Monday, February 18, 2019

NO PEACE FOR US

American plutocrats and their media puppets peddle conflict. The main stream media and our most powerful politicians, are paid well to love war.

(Democracy Now.org)

That our national leaders enthusiastically support an industry whose purpose is slaughter and destruction, makes them evil in my book. The military is not only paid for by our tax dollars, it receives the lion's share, yet its primary purpose is to serve the interest of corporations. Corporate interests are not de facto the interests of American citizens. A rational assessment of the "successes" of the Military Industrial and Surveillance Complex, show that there aren't any, unless you directly cash in on its fiscal excesses or benefit from foreign interventions, because you cash in on the rape of foreign natural resources.

The U.S. is orchestrating a coupe in Venezuela to exploit its resources. It's another illegal foreign intervention intended to prop up a failing world-wide capitalist system, its mission to serve the oligarch's here and abroad.

Regime Change Made in the USA
(Consortiumnews.com)

We who pay for war suffer because our money might have paid for domestic programs and infrastructure, soldiers suffer and die for corporate profit, not public safety, and we are unwittingly responsible for the war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated in our names. As a nation we have caused the murder and torment of many millions, wasting lives and resources to serve Mammon.

(US News.com)
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"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.

It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.

It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.

It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.

We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.

We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.

This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."

-President Dwight Eisenhower
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 -Major General Smedley D. Butler

Serious journalists, conscientious politicians, and anti-war activists are marginalized, silenced by the drum beat for endless profitable wars. Profitable for a few, as it will likely bankrupt America. Our hegemony will collapse like the British Empire and the Soviet Union.

Exclusive: The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed
How US military spending keeps rising even as the Pentagon flunks its audit.
(The Nation.com) 

Sadly, comedians have increasingly become the voice of reason. Even more sadly, comedians, like other media pundits, are often co-opted by the consolidated corporate media machine, so their messages serve only the status quo, adding bits of humor to the propaganda they're pushing. Despite a glibbly voiced desire to be co-opted by a million dollar salary, the comedian Jimmy Dore seems to be fighting the good fight.

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(Jimmy Dore)
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The damage that the Military Industrial and Surveillance Complex has done to our country is literally incalculable, all in the name of serving us and democracy around the world. Corporately driven armed conflict is the tragedy that not only defines most of our history, but will likely be the last word as the human race extinguishes itself.
War critics become victims of ridiculous smears, lose their jobs, and suffer the intense scrutiny of the surveillance state. As a nation we're encouraged to believe that war is peace. Military intervention has been transformed into both our preferred method for providing humanitarian aid and a means to secure the safety of American citizens. Overwhelming evidence over many decades has proven that military activity not only causes catastrophic human suffering, it results in blow back that fuels the hostility directed at us.

Veteran NBC/MSNBC Journalist Blasts the Network for Being Captive to the National Security State and Reflexively Pro-War to Stop Trump
(The Intercept.com)

"A veteran national security journalist with NBC News and MSNBC blasted the networks in a Monday email for becoming captive and subservient to the national security state, reflexively pro-war in the name of stopping President Donald Trump, and now the prime propaganda instrument of the War Machine’s promotion of militarism and imperialism. As a result of NBC/MSNBC’s all-consuming militarism, he said, “the national security establishment not only hasn’t missed a beat but indeed has gained dangerous strength” and “is ever more autonomous and practically impervious to criticism.”

Waging peace must become a top priority. All the money in the world won't buy us a new planet, if we destroy this one.

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