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War to the Horizon... It's the American Way


War to the Horizon... It's the American Way

Tom Engelhardt

It’s the timing that should amaze us (were anyone to think about it for 30 seconds). Let’s start with the conflict in Afghanistan, now regularly described as the longest war in American history. It began on October 7, 2001, and will soon reach its 15th “anniversary.” Think of it as the stepchild of America’s


And if Madam Slick is elected, then we can be certain it's going to being going on for at least a year longer. From last night so-called 'debate':

"But we also have to intensify our air strikes against ISIS and eventually support our Arab and Kurdish partners to be able to actually take out ISIS in Raqqa, end their claim of being a Caliphate.

We're making progress. Our military is assisting in Iraq. And we're hoping that within the year we'll be able to push ISIS out of Iraq and then, you know, really squeeze them in Syria.

But we have to be cognizant of the fact that they've had foreign fighters coming to volunteer for them, foreign money, foreign weapons, so we have to make this the top priority.

And I would also do everything possible to take out their leadership. I was involved in a number of efforts to take out Al Qaida leadership when I was secretary of state, including, of course, taking out bin Laden. And I think we need to go after Baghdadi, as well, make that one of our organizing principles. Because we've got to defeat ISIS, and we've got to do everything we can to disrupt their propaganda efforts online." ---Hillary Clinton in eventual response to Holt's question, "Our next segment is called "Securing America." We want to start with a 21st century war happening every day in this country. Our institutions are under cyber attack, and our secrets are being stolen. So my question is, who's behind it? And how do we fight it?"


Tom Engelhardt, you forgot Sudan's aspirin factory, and Kosovo (Yugoslavia), all bombed by Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton bombed Europe (white people), first since WW2, and of course Bill Clinton bombed Baghdad for about a week. Baghdad a highly populated city at the time.


But, but...if we don't do war, we won't have an economy that has jobs. GE needs war to support its budget and keep its stock value high. And the same for Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrup Grumman, United Technologies and a whole bunch more American Corporations. America needs and loves war as long as it's over there.


Indeed! Reminiscent of the words of an obscure philosopher, "Peace, where's the profit in that?"


"Syria is, of course, a Johnny-come-lately to American war, since Washington has been bombing there for a mere two years"

"Only been bombing" directly may be true, but the whole statement is very misleading. Preparations for the overthrow of Syria have been ongoing since 2008. The entire war in Syria, which has been accomplished by providing weapons for ISIS via convoy though Turkey and to Al Nusra via airdrop to the so called "Free Syrian Army". This has been happening for over 5 years, and it has successfully removed the Syrian government from the northern part of Syria. Millions of refugees have fled the fighting and ISIS was so well supplied that they crossed the border spreading war into Northern Iraq. The USA has now established military bases within Syria as part of its drive to overthrow what remains of the Syrian state.


And for what? Because leadership for the most part did not have the political backbone to invest wholeheartedly in alternative energy when the first cracks in the dam appeared?

Must we move at a snail's pace in all things?


Well that is the purpose of the government.


The American banksters and their military, industrial, congressional, complex is the best racket ever devised by man. Amerika's trillion $ business...is the war business. When the war contractors and their war profiteers are awarded huge military contracts by congress..they love it! And like any business you learn about in econ 101, no business can survive without demand for its products and the Amerikan war racket is no different, except its demand product is mostly, bogus and manufactured enemies. And if there are real enemies, they are real enemies of the oligarch's and a threat to their hegemony and world wide profits.

Yes Tom, it has been, and is the American way!


"just 424 drone strikes over 12 years".


That is just 35.53 recurring strikes per year which is strikes for 68% of the year, or simply one strike every ten days or so. The German V2 bombing rate against London would have been close to that. How many wedding parties and "males of military age" does that include as dead, maimed and traumatised in a neutral or allied country?


My guess George,

When you're sitting in a cubicle at the Pentagram, the whole object is to rack up a body-count so you can tell your boss you are progressing in the faux WOT (War on Terror). You get a medal for bravely risking Tunnel Carpel Syndrome and Hemorrhoids, and Wall Street stock goes up making replacement hell-fire missiles.

At least you guys in England had the decency to pull out of India when the same kind of futile conflict kept going on.... Unfortunately, it appears that our CEO's of defense contractors have no such shame...

Can we please acquire new Masters of the Universe to run the world?


The government isn't the only game in town however. And ideally, the government should be about protecting the rights of it's citizens. We've moved a bit off target in that department and are taking the other life forms on the planet with us. If it weren't so tragic, it would be funny.


Just how the architects planned it.


Look, we did that for nearly 500 years as our unpleasant but moral duty and we really are rather tired of it. Can't we just settle down in our little island to our boiled beef and cabbage, warm beer, damp and gloomy weather, horses and dogs and curry and chips and let you lot sort it out? You fought a bloody rebellion for the privilege; I know you are not very good at it, (we learnt what to do about Afghanistan in 1842-stay away from the place!) but I am sure that in due course the Chinese will teach you what you should have done.


Just making the world safe for democracy, folks...oh, and neoliberalism. let's not forget our ultimate objective: cash, lots of it, extracted from the planet and its people. Gotta keep buying those big ticket items.


As Country Joe McDonald told the Woodstock audience: "war is good business, invest your son".

Recall the "peace dividend" rumor when the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 ? It all went to more corporate welfare programs, mostly enhancing the fortunes of the military industrial complex (MIC).

To cover up the Sanders slander during the primaries the DNC blames Russia for hacking their systems with the ultimate goal of restarting the cold war with Russia. The MIC drools.