Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/12/18/neocons-want-us-belly-one-more-round-war
Sometimes Bacevich cracks me up, he’s so wide-eyed and innocently patriotic:
Proponents of a more restrained approach to policy, one contributor writes, “believe that an overly powerful United States is the principal cause of the world’s problems.” He offers no evidence to support this charge.
You want evidence of that charge, really? Would MLK qualify? Perhaps Bacevich would like to guess which country MLK singled out as the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today”?
“Greatest purveyor of violence” AND rogue state, AND purveyor of global terrorism, AND purveyor of domestic terrorism, AND squandering resources on the world’s largest corporate welfare program that keeps the military industrial media infotainment complex (MIMIC) in control of the US gubmit.
There an entire industry of what are claimed to be “independent think tanks” all of them funded by the Military that are advocating for yet more military spending.
As example the Rand Corporation has wargamed a few scenarios that would occur in a war with Russia and or China concluding that the US would get its ass handed to it on a platter. They couple this with a dire need to rearm the "hollowed out military’.
Another writer wrote that because Russia gets more bang for the buck with their own spending , able to build a jet aircraft and other arms much more cheaply then the USA can , the USA must ramp up their own spending . In essence “we need to spend more in order to keep up with the people spending less”. This in a Country where arms makers charge the US Government 800 dollars for a toilet seat.
Any excuse to funnel more money to weapon manufactures will do in this country.
I just can’t take anymore of this news~ of course, we humans have always have wars, wars, wars. But most of us don’t want more wars and this empiral nation have to line their pockets with death and destruction of the planet.
Only in the US do the minions of power tell us that the way to “defend” our country is to use our bloated military to attack other countries that have done nothing to us. The Blob is insatiable, and you don’t get Medicare for All because the money was absorbed by The Blob’s military. Face it, no country would attack the largest military in the world, but, the largest military in the world needs to invent foes to justify its bloated, shameful budget. What’s that? The Blob can’t account for where the money went? Of course not, it was digested and shit out by The Blob, who keeps screaming: “FEED ME!”
Not only is Biden certain to increase the US military engagements in the worldwide terrorism wars and the drone slaughter program, he will ratchet up tensions with North Korea, Russia, and China. I expect that the stage of US military deployment, will be lethal autonomous weapons systems. The rudimentary AI device the government of Israel used to kill Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, gives a foreshadowing of what is to come.
I think people are sick of war----and there is a money issue going on—Trump may veto the current war spending bill and progressives in the house could have an effect on what happens.
Trump and CIA killing kids with DEATH SQUADS! WAR CRIMES!
There are numerous reasons for re-examining our military posture, but the emerging environmental catastrophe is at the top of the list. In 1956 earth scientists smelled a rat and started tracking the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. There were several meetings and symposia, but in 1989 James E. Hansen of the National Aeronautical and Space Agency (N.A.S.A.) in testimony before the U.S. Senate said that satellite data showed that the polar icecap was shrinking, and the rate was so fast that it had to be due to human activity-- the hockey stick model. There have been numerus conferences such as at Kyoto, and the Paris Accord of 2016 is the latest. Pres. Donald Trump drew criticism for withdrawing from it, but in fact, it amounted to talking, but no firm commitments, plans or enforcements. The problem is that we are rapidly running out of time. The evidence is clear to those who have eyes. The ocean is getting hotter and more acidic, hurricanes are getting stronger, the forest fires more destructive and the weather is increasingly unstable. The reason for the inertia is that our life styles must change and at the top of the list is military spending. The United States is the leader of the pack, but Russia and China must be brought along, too. So many politically powerful actors are invested in the status quo that it is clear that the environment will need to get worse before it becomes better, if it ever does.
Dear Mr. Bacevich, Without discussing the fact that this and other countries functions on a war economy your words are ineffectual. Without factoring into the debate the cost of wars in degradation of peoples lives and our environment for example 800 or so military bases on the lands of other peoples and adding to that the fact that the military is responsible for major pollution is without question equally important in stating the cost of continuous global wars.
So your points touching the surface of the results of this war driven economy is are less that significant. Many of us see the need, and are in favor of, reallocating our resources for building a sustainable planet not destroying it.
And if this government would not “create” enemies to compete with in the arms race those fucking think tanks could find something else to think about
CODE PINK needs to triple its membership and and garner strength from alliances with other groups fighting for civil rights and the rights of mother nature.
Trouble is so many are just fighting to live in today’s atmosphere of unjust treatment compounded by the pandemic.
The Covid 19 crack down could be a rehearsal for a life style one later on. It has to be universal for the current population to survive.
the author is right in that no matter how many weapons we have the military-industrial complex always warns we need more, more. The trouble is, there is no countervailing power, there are many (as in my state of RI) who think their jobs, or the state coffers, depend on the war machine, in our case building more submarines for which it is hard to even think of a scenario where they’d be useful, the peace movement is unusually weak, most don’t realize how much we pay for the military (not just DOD) and we are forever honoring veterans and soldiers, never peacemakers. And there are arms and armed force zealots in many other places (Britain, France, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Koreas, Israel-Palestine, Iran, Syria, India-Pakistan…) complicating things further.
But calling attention to the issue is a step
And think what it costs to run that sub-----and these jets , just the cost of one-----children go homeless and hungry as we spend 740 billion on CRAP!
And while we have, as you correctly point out, more and more weapons what we do not have is a Department of Peace which could counteract the lies put forth by the Pentagon and the Secretary of “Defense.”
World War III, does have a kind of grandiose, final quality to it.
I know Trump wants to buy Greenland. Even though its “not for sale”.
Doesn’t he understand, “No means no”!
How long does it take for children to die of starvation? Its my understanding that billions of the world’s children and old people and many of the adults would die of starvation due to even a “small” nuclear war anywhere, because the price of food would rise far beyond the ability of almost anybody in much of the world to afford it. Because of that global supply networks would completely break down.
The disaster capitalists would probably jump in, legalize cannibalism and start selling human meat.