Beware the real Political Threat from Within

by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics:

The future of military and eventually police is to replace the boots on the ground with robots. Duke Robotics has come out now with drones that carry machine-guns. This video shows really the future of war and eventually they will use terrorism as an excuse to use them domestically.

Historically, the shape a country’s Armed Forces takes has traditionally reflected first and foremost the external threats that a nation faces. In a democratic republic, the army’s main goal use to be to protect society. We were told that a republic will only commit to such an international obligation on behalf of its own well-being and security. Therefore, in only these type of situations, would an army take on such obligations requiring the use of military force.

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The second factor influencing the shape of the a nation’s army was its social role. Most importantly, the army evolved post-Depression acting as a social boon to everyone who serves in it. Because of the abuse of the soldier post-World War I which they used current troops to chase out the veterans from Washington who were demanding their promised Bonus, when World War II came, the politicians had lied and abused the soldiers from World War I, they had to introduce the GI Bill and turn it into a Social Boon that became something beneficial to a specific person with careers and education. When under the Obama Administration, the VA scandal erupted showing that again politicians were cutting costs and vets were denied medical care, that aspect of the army began to fail in this function and the Armed Forces can lose its effectiveness.

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Historically, armed forces can become a threat to society when they become the manipulation tool of the political power machine. In every single war since the Spanish American War of the 19th century, the army has been lied to in order to exert political power always justified as defending the nation. This has just never been true.

Our troops have died far too often for politicians rather than for the country. In World War I, the Germans took an advertisement out in New York warning people not to travel on the Lusitania because the government was using a passenger ship as cover to covertly send arms to Europe.

In World War II, FDR knew that the Japanese were declaring war and turned them away. They new they were headed to Pearl Harbor and took the big ships out and sacrificed others to get the country into the war.

Vietnam, the official story was that the North Vietnamese torpedo boats launched an “unprovoked attack” against a U.S. destroyer on “routine patrol” in the Tonkin Gulf.  President Johnson knew we were never attacked and even said:  “For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.” Johnson delivered perhaps the most outrageous and deceitful speech on August 4th, 1964, that was hailed by the New York Times, and set in motion the death of over 50,000 American boys for political power – not to defend the nation from a threat.

Of course we have the great lie about Iraq and the weapons of mass destruction that never existed. Here we have North Korea actually in possession of such weapons and there is no invasion. Why? Iraq had the oil for Dick Cheney and his Halliburton buddies to benefit from – North Korea has nothing.

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