“As the year 2013 drew to an end, the BBC reported on the results of the WIN/Gallup International poll on the question: ‘Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?’ The United States was the champion by a substantial margin, winning three times the votes of second-place Pakistan.” Despite this blatantly obvious statistic, many Americans have implicitly ignored the world’s perception of their country’s behavior. Incidentally, as Noam Chomsky goes on to argue, the ability to ignore unwanted facts is one of the prerogatives of unchallenged power.
In response to this last point, I think it is worth considering: How will the U.S. public react when our military and economic power IS challenged? Will the masses continue to ignore facts and instead comply with political policies and endeavors that cater to the 1%? How will the typical American’s perception of the military change, if at all? And if the perception does change, how will said change affect the political landscape in Washington?
I’ve included the link to the article below.