War

Americans are obsessed with war.  Or to put it another way, Americans are addicted to war and worship of the military.  These unfortunate facts have disastrous consequences, with none of the purported benefits including “defending and preserving our freedoms.” 

It’s clear from an objective analysis that American soldiers have never died defending our freedoms.  None of the countries America has attacked have ever attacked or invaded America.  Therefore, the soldiers have not died in defense of our freedom here at home.  That includes WWII.  As Jacob Hornberger accurately recounts, “What about the so-called “good war”—World War II. While Japan attacked U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor and the Philippines, the attack was a direct consequence of President Roosevelt’s repeated attempts to induce Japan to attack the United States to fulfill his wish to get the United States into the war. FDR had imposed an oil embargo on Japan, frozen Japanese bank accounts in the United States, and imposed humiliating terms in pre-war negotiations with Japan, all with the aim of getting Japan to “fire the first shot” so that the United States could get into the war. Japan never had the aim or the military means of invading and occupying the United States and depriving the American people of their freedom.” 

Historically, America always tries to goad (induce) a claimed enemy to “fire the first shot” in order that it can self-righteously proclaim its war actions are “justified.”  America’s been trying to goad Russia into a war by continuously posturing it as an enemy intent on destroying America. 

I won’t use space here to document all the violations of agreements made and assurances given to Russia to end the Cold War that America has reneged on (which would be no surprise to American Indians) and the continued provocations of saber rattling designed to provoke Russia into firing the first shot.  Thankfully, Russia has an adult leader, the only one on the world stage.  He has acknowledged the assaults but refused to respond as our leaders desired.  Here’s an insightful illustration that sums up the insanity of our American government while simultaneously exposing its deceit. 

An objective analysis will also reveal that American soldiers have never died to preserve our freedom.  Don’t even try to dispute that claim.  You won’t find any data to support your dispute.  On the other hand, abundant data exist showing that our freedom is being diminished every day.  For example, every day 320 pages of enslaving, property rights abridging, wealth depleting regulations are added to the Federal Register.  Surely, you notice articles in print all across the country every December announcing the new laws taking effect on January 1st.   It’s unending.  It will never end until we stand up and say no more.

If soldiers don’t die to either defend or preserve or freedom, what do they die for.  In The Life of the Lie on Veterans Day, Jacob Hornberger nails it.  They die for their country all right, the government, not us mundanes.  “So, what then have U.S. soldiers killed for and died for in all those foreign wars and escapades?  Hegemony. Dominance. Control. Empire.”  Yep, that’s it summed up in four precise words.  Hegemony – leadership exercised by one country over others.  Establishing dominance of the leadership.  Maintaining control over other countries.  Empire – attaining supreme political power over all other countries to exercise single authority rule over the whole world.  Where in that process is there any mention of defending and preserving the freedoms of us mundanes?  Uh, nowhere!

You should know that war is used by all governments, including ours, to increase their power over their subjects, meaning that it’s used to further decrease the freedom of the subjects (us mundanes).  Therefore, not only don’t soldiers die to defend or preserve our freedom, they die to decrease our freedom.  That point was made a long time ago by Ralph Bourne in War is the Health of the State.

War is the health of the State. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the Government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense. The machinery of government sets and enforces the drastic penalties; the minorities are either intimidated into silence, or brought slowly around by a subtle process of persuasion which may seem to them really to be converting them. Of course, the ideal of perfect loyalty, perfect uniformity is never really attained. The classes upon whom the amateur work of coercion falls are unwearied in their zeal, but often their agitation instead of converting, merely serves to stiffen their resistance. Minorities are rendered sullen, and some intellectual opinion bitter and satirical. But in general, the nation in wartime attains a uniformity of feeling, a hierarchy of values culminating at the undisputed apex of the State ideal, which could not possibly be produced through any other agency than war. Loyalty — or mystic devotion to the State — becomes the major imagined human value. Other values, such as artistic creation, knowledge, reason, beauty, the enhancement of life, are instantly and almost unanimously sacrificed, and the significant classes who have constituted themselves the amateur agents of the State are engaged not only in sacrificing these values for themselves but in coercing all other persons into sacrificing them.

This illustration shows the reality of the situation; governments lie, soldiers die, elites dine on the spoils.  The only winners of war are the elites, everyone else loses.  War is the eternal mechanism by which they transfer power and wealth from us mundanes to enrich themselves.  As Peter, Paul and Mary asked, when will we ever learn?

Because soldiers serve the government, not us, thereby increasing the freedom (power) of the government to further enslave us, should we be thanking them for their “Service to the Country?”  Are their deaths the ultimate waste?  I’ll let you decide.  I’m just asking the question.  Several references below share the opinions of others. 

I don’t respect soldiers who enlist voluntarily because their service enables the government to further enslave us and thereby further reduce our freedomThat’s the wrong direction.  I want increasing freedom until it reaches the point that I’m truly free.  That’s what I will promote as your U.S. Senator. 

However, I do weep when I see memorials such as this knowing that all those soldiers died in vain.  What might they have been able accomplish had they been able to live out productive lives?  What kinds of life enhancing contributions to society have been lost due to their senseless deaths?

Many of you may have heard of the famed investor Warren Buffet.  Well, he had a lesser famed father, Howard Buffet.  From Wikipedia, “Howard Homan Buffett was an American businessman, investor, and politician. He was a four-term Republican United States Representative for the state of Nebraska.”  Over six decades ago he offered sound advice that obviously was deep sixed by most Americans.  His advice is just as true today as it was six decades ago.  He knew that our reckless pursuit of empire would result in the coercion and tyranny the government subjects us to today.  How prophetic.  How pathetic.

Even if it were desirable, America is not strong enough to police the world by military force. If that attempt is made, the blessings of liberty will be replaced by coercion and tyranny at home. Our Christian ideals cannot be exported to other lands by dollars and guns. Persuasion and example are the methods taught by the Carpenter of Nazareth, and if we believe in Christianity we should try to advance our ideals by his methods. We cannot practice might and force abroad and retain freedom at home. We cannot talk world cooperation and practice power politics.

-- Rep. Howard Buffet, Sen. Robert Taft's Campaign Manager, 1952

Not only have our soldiers died in vain and for a lie, if you use “defending and preserving our freedom” as the measuring stick, but the costs of war have severely deleted our wealth to the point that we’ve been borrowing from the future wealth of our children and grandchildren.  They will be burdened with the debt that war has been financed with as well as being enslaved even more than we are now.  What kind of people are we that can willingly destroy the future of our children and grandchildren? 

All of this is totally unnecessary.  We do not face threats to our freedom from external governments.  As noted in the Freedom issue paper, the greatest threat to us mundanes is the U.S. government.  Americans must get over their insane belief that military spending must be continually increased.  That no matter what the level of spending, it’s always too low.  How can it be too low when (depending upon which source data are used) it exceeds roughly the combined military spending of the next 7 countries ranked in order of spending? 

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These data show that military spending can be cut drastically without increasing the vulnerability of America.  The data also show that America is the greatest threat to the survival of the human race because it’s highly likely, given all the saber rattling by American politicians, that the huge difference will enable taking reckless actions under the false assumption that Americans will suffer minimal damage.  It makes one wonder if America will survive Washington

These huge military expenditures finance America’s unending overt and covert war actions, its illegal occupation of sovereign countries who’ve told America to leave, and its worldwide network of an estimated 800 military bases in 70 – 130 countries.  But, these bases may not be viable and should be closed.  There are things to consider:

  • They don’t protect America from direct attack
  • Their deterrence effect is overrated
  • They don’t always effectively prevent nuclear proliferation
  • They can encourage resentment
  • The can cause the U.S. to support brutal dictatorships
  • They risk entangling us in unnecessary wars
  • Technology has largely made them obsolete

Americans should be asking whether or not garrisoning of the world with its associated costs was a wise expenditure of tax dollars.  Particularly since Russia spends 1/7 of that amount and now has a military capability superior to that of America according to statements made by Vladimir Putin during his Russian "State of the Union" speech on March 1st. 

As expressed by Russell "Texas" Bentley, "On that historic day, Vladimir Putin revealed to the world that the US military is now obsolete, and no longer capable of "projecting power", committing war crimes, or intimidating and destroying smaller nations around the world. That day has ended forever, one way or another.  The US military is still completely capable of the mission it needs and deserves to do, which is to defend the territory and people of the United States of America.  You are safe. There is no threat.  But the days of your government threatening and destroying other countries is over. I hope you understand this." 

In a typical display of ignorance of reality the vast majority of the conservative independent media declared that Putin threatened America.  For those who can perceive events through unbiased eyes, Putin never threatened America.  He let America know that his passive response to America pushing him around shouldn't be taken as a sign of weakness but as a sign of hopefully being able to engage in mutually beneficial, peace seeking cooperation in the future.  Scott Ritter got this right when he noted Putin was really asking "Are You Listening, America?"  Putin wants peace, not war.  But, will America listen?

That's a good question because as Tom Luongo cites in, "Peace in Our Time Only if America is "Agreement Capable,""  "...Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who have said on multiple occasions that the U.S. is ‘not agreement capable.’  In diplomatic terms it means that negotiating with us is pointless because we do not keep to the agreements we sign."  Luongo lists several agreements America has reneged on.  That would be no surprise to Native American Indians.  When will America ever be "agreement capable?"

Americans should also be asking did America really need to spend $250 million a day for the past 16 years to conduct a war on terror?  Especially considering the findings of a U.S. Army War College study that contends the U.S. War on Terror has been a mistake.  Some key points:

  • America’s efforts in the war on terror have been substantial and sustained, with more than four trillion dollars spent, two and a half million military members sent into harm’s way, and nearly 7,000 service members losing their lives over the past 15 years.
  • The data strongly suggest US efforts have had a significant and negative impact on terrorism over the past 15 years. Increased US efforts are correlated with a worsening of the overall terror situation.
  • America has invaded two Muslim-majority states and conducted military operations in an additional five (i.e., Syria, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia). Despite these efforts, the data indicate primary objectives have gone unmet and some areas have worsened (e.g., the number and strength of Islamist-inspired terror groups).”
  • Finally, policy-makers should substantially curtail America’s offensive military operations. Instead, US Defense policy should focus on capabilities, such as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, to support homeland security efforts

Americans need wake up to the truth and kick their addition to war.  War doesn’t settle anything.  War doesn’t beget peace, never, ever, no way.  War only begets more war.  It doesn’t solve the underlying issues, it only replaces one set of criminals with another set. 

You are aware that government is a criminal operation, aren’t you?  Government cannot do anything for you, or itself, until it first does it to you.  In other words, government cannot exist unless it first steals from you to finance itself.  It must steal, it doesn’t produce wealth, it’s a wealth extractor (destroyer).   Theft is a criminal act.  Therefore, by its very nature government is a criminal operation.

Finally, let’s think about the human side of war.  Do you remember that celebratory little song “When Johnny Comes Marching Home again?  It was written when gay was used correctly meaning lighthearted and carefree, not it’s corrupted definition of homosexual.  Well, in case you don’t know, that Johnny marching home is not the innocent, trusting, confident young man you sent off to battle.  He knows the truth about war.  He and his buddies will never be the same again.  They will suffer mental anguish for the rest of their lives.  Their participation is war leaves a legacy of pain and reserved pride.

  • More than half of the 2.6 million Americans dispatched to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan struggle with physical or mental health problems stemming from their service, feel disconnected from civilian life and believe the government is failing to meet the needs of this generation’s veterans
  • Wars have caused mental and emotional health problems in 31 percent of vets — more than 800,000 of them. When more specific questions were asked, the rates increased: 41 percent — more than 1 million — report having outbursts of anger, and 45 percent have relationship problems with their spouse or partner. Both are indicators of post-traumatic stress and could suggest that rates of affliction may be higher than the government has forecast.
  • Rand Corp. in 2008, estimated rates of post-traumatic stress or major depression at about 20 percent.
  • Only 53 percent of them believe the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting, and just 44 percent say the same for Iraq. Slightly more than a third — almost 900,000 vets — “strongly” believe the Iraq war was not worth it.

Another human aspect is the thousands of women left behind by dead soldiers who consequently may have had to raise children on their own or never married and were denied the blessing of bringing a human life into the world. 

My friend Douglas Lyle Shortley, Mound High School graduate, was a guest at my wedding in 1965 along with his sweetheart; a sweet, quiet, gentle spirited young lady.  But, after LBJ lied us into the Vietnam War he was drafted (conscripted) and assigned a tail gunner position on a bomber.  In 1970 they brought him home in a body bag.  His sweetheart never married.  They would have been a super couple and I’m sure would have raised kids that would be the envy of any parent.  But, his sweetheart was denied the blessing of birthing and raising those kids, just like the tens of thousands of women of WWI and WWII soldiers killed in action.  Why Americans are addicted to militarism when it destroys the lives of tens of thousands of hopeful women is a mystery to me.

Every time I happen to think of Doug it makes me angry.  What a waste.  And what did Doug’s death along with the deaths of the other 58,219 soldiers accomplish?  I’ll tell you what it accomplished.  Now Americans can go to Walmart (I personally checked this out) and buy cheap Haines underwear made in Vietnam so they don’t have to pay a couple dollars extra for underwear made in the good ole USA.  Wasn’t that worthy sacrifice of all those lives (not counting the nearly 2 million Vietnamese deaths)? 

Let’s hear it for visionary Lyndon Baines Johnson who sent 58,220 U.S soldiers to their deaths so that 5 decades later Americans would be able to save a couple dollars on their underwear.   What a great guy.  He faithfully continued the tradition of U.S. presidents of promoting war.  That tradition continues to this day under President Trump.  

Trump promised to improve foreign relations with bogeyman countries.  Voters that didn’t want war, like me, voted for him for only one reason.  He was the only candidate for President that wasn’t a warmonger.  But, he’s betrayed us.  He's been dropping bombs nonstop.  He seems determined to start WWIII and use nuclear weapons.  If he does use them, then America will immediately become a nuclear wasteland because Russia and China will not wait to take defensive action knowing that America has a preemptive strike policy in place.

For those of us with behind the scenes knowledge and experience it's been obvious that our Deep State overlords are insane.  They think America can win a nuclear war and are prepared mentally and physically to initiate such a war without any second thoughts on the slightest of perceived or imagined provocations.  But now they've come out in the open and publicly revealed their insanity.  They're Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again.

I'm not the only one who thinks our overloads, in particular the clique that is the primary driving force known as neoconservatives, are insane, Paul Craig Roberts also does.  In writing about the Pentagon’s new Nuclear Posture Review he notes that its call "for more weapons, speaks of nuclear weapons as “usable,” and justifies their use in First Strikes even against countries that do not have nuclear weapons."  In his opinion "This is an insane escalation."  It tells every country that the US government believes in the first use of nuclear weapons against any and every country."  The neocons "are chasing their dream of world hegemony."  If we don’t stop this insanity, then we will all die, except of course the neocons tucked safely away in their underground bunckers.

The world is catching on to the fact that America is the world’s schoolyard bully.  Many now see America as the greatest threat to the survival of the human race.  They can smell the stench of death all over America.  They’ve sent a message to America.

I'm not the only one who recognizes that war destroys the wealth of Americans.  John Whitehead, President of the Rutherford Institute recently published an article documenting the fact that it not only will bankrupt, but has alaready bankrupted, America.

The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again: War Spending Will Bankrupt America

By John W. Whitehead
February 12, 2018

Why throw money at defense when everything is falling down around us? Do we need to spend more money on our military (about $600 billion this year) than the next seven countries combined? Do we need 1.4 million active military personnel and 850,000 reserves when the enemy at the moment — ISIS — numbers in the low tens of thousands? (Editorial Insert:  Dude Where's My Troops? Pentagon Loses Track Of 44,000 Soldiers.)  If so, it seems there's something radically wrong with our strategy. Should 55% of the federal government's discretionary spending go to the military and only 3% to transportation when the toll in American lives is far greater from failing infrastructure than from terrorism? Does California need nearly as many active military bases (31, according to militarybases.com) as it has UC and state university campuses (33)? And does the state need more active duty military personnel (168,000, according to Governing magazine) than public elementary school teachers (139,000)?”— Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times

Mark my words, America’s war spending will bankrupt the nation.

For that matter, America’s war spending has already bankrupted the nation to the tune of more than $20 trillion dollars.

Now the Trump Administration is pushing for a $4.4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2019 that would add $7 trillion to the already unsustainable federal deficit in order to sustain America’s military empire abroad and dramatically expand the police state here at home. Trump also wants American taxpayers to cover the cost of building that infamous border wall.

Truly, Trump may turn out to be, as policy analyst Stan Collender warned, “the biggest deficit- and debt-increasing president of all time.”

For those in need of a quick reminder: “A budget deficit is the difference between what the federal government spends and what it takes in. The national debt, also known as the public debt, is the result of the federal government borrowing money to cover years and years of budget deficits.”

Right now, the U.S. government is operating in the negative on every front: it’s spending far more than what it makes (and takes from the American taxpayers) and it is borrowing heavily (from foreign governments and Social Security) to keep the government operating and keep funding its endless wars abroad.

This is how military empires fall and fail: by spreading themselves too thin and spending themselves to death.

It happened in Rome. It’s happening again.

Not content to merely police the globe, in recent decades, America has gradually transformed its homeland into a battlefield with militarized police and weapons better suited to a war zone.

Since taking office, President Trump—much like his predecessors—has marched in lockstep with the military. Now Trump wants $716 billion to expand America’s military empire abroad and billions more to hire cops, build more prisons and wage more profit-driven war-on-drugs/war-on-terrorism/war-on-crime programs that eat away at the Fourth Amendment while failing to make the country any safer.

Even the funds requested for infrastructure will do little to shore up the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, railways, highways, power grids and dams.

No matter how your break it down, this is not a budget aimed at perfecting the Union, establishing justice, insuring domestic tranquility, providing for the common defense, promoting general welfare, or securing the blessings of liberty for the American people.

No, this is a budget aimed at pandering to the powerful money interests (military, corporate and security) that run the Deep State and hold the government in its clutches.

So much for Trump’s campaign promises to balance the budget and drain the swamps of corruption.

The glaring economic truth is that at the end of the day, it’s the military industrial complex—and not the sick, the elderly or the poor—that is pushing America towards bankruptcy.

As investigative journalist Uri Friedman puts it, for more than 15 years now, the United States has been fighting terrorism with a credit card, “essentially bankrolling the wars with debt, in the form of purchases of U.S. Treasury bonds by U.S.-based entities like pension funds and state and local governments, and by countries like China and Japan.”

The illicit merger of the armaments industry and the Pentagon that President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us against more than 50 years ago has come to represent perhaps the greatest threat to the nation’s fragile infrastructure today.

Having been co-opted by greedy defense contractors, corrupt politicians and incompetent government officials, America’s expanding military empire is bleeding the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour)—and that’s just what the government spends on foreign wars.

That does not include the cost of maintaining and staffing the 1000-plus U.S. military bases spread around the globe.

Incredibly, although the U.S. constitutes only 5% of the world's population, America boasts almost 50% of the world's total military expenditure, spending more on the military than the next 19 biggest spending nations combined.

In fact, the Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety.

War is not cheap.

Although the federal government obscures so much about its defense spending that accurate figures are difficult to procure, we do know that since 2001, the U.S. government has spent more than $1.8 trillion in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (that’s $8.3 million per hour).

That doesn’t include wars and military exercises waged around the globe, which are expected to push the total bill upwards of $12 trillion by 2053.

Mind you, these ongoing wars—riddled by corruption, graft and bumbling incompetence—have done little to keep the country safe while enriching the military industrial complex—and private defense contractors—at taxpayer expense.

Just recently, for example, a leading accounting firm concluded that one of the Pentagon’s largest agencies “can’t account for hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of spending.”

Just consider the fact that it costs American taxpayers $2.1 million per year for each soldier deployed in Afghanistan.

Imagine what you could do with that money if it were spent on domestic needs here at home.

Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen anytime soon, not as long as the money interests in Washington keep calling the shots and profiting from the spoils of war.

War has become a huge money-making venture, and America, with its vast military empire, is one of its best buyers and sellers. Not only does the U.S. have the largest defense budget, it also ranks highest as the world’s largest arms exporter.

The American military-industrial complex has erected an empire unsurpassed in history in its breadth and scope, one dedicated to conducting perpetual warfare throughout the earth.

For example, while erecting a security surveillance state in the U.S., the military-industrial complex has perpetuated a worldwide military empire with American troops stationed in 177 countries (over 70% of the countries worldwide).

In the process, billions have been spent erecting luxury military installations throughout the world.

For example, the U.S. Embassy built in Iraq, dubbed "Fortress Baghdad," covers 104 acres and boasts a "city within a city" that includes six apartment buildings, a Marine barracks, swimming pool, shops and 15-foot-thick walls. Camp Anaconda in Iraq, like many U.S. military bases scattered across the globe, was structured to resemble a mini-city with pools, fast food restaurants, miniature golf courses and movie theaters.

While most Americans can scarcely afford the cost of heating and cooling their own homes, the American government spends $20 billion annually just to provide air conditioning for military installations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In essence, what we're doing is “we’re air conditioning the desert over there in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places,” noted retired brigadier general Steven Anderson, a former chief logistician for Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq.

Think about that for a minute.

There’s a good reason why “bloated,” “corrupt” and “inefficient” are among the words most commonly applied to the government, especially the Department of Defense and its contractors.

For instance, a study by the Government Accountability Office found that $70 billion worth of cost overruns by the Pentagon were caused by management failures. To put that in perspective, that equates to one and a half times the State Department’s entire $47 billion annual budget.

Fraud is rampant.

A government audit, for example, found that defense contractor Boeing has been massively overcharging taxpayers for mundane parts, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in overspending. As the report noted, the American taxpayer paid:

$71 for a metal pin that should cost just 4 cents; $644.75 for a small gear smaller than a dime that sells for $12.51: more than a 5,100 percent increase in price. $1,678.61 for another tiny part, also smaller than a dime, that could have been bought within DoD for $7.71: a 21,000 percent increase. $71.01 for a straight, thin metal pin that DoD had on hand, unused by the tens of thousands, for 4 cents: an increase of over 177,000 percent.

Price gouging has become an accepted form of corruption within the American military empire.

And if you think gas prices at home can get high, just consider what the American taxpayer is being forced to shell out overseas: once all the expenses of delivering gas to troops in the field are factored in, we’re paying between $18-30 per gallon for gas in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Incredibly, despite reports of corruption, abuse and waste, the mega-corporations behind much of this ineptitude and corruption continue to be awarded military contracts worth billions of dollars.

The rationale may keep changing for why American military forces are in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, but the one that remains constant is that those who run the government are feeding the appetite of the military industrial complex.

What began in 2001 as part of an alleged effort to root out al Qaeda has turned into a goldmine for the military industrial complex and its army of private contractors.

Just consider: the Pentagon in 2008 spent more money every five seconds in Iraq than the average American earned in a year.

Yet Congress and the White House want taxpayers to accept that the only way to reduce the nation’s ballooning deficit is by cutting “entitlement” programs such as Social Security and Medicare?

As Martin Luther King Jr. recognized, under a military empire, war and its profiteering will always take precedence over the people’s basic human needs.

Simply put, we cannot afford to maintain our over-extended military empire.

Money is the new 800-pound gorilla,” remarked a senior administration official involved in Afghanistan. “It shifts the debate from ‘Is the strategy working?’ to ‘Can we afford this?’ And when you view it that way, the scope of the mission that we have now is far, far less defensible.”

Or as one commentator noted, “Foreclosing the future of our country should not be confused with defending it.

Inevitably, military empires collapse.

As Cullen Murphy, author of Are We Rome? and editor-at-large of Vanity Fair writes:

A millennium hence America will be hard to recognize. It may not exist as a nation-state in the form it does now—or even exist at all. Will the transitions ahead be gradual and peaceful or abrupt and catastrophic? Will our descendants be living productive lives in a society better than the one we inhabit now? Whatever happens, will valuable aspects of America’s legacy weave through the fabric of civilizations to come? Will historians someday have reason to ask, Did America really fall?

The problem we wrestle with is none other than a distorted American empire, complete with mega-corporations, security-industrial complexes and a burgeoning military. And it has its sights set on absolute domination.

Eventually, however, all military empires fail.

At the height of its power, even the mighty Roman Empire could not stare down a collapsing economy and a burgeoning military. Prolonged periods of war and false economic prosperity largely led to its demise. As historian Chalmers Johnson predicts:

The fate of previous democratic empires suggests that such a conflict is unsustainable and will be resolved in one of two ways. Rome attempted to keep its empire and lost its democracy. Britain chose to remain democratic and in the process let go its empire. Intentionally or not, the people of the United States already are well embarked upon the course of non-democratic empire.

I would suggest that what we have is a confluence of factors and influences that go beyond mere comparisons to Rome.

It is a union of Orwell’s 1984 with its shadowy, totalitarian government—i.e., fascism, the union of government and corporate powers—and a total surveillance state with a military empire extended throughout the world.

As we have seen with the militarizing of the police, the growth of and reliance on militarism as the solution for our problems both domestically and abroad affects the basic principles upon which American society should operate.

We must keep in mind that a military empire will be ruled not by lofty ideals of equality and justice but by the power of the sword. Those in the military are primarily trained to conduct warfare, not preserve the peace.

Here’s the kicker, though: if the American empire falls and the American economy collapses—and with it the last vestiges of our constitutional republic—it will be the government and its trillion-dollar war budgets that are to blame.

Of course, the government has already anticipated this breakdown.

That’s why the government has transformed America into a war zone, turned the nation into a surveillance state, and labelled “we the people” as enemy combatants.

For years now, the government has worked with the military to prepare for widespread civil unrest brought about by “economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency, pervasive public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters.”

Having spent more than half a century exporting war to foreign lands, profiting from war, and creating a national economy seemingly dependent on the spoils of war, the war hawks long ago turned their profit-driven appetites on us, bringing home the spoils of war—the military tanks, grenade launchers, Kevlar helmets, assault rifles, gas masks, ammunition, battering rams, night vision binoculars, etc.—and handing them over to local police, thereby turning America into a battlefield.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this is how the police state wins and “we the people” lose.

More than 50 years ago, President Dwight Eisenhower warned us not to let the profit-driven war machine endanger our liberties or democratic processes.

We failed to heed his warning.

As Eisenhower recognized in a speech given to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, on Apr. 16, 1953, the consequences of allowing the military-industrial complex to wage war, exhaust our resources and dictate our national priorities are beyond grave:

“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. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people… This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”

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ABOUT JOHN W. WHITEHEAD                                                                                      Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online at www.amazon.com. Whitehead can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org.

If you’re tired of endless war, especially now knowing that it destroys our freedom and it destroys not only our enemy’s wealth but the wealth of us mundanes, then you need to send me to Washington, DC as your U.S. Senator to oppose the addiction to militarism and promote peace.  As long as the war economy continues to drain our wealth and enslave us, we will never, ever be truly free.  It can’t happen.  Freedom gets smothered and extinguished in an environment of war.  

Having been a member in good standing of the Military Industrial Complex for over 5 decades, including involvement in Black Programs, I can smell a military rat a mile away.  I won’t be bamboozled, like every other candidate, by forked tongued, manicured, perfumed Pentagon spokesmen.  And I’m the only candidate who understands that only peace begets peace and that freedom requires an environment of peace if we are to achieve prosperity for all.

If you now understand that war is used by governments to enslave its populace, that it smothers and extinguishes freedom, that it destroys the world's wealth, that seeing others through the lens of friendship rather than as perpetual enemies is essential for peace, and that the real reason for America's wars is to enshrine our overlords as the supreme rulers over the whole earth, then please click here - Donate - to contribute to getting this message out to as wide as audience as possible.  The limit for personal contributions is $2,600.  Therefore, it will take the support of all freedom and peace loving citizens to ensure that I'm elected as your U.S. Senator.  You can make recurring donations if that fits your budget better.

Remember, if we don’t get the war issue right, then none of the other issues will matter.  We won’t be around to be affected by them.

Additional References:

 THE CRIME THAT WILL DESTROY AMERICA - (The unvarished truth ignored by the compromised Religious Establishment)

The Truth About War

Dude Where's My Troops? Pentagon Loses Track Of 44,000 Soldiers

I Don’t Appreciate the Military

Don’t Thank This Veteran for His Service – He didn’t sign up to defend anyone’s freedom nor did he meet a single guy who  did, he signed up for self-serving reasons

A Real Military Hero

I Do Believe Some Veterans Are Heroes

If Veterans Were Fighting for Our Freedoms…

Who Can Stop the Drive to War?

War Is Horrible

The Life and Lonely Death of Noah Pierce

Thank Them for What?

Ask Grandpa What He Did in the Good War - Civilian deaths weren't always 'accidental.'

90% of All Deaths In War Are CIVILIANS

Map of US Military and CIA Interventions since World War 2

Recipe Concocted for Perpetual War is a Bitter One

War Poem

War is the Health of the State

Saying What Needs to Be Said About the Military

 

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