Rajiv Chandrashekaran’s new book (which I have not yet read, but have seen some excerpts and discussions on TV) seems to confirm that higher management levels of the US government are indeed seriously broken.
Breaking my recent moratorium on comments about subjects that I do not know very well, I will take this opportunity to burnish my Cassandra credentials. I have been saying for years that Amrika bahadur’s blundering effort in Afghanistan (especially above the military unit level…where the US army is second to none) are overflowing with so much fraud, chicanery and incompetence that if the American taxpayers knew about it even they would be shocked. Whatever the accuracy of various claims and whatever the bias introduced by Chandrashekaran’s liberal education or Washington Post insider status, the book does remind us that America is not really the evil superpower of Jihadi (or Hindutvadi for that matter) myth. Its a superpower closer to what William Burroughs may have imagined. Small men doing petty things and scared of being overshadowed or outfoxed by other small men..and wasting taxpayer money like there is no tomorrow.
Of course, to avoid any accidental identification with the Tariq Ali brigade, i would add that I am very well aware of the fact that the small men running Russia are ten times more thuggish, the ones in China are 8 times more corrupt and the ones in Pakistan, well, better left unsaid.
But even if RELATIVELY speaking, Amrika is a competent, honest and rule-bound society, in absolute terms, its ruling elite is overflowing with bullshit (literal and metaphorical).
btw, on an unrelated note, watch this after the 10 minute mark to see how Malik Ishaq talks about Shias and how the crowd reacts.
…this being the man released by Pakistan’s higher judiciary after being accused of 170 murders. And whose party was set up by General Zia and his intelligence service. And whose friends include the current government of Punjab.
The rot runs deep. I understand Zachary’s desire to see Pakistan as the bridge to liberal libertarian one-world government in the Muslim world (and away from the prejudices and shortcomings of of the Gangetic Plain), but the reality may be slightly different.
Btw, today’s decision of the US supreme court is a good counterweight to the pessimism induced by Rajiv’s book. Many things are broken, but I dont know batshit about the supreme court, so i better keep my mouth shut…
yes, that was a late edit. I usually get my American news one day late and pay very little attention. No tiene tiempo and too late to start now?