Not." Chomsky has been using the first part of the title, which he attributes to George Bush the Elder, for a while—he used it as a book title in 2007. In an hour or so, he took us on a tour of American power, going back to the notion of a "Grand Area," cooked up during World War II by U. policymakers to outline the vast swaths of the world that America would seek to dominate.This presumption of influence has been the defining feature of American policy—and American presidents—ever since, including the U.Before an invited audience of about 200 in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Chomsky shambled up to the podium.Eschewing jacket and tie, Chomsky began his talk, titled "What we say goes.Indeed, efforts to move the country one way or another seem reminiscent of the Great War and its trenches.Take the battle of the Somme, fought over a period of five months in 1916: After more than a million deaths, the lines only moved about six miles.(After O'Donnell's primary defeat of Delaware Republican Mike Castle, Chomsky said, every remaining Republican running for Senate this year professes to doubt the existence of global warming.) Hope arrived with the last question: Should we rethink the ideal of nonviolent protest?
Onward the narrative went—with meaningful asides about unilluminated corners of the world's secret history, such as the parallels between Israel's 1967 bombing of the USS Liberty and Iraq's 1987 attack on the USS Stark (both attacking countries were U. allies, and in both cases the "accidents" were investigated and quietly resolved).
On the main floor, Chomsky was surrounded by young admirers, and he answered their earnest, anxious questions.
The scene reminded me of the times in college that I encountered Allen Ginsberg. How can a state as apparently destructive as the United States survive while allowing intellectuals like Chomsky and artists like slavick to—as the optimistic cliché goes— speak truth to power?
In 1991, Saddam misinterpreted signals from Washington and invaded Kuwait; when he realized he'd overreached, he attempted to walk it back, to no avail.
The period of sanctions that lasted for 12 years—not to be lifted until the attacks ordered by Bush the Younger—were described as meeting the definition of genocide by two United Nations administrators who resigned in succession.
The war with Japan began with the attack on Pearl Harbor that claimed the lives of about 2,500 servicemen and civilians, and ended less than four years later with the nuclear annihilation of approximately 200,000 Japanese civilians.