The state is driven by its own internal interests, which can only be fulfilled at the expense of society. The state operates according to the principle of violence. Violence is the ultimate bargaining tool of the state. This is true in domestic and foreign relations, whether running a health program or a prison camp.
It is particularly telling that Obama cited the grave threat that these poor slobs – who are in Guantanamo because they dared fight against the interests of the Holy American Empire – represent to all of us. As Shaffer writes, "Because of our willingness to huddle at the feet of political officials whenever we feel ourselves threatened, the state will feed us an endless supply of fear-objects with which to assure our continuing submission. This is why the well-being of the state is dependent upon the war system."