P.S. Great comment by emptywheel on Twitter: "Remember when Senators holding up Defense bill were branded as anti-American and unpatriotic?"
We can sugar coat it, or face the truth. We can learn from history, or not. The course we choose will determine our future in ways we can hardly imagine. And, yet, as I write this, our nation persists in a version of Fantasyland, unencumbered by history. The current American Prospect contains an article taking on what Wall Streeters call "talking your book." According to the article here, talking your book means: "trying to get events to match up with the bets on your balance sheet." We're very familiar with the tactic in Washington, where we call it "spinning."
Our lives are saturated with such spin. Outside of Wall Street, some of the most egregious examples include the military contractor speak which embraces terms such as "spreading freedom" (though war); "democracy in a box," and "grand strategy," (as if all the variables in the world could be captured in one model). Today, in Part 1, I address the hazards of the first of these. I contend that we in the US cannot spread democracy by bombing another country, especially when that country did not attack us. Many of us have argued this point till we are "blue" in the face. But hegemonic-, military-, and military contractor- speak try to persuade otherwise. And, despite the evidence, many still buy what the talking-your-book spinners tell us.