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Recovery from Militarism


Recovery from Militarism

Robert C. Koehler

The pols cry glory and revenge. They cry security. They cry greatness.

Then they stick in the needle, or the missile or the rifle shell, or the nuclear bomb. Or at least they imagine doing so. This will fix the world. And they approve more funding for war.

U.S. militarism, and the funding — and the fearmongering — that sustain it are out of control . . . in the same way, perhaps, that stage 4 cancer is out of control.


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A timely, much needed overview of the US war-machine, its waste and corruption, and “mission”, glorifying death and destruction (of other cultures).

“Instead of a strategically effective military - what we have is quite the opposite: heavy, disproportionately destructive, indiscriminately lethal, single-mindedly combat-oriented, technology-dominant, exorbitantly expensive, unsustainably consumptive, and increasingly alienated from the rest of society. Just as important, wherever it goes, it provokes and antagonizes where it should reassure and thereby invariably fathers the mirror image of itself in others.”

A self-perpetuating construct, supported by both political parties, that must have enemies, and if none are available, must create and maintain “enemies” to survive and thrive - whenever the enemy of the moment is “defeated”, war ended, or treaty signed, a new enemy must be created, and how perfect is an amorphous non-state enemy, absent any “border” - created, expanded and justified by a highly suspect “incident”, become increasingly depraved.
A construct that seeks to maintain and grow its influence and capabilities, regardless the cost, the suffering of millions, or massive environmental destruction, pollution, or extinctions - complete influence and domination over civilian life and needs.
The military mind is not capable of empathy or to seek solutions other than killing and 'destroying" an enemy - carefully nurturing its continuation regardless “collateral damage” - enemies that have been nourished and maintained thru propaganda of a corrupt lap-dog press/media to justify the obscenity of the military/Pentagon budget! Propaganda and incitement make good enemies…and “allies”.

Careers are made, the sycophant promoted, and every Congressional district home to some part of the MICC - Military Industrial Congressional Complex - to assure votes that never cut, only increase, the diversion of limited resources from civilian needs and priorities to military, regardless how costly, wasteful or unnecessary/absurd - a notable exception is care of the “fodder” of war after use. These burdens are not born by the wealthiest, but by the 99%, limiting real economic “growth”, the false narrative of “growth” mostly the playground of wealth and corrupt influence of the “Masters of War”.
The rationale is “jobs”, the ever-parroted justification regardless how those “jobs” contribute to and grow, death and destruction, not society, energy independence, sustainable future, environmental survival - nothing but maintaining the brainwashed military and civilian-puppet mind…and military budget.


Warmongering: the obsession that no presidential candidate dares to speak its name. Failing demilitarization, I see little reason for hope.


To paraphrase George Carlin speaking about God:

The MIC’s all-powerful (think nukes), all-perfect (shiny ribbons and state-of-the-art CYA tactics), all-knowing (recording my every keystroke), and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money!


Charlie Chaplin - The Greatest Speech Ever Made

His anti-war, anti-fascist speech at the end of his movie ‘The Great Dictator’ that effectively ended his career:


Right. Doing something about this obscenity would disrupt Hillary Clinton’s career trajectory, and we can’t have that.

As long as the govt. keeps prosecuting the welfare benefit cheats, the populace will be happy.


HRC has been selected by the .01% to make sure Bernie is not able to fix ANYTHING!


I have touched on the F-35 boondoggle a number of times so here is another.

This the Zumwalt class of vessels for the US navy. At a cost of 4.4 billion per vessel among one of the most expensive ships afloat. Some 30 were ordered but thus far only 3 built and they are a disaster. No sooner did they hit the water than it was determined they obsolete due to the presence of new technologies. It is suggested they would turn over in high seas so can only sail when waters calm. The US Navy , not happy with the product, are already putting together packages for a vessel to replace it with.

The time it takes to get one of these new machines of war from drawing board to construction is years and technology is moving so fast they rendered obsolete by cheaper technologies before they are even built. As these new technologies evolve the Pentagon does “add too’s” to products in the pipeline which are added on and increase costs. It just a stupid and futile waste of resources when all one really has to learn to do is get along with ones neighbours.


For the past 9 years (and counting), I’ve spoken about using the military’s manpower for the purposes of rebuilding our nation so that it’s better positioned to stand up to climate-driven chaos.

I’ve also suggested that inner city youth, devoid of both jobs and hope be TRAINED in the building trades so that they would learn important skills while rebuilding their neighborhoods.

I have to wonder if Mr. Koehler is born under a dual sign like Pisces, Gemini, or even Sagittarius that he can present two dissimilar theses and lay them out as IF they comport with each other.

I’ll show what I mean.

This facet of the thesis is accurate and also reflects my argument that “Mars rules”:

“We talk about “the Pentagon” as though it were a rational entity, hierarchically in control of what it does, dispensable as needed to trouble spots around the world: a tool of America’s commander in chief and, therefore, of the American people. The reality, undiscussed on the evening news or the presidential debates, is something a little different. The American military is an unceasing hemorrhage of cash and aggression, committed — perhaps only at the unconscious level — to nothing more than its own perpetuation, which is to say, endless war.”

Mars rules through might makes right; and when the mighty MIC says it has no need to conform to audits or show willingness to conform to specific laws, then it acts on ITS OWN volition.

That’s why reverting back to the knee-jerk reflexive WE frame is disingenuous and contradicts the assertion made in the first paragraph:

“Despite the lost wars and the endless consumption of money, despite the failures of security and horrific growth of global terrorism since the U.S. began its war on terror, the country continues to militarize, both internationally and domestically.”

Either The Beast is out of control or it’s tamed by the American people and under their direction. It cannot be both.


Lots of profound quotes in this lengthy comment. Thank you for compiling the list.

These are my favorites and largely constitute arguments I’ve shared in this forum often:

“The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology.”

Michael Parenti

“As long as people are marginalized and distracted [they] have no way to organize or articulate their sentiments, or even know that others have these sentiments. People assume that they are the only people with a crazy idea in their heads. They never hear it from anywhere else. Nobody’s supposed to think that. … Since there’s no way to get together with other people who share or reinforce that view and help you articulate it, you feel like an oddity, an oddball. So you just stay on the side and you don’t pay any attention to what’s going on. You look at something else, like the Superbowl.”

Noam Chomsky

“The military budget is simply an enormous pork barrel of special privilege, the privileges taking the form of windfall profits, of no-risk profits and, most importantly, of enormous outlays of capital supplied by the Pentagon to arms contractors.”

Walter Karp


“We need to hear more each and every day about the link between pursuit of unlimited personal fortunes and the fact that as things stand now this species has no future.”

Well, Judge Brandeis stated that there could EITHER be unlimited wealth OR Democracy, but not both.

The kind of $ pouring into lobbying firms provides fodder for a legalized system of bribing that entails quid pro quo arrangements that arguably allow the very rich to dictate ALL policies.

And yours truly wrote a novel back in l990 (that never passed snuff with the censors, apparently) that featured a time bank exchange in lieu of money. This time bank held that EVERY PERSON’S hour of service was of equivalent value… TIME being the arbiter of that evaluation. (There were also wealth caps and prior title HOLDERS became title GIVERS.)

Alternatives to the status quo exist. But they are kept out of the public discourse so that today’s robber barons can OWN the narrative, what passes for a the public conversation, and through these means effectively manufacture consent…from there, they enforce rules deferential to their own priorities at GRAVE cost to all else.