Such workers now have "few prospects of improving their lot" except by publicly playing along with the fictions of the US 1%. Thus the fundamental change to America democracy wrought by 17 years of Iraq War is that in order to "live the American dream" one must openly embrace a "false life". This is a twist, and one which does not resort to vulgarity, of a new idea making the rounds across the Western mainstream media: their endemic socio-economic hopelessness has created widespread "s--life syndrome".
The Trump era is the apex (at least one hopes) of this "false life" reality of 21st century US society.
Trump himself is certainly not crazy but he is undoubtedly a liar. Pompeo himself openly revealed the sad degeneration of American dishonesty: "" when I was a cadet - what's the cadet motto at West Point? (West Point is the number one military prep school in the US) 'You will not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do.' I was the CIA director - we lied, we cheated, we stole. That's - it was like - we had entire training courses."
Bush I was a former CIA director, so it's not as if Pompeo really represents a new development in US neo-fascism (it is "neo" because open US Apartheid is over), but my point here is that prior to Vietnam such things were never openly admitted anywhere in the US; during Vietnam the truth of the anti-democratic nature of the US was hotly debated; during the Iraq War the US government's foundation of criminality is openly admitted at the very top" and no one cares.
In an era when every American is tracked - from credit scores, to the location of their cell phone, to what they wrote on the internet 15 years ago - and people can be droned at will, the average American has no choice to but to pretend that they are going along with it all. It is not all Trump and Pompeo - the executive powers, which reduce the American system to investing a dictator's powers in the presidency, were installed by Bush II and increased by Barack "Dronebama" Obama.
The system has spread to their neo-imperial allies, as proven by France's 2-year state of emergency, the "French Patriot Act", and current President Emmanuel "Rubber Bullet President" Macron, who forces through sweeping American-style economic changes via executive order. "False life syndrome" is thus a Western phenomenon, and not only that of their American leader.
The epidemic expansion of "false life syndrome" which began in 2003 is also behind the pathetic, woefully unfair reason Soleimani is now dead:
The Democratic Party elite refused to admit the real reasons for their democratic unpopularity, so they concocted a diversionary Russophobia campaign as well as a campaign to impeach Trump (i.e., to undemocratically reverse the election). In 2020, to distract from this month's expected impeachment vote Trump killed Soleimani. It's more "false life" syndrome, because everyone knows the impeachment is the emptiest of politics as Trump is certain to be acquitted. "Think of the contrast," top House Republican Kevin McCarthy wrote on Twitter. "While Democrats are trying to remove President Trump from office, the President is focused on removing terrorists from the face of the earth." In an election year Trump needed another WMD-like falsity to perpetuate, knowing full well that it would be publicly promoted by many, and he so he murdered Soleimani.
What a crying injustice that an anti-terror hero died in large part because of immoral, domestically despised, primary school-level US domestic politics!
Soleimani was killed to preserve US capitalism-imperialist domination of the Muslim World above all, but the dishonest, unreflective political farce which has reigned since 2003 in America is the leading secondary factor.
Everybody in the world knows this modern truth: Washington defines a terrorist as "someone who disagrees with Washington and Wall Street". Be you Iranian, Iraqi, a journalist like Julian Assange or an average American - oppose US neo-imperialism and neoliberalism and you will be treated as a terrorist.
I am certain that the average American realizes this obvious subtext to these slanderous, absurdly false claims against anti-terror hero Soleimani, but it is 2020 and not 1970 - it seems you can't expect the truth from a huge number of Americans anymore?
Maybe we can after the US finally leaves Iraq?
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