It would seem that the carrot and stick approach has been applied to Trump. The recent strike in Syria and the increasing interest in foreign intervention at the cheerleading of the usual neocon and socialist suspects. Obamacare has a new paintjob, but still unsustainable, there is no wall, we are doing the Clinton dance overseas with cruise missiles and no tax breaks in sight. The fact we are in a uniparty oligarchy of grifters has never been more clear. Make sure to tell your friends. And buy more ammo…this summer promises to be a fun one.
On Jan. 17, 1961, President Eisenhower warned America about what he described as a threat to democratic government. He called it the military-industrial complex. He warned, “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.”
It’s been over 50 years since that warning and, apparently, no one listened and since then it’s gotten more enormous and out of control. On 9/10/01, Rumsfeld announced the defense department was missing $2.3 trillion. The amount was so unbelievably large that no one even responded to the news. It didn’t matter though because a day later the accounting department of the Pentagon blew up, on September 11th, 2001, and no one mentioned it ever again.
The Pentagon has never been audited, and now Trump is adding another $52B to the more than $500B the Pentagon already receives. Trump offered a budget that asks for $52B more, even though just last December, a Washington Post investigation discovered the Pentagon had a secret report which showed $125B in wasted funds. By law, the Pentagon is supposed to have a regular audit; however, it never seems to actually take place. As a result, around $10 trillion in taxpayer money has not been found since 1996: completely unaccounted for, gone missing or wasted by the ‘Defense’ Department, even though that is the opposite of what it does.
This year, despite the fact that both the Democratic and Republican platforms demanded an audit, it still hasn’t happened. Congress has actually more than doubled the Pentagon’s budget without even hinting about an audit. In fact, the Pentagon has removed itself from the possibility of having one conducted for over 20 years by telling the Government Accountability Office that an audit is just too expensive. Nonetheless, the GAO has regularly documented financial mismanagement. When Chuck Hagel was SecDef he was quoted as saying that the Pentagon’s non-compliance was “unacceptable”…right before he was fired. When congress does go after waste, they go after domestic agencies and community organizations, but they never investigate the Pentagon.
The American military pays organizations like the NFL to do “salute the troops” advertising and spends millions more on other advertising trying to make Americans believe that ‘our’ Department of Offense is helping them. They’re not…they are robbing the entire country blind. If Americans want to “Make America Great Again” the first thing they should do is follow the constitution and get rid of the standing army. America would be the wealthiest place in the world today, not the most indebted government in history, if not for the five sided fun house in Mordor.
Millions of innocents wouldn’t die in their wars, dozens of military members wouldn’t commit suicide every day and Earth would be more peaceful and prosperous. America is a rogue state/empire led by neocolonial looting liars. The history is uncontested for anyone who cares to investigate and here are some reasons:
People around the world view America as the greatest threat to peace; voted three times more dangerous than any other country. The data confirm this conclusion: Since WW2, Earth has had 248 armed conflicts. America started 201 of them. American just sent a bill to Cambodia for the bombs we dropped on them during our war there.
These American attacks have killed about 30 million and counting; 90% of these deaths are civilians. The total deaths caused by ‘our’ rogue empire for resource control, natural and human, since 1945, are more than all total wars and violence in all recorded Earth history, and then we badger others for doing what we do.
Our rulers have been war mongers for a long time; The Mexican-American War, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, Russian Civil War, World War I, The Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and now possible war with Iran, Russia and China. We look at our ‘defense’ budget, expensive systems and throw around crap about America having the greatest military in the world. How then have we been outdone by malnourished, undereducated men with antiquated and improvised weapons while spending trillions of dollars and the lives of thousands of servicemen and uncountable civilians? The Empire has created more chaos in the world than anyone else and yet persists in describing itself as the ‘Leader of the Free World’, whatever that means these days, and the planet’s greatest democracy.
The Empire has, in recent years, bombed Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. None of them is safer, less armed, more democratic, more peaceful, more prosperous, or less of a threat to others: Quite the contrary. “Defeating” ISIS by bombing people will fuel more suffering and violence, just as ‘defeating’ the government of Saddam Hussein fueled ISIS. Imagine a woman in Iraq without permission to go outside without a male guardian. Now picture that woman’s roof collapsing on her and her children with a thunderous crash and a cloud of dust. Is she better off? Do those who love her appreciate her ‘liberation’? Would the video be allowed on ‘our free press’ if we hadn’t shared it on social media as many times as we do a police video?
And now Trump, who ran on a platform of staying out of the affairs of other countries, has violated the law of the world let alone our remaining constitution by attacking Syria again for ‘trumped’ up fictions. I just can’t wait to see what absurdities we see next.
– Craig Dudley