An All-American Nightmare


| 11/8/2011 11:12:33 AM


Tags: Iraq war, Afghanistan war, Afghanistan, Iraq, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, American dream, politics, TomDispatch, Tom Engelhardt,

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This post originally appeared at TomDispatch 

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How about a moment of silence for the passing of the American Dream?  M.R.I.C.  (May it rest in carnage.)

No, I’m not talking about the old dream of opportunity that involved homeownership, a better job than your parents had, a decent pension, and all the rest of the package that’s so yesterday, so underwater, so OWS.  I’m talking about a far more recent dream, a truly audacious one that’s similarly gone with the wind.

I’m talking about George W. Bush’s American Dream.  If people here remember the invasion of Iraq -- and most Americans would undoubtedly prefer to forget it -- what’s recalled is kited intelligence, Saddam Hussein’s nonexistent nuclear arsenal, dumb and even dumber decisions, a bloody civil war, dead Americans, crony corporations, a trillion or more taxpayer dollars flushed down the toilet... well, you know the story.  What few care to remember was that original dream -- call it The Dream -- and boy, was it a beaut!

Phil Phyfer
11/15/2011 12:49:55 PM

I guess what you are saying, Mr. Englehardt, is that in order for a war to be lost, you do not need any winners either. There has to be a better way than this immense useless waste. So sad.