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Ending America's imperial role and restoring Constitutional government

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ImperialMargarineThe creamy delicious taste of empire is turning oily and rancid. Chalmers Johnson, in a review of The Matador's Cape, by Stephen Holmes:

With this book, Stephen Holmes largely succeeds in elevating criticism of contemporary American imperialism in the Middle East to a new level. In my opinion, however, he underplays the roles of American imperialism and militarism in exploiting the 9/11 crisis to serve vested interests in the military-industrial complex, the petroleum industry, and the military establishment. Holmes leaves the false impression that the political system of the United States is capable of a successful course correction. But, as Andrew Bacevich, author of The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War, puts it: "None of the Democrats vying to replace President Bush is doing so with the promise of reviving the system of checks and balances.... The aim of the party out of power is not to cut the presidency down to size but to seize it, not to reduce the prerogatives of the executive branch but to regain them."

With the exception, of course, of Chris Dodd.

And what is to be done?

There is, I believe, only one solution to the crisis we face. The American people must make the decision to dismantle both the empire that has been created in their name and the huge, still growing military establishment that undergirds it. It is a task at least comparable to that undertaken by the British government when, after World War II, it liquidated the British Empire. By doing so, Britain avoided the fate of the Roman Republic -- becoming a domestic tyranny and losing its democracy, as would have been required if it had continued to try to dominate much of the world by force.

The Mother of Parliaments was able to; we should be able to. Of course, Britain had been bled white by two World Wars, and at the end of the second, well, we owned them. Perhaps the way the Chinese own us? I'd hate to think we have two World Wars to go, though. That would be bad, and I'm not sure there's time.

NOTE Via the always elegantly clad Avedon.

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