“We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
How do we think of war? My father was stationed in the Pacific in WW2. He hated the way Hollywood glorified war in movies and TV. He would not even allow a gun in our home when growing up – and, like many other men who served in that war, refused to discuss his experiences while a young man from 1943 – 1945. When he was growing up very little of the nation’s resources were directed at building up war, in fact much that was left over from WW1 had been scrapped. Americans would rise up and fight, as the Japanese learned after bombing Pearl Harbor, but they were not militaristic in any sense. WW2 would change that, but not in the way most history books would suggest i.e. Americans accepting some sort of role as world policeman as their destiny. Instead, the economy that had been converted to a war-time economy to defeat the Axis Powers, has remained in that war-time state since, and many forces work to keep it that way.
The war fired up American factories and was the reason for the end of “The Great Depression.” After the war, the economy prospered, and innovations fueled a boom in manufacturing and services. However, as the Soviets became a recognized threat there was a reluctance to return to the pre-WW2 state of a minimalist military. Yes, even Eisenhower pointed to the need to maintain an effective counter to possible aggressions. However, he recognized that this created a dynamic that posed a threat to the nation – and that is the point he was making with his warning above. When you create an unholy alliance between ambitious politicians and companies fighting not just to attain lucrative defense contracts, but also facilitate a “need” for new contracts, you give rise to an out-of-control feedback loop that both guarantees expanding national debts, but also facilitate the possibility of wars developing.
Let’s look at how the system has evolved. You have huge corporations that make fortunes off military contracts; and if those contracts were to end, then what? Of course the answer would be to innovate and improve production of non-weaponized products, but military contracts are like junk food, easy to splurge, justify and far more tasty than something more nutritious. Oh, and let us not forget sub-contractors, the people who make components, the little things, that are necessary to create a tank, missile or warship. These smaller businesses also have a vested interest in maintaining military spending.
Speaking of the alliance of corporations even the US media oligopoly has interest in maintaining a state of fear against Russia and other nations. You see, corporations are more connected than roots in a terrarium. On the surface the plants can look separate and distinct but if you try to remove a single plant you will find its roots interwoven with the others to where it is impossible to untangle them.
In my, “Freedom from Conscience book series” I begin dealing with these issues in, “Freedom from conscience – Descent into Darkness” and the upcoming sequel “The Price of Power.” In the former the heroine discovers how things truly work in politics after an encounter with a sex trafficking ring. In the latter she discovers, after being elected to congress and being invited into a secret society of power elite, how the public’s perception of reality is shaped by these people’s use of the corporate media. http://finest.se/jasmincroft/ Yes, it is fiction, but based on how things really are. In fact, one could never capture just how deep the system perpetuates the status quo, but one can shed more light on it. Sadly, the corporate media won’t do it anymore.
You see: the journalists we used to count on for exposing corruption and taking on the establishment have, in large part, been co-opted by the estate they were supposed to keep an eye on. Now news pertaining to “threats” from other nations, or any coverage of war-related news, comes from the government itself. Why spend a bunch of money on war correspondents when the Pentagon or State Department can provide you with all you need to know, with eye-catching film? Oh, and it does not stop there. Speaking of eye-catching film have you ever asked how Hollywood movies get to have such good pictures of jets in mid-air or the decks of aircraft carriers? Product placement…that’s right, movies showing how awesome our military is help to serve to justify billions and billions of dollars of expenditures as well as operate as recruitment for young people watching the end-product. Hollywood’s cozy relationship with the military did not end with WW2 propaganda cartoons, not by a long shot.
So why is this article titled, “The Business of War: The Psychopathic Dimensions?” Well, again, let’s look at what is taking place with Russia. If you are old enough you probably remember when the US news media, which was a totally different creature than it is today, ran stories that actually showed Russians (at the time Soviets) as real people. Do we see that today? Aside from some travel show you might run into on a cable network, the cute stories of Russians you saw in the 1980s just don’t exist. Why? Why would we want to push tensions to a possible breaking point? Well, money. When German re-unification was being discussed the west had promised Moscow that it had no intention to expand NATO eastward. Problem was (during the Bill Clinton years and afterwards) NATO did expand right up to Russia’s border. Of course one can understand how some of the former eastern nations, after decades of control by the Soviets, might like some guarantees it would never happen again, but what about defense contractors? What could they get from such expansion? Well, new customers. That was the case in the 1990s and it also the case today. In fact, the more one can get the public to fear “Russian aggression” the better it might be for some key industries. https://theintercept.com/2016/08/19/nato-weapons-industry/
In addition, what if the threat of Russia is, like the Gulf of Tonkin incident, more a creation from our own government, pressured by financial interests behind the scenes working on both the White House and the House of Representatives, and magnified by the media? What could go wrong with that? I mean…nuclear war? What if we become convinced by our own darkest suspicions of the Russians and begin to think nuclear war could be a viable option? Anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Coldicott recently noted that many in the US government think nuclear war is winnable! While most psychopaths are contributing members of society there is an element of invincibility, of recklessness, and a form of ruthlessness in achieving goals that characterizes psychopaths. To push an ethic that sees the preservation of an atmosphere of fear as desirable, even if it could lead to at the very least negative economic consequences and at worse getting to live the dream of a zombie apocalypse, plus radiation, seems to be a manifestation of psychopathy at its very worse.
Perhaps we could learn a bit from former Mormon Church president Spencer W. Kimball who stated, “We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord. When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel — ships, planes, missiles, fortifications — and depend on them for protection and deliverance. When threatened, we become anti-enemy instead of pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan’s counterfeit of true patriotism, perverting the Savior’s teaching…”
In light of events since the beginning of this century one could easily say, even without affixing special title to Mr. Kimball, that his warning was truly prophetic.
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