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63,719. I’m so sick of arming the world and then sending troops over to destroy the fucking arms. You know what I mean? We keep arming these little countries then we go and blow the shit out of them. We’re like the bullies of the world. We’re like Jack Palance in the movie Shane throwing the pistol at the sheep herder’s feet. (Arms & Empire US) Bill Hicks, Revelations, Dominion Theatre London
117,936. Not only will America go to your country and kill all your people, they’ll come back twenty years later and make a movie about how killing your people made their soldiers feel sad. Frankie Boyle
118,248. He’s an American. They take over anything. (GBH Films & Empire US) The Blue Parrot 1953 starring John Le Mesurier & Dermot Walsh & Jacqueline Hill & Ballard Barkeley & June Ashley & Richard Pearson & Ferdy Mayne & Victor Lucas & Edwin Richfield & Arthur Rigby & Valerie White & Diane Watts et al, director John Harlow, bird to bird in Blue Parrot club
106,655. Gore Vidal was correct in prophesying that we would become an empire. That is our present dilemma. (Debate & Empire) William F Buckley, cited Best of Enemies 2015
108,632. You may have to sell intervention or other military action in such a way as to create the misimpression that it is the Soviet Union that you are fighting – that’s what the United States has been doing ever since the Truman doctrine. Samuel Huntington
75,224. When Arbenz became President in Guatemala, the country was very much under the control of the United Fruit Company and big international corporations. And Arbenz ran on this ticket that says we want to give the land back to the people, and when he was in power he began to implement policies that would do just that, give land rights back to the people. The United Fruit company didn’t like that very much, so they hired a public relations firm and launched a huge campaign in the United States to convince people ... that Arbenz was a Soviet puppet, and if we allowed him to stay in power, the Soviets would have a foothold in this hemisphere ... Out of this public relations campaign came a commitment on the part of the CIA and the Military to take this man out. And in fact we did. We sent in planes. We sent in soldiers. We sent in jackals. We sent everything in to take him out, and did take him out. And as soon as he was removed from office, the new guy that took over after him basically reinstated everything to the big international corporations, including the United Fruit. (Guatelama & Corporation & Empire US & Coup) John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, economist for Chas T Main Inc
36,696. We operated from the premise that everything we did do was legal. (Government Secret & Law & Empire US) Colonel Oliver North
89,115. The doctrine that was taught was that if you wanted information, you used physical abuse, you use false imprisonment, you use threats to family members, you use virtually any method necessary to get what you want ... Torture and killing. Killing! (South America & Empire US) Major Joseph Blair, School of the Americas instructor 1986-1889
49,076. Who is the biggest violator of the non-proliferation treaty? The United States of America. We signed a pledge that we would begin to disarm and we’re not doing it; we’re expanding our nukes. Who the hell are we going to nuke? (Nuclear & Empire: US & Arms) Mike Gravel, 2009 Democratic Party nominee
49,792. It is pleasant to observe by what regular gradation we surmount the force of local prejudice as we enlarge our acquaintance with the world. (United States & Foreign Relations US & Empire US) Thomas Paine, Common Sense
29,372. We owe it … to the amicable relations existing between the United States and those [European] powers to declare that we should consider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety. (Empire US & United States) James Monroe
29,373. And at last when the Americans became the majority, the seat of Empire would perhaps have been moved solemnly across the Atlantic, and Britain have become the historical shrine and the European outpost of the world empire. It would have been the most sublime transference of power known to mankind ... under the vigorous embrace of the New World. (Empire US & Empire UK & Empire) Lord Rosebery, address Glasgow University 1900
3,020. Control of space means control of the world. From space the masters of infinity would have the power to control the Earth’s weather, to cause draught and flood, to change the tides and raise the levels of the sea, to divert the Gulf Stream and change the climates to frigid. There is something more important than the ultimate weapon. And that is the ultimate position. The position of total control over Earth that lies somewhere in outer space. (Space & Earth & Control & Empire US) Lyndon B Johnson
29,021. Renewed hostile actions against United States’ ships on the high seas in the Gulf of Tonkin have today required me to order the military forces of the United States to take action in reply. (United States & Empire US & Lies & Vietnam) Lyndon Baines Johnson
5,331. It's almost hard to imagine anything more undemocratic than the view that political officials should not debate American wars in public, but only express concerns ‘privately with the administration’. (Civil Liberties & War on Terror & Empire US) Glenn Greenwald
29,078. The Neo-Conservatives were idealists: their aim was to try to stop the social disintegration they believed liberal freedoms had unleashed. They wanted to find a way to unite the people by giving them a shared purpose, and one of their great influences in doing this would be the theories of Leo Strauss. (United States & Neo-Conservative & Empire US) Adam Curtis, The Power of Nightmares I: Baby It’s Cold Outside, BBC 2004
100,210. The American neo-conservatives and radical Islamism … the two groups come together to fight the Soviet Union In Afghanistan … Both failed in their revolutions. (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Empire US) Adam Curtis, The Power of Nightmares II: The Phantom Victory
100,211. The strange world of fantasy, deception, violence and fear in which we now live. (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Empire US) ibid.
100,212. The Americans were setting out to defeat a mythological enemy. (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Empire US) ibid.
100,213. American money and weapons now began to pour across the Pakistan border into Afghanistan. (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Empire US) ibid.
100,214. Zawahiri and his small group settled in Peshawar … a military rejection of all American influence over the jihad, because America was the source of this corruption. (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Empire US) ibid.
33,303. Then in 1987 the New Soviet leader Michael Gorbachev decided he was going to withdraw Russian troops from Afghanistan. Gorbachev was convinced that the whole Soviet system was facing collapse. He was determined to try and save it through political reform and this meant reversing the policies of his predecessors including the occupation of Afghanistan. (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Empire US) ibid.
29,079. For the Neo-Conservatives the collapse of the Soviet Union was a triumph. And out of that triumph was going to come a central myth that still inspires them today. That through the aggressive use of American power they could transform the world and spread democracy. But in reality their victory was an illusion. (United States & Neo-Conservatives & Empire US & Politics) ibid.
29,080. The Neo-Conservatives set out to reform America. And at the heart of their project was the political use of religion. Together with their long-term allies, the religious right, they began a campaign to bring moral and religious issues back into the center of conservative politics. (United States & Neo-Conservatives & Empire US & Politics) ibid.
29,081. By 1998 all their attempts to transform America by creating a moral revolution had failed. Faced with the indifference of the people, the Neo-Conservatives had become marginalized in both domestic and foreign policy. But with the attacks that were about to hit America the Neo-Conservatives would at last find the evil enemy they had been searching for ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union. And in their reaction to the attacks the Neo-Conservatives would transform the failing Islamist movement into what would appeared to be the grand revolutionist cause that Zawahiri had always dreamed of. But much of it would exist only in people’s imaginations. It would be the next phantom enemy. (United States & Neo-Conservative & Empire US & Politics) ibid.
69,231. Politicians now promise to protect us from nightmares. They say that they will rescue us from terrible dangers we cannot see and do not understand. And the greatest danger of all is international terrorism ... But much of this threat is a fantasy which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. (Danger & Politics & Empire US & Neo-Conservative & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion) Adam Curtis, The Power of Nightmares III: The Shadows in the Cave
100,217. But then the neo-conservatives began to reconstruct the Islamists. They created a phantom enemy. And as this nightmare fantasy began to spread, politicians realised the new power it gave them in a deeply disillusioned age. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & Neo-Conservative & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.
100,218. Bin Laden had no formal organisation until the Americans invented one for him. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.
100,219. Bin Laden had given this network a name: Al Qaeda … The focus of a loose association of dissident Muslim militants who were attracted by the new strategy. But there was no organisation … He was not their commander. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.
100,220. He realised this was the term the Americans gave him. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.
100,204. Now the neo-conservatives were all powerful … At its heart were Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, along with the vice-president Dick Cheney and Richard Perle was a senior adviser to the Pentagon. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & Neo-Conservative & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.
89,210. The neo-conservatives distorted and exaggerated the Soviet threat. They created the image of a hidden international web of evil run from Moscow that planned to dominate the world. When in reality the Soviet Union was on its last legs, collapsing from within. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & Soviet Union & Neo-Conservative & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.