Sunday, January 27, 2013
grand theft, nation
Because this war on Islam is nothing more than the successor to the "cold war," and the mosque has replaced the Kremlin as the pretext and justification for the biggest organized theft in the history of the world -- the war and weapons scam that gave birth to an empire.
It's time to forget the Iranians, Afghans, Yemenis, Waziristan hillbillies, etc., and turn our full attention to our real enemy, the Pentagon. The military-industrial complex has stolen the country -- its money, its government, and its culture -- and must be defeated and dismantled.
Patriots need to know that the "founding fathers," to use the term favored by lovers of war and corruption, hated war, and hated even the thought of a standing military. “What a deformed monster is a standing army in a free nation,” Josiah Quincy, of Boston, wrote in 1774. It's just as true today as it was when Josiah wrote it.
The US today is not a free nation, but enslaved by its own military. We need to cut military spending by half, then deal with the economic shock that will inevitably ensue, because we've become so addicted to war, violence, and weapons spending that we cannot survive financially without being at war, or preparing for war.
Jill Lepore writes in the New Yorker this week: "The United States spends more on defense than all the other nations of the world combined. Between 1998 and 2011, military spending doubled, reaching more than seven hundred billion dollars a year—more, in adjusted dollars, than at any time since the Allies were fighting the Axis. The 2011 Budget Control Act, which raised the debt ceiling and created both the fiscal cliff and a Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, which was supposed to find a way to steer clear of it, required four hundred and eighty-seven billion dollars in cuts to military spending, spread over the next ten years. The cliff-fall mandates an additional defense-budget reduction of fifty-five billion dollars annually. None of these cuts have gone into effect."
Speaking to the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1953, the newly-elected president, General Eisenhower, said "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This is a world in arms. This world in arms is not spending money alone; it is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. . . . This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
Today war is a high-tech fantasy as American drones bomb targets in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, and elsewhere in North Africa. The masters of war in the Pentagon and Congress know exactly what they're doing. They might say they're attacking our enemies, but are actually in the business of creating enemies, so as to insure a new generation of wars, militarization, and the taxpayer-supported spending upon which they fatten themselves.
This is indeed the iron cross Eisenhower spoke of. It's hypocritical of Obama to speak loftily of the search for peace while keeping an assassination list in his desk drawer. it's simple theft of taxes for the House Committee on the military to spend money on planes that don't fly and nuclear submarines we don't need. It's immoral as hell.
The military-industrial complex has stolen and is destroying this country.