Since the abolishment of the draft, volunteers have manned the military. By professional armed services standards, this conversion has produced the most efficient and competitive war machine ever. However, what escapes this simplistic viewpoint is that the forces deployed “To Kill People and Break Things”, are used to expand and perpetuate an empire, while forgoing an actual defense of our nation.
Decisions to police the world are made by non elected agencies, who essentially formulate the detailed policies that shed the blood of soldiers and drain the treasure of the country. Presidents and politicians talk about the hard determinations to place service personnel in harm’s way, but it is the military-industrial-complex that does the grunt work in staging the logistics and directing what theater of operations the grand imperial military can operate.
The CIA, State Department and the Department of Defense run the show. The commander and chief W. Bush called himself ‘The Decider’, while Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld supplied the options that they wanted for junior. Barack Hussein Obama proved to be the best customer for drone manufactures General Atomics, Northrop Grumman, Textron and Boeing, as he accelerated the drone war by ten times more strikes than Bush. Some may see this strategy as a way to reduce injuries of the ground troops. But such a restrained and costly tactic avoids the real purpose of a defense force.
Foreign expedition intrusions never seem to provide true national security. Donald Trump has forgotten his campaign platform with the inclusion of NeoCon careerists into his administration. With all the lip services from both sides of the aisle about honoring the sacred remains of our respected dead, the failure to ever address why a “grateful nation” cannot reinvent the underlying purpose of all these unwinnable conflicts, goes unnoticed.
Not much has changed since the butchery of World War II produced the belligerent culture of The Dubious U.S. State Department.
“In the WW II movie Anzio, Robert Mitchum played a pacifist war correspondent in search of some philosophical reasoning for why men wage war. His conclusion at the end of one of the bloodiest battles in the European theater was simple, pure and alarming. They like it! Who can argue with the historic record? If you don’t relish the perverse repetition of duly sanctioned and organized carnage, why continue to engage in the practice? Before the allegiant apologists assault the argument, it is incumbent upon them to prove that circumstances are necessary to send their sons (and now daughters) off for sacrifice! If a just war is feasible in an age of impersonal and strategic GPS weapons, it has yet to be confirmed that it is essential to maintain our freedom.”
Human nature has not changed. State sponsored killing has been the staple of all empires, especially in their last stages. If jingoistic supporters truly champion their esteemed veterans, they would demand that war should not be a causal pursuit, but only a last resort when the nation is attacked by a bellicose enemy and after Congress declares war.
In an environment of acquiesce, the President bypasses the constitution whenever the fabrication of false flags exonerate the need to formally declare war. The biggest scam in foreign policy is that terrorism is an existential threat; while in reality, the intrusion and systemic invention of foes are created to maintain a permanent warfare, designed to never end hostilities.
Our veterans deserve better. Yet what you hear from the indoctrinated warriors is that dying for your government is a noble sacrifice. Missing is the empirical fact that the government is the ultimate crime syndicate, who long ago betrayed the nation and all her citizens.
The conclusion in the essay, What Memorial Day Do You Honor?; provides food for thought on every Memorial Day.
“The call to service needs to be in the defense of what is meant in the Idea of America. The country that we all now live in, so often has lost sight of that truth. We have much to celebrate, but an American empire is not one. The sacrifices made deserve respect, but not consent. The flag that waves deserves thirteen stars. The one that now flies, needs to be turned upside down.”
Memorial Day should be an educational experience, not just a celebration of war stories. Progress on restoring a rational foreign policy and a sane military should be judged by scaling down the veteran administration, not on dispensing quality services, but because the overseas adventures will be curtailed. Withdrawing from the garrison encirclement of the globe is essential and beneficial to establish a bona fide national security defense of the homeland.
The conventional attitude disputes this appraisal. So how many more of these unsustainable invasions will it take for the public to deal with the false assumption that shock and awe from the skies will wipe out an ISIS combatant that has been supplied and protected by globalist traitors within the U.S. Deep State?
As long as quislings like Senator John McCain preach their betrayal and treat troops as cannon fodder, veterans will be used as expendable. The power and influence of the war machine establishment has defeated the traditional non-interventionism heritage that George Washington spoke so eloquently in his farewell address.
“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.
The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible“.
For those who reject such wisdom with tortured arguments that American Imperium is necessary, do not serve the veteran community well. Americans who approve of NATO’S expansion, a greater Israel Middle East and a Saudi Sunni Arab coalition, guarantee that present and future generations of soldiers-at-arms will be lost to the meat grinder. Disposable fatalities in flag draped casket sent to Dover Delaware., will continue. Where is the outrage for the sending of our people into a slaughter that has intentionally no resolution as a final outcome? If the celebration of Memorial Day has morphed into ignoring past wars and substituting the latest clash of civilizations, the memory of the true meaning and the price paid by our founding patriots will be lost.
When a raw recruit enters the home field of their drill sergeant, the heritage of duty and service is imparted during the training routine. Molding youth into the sharp end of the spear allows for the continued revolving door of fresh enlistees to feed the brigades for the next hot spot.
It is difficult to ignore this persistent pattern of instruction that produces eager soldiers. Those within the higher ranks of authority earn their career advancement by sending regiments of troops abroad to keep the increases in the pentagon budget justified.
Every budget falls short of the requested capacity desired to keep the world free; whatever that definition means, to the propagandists for the New World Order. Who do veterans fight for? America or the NWO? It cannot be both, since the globalist agenda is diametrically opposed to the Bill of Right protections of a Republic based upon sovereign states.
One does not have to assail the military when disparaging the underlying foreign policies that abuse and place veterans at risk for no valid reason. Alone this distinction should be enough to separate respective individual military persons from the disconnected decisions that place them as targets with no definitive purpose behind their service. Nonetheless, Memorial Day celebrations can rightly snub the conflict, while relating to the courageous bravery often exhibited in combat.
Those within our advocacy circle will condemn the political and banking elites that maintain the warfare state. If Memorial Day is to eventually achieve universal veneration, stopping future contrived conflicts is necessary. Instead of placing flags on the graves of the fallen, commit to a political doctrine that is willing to defeat the war party, which causes the fake crusades to be fought. Defense means protecting the home soil, not the corporatist interests of transnational monopolists.
SARTRE – May 30, 2017