Monday, October 7, 2013

Glamorizing US Military Exploits

Hal Pepinsky,, “peacemaking” at
October 7, 2013

                Over the weekend, US Navy SEALs violated Somalian sovereignty in an apparently unsuccessful attempt to kidnap one “terrorist,” and hours later, US Special Forces violated Libyan sovereignty to kidnap another.  Secretary of State Kerry then celebrated the Libyan operation as an example of our will to use whatever “extraordinary” means necessary to bring foes to heel.  The Libyan government asks for a “clarification” of the Tripoli kidnaping, having, I suspect, given tacit, plausibly deniable, consent to that operation.  Here again we have examples of US government exceptionalism: international laws of extradition do not apply where our national interests apply.
                Bald declarations of US outlawry are disturbing enough by themselves.  What I found more disturbing was reporting of the operations by ABC News last night, accompanied by apparent footage of the US forces in action, and an animated recreation of the “successful” operation in Libya.  Like the movie recreating the assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, our media keep advertising these demonstrations of our military prowess, apparently with the aid and encouragement of the Pentagon.  We may lack the political will to feed, educate, and give medical care to our poor, but my oh my how we advertise the fruits of exorbitant military-industrial enterprise, virtually without question in US mass media.  Our national addiction to glorifying military prowess remains a cultural “solution” in times of economic and political distress.  Love and peace--hal

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