America - The Helpless 'Superpower'

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Submitted by Justin Raimondo via,

The year was 1955, the dawn of the cold war, and an old prophet was writing what would be his last book. It was a volume of history – The American Story, he called it – in which he reviewed the cavalcade of twists and turns that had brought us to that moment when we stood “at the top of the world, “ as he put it. There was no terrorist threat back then – not counting the threat of global annihilation that hung over us during those years of “duck and cover” and backyard bomb shelters. Yet Garet Garrett – a former editor of the New York Times and the Saturday Evening Post, an Old Right “isolationist” who lived in exile on a New Jersey farm – foresaw our present age, and what we would become:

"How, now, thou American, frustrated crusader, do you know where you are?


"Is it security you want? There is no security at the top of the world.


"To thine own self a liberator, to the world an alarming portent, do you know where you are going from here?"

Garrett knew where we were going, and we are living that reality today, sixty years after he wrote those words.

On a late summer Saturday night in the Chelsea district of New York City an explosion caused by an IED that injured 29 people shook the nation: a second bomb was discovered a few blocks from the first site and disabled. This was preceded by a pipe bomb going off at the site of a benefit run for families of US Marines in Seaside, New Jersey, a mere ninety minutes away: multiple devices were found at the same location and were disabled. Injuries were prevented only because the event was delayed due to the size of the crowd; five thousand people would have been in proximity otherwise. To top it off, a person invoking Allah stabbed eight people at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota – albeit not before first asking them if they were Muslim. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the stabbing spree, dubbing the perpetrator a “soldier of Islam.”

Imagine you are a visitor from Mars, watching all this from a very great height. Surely two aspects of this are striking:

To begin with, we have the world’s sole superpower, which purports to be the defender of the “international order,” unable to ensure the security of its own citizens on its own soil. We send our fleet thousands of miles away, to the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea to “protect” the sea lanes – and yet we cannot protect Americans on the streets of New York City.

Secondly, the reactions to this amazing fact reveal a strange bifurcation: government officials and the national news media (or do I repeat myself?) are in denial, while ordinary Americans are on the cusp between anger and hysteria. The reaction of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was emblematic of the former: he said the explosion was “intentional” but not linked to terrorism. He went on to say:

"Now, I want to be clear: Whatever the cause, whatever the intention here, New Yorkers will not be intimidated. We are not going to let anyone change who we are or how we go about our lives."

This is the very definition of terrorism, but apparently the policy of denial is supposed to keep people calm. What’s more likely is that it does just the opposite. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, apparently concerned that this was a bit too much cognitive dissonance for the public, weighed in by saying it was “obviously” terrorism, but that there’s no evidence it was linked to international terrorism.

One has to be remarkably obtuse to ignore the pattern: three attacks on the same day, one of which a terrorist group has claimed “credit” for, two of which are similar in their modes of operation – a bomb in a dumpster on a public thoroughfare. Authorities are now confirming that the Chelsea and Seaside explosive devices were put together by the same person. Put this in the context of continuing threats from Islamic terrorists that they will hit the homeland, and the only conclusion one can draw is that the events of September 17 were a coordinated attack – and the prime suspects aren’t Presbyterians.

It isn’t “Islamophobia” to acknowledge this – it’s realism. After all, the very “blowback” theory offered up by critics of US intervention in the Middle East has to lead us to this conclusion: it makes perfect sense that, having spent the greater part of the past twenty years leveling much of the Muslim world to the ground, some of the inhabitants would be coming after us.

What’s more, it’s an indisputable fact that the US government is now at war with one billion Muslims – at least, that’s how they perceive it. The origins of this war can be traced back to US foreign policy, yes, but that’s not the whole story. It’s gone way beyond that. Given the history of the post-9/11 era – the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and now Syria – a significant portion of the Muslim world has integrated this conflict into their religion. “Jihad” is a religious duty in mainstream Islam, and Muslims – unlike most Westerners – take their faith seriously.

So what’s the solution? Simply put, there is none. We cannot undo the history of the last fifteen years: the winds of blowback are unstoppable. The US government cannot possibly protect its citizens from random attacks on soft targets, such as the Chelsea district of New York City on a Saturday night, or a mall in Minnesota. Our vaunted system of universal surveillance hasn’t worked in the case of San Bernardino, Orlando, the Boston bombing, the Ft. Hood massacre – and it didn’t work on September 17.

We can no more stop the terrorist assault on the homeland than a child who puts his finger in an electric outlet can avoid a shock. This is the New Normal – and the consequences for our republic, our politics, and our everyday lives can only be painted in the darkest hues. This is why the first response of our elected “leaders” is kneejerk denial: an honest confession of their powerlessness would only inspire panic – and retribution.

Speaking of retribution: the response of ordinary Americans is quite different. Unlike our political class, they are realists who know what they see: given a choice between security and virtue-signaling they’ll take the former every time. What they don’t yet understand is that, as Garrett put it, “there is no security at the top of the world.”

Oh, they can go along with Donald Trump’s scheme of keeping all Muslims out of the country – but some will get through, not to mention those who are already here. We can build a wall, but can we inspect each and every ship that docks at our ports, and examine the cargo with a fine-toothed comb? We can blast ISIS to smithereens in the deserts of Syria – but this will merely disperse the contagion, spreading it to Europe, the steppes of Central Asia, and to the US itself.

What’s worse is that our own government has enabled the very enemies who plot our destruction. The US has openly allied with Islamist radicals in order to bring about regime change in Syria: the results of that policy are underscored by the recent incident in which US Special Forces were forced to flee from a village in the northern part of the country when the “moderate” Islamists we’ve been funding and arming threatened to slaughter them on the spot. The same thing happened in Libya, where we “liberated” the country from Ghaddafi and the very rebels we empowered with air strikes and aid murdered our Ambassador and three others at Benghazi. To go farther back in time, our aid to the Afghan mujahideen who were fighting the Soviets in the 1980s led to the consolidation of al-Qaeda and the rise of Osama bin Laden as the leader and symbol of a global terrorist insurgency.

To top it off, we still regard the Saudis as “allies” in spite of the fact that they had a hand in the 9/11 attacks. Washington is openly colluding with our enemies while the nation sleeps.

Trump, to his credit, is critical of these policies, at least in part. Yet his alternative vision is inchoate, vague, and contradictory on those rare occasions when he gets down to specifics. He is, in short, the embodiment of the American zeitgeist at this historical moment: enraged, confused, and liable to lash out in any direction.

Yet Trump’s critique of the political class, and his diagnosis of the US as an empire in decline, is what gives his message resonance – and it’s one reason why the political class hates him with a passion. His success is the measure of their failure.

We are headed for some dark times. In spite of that, however, there will always be those who will uphold the original spirit of our old republic and fight to defend it against all comers. Out of this will come a renewal – that is, if there is to be one.

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Duc888's picture


I would say we've become the murdering bully of nations.


Escrava Isaura's picture


Your knowledge of US history is mediocre at best.

Duc888's picture



If you're going to quote someone, do it correctly and in the right tense.  Your reading and comprehension ability is lacking.

nmewn's picture

You should concentrate on the 2X4 hanging out of your own eye before pointing out the splinter in someone elses. 

We will talk about your colonial/royal past (the Portuguese) and their subjugation of natives & the "import/export business" of slaves...yes? ;-)

oops's picture
oops (not verified) nmewn Sep 20, 2016 9:31 PM

The HELPLESS superpower CAN'T even FIX this:

Captain Chlamydia's picture

Well FUCK YOU oops! 

Ahmad Khan Rahami -the Afghan bomber of NY and NJ is a worshiper of Osama bin Laden, according to Reuters.

baabaabooie's picture

When the partition was created right or wrong they created two states....Israel for the Jews....Jordan for the Palestinians. It is the Arabs that want all the land. Always two sides to every issue.

adanata's picture

Whadaya mean "we" kimosabi? I think we need to consider the words we use more carefully. I never agreed to any of this nor, IMO did the American people. "War" in Syria? The globalists want to stop Russia from putting a pipeline through there. It has nothing to do with "us". Mayhem and death in Ukraine? Russian sanctions? The globalists are pathological in their hatred for Russia and especially toward Putin; no Rothschild bank there. There wasn't a Roth bank in Iraq or Afghanistan either... nor in Libya AND Qaddafi had gold. The Libyan "rebels" did something never done before in history; they established a Roth central bank of Libya before they ever fired a shot. You don't get this? None of this is about America or the people here; this is ALL about the Barons and their plans for themselves and humanity. The "war on terror" is a pathetic propaganda smoke screen through which the Barons create the terror and destruction globally. Don't lose the plot.

Tristan Ludlow's picture

So true.  But the American people were complicit just as the Germans were complicit. 



I would think the French revolution should be a road map to what needs to happen if there is to be a renewing.  Kind of like the quickening. 

Escrava Isaura's picture

Adanata, great post and glad that you decided to become a Hedger. We need more Hedgers like you, in my opinion.

I just would like to add one thing: The French revolution could never work in, and within Americans, because Americans are capitalist Zionists —ideologists.

The Left and Right philosophy/term started at the French revolution in 1789 with the goal to recognize their differences and work out compromises.

Back then it was possible to work out these compromises because the people were not as ideological and brainwashed as they are now. Also, the discrepancy between the super rich and the worker was not as wide as now.

Also, there won’t be revolutions anymore because now we have a demographic problem as humanity is about to find out that the planet resources are about to end. So, any revolution from now on will turn into civil war and it will become unpredictable and unmanageable.

Another key point that need to be understood, especially by the right is that America lifestyle could never be as high as now if wasn’t for the Jewish Zionism.

So can’t be Americans to be complacent when they are enjoying the good life.

But give it another decade as the circumstances changes.  


adanata's picture


Escrava... Thanks! and in that spirit, as I noted in my previous comment, we need to be mindful of the words we use. "Americans" and NOT capitalist/Zionists. What those crapheads are and do in DC is another matter but Americans are simply people raised in a specific environment just like everyone else. Most people are pretty decent if you give them a chance. We all have a "history" and that history reflects the fact we are human beings. People in the U.S. are getting up in the morning, making breakfast, getting the kids off to school, going to work and generally going about their lives just like everyone everywhere. You name the country and this is pretty much what's going on. I think "labels" are virtually always used for propaganda vs communication. If an American is "Zionist", it's likely because he/she doesn't fully understand what that means. Including you. Not that you're a Zionist, but you seem to mislabel things and that would never be representative of reality.  Reality is so much more complicated because TPTB like it that way. Moreover, the Fed has been in the capital destruction business for a long time now. America has become a fascist, corporate owned, police state.... and the people of America are only just beginning to realize something has gone horribly wrong. The fact the globalists are using the U.S. and other western militarys for their own agenda is generally misunderstood by the people of all the countries being manipulated in this way. I do not pass judgement on people, not because it isn't right or fair, but because it cannot be done; literally. We are incapable of judging each other. Now if you attack me, I'll defend myself but I won't be passing judgement on you or anyone else. That was aimed at the "complicit" comment below. While doing what we believe to be "right" at the time we're doing it, we will always bear the consequences of those actions, but I wouldn't be too quick to pass "judgement". Apologize for this long winded post.

Fred C Dobbs's picture

The USA government has been taking from the American people. 

myne's picture

I know this isn't a popular thought, but maybe, just maybe if the USA stopped exploding people from 20,000+ft, it wouldn't piss people off so much that they're willing to suicide just to make a point?

Crazy, right? 

Tursas's picture

This superpower is totally helpless in protecting even it's own citizens! Thank you all politically correct Democrats! 

Escrava Isaura's picture

Typical of a right winger, blame others and the government.

The right are all puritans.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Political correctness is Puritanical through and through.

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Tursas Sep 20, 2016 8:20 PM

Sure- the Repukes are looking out for your best interests/s

jm's picture

Raise the quality of your posts.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Ohh. Yea. Sure.


KyttenX's picture

"unable to ensure the security of its own citizens on its own soil."

I don't think we're unable. I think the correct word is "unwilling."

Ever since 9/11, we've been importing Muslims like there's a shortage of them here that desperately must be rectified. And the government wants even more here, although many are violent, hate America, have no skills and will  be a drain on the taxpayer.

If we wanted to make our nation secure, we'd stop bringing in people who hate our nation and want to hurt us. We'd let the Border Patrol do their job. We'd deport violent felons. There would be no such thing as catch and release.

Oh yeah, we might build a wall too.

Ignatius's picture

On its face this rapid immigration is ludicrous, yet it proceeds apace.

Anyone who spends some time thinking about that is destined for a revelation.

Tristan Ludlow's picture

I think the biggest hint is that Soros is funding it.

Ignatius's picture

I don't know, kinda feels like bankster heaven...

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Ignatius Sep 20, 2016 8:23 PM

We keep spending most our lives living in the banksters paradise 

TBT or not TBT's picture

We're.earning a.couple basis points living in a bankster paradise, 

They're frontrunnin everything that moves livin in a bankster paradise,

We got boating accidents living in a fiat paradise.  


Ban KKiller's picture

Who respects a country with no morals? Oh, wait, we do have morals....fuck everyone, stay in power, fuck everyone, stay in power....get it? 

MIC is still in control, don't doubt it for a moment. 

James Comey and James Clapper, those are the known enemies of truth. Those in power hate the truth...but you know that. 

Escrava Isaura's picture

The right has no morals but ideology.

Balanced Integer's picture

The left are nothing but mouth-frothing loons.

Escrava Isaura's picture

The left power has no morals either. however, they never believed in it anyway. The biggest failure in conservatism is that they can’t stand democracy and changes. Evolution of ideas and approaches. In democracy there aren’t enemies but ideas. If you approach any form of democracy and you set your form of believes, ideologies, and traditions, that is no longer democracy. And even worse, believes and traditions are counterproductive in the developments of ideas and solutions. It becomes impossible to grow and see where these ideas lead.


Nothing saying that the Liberal ideas will lead to a happy end, because they won’t. But neither will the conservatives.  


ebworthen's picture

The attackers weren't Presbyterian? 

I'm shocked I tell you, SHOCKED!

Reaper's picture

Karma for America.


Controlled Demolition Inc. USA downed WTC 1 & 2, and 7, along with the CIA, FBI, & NSA, HLS, et cetera.


Saudi Arabia supplied the mugshots of patsies that are still alive & well living in the Middle East.

conscious being's picture

China's Tiangong-1 space station is falling – officials

Maybe it will accidently land on Washington? Payback's a bitch.

Sam.Spade's picture

I fear the author has missed the entire point.  The war on terror isn't against Muslims.  They are just collateral damage, unavoidable and necessary.  After all, you can't make a war unless you have a villain.

As for 'universal surveillance' failing, far from it.  In fact, it has succeeded beyond all expectations.  Now every American is locked in electronic isolation, his/her every movement and communication monitored and recorded.

Why, you ask?  Of what possible good could the government have for masses of data on the obscure activities of millions of citizens who are too 'unimportant' to bother with?

Consider this conversation between one of the 0.1% and a Federal prosecutor:

"With enough data, my lawyers can always find a crime. They'll prosecute. Bury anyone under legal motions, make his life miserable. Maybe even send him up for some felony."

"Even if he didn't do anything?"

"Of course he did something. We got 100,000 laws on the books, twice that in regs. Somewhere, sometime, by accident or intentionally, he broke one. We get a moving x-ray of his life, all we have to do is find it."

Someday, when the government wants something from you, like reports on your best friend's activity or your wife's political organizational efforts, they will do a little data mining and you will get  a phone call.  Because we are the objective of the War On Terror, not the Islamic world.  And if we don't wake up and act now to win that war, not against any foreigner, but against our own government, then our offspring will face a thousand years of darkness.

So, what to do?  Take to the streets?  When our every move and spoken word is monitored by the cell phones we carry?  Not to mention the cameras mounted at every street corner coupled with facial recognition software?

No.  Overt action of any sort is pointless.

There is an alternative, though.  Go underground.  Become faceless and strike anonymously from the digital shadows.

The quote above is from Thieves Emporium.  It's a primer on how to wage this new kind of rebellion.  Technically accurate, politically prescient, and even fun read.

Think Everyman Hacker vs The Deep State.  Or maybe Atlas Shrugged rewritten for the second millennium.

The Daily Anarchist loved the novel and called it 'Barely Fiction'.  The editors of The Daily Bell thought it was so good they ran it as a serial.

Readers at Amazon must agree, as they have given it a rating of 4.6 in over 100 reviews.  Ditto for readers at Barnes & Noble and Smashwords, though with fewer ratings.

Get your hands on a copy now, while you still can.

Memedada's picture

Agree on most of your post. I wouldn’t, however, recommend anyone reading Ayn Rand/Atlas Shrugged (for other than reference – knowledge of the “intellectual” climate in US). The Danish bank, SAXO bank, has Atlas Shrugged as compulsory reading for its employees - tells a lot. 

Another good book to prepare for the evil times ahead (and already here): The Anarchist Cookbook. Basically just a collection of ideas on how to disrupt, annoy, destroy and escape the powerful/the ownership class (the 0,01%):

+ it offers a good introduction into anarchism (and by that challenge the corporate controlled/created US-version of “anarchism”/libertarianism).

Sam.Spade's picture

I think Ayn Rand's mistake was in not casting her protagonists at a lower level.  The issues she addresses are all just as relevant:  How can a person lead his/her own life when the state is determined to take everything he/she produces and distribute it to others?  If you think of the book, not as praise for the rich, but as affirmation that those that produce should be rewarded, no matter which level they work at, you will probably see it in a different light.

After all, John Galt was just an engineer.

As for the SAXO suggestion to its employees, all I can say is that they probably also suggest that their employees eat three squares a day, but that doesn't mean I think the idea is a bad one.

The problem I have with The Anarchist Cookbook is that most of the recipes in it don't work.  I say this with confidence because, as a teen-ager, I tried many of them.

I suggest instead that anyone wanting to fight back concentrate on learning how to become digitally invisible.  It's not easy, and maybe not even possible yet, but it will be eventually for those who know how.  Now is the time to start learning the techniques.

There are many good sources on the subject, including those listed in the appendix of Thieves Emporium.  If you don't have a copy of the book, start with and, first on the list, learn how to ditch Microsoft and Apple.

Thanks for your kind words on my posts. I will keep pitching, hope you will do the same.

Cloud9.5's picture

The sad truth is that we have awakened a beast by bringing Islam and the west into close proximity to each other.  Islam and the west are incompatible.  Radical Islam will awaken Radical Christendom. In religious wars, the womb becomes a weapons factory.  Once it is viewed as such, then it becomes a legitimate target and genocide ensues. Both sides will raise the bloody standard and try to kill them all and let God sort it out.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Nuance.  Historically, Islam has spread to places it didn't exist before through massive force, terror, dhimmisation, etc.  Some cultures resisted successfully and some,.such as western civ, even pushed back a little to reconquer lost some territories and establish a stalemate and long bloody borders.    The west has yet to reconquer what it lost to successive waves of islam infected warlords and their bestialised slave peoples.   If mere proximirty is the problem, well they started it.   Full disclosure.I beleive we should nuke Mecca to show the dumbasses their moon god does not exist.   The window is closing on that with obama-led islamic nuclearization underway.  

10Zzz's picture

Historically, Christianity has spread to places it didn't exist before through massive force, terror, dhimmisation, etc.    Full disclosure.I beleive we should nuke Vatican to show the dumbasses their moon god does not exist.   

Odin McHaggis's picture

Trump, to his credit, is critical of these policies, at least in part.

Trump is a con man and a good one. Even smart people are taken by a good con. Hillary, on the other hand is a crook, only stupid people fall for her lies.

earleflorida's picture

a con man can only con a lesser con

 a fucking lying crook will sell the republic for money

trump made his money the old fashion way-- he earned it?

yeah, i know your comeback, but... anyone in the know, always knows the in's and out's of corporate law/ real estate


Odin McHaggis's picture

It's who you know, not what you know.

rejected's picture

", only stupid people fall for her lies."

Well then, She should win by a landslide...

Odin McHaggis's picture

It's going to be close for sure. That is, if she doesn't go to jail or die before Nov. Trump is false hope. People desprerately want someone to take a wrecking ball to D.C. I don't believe Trump is what he claims to be. 

Al Bondiga's picture

Of course he's not. He's a carny barker reveling in his own bullshit. He' a total buffoon. Either that, or he's doing a helluva a job playing one on tv.

earleflorida's picture

nothing to add here!

this is a fantastic post, SIR.


sugarbunny's picture

Author makes a point about America's vulnerablility, but ignores the powerful interests that benefit from these incidents.  Fear-mongering articles like this and incessant media coverage don't help the situation.  We have become a nation of cowards willing to live under constant surveillance and militarized police forces rather than to examine our own nation's contributions to the causes of terrorism and demand change.  Sad :(

earleflorida's picture

sorry? but, the fear mongering is only in the beltway where it belongs