On May 28, 2007, at 1:39 PM, Michael Smith wrote:
>> The Iraq War has been a disaster for the Iraqis, and it has had a
>> smaller but still negative impact on American workers, too, but it
>> not hurt the US ruling class _at all_: the share of their income has
>> gone up, for instance.
> Do you think the two facts are connected? It's difficult for me to
> see how, at
> least in any very direct way. It seems reasonable to think that the
> fascistization of society that war makes possible has a global,
> positive effect on elite power and wealth.
Against that view, and that quoted from Yoshie, I'll put forward the worries of Paul Volcker and some Wall Street types I heard at the CFR last week. They think the Iraq war has damaged U.S. interests in the world. But there seems to be a view that the US gov never makes a mistake, never damages itself, and never operates against the interests of US capital. Lenin said it, or something.