In their reaction to these latest American-funded wars, the Global South and large swathes of the non-English speaking world are sending a message to Washington: The old way of doing business is over.

By James Carden,

This weekend the Washington Post reported that the Biden administration has drawn up plans for “a sustained military campaign targeting the Houthis in Yemen.” For those who may understandably have lost count, that would make three regional wars the Biden Administration has embroiled us in over the past three years.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks to Department of Defense personnel, with Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III

If nothing else the Biden administration has shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that we now are governed by men and women who prioritize countries and interests other than our own. We Americans are no longer the masters of our fate; and far too many remain unaware that we are on the cusp of a third and fateful world war for which those in charge would bear an enormous share of responsibility.

So, what moves the people who hold our collective fate in their hands? What explains their vision of America and its place in the world? In my view, the ideology of the permanent state posits that:

  • It is Washington’s right, duty and moral obligation to remake the world as it sees fit, at the point of a gun if necessary.
  • That duty derives from the belief that America’s founding and subsequent achievements render us an exceptional, exemplary people. As such, there is no room for civilizational difference.
  • Untruths can and should be deployed in the service of American power.
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