Chris Hedges Forever Wars Podcast

The Chris Hedges Podcast: Dissecting the Mythology of War

West Point graduate, Vietnam veteran and retired Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich discusses his new book, a collection of essays by combat veterans who excoriate the myths of war.

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Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning NewsThe Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is the host of show The Chris Hedges Report.

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  1. Chris, IMHO, the status of the United States is now similar to what FDR said in a different context.

    Prof. William Robinson’s newest and most critical work, “Can Global Capitalism Endure” — from supposedly March 2022, through August, and further delayed to September 2022 — being suppressed and delayed in publication on Amazon?

    I’m not generally a conspiracy theorist, but I am inclined to think that this coming book is dangerously truthful in exposing our “Quiet American” Empire.

    Even Robinson’s far earlier “Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity” in 2014 was radically prescient in diagnosing the ‘arc of history bending toward’ EMPIRE, rather than away from this:

    Disguised Global Crony Capitalist Racist Propagandist Criminal Ecocidal Child-Killing & War-Starting EMPIRE, controlled by the ‘Ruling-Elite’, UHNWI, <0.003%ers, TCCers, arrogantly self-appointed "Masters of the Universe", and "Evil (not-so) Geniuses" [Kurt Andersen] — which hides Empire behind their totally corrupted dual-party Vichy-facade of faux-democracy.

    While FDR declared in December 1941 that "a state of war HAS existed" — now, in America, "a state of Empire HAS Existed" since at least the scope of Paul Kennedy's "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers — 1500 to 2000" —- now in 2022, we are in a State of EMPIRE, which is the polar opposite of any type or FORM of Government recognized by WIKI.

    We are truly, as Ron Suskind, wrote in the NYT in Oct 2004, when he hectored Karl Rove into admitting — "We're and EMPIRE now" — as this earlier article in Truth Out describes:

    https://truthout.org/articles/prof-william-i-robinson-global-capitalism-is-in-the-midst-of-its-most-severe-crisis/

    Along with his earlier seminal truth:

    A "Quiet American" HQed, camouflaged, but extant, Disguised Global Crony
    Capitalist & Racist EMPIRE — which is what Prof. Robinson
    presciently diagnosed and 'exposed' in his 2014 definitive work:

    “The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures from dominant
    groups around the world to resolve problems of global capitalism and to
    secure the legitimacy of the system overall. In this regard, “U.S.”
    imperialism refers to the use BY transnational elites of the U.S. state
    apparatus (hard & soft powers) to continue to attempt to expand,
    defend, and stabilize the global capitalist system. We are witness less
    to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global capitalist imperialism.

    We face an EMPIRE OF GLOBAL CAPITAL, headquartered, for evident
    historical reasons, in Washington.” [Caps added]

    Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity, 2014 Robinson, William
    Cambridge University Press

    “Show me what democracy looks like”
    "This ain't what democracy looks like"
    "This is what an EMPIRE looks like"

    1. Follow-up, Chris, re. NYT reporting today:

      “The Russians are exhausted, and you don’t want to give them time to regroup and rest,” said former CIA analyst and Representative Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee who visited Ukraine last month with a small group of lawmakers. “I understand the desire to strike when they’re tired.”

      However, in a strangely non sequitur manner, Slotkin, also recently asked her constituents:

      “How many people here have had to take their car to the shop in last 12 months for a bent rim or some other repair because you’ve hit a pothole? Let’s see a show of hands”.

      What’s the connection you might say?

      Well, I do ad-hoc focus grouping and ask briefly, “Why do you think the roads have gone to crap?”

      Most folks either can’t think of why, or just shrug and say they don’t know — then I reply, “because Billionaires don’t drive cars” — they don’t have to be concerned with road conditions, nor with us, any of us.

      Which is why, IMHO, the unbelievably arrogant and self-named “Masters of the Universe” have the same mind-set in dealing with car-repairs and wars. Billionaires, along with the ‘Ruling Elite’, UHNWIs, 0.03%ers, TCCers, and “Evil (not-so) Geniuses” [Kurt Andersen] — who hide Empire behind their totally corrupted dual-party Vichy-facade of faux-democracy have the luxury of not giving a crap about car repairs or wars in this “Quiet American” Empire that they control — and we don’t.

      “I too understand the desire to strike when they’re tired” of Empire.

      1. Ha – Russians exhausted indeed!
        What is exhausted is Washington Foreign Policy.
        The Main Game, to collapse Russia via the US-NATO-UK Ukrainian Proxy War on Russia, at the expense of Ukrainian lives, has failed.

        The other Main Game – In desperation do the Forces of Universal Goodness resort to winning The Information War, if you cannot win The War. Discussed here . . . https://les7eb.substack.com/p/ukraine-notes-the-long-proxy-war-67b

        The thoroughly corrupt President Zelenskyy, always out of his depth and one who came with no actual credentials for leadership, now presented as the last hope for The Ukraine, the fate of which will rest with Russia. The winner always decides the outcome. The best parts of The Ukraine will be absorbed into Russia.

  2. The brainwashing glorifying everything war in this country is obscene in the extreme. We are a lost people and a danger to all life, human or otherwise on this planet. It is my fervent desire that somehow we get put down….like a rabid dog, before we commit some monstrous and irrevocable act so great that it plunges humanity into a new dark age.

    Read what the Russians are saying today about US bioweapons…like the C virus. Personally, I believe every single word they say about it.

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