War! What is it good for?
Ever had something on the tip of your tongue and later wished you left it there. -from a friend-
Yep, thats me right now…
It’s time for the rant.
Why are we the world’s police department? Who appointed us? Why are we expected to be the world’s caretaker?
But since we are, why are we having to bear the majority of the financial burden? We shouldn’t. Bottom line, we shouldn’t.
Why are our grandchildren and their children being forced to finance these wars?
They are the ones that will ultimately pay for them.
It’s not just a financial cost, but also a People cost. It’s our sons and daughters that are dying. Coming home in flag draped coffins. It’s our sons and daughters coming home damaged. Coming home with minds torn apart from seeing and doing things humans shouldn’t see and do.
I say it’s time to stop.
Its time to think about the men and women in our armed forces. Our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives that are fighting the wars around the world.
I say it’s time to bring them home.
Think about all of our men and women who have already paid the ultimate price for our country. Pay tribute to them. Honor them.
Bow your head and pray for them. And it’s okay to cry for them too.
Rant not over…
We have invaded these Mid East countries, removed the leaders, leaving countries in turmoil and then creating more terrorist then we have killed. Why?
Thus, the real answer to the question of why our country is stuck in the Middle East will not be found in the phrase, “national interest.” Rather it will be found among a much narrower group of special interests — military contractors, oil sheikdoms, the Israel lobby, and a media that hypnotizes the electorate into equating patriotism and war. Jeff Faux
The military-industrial complex…
In January 1961, US President Dwight D Eisenhower used his farewell address to warn the nation of what he viewed as one of its greatest threats: the military-industrial complex composed of military contractors and lobbyists perpetuating war.
Eisenhower warned that “an immense military establishment and a large arms industry” had emerged as a hidden force in US politics and that Americans “must not fail to comprehend its grave implications”.
We have been in almost perpetual war for 50+ years going back to the Vietnam war. Hell we have been at war almost constantly since 1776, 93% of our country’s existence.
More bases to project American power, particularly given the upcoming collapse of Saudi Arabia and (possibly) other client states. Maintaining OPEC (and therefore the world’s reserve currency) on the dollar. And playing out some imperial fantasy. Karen Kwiatkowski summarizes
This sounds kind of out there to me but…
Boko Haram conflict in northeastern Nigeria, an area of conflict hot spots in the Central African Republic, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, South Sudan and Darfur.. On Africa’s eastern coast, the Somali civil war is still going strong in its third decade. But no America. Why? No oil….maybe
They are our closest and only ally in the Mid East. They are tiny compared to their surrounding enemies. Why wouldn’t they lobby for our presence in the area? Why would they care how we got there? If we kill their enemies to get there wouldn’t they stand up and cheer?
We need to look at who owns/controls the media for the answer.
GE, a major supplier to the military owned up to 80% of NBC up to 2009 when it sold part of its stake to Comcast and the rest in 2013. If you look at NBC’s newscasts from that era you will see a pro military tilt in their broadcasting.
The top five military contractors in 2010; Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and Raytheon, providing millions in advertising dollars and having board members in the major media companies can sway the way media portrays the US involvement in the Mid East conflicts.
Crank up that war machine. The war machine of death and destruction. Show those pesky little dictators, rouge tyrants and terrorist who the boss is. It’s not your son or daughter that’s going to fight. But they are ours.
What would happen if we stopped? Enough already…
Thanks for reading. Until next time.