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Our Greatest National Security Threat? Perpetual War


Our Greatest National Security Threat? Perpetual War

William Astore

The United States is now engaged in perpetual war with victory nowhere in sight. Iraq is chaotic and scarred. So, too, is Libya. Syria barely exists.


“Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or fascist dictorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peace makers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

― Hermann Göring


"Victory is the main objective in war. If this is long delayed, weapons are blunted and morale depressed. When troops attack cities, their strength will be exhausted.

When the army engages in protracted campaigns the resources of the state will not suffice.

When your weapons are dulled and ardor dampened, your strength exhausted and treasure spent, neighboring rulers will take advantage of your distress to act. And even though you have wise counselors, none will be able to lay good plans fr the future.

Thus, while we have heard of blundering swiftness in war, we have yet seen a clever operation that was prolonged.

For there has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited."
—Sun Tzu The Art of War/ Chapter II Waging War


Great article, “The truth is that the system has time-tested ways of neutralizing internal dissent, burying it, or channeling it and so rendering it harmless.” - hear that Clinton supporters??


This article could easily be applied to the horrors of contemporary policing and warehouse prisons. Just as in the military, I’m sure there are many police who disagree with current policies, but who don’t feel ‘safe’ in expressing those opinions. Money is still the objective…


Clearly you’ll be voting for Jill Stein then?


Capitalists want money and they will use any means necessary to get it.


Goebbels created such a successful military industrial economic model propaganda play book that has been easy to refine and apply in Murka and abroad, how could post World War II capitalists not select the creation and nurturing of a military industrial complex economic model as their first choice ?


We have very few actual Capitalists in the United States. They reside by and large in the top 1%.
In order to be a Capitalist you must first have enough excess capital (money) to lend to someone. And charge interest (unearned income) on.
99% of us are wage earners just trying to get by.
We are not Capitalists.

The American people have been sold a con job. They believe that we just can’t do without Capitalism and remain free.

That’s a load of steaming crap.


Great article. It is time to refocus our energies. We have gone on long enough waging war, and really focused on empire. We took over the reins of the empire for the UK after WWII. We have been waging war after war so that we could either amass more and more land or more and more resources. Enough is enough. It is time to recenter our country. Let’s focus on rebuilding our infrastructure, stopping global warming, and educating our youth. We could be flying to Mars right now, and exploring space, but we have these cronies in power who refuse to cease this endless terror. Voting for Hillary or Trump is not going to help anyone. Do yourselves a favor and vote 3rd party, and begin breaking down this war culture.


Hat’s off to you.
Each vote for someone other then Hillary or Trump is a very positive thing.


Military industry supported and abetted by Congress and the CIA. I am 68 now. All my life every time the military budget comes up for a vote there has been one crisis followed by another. Does anyone else remember the so-called missile crisis of the 60’s? The USSR was getting ahead of us in missiles then. Just a big lie. Then endless red flag events from Vietnam onward to Iraq to all of Hillary’s favorites in Libya, etc. They are all based on blatant never ending always increasing lies. Want peace? Vote Green.


America is a culture of violence. We now call military personnel heroes, whether they have ever done anything heroic or not, they are heroes.
Another reason to not make waves from within.
I saw a poll that said something like 56% of the people think Obama should be harder in Syria and Iraq. If this is true, we have over half the country buying the dribble about how they have to protect the homeland with more war.
If we continue to elevate military personnel to hero status and vote for more war, we are doomed. The MIC has gotten so strong a military take over some day would not be out of the realm.
There are two third rail subjects that cannot be touched in this country, the Pentagon budget and the government printing our own money. Heads roll at the thought of changing either.
Two obvious things that have failed, but no one can speak on them, are the failed military wars and austerity. They are proven failed policies but you won’t find many in the government willing to say that to the American public.
This is our way of life.


Clinton and Trump would not have nearly as big a base as each of them have if 56% of Murkins were not polling as warmongers.


While a powerful military is necessary in today’s mixed up world, it should be understood as that, necessary, not an end in itself. It is after all a killing machine and should never be unleashed until the nation is in peril. All disputes with other nations must be dealt with diplomatically first, which means that both parties must be willing to compromise, otherwise, diplomacy is just being played at and is not real. The US will just have to live with being unable to tell other nations who will and will not govern them, who they may trade with, who they may make treaties with etc.


“America used to think differently. Our founders considered a standing army to be a pernicious threat to democracy”.

In the UK possibly until the Napoleonic wars and possibly even after, the notion of a standing army was seen as not the best thing to have around. It is interesting that most boys of my immediate post-WW2 generation did not regard the idea of a military career as worthwhile, even though we played with toy guns and toy soldiers.

The hostage-mentality employed by the military in the USA will also be employed by militaries (conventional and unconventional) in other countries and there lies the problem for all those who want a peaceful life.


The last time the USA was “in peril” was in 1812.


Whilst the USA blunders, China buys.

China is buying (not bombing) farms, mines, mining companies, steel-making companies, port facilities, power utilities, public transport systems, oil-production facilities all round the world; marry a Chinese now and join the conquerors! China is the British East India Company writ large.


Oh you mean when the US decided that it should invade and conquer the northern part of the British Empire and were rewarded with the burning downof the White House?


Too many Americans are either not uncomfortable enough, or are still under the influence of educational brainwashing…for anything to really change in the near future. Only the people in general will be able to change the priorities of US government…it is a monumental job but it probably must be done in the long run otherwise I fear for the survival of the Globe…
No government anymore can embrace a system that rapes the natural resources and environment of the world…that goes for most of the “West”…“democracies”…and their authoritarian affiliates…
Either we change or we all go down.