Hooray for the U.S.!! Our government, led by whomever happens to REALLY be pulling their strings, is actually 'looking out for it's citizens' and
our economy, but I don't think it's how it appears.
As most of you know, the United States of America has been involved in quite a few 'tiny wars' as I'm going to call them. We all know that death is
death, rape is rape and horrific acts of depravity and violence are just that, no matter what we want to call them. I believe the U.S. is the modern,
undisputed LEADER when it comes to WAGING war, without DECLARING it.
You don't have to dig very far here on ATS to read about the connection between economic success and active wartime production and spending. Here is
just ONE such thread from back in March of this year. (Thanks mrpotato.) There are many more and the issue has been discussed a bit.
World War as a solution to economic depression
In case you wonder about the connection, here a couple articles to support this observation.
Farming in the 1940's - Postwar Economic Boom
The Post War Economy: 1945-1960
After the first world war ended in 1919, everyone expected the economy to take off. It did.
Many Americans feared that the end of World War II and the subsequent drop in military spending might bring back the hard times of the Great
Depression. But instead, pent-up consumer demand fueled exceptionally strong economic growth in the postwar period.
The correlation is real and easy enough to find information about. Now for the difficulty.
World Wars are very bad for PR these days. Wide-scale killing, stuff getting blown up all over, cities firebombed, nuclear weapons...yup, 'World
War' is not such a popular thing to rally around anymore.
Enter the era of the 'Tiny War.' There are probably far more accurate terms to describe these actions, but they have gone on for decades. I know
that when you are getting 'shot at' it doesn't FEEL like a 'tiny war' and this is in no way to be construed as an insult to or disregard for the
troops of the U.S. Here are but a few examples of these not-so-'warry' wars.
Korean War (called this one a 'police action' for the longest time)
This small sampling is representative of just SOME of the dozens of theaters the United States has been involved in since WWII. Of course, even an
'extensive' list, will only display the actions that have been cleared for our digestion.
In one way or another, it would appear that the United States has been involved in 'War-like' actions EVERY YEAR since WWII.
I feel the reason they have been doing this is to prop up our economy. While missile designers, shipbuilders, tank creators and miscellaneous weapons
manufacturers employ American folks and continue to supply jobs, the ones that really make the money, continue to get rich off the blood of American
soldiers, without the negative press from a 'World War.'
The military-industrial complex keeps spinning, keeps raking in the dough, and the 'tiny wars' allow America to continue to operate in a 'wartime'
production frenzy, without the sharp rollercoaster ride presented by global war, and without the PR nightmare. When it's just a 'small' action, you
know, a hundred thousand troops, or less, and as long as we're 'fighting the war on terror' or whatever pud excuse they can lay on us, it's ok.
Even though our economy has been 'pretend' for many years, Americans have until just recently, enjoyed the illusion of success. Lots of new stuff,
fancy cars, big homes and fresh veggies. Our benevolent leaders have insured this level of success for us by perpetrating and playing in dozens of
It's a little sickening to me that our economy has to be based on killing. If I'm way off base here, I'm eager to hear where. I suppose I enjoy a
good life as much as the next guy. I just wish it wasn't all a big lie. America makes BOMBS. That's what we do. When we make bombs for a living, it
becomes really important for us to make sure there is a market for them.... somewhere.