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Pentagon Study: US Empire Collapsing

Insurge Intelligence -- Pentagon study declares American empire is ‘collapsing’ (Jul 17, 2017)

An extraordinary new Pentagon study has concluded that the U.S.-backed international order established after World War 2 is “fraying” and may even be “collapsing”, leading the United States to lose its position of “primacy” in world affairs.

The solution proposed to protect U.S. power in this new “post-primacy” environment is, however, more of the same: more surveillance, more propaganda (“strategic manipulation of perceptions”) and more military expansionism.


Among the most dangerous drivers of this risk of civil unrest and mass destabilization, the document asserts, are different categories of fact. Apart from the obvious “fact-free”, defined as information that undermines “objective truth”, the other categories include actual truths that, however, are damaging to America’s global reputation.

Newsweek -- War on ISIS Under Trump Set to Double Civilian Death Toll Compared to Obama (Jul 17, 2017)

Monitoring group Airwars, in new figures provided to The Daily Beast, estimated that the coalition killed over 2,200 civilians in ISIS-held territory in Iraq and Syria between Trump's inauguration on January 20 and July 13. This represents more than 360 civilian deaths a month and at least 12 a day since Trump entered the White House.

US foreign policy has always been a policy of power-drunk entitlement, imperious and merciless. But there used to be a token effort to come up with some sort of moral justification.

With Trump and his coterie of white power allies and friends, the wanton murdering has gotten its suitably fascist face.