The Unz Review:ㅤBurn After Reading: Why Classified Documents Don’t Matter, by Ted Rall

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20-01-23 05:00:00,

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Burn After Reading: Why Classified Documents Don’t Matter


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The strange story at the top of the headlines — the current president and the most recent former president are both the subject of special-counsel investigations for taking home classified documents when they left the White House — rests upon two premises. One is patently false. The other is brazenly silly.

Americans believe their nation exists in a terrifying state of endless peril. Propagandized by popular culture and the media, we imagine that we’re constantly teetering at the precipice of collapse or subjugation, surrounded by clever and ruthless fiendish enemies hellbent on undermining, attacking and ultimately destroying the United States and turning us into their slaves.

The era of great invading armies and empire-building is over. In our world, borders are largely settled so empires are built via economic influence rather than territorial gains. Bigger countries bump up against each other at the edges in search of incremental advantage.

Fewer nations in history have never been less at risk than the U.S. in 2023. Buffered by vast oceans and bordered by vassal states,

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