acting-man.com / Bill Bonner / October 8, 2016
Look out kid
Don’t matter what you did
Walk on your tip toes
Don’t try “No Doz”
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don’t need a weather man
To know which way the wind blows
– “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” Bob Dylan
DELRAY BEACH, Florida – Biggest foreign policy blunder in U.S. history? Not at all!
Invading Iraq was what The Economist magazine had in mind when it pronounced judgment on President George W. Bush’s most spectacular failure.
But here at the Diary we look at the event in broader context. We’ve been looking at America’s various phony “wars” – the War on Poverty, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror – through a new lens. They have peculiar characteristics not common to real wars:
- They can’t be won. Poverty… drugs… terrorists – they will always be with us.
- The “enemy” draws strength from the war. You pay people to be poor; you have more poor people. You make drugs illegal; profits go up for criminal drug dealers.
- They create new corrupt public-private industries.
- Combatants on both sides benefit; the innocent public loses.