By the Condor Principle I mean the Hamiltonian foreign policy principle which, like every other diplomatic modus operandi of the glorious Party, had its fine details ironed out, and subsequently put into motion, during the Cold War.
The Condor Principle is named in honor of Operation Condor. The central idea behind that noble Operation was it does not matter at all if a foreign government is Dictatorial nor how many “human rights” violations it commits; it matters only if the dictatorship is aligned (or at least neutral) with American corporate-military-industrial interests or if it is hostile to American corporate-military-industrial interests.
If you comply, Hamiltonians ignore how many of your citizens were foolish enough to be in a village, town, or city when you firebombed it.
And if you do not, it is you who are firebombed.
The Condor Principle is Hamiltonian in nature because it was Alexander Hamilton who, when he condemned the French Revolution, inaugurated the tradition of rejecting the concept that American Democracy was universally preferable outside America over Absolutism. Indeed, Hamilton’s defense of French Monarchism was superior to any effort by the hapless Bourbons whom not even Metternich could save from themselves –
Never since there was such a thing as business in the world was an affair handled as it is at this moment in France. It really looks as if people in this country were trying to refine upon suicide. They drive forward, but at the same time bring the car so close to the precipice that it must inevitably turn over.
We cheer American aligned dictators because of what we have to jeer in Iraq. The Iraqi electorate – like their coreligionists in Egypt, Turkey and elsewhere during the disastrous experiment in Muslim Democracy known as the Arab Spring – voted into Parliament a party headed by a Muslim terrorist.
Voting the wrong way, against military-industrial interests, means installing a Sunni-Arab puppet-strongman in Baghdad has moved up the Hamiltonian “to do” list. A Saddam 2.0 – a variant of the good, humane, 1980s Saddam instead of the bad, post-1990 Saddam who made the unforgivable mistake of thinking for himself – is called for.
Consider yourselves warned.
Am I suggesting that Iraq (and Muslims everywhere) is inherently unsuitable for Democracy because of the Muslim religion?
I am, and have, stated it openly.
The phenomena of Muslims consistently voting for candidates who are many times worse than their preceding dictators (whenever they get an opportunity to express their true preferences) has been established everywhere Wilsonians have exported Democracy in the Muslim world.
If Muslims cannot vote on their own for someone more compliant than their incumbent tyrants, then no Muslim nation should be allowed by the United States military to hold free elections.
To be sure, this would not be a problem for Hamiltonians in more inherently civilized nations. If, say, President Reagan had ordered an invasion that liberated Czechoslovakia from Soviet Russia, the ensuing American occupation would have succeeded (where the occupation of Iraq failed) in no small measure because US forces wouldn’t have to deal with Czechs and Slovaks setting off IEDs to kill American personnel like the fucking Iraqis did.
To all of the heroic American allied tyrants, you who tortured, imprisoned, terrorized, and executed those citizens of yours because your crude interests conveniently aligned with the crude interests of Hamilton and Lincoln’s military-industrial complex, we applaud all of you from the past, the present, and those who await in the future to unleash mayhem and destruction on America’s behalf.
You, the Supreme Generals who kept the oil flowing, accepted the bribe money, took advantage of the escort services, buried the bodies, smuggled the weaponry, hid the top secrets, and never let the votes in your rigged elections count for the wrong candidate (“wrong” = any candidate without Hamiltonian approval).
On this Memorial Day, Pragmatically Distributed raises a toast to you.