Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Post Titled: From the New York Review of Books


A few sentances that really popped-out:

"America is an "empire of bases," he writes, with a network of vast, hardened military encampments across the earth, each one a match for any Roman or Raj outpost. Official figures speak of 737 US military bases in foreign countries, adding up to an armed American presence, whether large or small, in 132 of the 190 member states of the United Nations."

"The Romans often preferred to exercise power through friendly client regimes, rather than direct rule: until Jay Garner and L. Paul Bremer became US proconsuls in Baghdad, that was the American method too. Rome even took in the scions of their defeated peoples' leading families, the better to prepare them for their future as Rome's puppets; perhaps comparable are Washington's elite private schools, full of the "pro-Western" Arab kings, South American presidents, and Afri-can leaders of the future. Sometimes the approach backfired, then and now. Several of those who rebelled against Rome had earlier been sponsored as pliant allies; their contemporary counterparts would surely be Saddam Hussein, a former US ally against Iran, and the one-time CIA-funded "freedom fighter," Osama bin Laden."


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Blogger Madeline Ashby said...

Am I to understand from this post that Adam is out of jail? Is he the one who emailed you? I want to send news of his arrest to BoingBoing -- especially since it has received no mainstream Internet coverage -- but first I need to know what's going on.

6:38 am  
Blogger Madeline Ashby said...

Am I to understand from your post that Adam is no longer in jail? Was the one who emailed you? I want to report this incident to BoingBoing, but I need all the facts first.

6:39 am  
Blogger "Post-Google" by TAR ART RAT said...

hi madeline,
as far as I know his hearing was today, (June 8) send me a real email and we can discuss further,

3:02 am  

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