THE UNENDING WARS

You may ask yourself how it is possible that we are always at war. Are there really that many enemies of America and Democracy out there that we must sacrifice our young men and spend billions of dollars while poverty in our country increases and our infrastructure crumbles?

As Marlon Brando in the Godfather said, “It’s just business.” War is big business, very big business. The military industrial complex is made up of several dozen companies whose profits total in the tens of billions of dollars. These companies contribute millions to the campaigns of legislators and presidents. Further, many of those elected officials in congress are hired by the military companies after their legislative careers are over…at salaries ten times what they made in Congress.

Those same legislators and presidents (think Hilary Clinton) are beholden to the companies and pay back comes in the form of political agenda and legislative action that promotes the products and services these companies provide: i.e. wars.

You do not want to believe that our elected officials would vote for and fund wars, not to protect our way of life or our freedoms. The fact is that money makes these men and women sell their souls just like Faust did.

There is an amount of money that each man finds irresistible and those companies know exactly what that number is.

The excuses for going to war become thinner and thinner, to the point they are now transparent. Viet Nam was to stop the spread of communism in south-east Asia. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos were third world, backwards countries producing just enough rice to survive. They were a threat to no one but the paranoid minds of the CIA and U.S. military. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Lebanon, Somalia. All failures from the point of view of turning autocratic, socialistic, communistic countries to democracy…but great successes of the military / industrial complex. Companies like Dick Cheney’s Halliburton made billions in no-bid contracts.

The military itself supports wars for another purpose: to train its leaders for the next generation. And nothing trains a man better than real world circumstances.

You may ask yourself what the policy of torture accomplishes. It has a very real result: it creates new enemies to fight against in the next war. That is, in fact, where Abu-Bakr al- Baghdadi came from. A cleric tortured for four years at camp Bucca he is now the head of ISIS.

So, based on these realities, how can we stop the government / military policy of continuous wars? Vote of Elizabeth Warren for President in the next election.

My political commentary is meant to bring a heightened consciousness and real discussion to people intent on changing social, political, and economic conditions. Politics as usual is destroying our Democracy. Government corruption demands real political change, not just a new candidate in the old system. Political leadership only leads to self-serving agendas and self aggrandizement. Politicians eschew social causes for personal enrichment. Political power corrupt morality and rationality. The result is criminal behavior and Constitutional crimes.

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