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The federal government was stolen by the same military-industrial thugs that Eisenhower warned about. Truman was the last president to be able to oppose the military and win. But the military was traditionally inept at government by media framing, misdirection, public relations blitz. They just sorta left the mice to play, while they built up their empire. Cheny and Rumsfeld, et al saw a power vacuum in the time of the Ford administration and tried to fill it--with parallel structures under their control. But I think they were only partly successful. Now that's changing- Cheney's finally dying, Rummie's chicken soup, and the military is quickly improving their skills in these areas, and all those parallel structures are co-opted and being employed to manipulate, or to avoid congressional meddling.
These things don't seem to progress neatly. It's an interesting question where the fundamentally parasitic world of modern finance will end up. I think they have managed their fabulous theft only because of inattention.
I think the real powers will see their danger, and dump them on the ash pit- out to play with their yachts, but with little real power.
The empire cannot live with them screwing up the works every decade or two, that is now clear.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Wed Nov 24th, 2010 at 03:20:27 AM EST
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