American Failure: Washington’s Doomed New Way of Waging War

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“Turning points in history usually come by surprise because, if the powers-that-be of the day could see those turning points coming at them, they would take steps to avoid them. Governments and the public like to believe that there is more inevitability in history than there really is. Unexpected events of great significance, such as the fall of France in 1940, the overthrow of the Shah in 1979 and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 were followed by inquiries into why experts did not foresee them. These investigations dig down deep in search of root causes of historic change and always find them. But, as Lord Northcliffe said, one ‘should never lose one’s sense of the superficial.'” (09/07/21)