Three years ago, as Americans debated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran—popularly known as “the Iran deal”—I highlighted a troubling media trend on FAIR.org (8/20/15): “For nearly all commentators, regardless of their position, war is the only alternative to that position.”
This article gives a background on some 30 persons running for the Democrats in the next election. They are all Ex CIA or EX FBI or having belonged to some other “national Security” apparatus. All but one of them advocates for a stronger Military, strengthening of the National Security state and increasing the ability of the United States of America to enforce its will on the rest of the World. A multitude of them call for checking a rising Russia and China and trying to weaken them diplomatically and strategically.
In other words WARMONGERS.
These are not progressives. The Democrats and Republicans are both War Parties.
I’m a little worried. I think we may soon run out of “made up” enemies.
Diplomacy is Dead.
Now, if only We the People can kill the Devious Destructive Duopoly and all the vile, unseemly politicians who have sold their souls to the corporations.
Then, perhaps the children of this nation will inherit something more than Trump and his fellow thieves debt.
Congress is supposed to be the group that is the one to decide on going to war, not the president, not the Pentagon, not the people who put their investment money into Raytheon,
Lockheed Martin etc. etc.
And if Congress votes to go to war, then those who vote yes for war, should physically go. I guess Barbara Lee would be the only one left behind for sure. However, if highly paid government people had to go to war, then wars would probably be very short if they happened at all. Stop sending unemployed teenagers to war--------send the YES for WAR Congress people instead.
Iran has a real air force and a real army and a real navy. It is time to defuse the insanity of bloody hunter-gatherers from the oil industry. They want us dead. We will not go silently into the night.
War is all the criminals in power know. The American police state psyop lockdown is evident so off to another endless war they go. The fruits of 9-11 continue the murdering buffet while this nations people struggle to survive the capitalistic grab all you can greedy economic reality.
More on this as I think this critical to the cause of peace.
The Democrats are expected to win the House of Representatives in the November elections. The supporters of this party claim this will mean more “progressive politics” and saner foreign policy.
Here is a link to the BIO’s of 30 Democrats who have won nominations in their local districts. They are all EX Military, Ex CIA or ex FBI boasting of their strong anti-terrorism policies and of the need to oppose Russia and China. They are MILTARISTS wanting to expand Military spending . Again this is to the right of Republicans of a few decades ago.
Where are the candidates for peace? What makes ex members of the CIA, or FBI or US Military qualified to best represent the welfare of the poor and the homeless, or protect the environment or see that wealth inequality addressed? What makes Ex CIA people able to address Racism, the state of the school systems, the high incarceration rate of the USA, drug policy or address issues around social justice?
This men and women want to create a permanent warfare state and are going to drag the rest of the world along with them. They are NOT progressive.
Absolutely excellent points. For new CD readers, here is some background history on the war profiteers in the Middle East, and how they captured America.
George McGovern was ex-military. It’s only fair to note that sometimes ex-military are the boldest leaders against war. The bigger problem, frankly, is press worship of war, guns, and power. In the US, we like big, tough-guy leaders, especially on the right. We also have a press that’s been pushed to the right by FOX and Rush clones all over am radio. It’s why Trump can get away with badmouthing the FBI in a way unthinkable by previous presidents. He just looks tough to 40% of the public. It’s sickening, but it’s the truth.
I posted this in another thread, but it’s worth posting again:
What does the fact that the single largest block of new Democrats being Ex Cia and Ex Military have to do with what Donald Trump tweeted?
All but ONE of the candidates campiagns on a stronger Military and a more robust position towards China and Russia. They are not George McGovern. How do you think the much smaller block of peoples deemed “progressive” such as Oscario_cortez are going to fare when they come up against Ex-Rangers and Ex Cia within the party when she calls for cuts to Military spending or bringing those troops home so money can be better spent AT home to support Americans?
The World Socialist website gives a detailed breakdown of each candidate and their platfroms and all but obne of them are hyping more Militarism and claiming the US needs to be firmer against Russia and China and "terrorism’.
Robert Heinlen wrote a book many years ago about a society where only ex military could run for public office. It called Fascism.
Not arguing with you, just noting that the problem is way bigger than candidates and their backgrounds. In America, people love guns and military stuff. We have a press that was telling us president Trump was “presidential” because he dropped bombs on an empty airfield, if you recall. Plus, the candidates running won primaries, voters chose them to run in their districts. In some areas, like it or not, military credentials help, not hurt.
You are talking about a whole culture change to move things in the direction away from spending billions on armory. Given the trouble our country has passing state level gun laws, it’s hard to be optimistic.
Tragically, nations go blindly into catastrophic war. A little over 100 years ago we had our first world war. It wasn’t to be our last. It looks like the second won’t be either. All the evidence points towards a third world war. Often the media, as this excellent article illustrates, has a part to play.
The pattern of history is clear. Power (manifested as interest) has been present in every conflict throughout history – no exception. It is the underlying motivation for war. Other cultural factors might change, but not power.
Interest cuts across all apparently unifying principles: family, kin, nation, religion, ideology, politics - everything. We unite with the enemies of our principles, because that is what serves our interest. It is power, not any of the above concepts, that is the cause of war.
It is the one thing we will destroy ourselves for, as well as everyone else. When core interests are threatened and existential threat looms nations go to war. There can be no compromise on these. As a result every civilization/nation eventually gets the war it is trying to avoid: utter defeat. This applies as much today as any other time in history. Deterrence doctrine, made for the 20th century Cold War, for which it arguably worked, is irrelevant in the 21st and will ultimately fail us. Deterrence can no longer prevent the scenarios where Mutual Assured Destruction will be resorted to. We will soon face the scenario that (unlike the Cuban missile crisis) one protagonist will not be able to step back from the brink, blindly stumbling into a situation they cannot de-escalate. All that is left is Deterrence’s fall-back position – annihilation.
Leaders and decision-makers delude themselves, thinking they can avoid their fate – they can’t. If survival is threatened, there is no alternative to war, however destructive.
One probelm with the conclusions arrived at by this authour is his suggestion that the quest for power is a collective thing , and something in OUR nature. The reality is the mass of the worlds population , while certainly wanting to better themselves from the standpoint of security, are not seeking power.
Those seeking power are a small percentage of the population and the way the structures of society are designed, when they seek power they GET that power . They then use that power to coerce, cajole and convince the rest of the peoples to go along with them.
So yes , war based on the desire for power but it also based on mass deception and it also based on the Political and socio-economic system that is in place.
There are nations that have not had a war in Centuries. The problem is even as they isolate themselves in peace they will be dragged into one as the technologies of Nuclear weapons can not be avoided. Were it the case that this an “our problem” all nations would see themselves at war in equal amounts. The USA is always at war . Switzerland has not been at war for Centuries.
The Merry Minuet
They’re rioting in Africa,
They’re starving in Spain.
There’s hurricanes in Florida,
And Texas needs rain
The whole world is festering
With unhappy souls.
The French hate the Germans,
The Germans hate the Poles;
Italians hate Yugoslavs,
South Africans hate the Dutch,
And I don’t like anybody very much!
But we can be tranquil
And “thankfill” and proud,
For man’s been endowed
With a mushroom-shaped cloud.
And we know for certain
That some lovely day
Someone will set the spark off,
And we will all be blown away!
They’re rioting in Africa,
There’s strife in Iran.
What nature doesn’t do to us
Will be done by our fellow man!
And do not forget the Gorilla in the room that is Iran’s ally…RUSSIA.
What we know as a CIA/corporate media we are now acknowledging gives
support for illegal wars of aggression to the two corporate parties … ?
And because we haven’t had the power on the left – due to the violence and assassinations
of the right wing over 50 and more years – we now realize that not only are we being ruled
by a fascist right wing government bringing home to us the cruelty and violence they have
traditionally brought to other nations, but the need to act to stop this fascism from setting the
world on fire again is likely in our hands.
And the longer it takes to bring this challenge to fascism on our own land, the more likely that
they will set most of the world on fire again – including our own nation.