Skip to comments.The Militarization Of America
Posted on 03/21/2012 8:56:29 AM PDT by IbJensen
America is a declining empire trying to resurrect itself through military intervention and armed occupation.
The more than $1 trillion decade with Iraq has finally ended. But neocon dreams of democracy for Iraq did not pan out. Iraq has a corrupt, shaky and ineffective government. Thousands of people continue to die in sectarian violence as Iraq wallows in a bloody civil war.
As for Afghanistan, most of the original terrorists in al-Qaida who planned 9/11 are either dead, in prison, on the run or holed up in Pakistan. Washington tells us that Pakistan is our most trusted Muslim ally, ignoring Peter Bergens 2011 New York Times bestseller The Longest War: The enduring conflict between America and al-Qaeda. Bergen writes that Pakistan has consistently been found to be one of the most anti-American countries in the world.
It seems obvious that the continued occupation of Afghanistan a country that has defeated the armies of the Russian tsars, the British Empire and the Soviet Union is doomed to fail.
We Need Cronkite
What makes news today are celebrity overdoses, dirt on Presidential candidates and the best new reality series. But consider what Walter Cronkite said on Feb. 27, 1968, following the Tet Offensive: It seems now more certain than ever, that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate. To say that we are closer to victory today is to believe in the face of the evidence, the optimists who have been wrong in the past.
Cronkite made this statement four years into that war. America is into its second decade of fighting in Afghanistan, and even a stalemate now seems impossible.
If the goals of victory were the killing of Osama bin Laden and the almost complete destruction of al-Qaida within Afghanistan, then victory has been achieved. But if the neoconservatives still believe we can institute a democratic government in Kabul, they are either naïve or initiating wars simply for the sake of war.
For decades, our government has been arrogant in imposing Western principals and ideals. Washington cannot understand that Afghanistan, a tribal and Muslim country, will not accept Western ideals any more than we would accept a prescript declared on us by a foreign power.
Imposing On Others
I am a peaceful fellow who is past middle age. I always tried to either walk or, better yet, run away from a real conflict. But if armed Chinese soldiers occupied and patrolled the streets of my city, I would clean the barrel on my hunting rifle. I am willing to bet that a great many of you would do the same to resist foreign occupation.
Yet Washington thinks American ideals should be welcomed with outstretched arms. Some of this has to do with the experience of World War II and how Europeans welcomed the United States as a liberator.
Here is the catch: The period 1925 to 1945 was an aberration 20 years of dictators. Consider that before Francisco Franco, Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, much of Europe had thrived for decades with democracy. The United States helped restore that political order (except in Spain, which suffered with Franco until his death in 1975).
While the United States left scores of military bases in Europe to protect the West from a possible Soviet invasion, there was no occupation. The boys were back home months after victory in Europe. The Nazis had occupied Europe. Because of that, the murderous will of the French, Polish and Dutch resistance was visited upon German troops.
On this subject I was struck last year while re-watching Ken Burns PBS series, The Civil War, first broadcast in 1990.
In one segment the documentary tells of how Union cavalry surrounded a lone Confederate soldier who had no horse and whose clothes were dirty and tattered. A Union officer said to him that it was obvious that he had no wealth and not the means to own slaves. The officer asked: Why are you fighting this war?
The Confederate answered: Because you are here.
The Washington establishment fails to consider this universal truth in human nature. Senator John McCain continues to advocate the bombing of both Syria and Iran. And with the courageous exception of Ron Paul, the contenders for the GOP Presidential nomination strongly favor using the military over diplomacy and oppose any reductions in defense spending.
Exactly who is this enemy that America must outgun? Nobody has a good answer.
Neoconservatives always call upon the lesson the world learned when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain appeased Hitler. How much better the world would have been, they argue, if Britain had stood up to Germany.
But is that the only lesson of the past 100 years? What of President John Kennedys refusal to launch a military strike during the Cuban Missile Crisis? It can be argued that Americas diplomacy-first gambit saved the human race.
If you dont like the Kennedy example, consider World War I. Because some crackpot shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand, war erupted. That war cost 20 million lives. Diplomacy could have prevented that war and, as a result, prevented the rise of Hitler and, thus, World War II.
I can only scratch my head when I listen to leaders like McCain. Have any of them read history?
Wars Serve A Purpose
Why war trumps diplomacy is explained by Stephen Glain in his new book, State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define Americas Empire. Glain concludes:
U.S. relations with the world, and increasingly Americas security policy at home, have become thoroughly and all but irreparably militarized. The culprits are not the nations military leaders, though they can be aggressive and cunning interagency operators, but civilian elites who have seen to it that the nation is engaged in a self-perpetuating cycle of low-grade conflict. They have been hiding in plain sight, hyping threats and exaggerating the capabilities and resources of adversaries. They have convinced a plurality of citizens that their best guarantee of security is not peace but war, and they did so with the help of a supine or complicit Congress. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, U.S. presidents have ordered troops into battle twenty-two times, compared with fourteen times during the Cold War. Not once did they appeal to lawmakers for a declaration of war.
I am not saying we should never use force. I believe America has enemies, and those enemies should be dealt with in a swift and deadly manner. I also believe that only if another nation is a real and legitimate threat to the United States should we initiate war.
America should be using the best special forces in the world with surgical strikes on those that would do us harm. America should use the RQ-1 Predator drones armed with Hellfire missiles on terrorist groups and even possible terrorist groups. I am prepared to live with some collateral damage that will result from such strikes. This will be less deadly to foreign civilians and will save the lives of our young men and women in uniform, while helping to restore Americas standing in the world.
Compare this strategy to the armed occupation of Afghanistan. It is a non sequitur, and the real powers who run this country know it.
They know, and they just dont care.
Yours in good times and bad,
John Myers Editor, Myers Energy & Gold Report
No, Mr. Myers, we do NOT need another Walter Cronkite. Cronkite badly misrepresented the truth about the Tet Offensive in 1968. We won that battle, but Cronkite took an active part in propagandizing the public into believing that it was a defeat for us.
Please research the military history of Vietnam a little more thoroughly.
That being said, the present occupier of the White Hut is busily expanding his power over the military to contain the American people. He is definitely getting ready to pull something evil prior to the election. I believe a situation will be manufactured that will enable him to call a state of emergency!
Obama is the personification of evil!
anyone who uses the word “neocon” falls somewhere on the spectrum between Ron Paul and Hitler in my view
Bush didn’t have a declaration to go into Iraq, but didn’t he ask for (and receive) congressional permission?
An example, Mr. Frog, is the evervescent Bill Kristol, who is on the left side of Mr. Paul.
Making an even weak comparison in the area between Dr. Paul and Herr Hitler is a cheap shot. Actually a much worse villain than Adolf would be Uncle Joe.
“anyone who uses the word neocon falls somewhere on the spectrum between Ron Paul and Hitler in my view”
It’s funny that you mentioned that....I stopped reading the piece when I hit the neocon reference. It was a dead give-away that the article had been written by a left wing dip-shit who didn’t know his history re the Viet Nam war and that a Dem controlled congress prematurely defunded the war and an icon but closeted left wing newsman intentionally manipulated public opinion. He admitted as much after he retired.
One of the reasons for a long war these days is because our politicians don’t know how or don’t have the will to fight a war. All we have to do is look at the Rules of Engagement. We need generals like Patton and others like him. We need our politicians to give our generals an objective and to tell them to get the job done, without telling them how to do it.
We are not going to change thousands of years of culture in the middle east without showing over whelming numbers and power. The way we have prosecuted this war goes against everything history has taught us.
Democrats don’t have any problem with guns and bombs as long as they get to decide who the guns and bombs are directed at. The lack of protest by the Democrats against Obama and his war in Afghanistaan is beyond farce. Where’s the breathless outrage? The Democrats only dislike war because it cuts in to the money they can steal from the treasury. And I love the old media crooks - “We didn’t kill those people or steal that money! We just helped the other crooks get away with it.”
As long as islame exists there will never be a chance for peace!
Your post is right on!
It has been my belief for the long period of years since I served on active duty in the U. S. Army that there is not ONE job in the military that can’t be performed by a uniformed, active-duty military personnel. The Pentagon is chock full of leftist, looney, homosexual civilians who have as their underlings uniformed military personnel.
In the case of those soldiers who are wounded, instead of returning them to a life of pity, should be trained to perform many of those jobs being screwed up by the worthless civilians.
There, fixed it! I don't have "hunting" rifles. I have rifles that can also be used for hunting, though.
First, our complicit socialist government needs to raise the drawbridge after ejecting all the rats who have crawled into America in the dead of night.
Then our enemies should be fought clandestinely like they have fought us. Kill them where they live like Terminex kills cockroaches!
This can’t be done until we chase all the vermin out of the government! Who in the hell ever thought that we’d have a -itch like Hitlery Clinton, that unkept, pear-shaped hag acting as a Secretary of State? The entire structure of this government is bloated, lazy, communist, homosexual and evil.
I wish I had my 5 minutes back that I wasted to read this article.
John Myers (Editor of Myers Energy & Gold Report) needs to stick to subjects where he can provide an informed opinion, such as Energy and Gold. On this subject, he a complete buffoon more naive than a pickle-brained college student.
Neocon was a label worn with pride till it became impossible to conceal what crooks and screwups they were.
>> We Need Cronkite
The author is a tool.
But consider what Walter Cronkite said on Feb. 27, 1968, following the Tet Offensive: It seems now more certain than ever, that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate. To say that we are closer to victory today is to believe in the face of the evidence, the optimists who have been wrong in the past.
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Cronkite lied and turned a victory into a public opinion defeat. He spun his PERSONAL agenda to the story. A telling video on you tube is the “if the msm reported d-day”
Cronkite mars the truth and he is the LAST thing we need.
There were liberal jewish hawks in the dem party but as the anti war movement grew in the dem party, these liberal jewish hawks left the dem party to become conservative jewish hawks in the GOP.
It was the dems who coined the term neoconservatives as a term of contempt and ridicule which Irving Kristol decided his group would wear as a badge.
Today, neoconservative or NeoCon means anyone who subscribes to a foreign policy doctrine that emerged at the beginning of the post cold war period and was implemented under George W Bush
Cronkite was a communist sympathizer at best, and an outright mole at the worst. He routinely made trips to communist countries and it wasn’t just to “cover” the news. My opinion is that he was a paid communist hack whose job was to subvert America at every turn.
And that’s the way it is...