Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

From an old military man…  §

Well, well… It’s a mainstream author and ex-cold warrior who admits that the Cold War was a sham, the “red scare” little more than the manifestation of an imperial elite’s discovery that Eisenhower’s military-industrial complex was the most efficient mechanism possible for post- or late-capitalist global hegemony.

“So what kind of empire is ours? The unit is not the colony, it’s the military base. This is not quite as unusual as defenders of the concept of empire often assume. That is to say, we can easily calculate the main military bases of the Roman Empire in the Middle East, and it turns out to be about the same number it takes to garrison the region today. You need about 38 major bases. You can plot them out in Roman times and you can plot them out today. An empire of bases — that’s the concept that best explains the logic of the 700 or more military bases around the world acknowledged by the Department of Defense. Now, we’re just kidding ourselves that this is to provide security for Americans.”

“What we’ve done with our economy is very similar to what Adolf Hitler did with his. We turn out airplanes and other weapons systems in huge numbers. This leads us right back to 1991 when the Soviet Union finally collapsed. We couldn’t let the Cold War come to an end. We realized it very quickly. In fact, there are many people who believe that the thrust of the Cold War even as it began, especially in the National Security Council’s grand strategy document, NSC68, rested on the clear understanding of late middle-aged Americans who had lived through the Great Depression that the American economy could not sustain itself on the basis of capitalist free enterprise.”

This is a must read, not so much because it’s new information (it isn’t) but because it’s an establishment voice. He’s not entirely sure what he’s claiming — for example, he equates state socialism with military-economic imperialism in late capitalism and is essentially unwilling to differentiate between them — but it’s an interesting read nonetheless.