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.