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The Pavlovian State (You’re the Dog)

December 5, 2006 by

There’s been much talk about the Rumsfeld memo written before his departure, the one that recommended change in the Bush administration’s Iraq war policy. But there’s been little talk of the strange specifics in the memo, specifics which provide profound insight into the workings of the imperial state. For the naïve among us, here is your education.

In particular, I’m thinking of the following chilling passage:

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{ 5 comments }

Som December 5, 2006 at 2:00 pm

So he’s making another excuse to not give “aid” to Iraqi citizens…hmm so does that mean we get the money back? Or is the case that the military, bureaucracy, and politically connected businesses involved in Iraq have to be rewarded with 500+ billion for their “valiant” efforts in Iraq? Sighs why doesn’t that surprise me?

James Ford December 5, 2006 at 7:34 pm

I’m not buying it. Let’s see… You call those who may possibly support the war in Iraq dogs by comparing them to Pavlov’s dogs. Yet, you have bought into the media spin regarding Fallujah. Did I hear a WOOF!? What is libertarian about allowing a bunch of thugs to stifle the freedoms of others, and even kill their neighbors because they do not subscribe to a particularly violent strain of Islam? I had my own questions concerning the war in Iraq. Ultimately, I blame the UN for the years of failures, and Bush should have held their feet to the fire after the unanimous resolution was passed and Hans Blix submitted his report documenting their failure to comply. That was the point at which the UN should have been held accountable. Either it did its job, or scrap it. As for your disdain for the carrot and stick approach, the carrot and stick approach is most definitely libertarian. We have every right to help those that are most helpful to us. We have every right to choose our friends. If I give gifts to my friends, should I be forced to give gifts to my enemies? What this leads to is communism. I do not like alot of what the right does, but I cringe evry time I hear the “Empire” talk from the left. The pain and suffering caused by democracy comes no where close to that of communism/socialism.

averros December 5, 2006 at 8:55 pm

You call those who may possibly support the war in Iraq dogs by comparing them to Pavlov’s dog.

Yep, it is insulting. To the dogs.

After all, dogs are smarter – they salivate when they reasonably expect to be fed.

What exactly the war supporters salivate for? A chance to join in with the crowd licking the buttholes of the Beloved Masters?

Vanmind December 5, 2006 at 10:37 pm

“…and illustrated just how incompetent the US is to accomplish much of anything.” I think Lew should have put the word “government” between “US” and “is.”

Saturdaynightspecial December 6, 2006 at 3:03 am

After the Persian Gulf War, given the US stomped a third world military, Bush and Co thought Iraq would be a cakewalk. The newsmedia heralded the Bush monarchy as genius (in the beginning). Americans are still attending this ballgame hoping for a victory and ready to cheer when their team finally scores. Neocons had other things in their thoughts. Away we go.

All this in the name of liberty – and there went a whole bunch of it. The newsmedia now does everything to repress anything it ever cheered about over all those brave ink stained fingertips. Who would have guessed Bush rigged Iraqi elections; mass denial covers up the stubborn Iraqi result of a theocracy. Americans are groomed and raised on hype, exaggeration, lies and distortions. Many believe in fascism.

Rumsfeld was a loser – government paid him big bucks – the Shrub has to be the dumbest executive ever in the history of the US. “We gottem on their last throes.” But we still have a long way to go, democrats want their turn to manage the infamous US military machine.

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