Deep State as comic book villain


October 29, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– an op-ed by Tom Winter –


Darkseid has one goal, to rule the universe.

The Master’s needs are few: “I only need two things, your obedience and your submission to my will.”

As Halloween approaches, one thinks of monsters and hobgoblins, and comic book villains. The point of this little essay is to suggest a new one, one that DC Comics and Marvel Comics could frighten the world with: Deep State, or maybe even better, Dark State.

In more serious terms, it is illustrative to line up US Foreign and Military Policy with the baddest villains of the comics.


To appreciate the difference as well as the likeness, consider comic Peter Cook’s World Domination League:


“We will move about into peoples’ rooms and say ‘Excuse me, we are the World Domination League. May we  dominate you?’ Then if they say get out, of course we give up. … well you have to give up once they say to get out.”



 Dark State is worse, because it never gives up, and never leaves.

Unlike the polite Peter Cook, Dark State doesn’t ASK. In case anyone wonders, Dark State spells out its policy “before God and everyone:” Just search the phrase “Full Spectrum Dominance.” One of the finds is the “Department of Defense Joint Vision 2020,” where the headline is

“Joint Vision 2020 emphasizes Full Spectrum Dominance.”

That is not playing nice.

General Zod, villain of the Superman comics and some of the Superman movies, was  a megalomaniac intent on conquering the Earth.

“Rise before Zod,” he says. “Now, kneel before Zod.”

National sovereignty is an irrelevance.

Another one, Magneto, has been the leader of a group of mutants whose sole mission is to make the world one where mutants rule.

Dark State, too, has his comparable group of mutants, who can also be counted on to express Magneto’s, oops, Dark State’s policy. Here is NATO generalissimo Peter Pavel telling an errant nation, Turkey, they can buy hardware anywhere they like, as long as it’s from the US:

“The principal of sovereignty obviously exists in acquisition of defense equipment, but the same way that nations are sovereign in making their decision, they are also sovereign in facing the consequences of that decision.” 


And “Peter Pavel” — isn’t that just a perfect Marvel Comics name?

And Magneto’s policy is to persecute all who dare cross his path. This sounds familiar, viz:

Magneto persecutes all who dare cross his path

Ra’s Al Ghul [the apostrophe is part of the name] wants to cleanse the earth, i.e, kill everyone on it.

Ra’s Al Ghul, pictured above, has been guru to most recent presidents. In the video below, you can hear him say “It is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control them:”

And here is Al Ghul encouraging his new minions:

        Interesting side note: at the beginning, he arrives in a Russian helicopter!

And the difference between the old Monroe Doctrine and today’s Wolfowitz Doctrine is simply this: the Wolfowitz Doctrine covers the planet. We will brook no other superpower. As the The New York Times summed it up:

“The classified document makes the case for a world dominated by one superpower whose position can be perpetuated by constructive behavior and sufficient military might to deter any nation or group of nations from challenging American primacy. Rejecting Collective Approach.”

SO, is US Foreign Policy modeled on comic book villains? Consider the all-too typical villains from the comics:  see anything familiar?

Here is Dr. Doom.

Dr. Doom wants to be the monarch of all he surveys.

Galactus is compelled to destroy worlds. And, as noted in the lead picture, Darkseid’s one goal is to rule the universe.

What can you say then, about a country that arrogates unto itself the right to say who governs other countries? Comic book stuff, that’s what. Our military policy is matched in the comics.

A like statement can be made about movie villains. In the Bond movies the media mogul villain Elliot Carver has the power to reach everyone on the planet, and wants to start WWIII (Tomorrow Never Dies).

And then there is the Dr Who villain The Master, whose personal raison d’etre is to be the universal conqueror. The Master’s needs are few: “I only need two things, your obedience and your submission to my will.”

A long-running villain in Dr Who is the entire class of Daleks, whose catch phrase is “Exterminate!” and whose master plan is to rule the universe. Dr Who at one point even said of this goal “That is so old.” Of course “Life mimics Art” is an old saying. US Foreign Policy mimics the comics.

God help us, every one. James Bond won’t do it for us, Batman won’t do it for us, and neither will Superman.


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