As the 2020 elections approach, watch out. There’s one possible American war still to come in the Greater Middle East. I’m thinking, of course, about a potential war with Iran.
When it comes to this planet in the era of climate change, quagmire seems like an appropriate image, as long as we keep in mind that we are the aggressors.
Each of us might, sooner or later, be thought of as a kind of failed experiment that ends in the ultimate failure: death. And in some ways, the same thing might be said of states and empires.
America’s never-ending twenty-first-century conflicts were triggered by the decision of George W. Bush and his top officials to instantly define their response to attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center by a tiny group of jihadis as a “war”; then to proclaim it nothing short of a “Global War on Terror”; and finally to invade and occupy first Afghanistan and then Iraq, with dreams of dominating the Greater Middle East — and ultimately the planet — as no other imperial power had ever done.
When it comes to unintended consequences of American policy, Donald Trump is just the tip of the iceberg.
It was bloody and brutal, a true generational struggle, but give them credit. In the end, they won when so many lost.
James Comey was axed. Sean Spicer went down in a heap of ashes. Anthony Scaramucci crashed and burned instantaneously. Reince Priebus hung on for dear life but was finally canned. Seven months in, Steve Bannon got the old heave-ho and soon after, his minion, Sebastian Gorka, was unceremoniously shoved out the White House door. In a downpour of potential conflicts of interest and scandal, Carl Icahn bowed out. Gary Cohn has reportedly been at the edge of resignation. And so it goes in the Trump administration.