Every ten years or so the United States needs to pick up some small, crappy little country and throw it against the wall just to show the world that we mean business.
That quote tells you all you need to know about empire and how to keep it. Sure, the hands get bloody and viscera clog the fingernails. But, it’s a small price to pay for power.
We were born to empire; it’s in our genes. It began the day the first Whiteman killed the first redskin, and we learned a valuable lesson: empire is genocide, be it physical or culture.
The greatest threat to empire is guilt. If allowed to get out of hand, it can paralyze a nation’s will to power. Every nation that aspires to power is plagued by teary-eyed wimps who wring their hands and whine about our destructiveness. The trouble with these people is that they fail to understand the true nature of virtue.
Virtue has nothing to do with peace. Virtue is all about grabbing life by the balls and squeezing the best possible life out of it for us and our children. It is an act of achieving our personal best.
When a rugged individual, be it a person or a nation, conquers another, virtue triumphs, because power’s redeeming grace is that it is an evil that grows until it achieves a purity and intensity that transmutes it into goodness. This purification of evil is possible only when idealism is hypostatized into a concrete absolute.
It makes no difference that all absolutes are fairy tales. When the loudspeakers of power repeat a falsehood again and again, it becomes an absolute, simply because its intensity and repetition drown out all possible alternatives.
Tacitus said of the Romans that, “They created a desert and called is peace.” We destroy a culture and call it free.
War is the ultimate virtue, an act whereby we nudge others onto the path of freedom and progress. War ends poverty by destroying the poor. War makes us more secure, because every war is a chance to field-test new weapons and tactics.
The bottom line is that we need the vitality of death to remain the world’s sole surviving superpower.