Wednesday, April 4, 2012
IF WE HAVEN'T GOT A WAR WE WILL MAKE ONE!
President and former General Dwight David Eisenhower gave the speech below when he left office:
"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence–economic, political, even spiritual–is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society."
Not one President since then has been able to stop the military industrial complex that Eisenhower identified above. The industry has spokesmen in Congress that we call lobbyists. They push "campaign" money at Congressmen and stress the importance of full employment in the home district. "You want those people to vote for you," they say. They plead for contracts for munitions and weapons of war. After all their industry puts Americans to work all across the nation!
Eisenhower realized that it was possible to improve employment by simply presenting a case for more weapons purchases. Since then, we have had a host of presidents who have started or prolonged wars so they could have strong economies during their administrations. Nixon kept the Vietnam War going for six years during his presidency. Reagan wanted a 600 ship navy and put us in minor conflicts all around the globe and even traded American arms for cash to finance terrorism in Central America. CIA Bush enticed Saddam to take Kuwait so he could have a fantastic war that would provide full employment; and Dumb Dubya Bush started two wars when all we really needed to do was hunt down and kill a terrorist group. Lots of military spending puts people to work. It also puts the nation further and further into debt. Everybody believes that is not a good thing for our country.
The US Congress wants to spend almost a Trillion Dollars in the coming year for weapons and munitions and fighting in foreign countries. Considering that we need to cut a Trillion Dollars from our budget, perhaps it would be practical to cut all of that spending once we bring our young people home. If the white haired Generals want to continue fighting wars or work in the middle of conflict ask them to go work for the UN.
Quite frankly, we have no need for our military as it is presently constituted. We have no need for all of those foreign bases. Who said that we have to police the world and stick our noses in other people's business?
The United States has no military threat from north or south. Neither Canada or Mexico are going to invade us. Yet, we pretend that there are enemies out there that are going to attack us and destroy our corrupt system. We have killed millions and millions of civilians in an effort to "bring democracy" to the world even though those democracies always fail. Something tells me that is horribly morally wrong.
My simple Christian faith tells me that Christ does not want us killing people for global politics and industrial monetary gain. What right does the United States have to kill anybody to advance our concept of government and the wealth of our Fat Cat Industrialists? Hell, we even killed thousands and thousands of Central Americans to advance our banana industry. We have put dictators in power to advance the unholy banana cause. What right do we have to do such horrible things?
What right? Indeed! Especially, when our government is so totally corrupt and controlled by the Nuclear Industry, Big Banking, and the filthy rich, amoral executives who profit from wars.