By Chris Rossini
It seems like just yesterday that President Obama was pulling the wool over America's eyes with his final State of The Union address. In that speech, the president proclaimed that "on issues of global concern, we will mobilize the world to work with us, and make sure other countries pull their own weight."
Of course, neither the original (and superior) Articles of Confederation, nor the U.S. Constitution give the federal government any authority to deal with "issues of global concern". Nor does the federal government have any powers to "mobilize the world," as if such a thing were even possible.
The real warnings from America's founders about not getting involved in entangling alliances and not going abroad looking for monsters to destroy have been tossed into the memory hole. American presidents (over the last 100 years especially) all pretend that they can solve "global problems," and pretend that they can get "the world" to act in concert.
Let's look at the latest regional problem that has been blown out of proportion to be pitched as a global problem: ISIS.
President Obama supposedly "mobilized the world" with a 65-nation anti-ISIS coalition. The U.S. government is so powerful and so persuasive that 65 nations got in line to achieve a common goal. Amazing! It makes for a good headline, doesn't it?
Well it should always be kept in mind that the U.S. government has mastered the art of false advertising. To paraphrase the great libertarian entrepreneur Lew Rockwell: 'Always assume that politicians are lying to you, and you'll rarely be disappointed.'
With that philosophy, you would not be surprised to learn that U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter was recently in Switzerland complaining that many coalition parters are "not doing enough" and that others are doing "nothing at all"! Carter specifically placed blame on Sunni Arab nations.
Imagine that. Nations like Saudi Arabia (who ideologically are no different than ISIS) are going with the armchair approach! The U.S. has also recently tried to get Australia to commit more troops to the anti-ISIS fight, but the Aussies (smartly) said NO.
Isn't it fascinating to see how different reality is when it's compared to State of The Union speeches and mainstream media headlines? How very obvious that their entire purposes are to keep the fairy tale alive in American minds. Believe in the man behind the curtain, and your job of being an American taxpayer is fulfilled.
U.S. politicians (and their FCC licensed media) no doubt believe that they have to lie all the time. After all, it's American citizens who must lose their lives fighting in wars that they have no business being in. It's American citizens who must work hard to earn money, so that it may be flushed down the toilet of neocon delusions. And finally, it's American citizens who must continually lose their liberty as the fear mongering propaganda must get more and more extravagant in order to work.
"Global concerns"...."mobilizing the world"...It's all gibberish if you hear it out of a politician's mouth. America's founders were right. We better turn back from this philosophy of militarily dominating the world before it's too late.