We are ‘Buying Into’ Continuous War at a Very Steep Price
It can no longer be denied that the business-plan of
the Military-Industrial Complex is continuous, unwinnable, savage wars across
Diplomacy, to the extent that we
actually have any in this century gave up on statesmen decades ago. There
are no Winston Churchills or George Marshalls on the scene these
days. Most Americans living today don’t even remember who the hell they were.
Anyway, that’s a bit of a wander from the conversation as
America has been at pretty much continual
war since WWII and every time we get anywhere close to peace, Lockheed,
Boeing and Ratheon wind up the terror-clock by lining the pockets of our
Keep in mind that a large part of
what we spend on the military is in a black budget, its size unknown.
Keep further in mind that our beloved Pentagon has simply misplaced
over $13 trillion in spending, even though by law it is required
to annually have its books audited. It has attempted (and failed) to ever
complete such an audit.
Too big to fail has now been superseded by too big to even understand
or be held accountable.
But we do know this: the US military
and its vast complex of suppliers outspends the next thirteen largest
militaries on the planet on an annual basis. That list includes China,
Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, the United Kingdom, France, Japan and Germany.
something to contemplate.
Well, that certainly ought to buy us world supremacy.
The facts would dispute that. America has not participated in a win since WWII.
I say participated because we had many allies in that war and it was
judged a moral rather than political war.
We lost in Korea to larger
forces, far less well-equipped. The same in Vietnam, although those two
adventures killed nearly 200,000 American troops and permanently ruined
the lives of god-knows how many others.
Iraq, is an example of where we destroyed
a country, but failed to win their hearts at the cost of over 4,000
American lives and 32,000 wounded. Yet we and still maintain a military
support structure. Our adversary? Civilians with nothing more than
car-bombs, ambushes and perseverance.
Afghanistan, going on now for four
times the length of WWII. 2,400 American dead and 24,000 wounded, with no end
in sight. Hannibal and his elephants, the then-great British Empire and most
recently the Russians all had sense enough to turn their elephants or tanks toward
home and withdraw.
What all of these wars had in common was that not one
of these military encounters had the approval of the United States Congress, as
is required by the Constitution.
And these are simply the major events.
Since WWII we have been militarily involved
(cherish the thought) in
The Bay of Pigs (Cuba) 1961
Invasion of the Dominican Republic 1965
Laos & Cambodia 1968
Cambodian Campaign 1970
Iraq: Operations Desert Storm and Desert
Somalia: Battle of Mogadishu 1993
Iraq: Operation Desert Fox 1998
Afghanistan and Sudan 1998
U.S. deploys drone strikes to aid in the War in
North-West Pakistan 2004–present
al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen 2010–present
Military intervention in Libya 2011
Drone strikes on al-Shabab militants in Somalia 2011
American-led intervention in Syria 2014–present
We’ve been busy, while you thought we only had one or two
wars at a time. But other than the arguable politics of these various
interventions, they have been enormously profitable to the
Keeping the world unbalanced is a money-maker and no
one values money-makers more than those who are making it.
The absolutely amazing thing is how
cheaply our legislators in Washington can be bought.
In 2019 (which ain’t over yet),
a total of 204 people you and I sent to represent us pocketed $56,677,580. That’s
just a tad over $277,000 each—about what Jeff Bezos earns in a single
minute. That’s simply to put in some kind of understandable context
the military-industrial guys’ cost out-of-pocket for keeping us constantly
It’s very cheap for them to
keep themselves very rich. But we citizens are burdened by other
costs such as our kids in VA hospitals, military returnee suicides, schools not
built, roads unpaved, bridges collapsing and a whole lot else.
Eisenhower said, “Every gun that is made, every warship
launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those
who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world
in arms is not spending money alone.”
Well said, Ike and I have one thing to add before sitting
down to dinner:
Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, an
inspirational idea that could change the face of America, is being fought
tooth-and-nail by just such legislators as those in the pocket of business and
military lobbyists. “It’s too costly,” they scream. “We simply cannot
afford a $13 trillion program.”
Well maybe, maybe not.
That’s exactly how much the
Pentagon lost in the small-change drawer. We seem to have survived that
debacle and keep on thirsting for another war.
So maybe we can.
simply have our priorities wrong in our small-change minds.