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The US Military Can’t Get Out (No Matter the Country or the Conflict)


#1

The US Military Can’t Get Out (No Matter the Country or the Conflict)

Tom Engelhardt

Not that anyone in a position of power seems to notice, but there’s a simple rule for American military involvement in the Greater Middle East: once the U.S. gets in, no matter the country, it never truly gets out again. Let’s start with Afghanistan. The U.S. first entered the fray there in 1979 via a massive CIA-led proxy war against the Soviets that lasted until the Red Army limped home in 1989.


#2

We just need to say it:

'The Pentagon is in charge'

We have a defacto Military Dictatorship with a few trappings of pseudo-democracy.

It's probably been that way since at least 1947, becoming gradually apparent and now obvious.

Trump is president because we need a massive & completely bizarre Reality Show in Washington to distract the masses & the chattering classes.

But it is the Pentagon, in effect, which decides where our money goes, who lives & who dies.

Hence endless wars, hence ever expanding war zones.


#3

This infographic explains the iron grip of the MIC:

In the meantime, I'm already against the next war.


#4

After its Viet Nam profit center wound down and terminated, the military industrial media infotainment complex (MIMIC) designed its future profit centers to assure that "the US Military can't get out".

Eternal occupations and wars assure eternal revenue for the MIMIC. Wall Street paying former POTUS $400K per speech for expanding MIMIC's revenue is chump change compared to ever increasing MIMIC profits.

"If we fix it so you can't make money on war, we will all forget what we are killing folks for" - Woody Guthrie


#5

America needs to wake up, The glorification of everything military from toys, guns, games, clothing, songs etc. is manufacturing cannon fodder and that fodder will be our sons and daughters and their sons and daughters. The world is littered with the graves of those who believed they could control the world, buried right next to their collateral damage


#6

The only good American mercenary imperialist soldier is a dead American mercenary imperialist soldier. I hope they all get killed.


#7

Viagra - one of the most effective distractions from the perpetual thrust - what no one realizes is that its a deflection from the real hard-on to making people think that male sexuality is actuality important.


#8

Not that they can't, but that we haven't had a peace-loving president to tell them to come home ...


#9

Without perpetual war, the MIC would have no way to test weapons and systems. In addition, perpetual war provides a way to rotate munition stocks, using older material before it starts to become unstable, to make way for newer, fresher, more effective death and destruction devices. It also provides a way to contaminate far away countries with material that would require special processing if it had to be disposed of in the U.S. at the end of the lifespan of the munitions. The environmental disaster that is Hanford is an example of material disposal from the business of war.


#10

Tom, WHO launched 9/11?


#11

That's the $64 Thousand question.

WHO was good friends with the Saudis at that time?


#12

You have no mentions about Okinawa? Or all other U.S. military bases in the world?
On Okinawa, U.S. bases have been sitting since the end of WWll. More than 70 percent of the U.S. military presence in Japan is concentrated on a small island with the half size of Long Island NY. Believe it or not, 1/10 of the land is occupied by the U.S. military bases and facilities, and nearly 20,000 marines are stationed there with their falimilies, whereas only 1.4 million residents live.
Late last year, the U.S. Military backed up by far-right Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe finished construction of six Osprey helipads by force around a small village called Takae, where the U.S. utilized to train marines during Vietnam war. Now they are building a new air base in Henoko destroying beautiful Oura bay despite desperate oppositions and daily protests by the Okinawans. All the above are for the U.S. imaginary strategies in Asia, but not for defending Japan or deterring North Korea/China. The more fortifying Okinawa will only result in more militarizing North Korea/China.
It is time for the U.S. Military to get out of Okinawa.


#13

Who says they want to get out?


#14

It's time for the U.S. Military to get out of Dodge City.

Actually, 700+ Dodge Cities.

The Empire is killing America.

Literally.


#15

Wow! Everyone in this country should see those maps.


#16

Agreed!

After WWII as soon as the Marshall Plan got the Axis countries back on their feet as functioning economies we began charging them for our troops being stationed there to protect them???

As part of the peace treaties they were not allowed to have military of their own. This allowed Germany and Japan to concentrate their finances on becoming economic powers rather than the expense of a large military. We bore that military expense and became bogged down in ever more military and arms spending. This became an addiction to us and our economy and population is suffering because of it.

72 years since the WWII armistice we still have 49,000 US troops in Japan and 28,000 in germany at the cost of around $10,000 to $40,000 each depending on where they are stationed. A small part of this is being paid by the countries that are enjoying their presence (occupation?).