- Feb 2010
- I've Got Nowhere Else to Go
Yes, indeed. The war of aggression in Iraq didn't just benefit Cheney and Rumsfeld, it benefited the whole nation. So too, 5000 seemingly wasted lives and 6 trillion wasted dollars later, is the War on Terror. and I'm sure your proxy war arming white supremacists like the Azov Battalion in Ukraine is also going to go swimmingly. We just have to wait a little longer, lose a few more thousand people and a few more trillion dollars, and eventually the big bennies will start rolling in for all of us.The "Great Game" is conducted by governments for the benefit of nations--it's not like the people of those nations don't benefit from it. If you stop playing the Great Game, you can't stay a rich nation. Not everyone can be Switzerland.
I checked out The Grand Chessboard, Zbigniew Brzezinski's classic book on your Great Game, and found this little chestnut (lifted from the book verbatim):
"Special security arrangements in the Persian Gulf, especially after the brief punitive mission in 1991 against Iraq, have made that economically vital region into an American military preserve. Even the former Soviet space is permeated by various American sponsored arrangements for closer cooperation with NATO, such as the Partnership for Peace."
Bear in mind this was in the interregnum between the first gulf war and the 2003 war of aggression in Iraq. Brzezinski's quite clear that the purpose of the sanctions (that killed 500,000 children in a moral calculation Madeline Albright famously deemed to be "worth it") was not to liberate Iraq from Saddam's oppression but to create an "American military preserve" in the middle east, but also note the total obliviousness here with regard to the threat Iraq would be alleged to pose only a handful of years later.
So we can conclude two things about this "Great Game" of yours. A. the people perpetrating it are lying about why it's being waged (at least when they speak; in their books they seem to feel safe telling the truth), and B. they have no idea how to actually keep the peace in foreign regions, and don't even seem to be trying.