by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics:
It’s time to end the absurd “war on terror.” What exactly is the U.S. Government fighting? Hillary Clinton asserted that pulling out of Syria would “put our national security as grave risk.” Huh? I see the U.S. military terrorizing the citizens of the countries occupied by U.S. forces all over the world. I have yet to see a Syrian military jet fly beyond the Middle East airspace looking to drop bombs on anything deemed “a threat to national security interests.”
“…Washington never learns this lesson, cannot relinquish the imperial temptation, even as it has bankrupted us, killed and maimed thousands of young Americans, and turned us into a country that commits war crimes. If you want to understand why we have a resurgence of populism and why a patently unfit person like Trump became president, it’s because most Americans know when their government refuses to do what its people want.” (Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine)
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” (George Orwell, 1984). There’s a lot of concepts embodied in that Orwell quote. If Orwell had titled his novel, “2018” instead of “1984,” the timing of his prophetic narrative would have been perfect.
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.”
That quote by President Eisenhower never gets old with me. Unfortunately, the U.S. military industrial complex has become Eisenhower’s nightmarish warning incarnate. We are living and breathing the business of war to the extent that its trappings now adorn even professional and collegiate sporting events. I never thought I would see it, but Fox News and CNN now are on the same page with respect to the use of militarism and U.S. imperialism.
This commentary written by Andrew Sullivan for the New Yorg Magazine’s Intelligencer is a must-read for putting the U.S. “war on terror” in proper perspective. The Afghanistan and Middle East imperialistic campaigns are Viet Nam on steroids. When George W took office, the Defense budget was $380 billion. By Q3 2018 it hit $785 billion. Most of this spending has been a gross transfer of wealth from the public to the companies that supply weapons and services to the Department of Defense. Just ask Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt, who both sit on a little-known, defense technology advisory board. Both CEO’s companies rake in $100 of millions in revenues from supplying services to the Deep State.