Dumb and Dumber: A Secret CIA Drone Base, a Blowback World, and Why Washington Has No Learning Curve
From TomDispatch this morning: An anatomy of a major story in our American world that was first suppressed and then treated as an insignificant “footnote” to history and yet could land us (again) in blowback hell, by Tom Engelhardt.
“You could, of course, sit there, slack-jawed, thinking about how mindlessly repetitive American foreign and military policy is these days. Or you could wield all sorts of fancy analytic words to explain it. Or you could just settle for a few simple, all-American ones. Like dumb. Stupid. Dimwitted. Thick-headed. Or you could speak about the second administration in a row that wanted to leave no child behind, but was itself incapable of learning, or reasonably assessing its situation in the world.”
I’m talking about recent news that the CIA has built a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia from which to pursue its drone war in Yemen. Anyone who remembers the blowback history of Saudi Arabia, Americans garrisons there, and 9/11 should be pardoned for thinking that we’re once again in the fast lane on the Mobius strip of history. It was a story suppressed for over a year by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other mainstream outlets. When it came out, it should have been front-page news with screaming headlines and accompanying outraged editorials. Instead, it was buried.” Don’t miss this one!