America’s “empire of chaos,” a cannon now turned inward and pointed at YOU, lord.


Ready for more uplifting Tuesday morning reading? Okay, here goes. We’ve uncorked the bad genie from so many worldwide bottles, and now we’re enveloped in the consequences.

American History Explains Donald Trump, by Tom Engelhardt (The Nation)

After so many years of creating chaos abroad, it’s finally come back to haunt us.

The one thing you could say about empires is that, at or near their height, they have always represented a principle of order as well as domination. So here’s the confounding thing about the American version of empire in the years when this country was often referred to as “the sole superpower,” when it was putting more money into its military than the next 10 nations combined: It’s been an empire of chaos …

Now, set the hook, because we’d best get used to it.

 … The United States with all its wealth and power is, of course, hardly an Afghanistan or a Libya or a Yemen or a Somalia. It still remains a genuinely great power, and one with remarkable resources to wield and fall back on. Nonetheless, the recent election offered striking evidence that the empire of chaos had indeed made the trip homeward. It’s now with us big time, all the time. Get used to it.