Anyone who studies declassified documents soon becomes aware that government secrecy is largely an effort to protect policy makers from scrutiny by citizens, not to protect the country from enemies.
A number of analysts have observed that although bin Laden was finally killed, he won some major successes in his war against the U.S. ‘He repeatedly asserted that the only way to drive the U.S. from the Muslim world and defeat its satraps was by drawing Americans into a series of small but expensive wars that would ultimately bankrupt them,’ Eric Margolis writes. ‘“Bleeding the U.S.,” in his words.’ The United States, first under George W. Bush and then Barack Obama, rushed right into bin Laden’s trap… Grotesquely overblown military outlays and debt addiction… may be the most pernicious legacy of the man who thought he could defeat the United States—particularly when the debt is being cynically exploited by the far right, with the collusion of the Democrat establishment, to undermine what remains of social programs, public education, unions, and, in general, remaining barriers to corporate tyranny.
If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long. There are two problems for our species’ survival - nuclear war and environmental catastrophe - and we’re hurtling towards them. Knowingly. This hypothetical Martian would probably conclude that human beings were an evolutionary error.
Ayn Rand in my view is one of the most evil figures of modern intellectual history.
The costs of the Bush-Obama wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now estimated to run as high as $4.4 trillion – a major victory for Osama bin Laden, whose announced goal was to bankrupt America by drawing it into a trap.
The phrase the ‘discovery of America’ is obviously wrong. What they discovered was an America that had been discovered for thousands of years before by its inhabitants. Thus what took place was the invasion of America – an invasion by a very alien culture.