American TV is filled these evenings with CIA, Pentagon and Presidential plots, coups, and strikes -- from Alias to E-Ring to The West Wing, Commander-in-Chief and 24.
Beyond the incessant big-budget movies and dramas 'real life' has taken on new nearly-daily daily intriques as well. Last year it was secret torture prisons, 'rendition', and so much more. A few days ago it was the CIA's strike in Pakistan that has set that country on the edge of rebellion. About the same time the American President was lashing out from the White House bully pulpit, with no less than the new German Chancellor at his side, against Iran. Meanwhile, the Palestinians have now been imprisoned on their own walled-in lands and seemingly everywhere there is the rise of resurgent Islam in juxtaposition to that of fundamentalist Christianity and anti-Arab Zionist Judaism.
Joining the rising chorus is a growing group of sometimes neo-con, sometimes evangelical, sometimes hustling and/or sponsored academics. They are now contributing to the growing 'New World Order' hysteria that now dominates American political life through the pages of associated magazines and newspapers. While Harvard Professor Niall Ferguson for instance is right indeed to be warning about the great dangers now immediately ahead, his analogies and heroes are so misguided and off the mark one has to wonder just who is really orchestrating and behind this kind of thing. This Ferguson article appeared over the weekend in The Telegraph published in the U.K.