I would argue Greenwald is essential reading now.
So, speaking of narratives, this one is certainly part of that arc of police state mediation. The welcoming arms of the US populace is very strange. Of course, there are huge numbers not welcoming.
and here….. Chris Floyd’s tasty critique http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2247-hymns-to-the-violence-the-nyts-love-letter-to-obamas-murder-racket.html#comment-543013573
and this, related, summary of the new Kill-Prez and his change that can drone-bomb you……and his minions in Justice…..http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/05/30/obamas-wisconsin-betrayal/
Underneath a lot of this is a masculinity trope. How race intersects is fascinating. But I will stick with the masculinity notion for a moment. This is a good deal more than the wimp factor or Dukakis atop a tank. There are instinctive balancing acts that always go on, in public and private. A word of pro gay marriage (a stage managed bit of window dressing, really) must be countered with the hyper masculine act of murder. There is, apparently, in modern post industrial capital, nothing that so provides a boost to masculine self image, and public image, than wholesale carnage — death from above — even if its only a fucking robot up there, I AM THE FINGER OF GOD, on the button of death.
The Empire extends everywhere…..and to grasp the magnitude of this reality, just go here….
So, the story line is always one that ends with white power, western superiority, for being the finger of god, becoming death, the destroyer of worlds… the phallic center of the universe…establishes cred. From the tier boss in Attica or Soledad, to the man in the White House, from televesion melodrama that must ALWAYS establish the p.o.v. of state authority as legitimate (more on that soon, because its worth examining the narratives that occulde this…Hunger Games, and other Orwell knock offs) and the repository of virtue.
A footnote occurs to me. Our identification with authority contains within it a deeper identification with power. And intersecting this is the inner drama of criminality. Within the irrational universe of western capital, western fascism, lurks a knowledge that the men who push the buttons, the empty suits, the bankers and hedge fund managers, and studio executives and those of elite wealth….a knowledge of their own illegitimacy. For they all desire for the authentic. (you will note that in media representations, only the outlaw cop, or rogue FBI agent contains this authenticity).That tier boss in Soledad possess the authentic, even if he has been stripped of all else. Deep down the creeps in suits WISH they could inspire the fear that ‘real’ criminals inspire. Part of this has to do with an innate understanding that the criminal is alive. The hedge fund manager is dead. (speaking of zombies again).