reply to post by DimensionalDetective
The average american, whose taxes are funding these bloodbaths, is subsisting on an income barely enough to sustain living. Our productivity has crept
to a near halt, SAVE for the war industry.
It is long past time to do some serious investigating into this, and start cleaning house. Take a fraction of that money being wasted in these foreign
conquests, and re-invest it back here domestically.
The idea that American taxpayers are "funding" this perma-war isn't entirely accurate, at least not today. As you mention, real productivity is
very low. And relentless "consuming" is running out of steam too.
But the US does have something, and it is continuing dollar hegemony
. This has allowed America to stand on the backs of the producing nations
of the world, continually siphoning off their productivity, and the average American seems to have little appreciation for this enormous "enabling"
factor in their better than average lifestyles. It is this USD dominance that has greatly helped keep the military machine humming along.
Not to mention, that whenever dollar hegemony has been threatened in the past, the military has moved swiftly to silence the trouble-makers.
Of course, that works OK with smaller players, but the bigger the USD chump, the bigger the potential problem. China obviously may have limited means
of dealing with a load of dollars that they may never be able to cash in. And so there is a sea-change taking place right now that may very well
upset this decades-old arrangement, as the nations increasingly turn their backs on the US dollar, with even China taking action that seems
counterproductive, and yet they have little choice. Americans will suffer considerably in the process, as decades of "cheating" the world financial
system catches up, probably all at once.
Will an even bigger war be required to keep things moving in the direction our masters desire? The recent events between the two Korean puppets might
remind us that things could easily heat up.
Two other significant factors come into play when examining the fuel that our master's War Machine runs on.
The Federal Reserve, together with the IMF, and other major central banks of the world. Sure, I already mentioned the US dollar, but the global
arrangement depends upon coordinated banking action. Yes, it's the banksters again, who seem to have been funding each side of larger conflicts for
at least two centuries.
I feel it's important to highlight this part of the picture, because too often the term "Military Industrial Complex" seems to leave out the banks.
Sure, they are "implied" perhaps, but from my conversations with people, the connection is not always made.
I first made the case that there was more behind "funding" than the take-take-take American taxpayer (some do give, but the majority cancels most of
it out, thanks to American socialism). Fortunately for the War Machine, the USD and the banksters were together more than able to take up the
SO, what then does the American really "contribute" to the Machine? Bodies of course! America is a land where mothers gladly offer up their sons
lives, generation, after generation. The nation has been conditioned to provide the necessary manpower, and the social structure is such that it can
be cranked up significantly at any moment.
A half-million bodies not quite enough for the next planned job? No problem! Americans are easily stirred up, and follow orders better than almost
any other nation on the planet (next to Israel). Maybe some refuse to see it this way, but let's not forget the aftermath of 9/11. Most should
still recall the massive outburst of "Americanism" (misplaced patriotism) that marched through every neighborhood. Millions of flags were
purchased, everyone flew the colors, and the odd house that failed to do so was suspect! (Perhaps a slight exaggeration, but I hope people can see my
And then, volunteers! Even celebrity football players signed up, to go kill whoever the President said needed killing.
In short, it's a "cultural" thing in America, and has been called by many names, although I personally like to invoke ancient history, because
this very much should remind us of Sparta.
Last thing, you mention it's high time we start investigating and cleaning house. Indeed, but this goes very deep. How do we change a culture,
amidst a constant barrage of propaganda?