raking in the dough and you have a system that no one involved would want to change. It’s a formula for success that works like a dream that is sure to end up looking like a nightmare.
Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He runs TomDispatch.com and is a fellow of the Type Media Center. His sixth and latest book is A Nation Unmade by War.