Empire and the Military Industrial Complex - Can the Addiction Be Kicked?
There's been a lot of speculation in recent months as to what the Empire on the Trumpwagon is up to, how the rest of the world is reacting and will react and what it all portends. Many are predicting the end of Empire and that the impetus will come from the rest of the world basically telling the Empire to stay home and shut the fuck up, Trump being the last straw. (Tell me what Hillary Clinton would have done differently.)
I was thinking about that in a broader sense, i.e., what does that mean to me, a card carrying peasant and subject of the Empire. I often do that while the daily/weekly "follow the red ball" is being played by most of the political internet. Invariably the answer is "nothing" in that whatever it was or is changes nothing regarding my status as peasant/subject. I'm still a peasant/subject.
See, that's what I'm most interested in. Changing that status.
Take this latest business with Trump dropping the Iran deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and implementing further sanctions against Iran, indirectly sanctioning those that deal or want to deal with Iran. We can speculate all we want as to what happens next and in the long run but what does it really matter? Other than it leading to another fucking war that could end up in, how do those Christians put it? Armageddon?
But does it change my status as a peasant/subject? No. I still need to change my status (unless Armageddon happens, then I don't know).
None of this will stop anyway unless we change our status.
I was reading a couple articles today that, in my opinion, paint a sobering picture for those who think the Empire is on it's way out. One was about how the U.S. is now, after the reneging on the Iran deal, going to also renege on the INF Treaty. Now really, considering what's happened under Trump, is that a surprise, the U.S. reneging on a another deal? And if that's not a surprise, just think of the possibilities. Fuck every deal man, it's on. Do you see what's happening here?
"The US has just pulled out of the Iran deal. The INF Treaty is next. The campaign to render defunct yet another major arms-control agreement is already gaining momentum. On May 10, the House Armed Services Committee endorsed a measure authorizing President Donald Trump to decide the fate of the INF Treaty with Russia. This addition to a draft defense bill states that the agreement is no longer binding. The bill includes funds for developing a ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM), which, if tested, will violate the treaty terms."
That would be nuclear tipped GLCMs. The Army is also working on long range artillery rockets that can exceed the 500 km range in violation of the INF and the "Aegis Ashore Mk-41 launchers have already been installed in Romania and soon to be deployed in Poland," showing the treaty has effectively already been placed in the history bin.
The author warns that if the INF Treaty is no longer binding then we can expect an "unprecedented arms race" and another possible rift among EU allies if Russia deploys intermediate range missiles in reaction. They would be reachable while the U.S. would not, a practice our rulers are pretty good at, i.e., keeping the wars off our land.
"Finally, the unraveling of the INF Treaty will greatly complicate if not eliminate, any prospects, for the New START. And without the latter, there will be no agreement to curb the arms race at all. Arms control will be dead. We’ll be back to where we were in the late 1950s-early 60s. And if a spark should kindle a fire, we’ll all find ourselves back in the Stone Age."
Can you hear that? It's the military industrial complex squealing like a pig.
What was that Albert Einstein quote?
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
(Disclaimer: I own property over an ancient river rock bed with a forested area.)
The other article was about how the U.S. and NATO are "escalating to conflict".
"The Trump Administration in Washington is ramping up confrontation and preparing for war all over the globe, from the South China Sea to the Baltic via the Persian Gulf. The countries of the US-NATO military alliance have vastly increased their military spending and are boosting deployment of their forces in Europe in accordance with the policy of Enhanced Forward Presence — the positioning of strike aircraft, missile-armed ships and armoured formations as close as possible to Russia’s border."
The article points out how military expenditures for NATO countries have been steadily increasing and how the focus of the New World Order imperialists has shifted to Russia and China as growing threats requiring greatly increased military expenditures. Of course, that is the final step to the New World Order, tackling this Russia/China thing. As you might recall, Trump campaigned on and continues to call for massive increases in military spending with a nearly 160 billion increase in just the last two years. The plan is to maintain that level of increase for up to ten years including the nuclear weapon modernization project started under Obama the Warmonger. I read an article today about a prominent thinktank in D.C. complaining that it's just not enough, they want more and more.
The military industrial complex, which could be called the military/intelligence/national security complex (or more), is massive and represents an enormous sector of the U.S. economy spread throughout all fifty states as well as the global economy. "It" needs the threat of enemies to ensure it's gravy train continues, to facilitate the expenditures necessary for imagining, creating and building new weapons, jets, ships, anything that anyone can imagine to use in killing people and destroying the planet.
It could be a literally unstoppable force that "trumps" anything else that can be speculated regarding the status of the U.S. Empire. The dollar as reserve currency? Nah, the military industrial complex, it's human nature. It's not just a U.S. feature, it's a global feature. China has it's own military industrial complex, Russia has logged in second in global military weapon sales for over a decade and NATO countries have been hooked like the addicts they are. Look around, everybody's doing it.
Those thinking the Empire is on it's way down need to consider one thing, the Military Industrial Complex. It's stronger than ever, it's voracious and it will fight for it's life to the very end. Ike warned us of that about 57 years ago. It's much worse now.
We're being ruled by a criminal class that will do anything to retain their power. That has been proven repeatedly throughout history. The only answer is revolution, i.e., take the power from the criminals who have it which means taking down the democratic and republican political parties. The criminal class retains their power through the duopoly political system which is what the system was intended to do from the beginning. Ask Thomas Jefferson, he'll tell ya.
This was 57 years ago. You need to imagine how much stronger the MIC is today to understand what we're up against. For instance, 57 years ago most television broadcast was in black and white, the Soviet Union was the enemy and sometimes Presidents spoke the truth. Extrapolate from there.