Who’s The Enemy Today?

Since I began writing and analyzing stuff the US has had a wide array of so-called “enemies”…..those entities that pose a problem to the American worldwide agenda.

Until the 1990’s Russia was our leading adversary….We have had Grenada, Panama, the Balkans, al-Qaeda, the Taleban, ISIS, Iraq and so many minor “enemies” and in all that time, since 1979, the one constant has been Iran.

These days there seems to be a couple constant ones also……Russia (again), the various terrorist organizations, Iran (as always) and North Korea.

I am an old fart so I can look back at recent history and see the long line of potential “enemies”….it is almost like the soup du jour…..it changes on a whim from the powers that lead.

I do a lot of reading daily and the other day I was reading a pro-Libertarian site, Hornsberger’s Blog, that was covering this ever changing landscape of “enemies”…….

…….Everyone needs to resign himself to the discomforting reality of living under a national-security state and an overseas empire: There is always going to be an official enemy or official enemies. It never ends. The process is perpetual.

How else could the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA justify their ever-increasing budgets, influence, and power? Official enemies are the coin of the realm. They never run out of official enemies.

Source: A Constantly Shifting Array of Official Enemies – The Future of Freedom Foundation

This “enemies” thing is a classic propaganda ploy….give the populace something or someone to fear.

This “enemies” thingy is so touchy that the advisers in the White House are debating which is which and who is who….to the point that it could become an internal civil war….

But this time the “enemies” are internal…….

An internal White House enemies list of alleged Obama loyalists to be fired early in the Trump administration is a key contributor to a long-running feud between the National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, two senior administration officials tell The Daily Beast.

Team Trump never acted on the list, the officials said, and now those employees have finished their tenure at the National Security Council and returned to their home agencies.

Source: White House ‘Enemies List’ Drove McMaster-Bannon Feud

Enemy to the Left, enemy to the Right, enemies all around…..

Not much new here…Nixon had a list…..and Clinton, Bubba not Hillary, had a list…but this White House enemies list has a different feel to it….if you know what I mean.

11 thoughts on “Who’s The Enemy Today?

  1. Given the mess that happened at Charlottesville, I think we are fast becoming our own worst enemies. It must be that new generation of Millennials who are wet behind the ears and who don’t know all that much about our past or don’t care about it either …I love blaming the new kids on the block … that’s who I am, “Mr. Blame.” LOL

      1. I want to go back to dancing around crackling fires in the dark of silent nights, carrying my spear and running half naked in the woods — subsisting on Wild Rabbit, Fresh Fish, Corn, Beans and Squash and drinking face down from streams diamond clear and pure as the new fallen snows.

  2. Having an ‘enemy’ is essential to justify huge military spending. It is not only the US, but every country who has those ‘enemies’, for that very reason. For the first time I can recall, the UK does not have one specific ‘enemy’ to talk about. Instead, the government talks about ‘an unstable world situation’ to justify our own spending on the military, and instead of focusing on who we might have to invade to ‘protect our interests’, they now concern themselves with defence against the ‘possibility of attack’. (But they do not specify form where)

    The situation in your country is different in that it it becoming divided in the extreme, with rhetoric and actions polarising the two mainstream views. America has not seen such division since before the Civil War, and it is a problem that should be addressed, before it gets out of hand completely. For us to see armed and organised Far-Right militias marching on the streets of an American town armed with assault rifles, is almost unbelievable.
    As is the fact this appears to have been tolerated by the authorities.

    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. NO body wants to have the conversation…instead they prefer to play identity politics and as long as that is so we will stay divided.

      As far as the guns in the streets…Back in my day us Lefties would have been put under the jail if we showed up at a protest with guns…look what happened to the Black panthers….chuq

  3. Reblogged this on In Saner Thought and commented:

    I re-blog this from my opinion blog, GSFP, it is the most clicked on post that I have had on that blog…not going to break any records but it felt good to see that many people wanted to read. chuq

  4. I really hate to keep harping on this, but, the only enemy the American people have is themselves; their insistence on remaining ignorant, & accepting all the bullshit they’ve been buying into all their lives is what makes them complicit in their own government’s actions…. Plus, it’s not as if none of us were warned, not only by our own founding fathers, but, for much longer. I think we all had to read the Republic, by Plato, back in school. In it, Plato pointed out, very clearly, this exact issue, to wit:

    “… But when he [the people’s champion] has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.” — Plato (428-348? B.C.), “The Republic”

    It’s a sad truth, but, nobody in this country, save those who have known right along, knows dick-all about karma, which is a shame. They’d realize they are the cause of their own misery, for it is a truth of our universe that not only are we 100% responsible for what we DO, but, we are also 100% responsible for what HAPPENS TO US!

    Anyone who does not accept this simple truth is failing to prepare for Life, and, thus, are also preparing to fail at it.

    gigoid, the dubious

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