Why Do Americans give War and Not Peace a Chance?
Posted in the African-American Forum
#1 Jan 15, 2013
An End to Constant War
Seven reasons we’re always at war … and seven ways to quit.
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by William J. Astore
posted Jul 09, 2010
"Most Americans are not only convinced we have the best troops, the best training, and the most advanced weapons, but also the purest motives."
Photo by Jayel Aheram.
If one quality characterizes our wars today, it’s their endurance. They never seem to end. Though war itself may not be an American inevitability, these days many factors combine to make constant war an American near certainty. Put metaphorically, our nation’s pursuit of war taps so many wellsprings of our behavior that a concerted effort to cap it would dwarf BP’s efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.
Our political leaders, the media, and the military interpret enduring war as a measure of our national fitness, our global power, our grit in the face of eternal danger, and our seriousness. A desire to de-escalate and withdraw, on the other hand, is invariably seen as cut-and-run appeasement and discounted as weakness. Withdrawal options are, in a pet phrase of Washington elites, invariably “off the table” when global policy is at stake, as was true during the Obama administration’s full-scale reconsideration of the Afghan war in the fall of 2009. Viewed in this light, the president’s ultimate decision to surge in Afghanistan was not only predictable, but the only course considered suitable for an American war leader. Rather than the tough choice, it was the path of least resistance.
Why do our elites so readily and regularly give war, not peace, a chance? What exactly are the wellsprings of Washington’s (and America’s) behavior when it comes to war and preparations for more of the same?
#2 Jan 15, 2013
Consider these seven:
We wage war because we think we’re good at it—and because, at a gut level, we’ve come to believe that American wars can bring good to others (hence our feel-good names for them, like Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom). Most Americans are not only convinced we have the best troops, the best training, and the most advanced weapons, but also the purest motives. Unlike the bad guys and the barbarians out there in the global marketplace of death, our warriors and warfighters are seen as gift-givers and freedom-bringers, not as death-dealers and resource-exploiters. Our illusions about the military we “support” serve as catalyst for, and apology for, the persistent war-making we condone.
We wage war because we’ve already devoted so many of our resources to it. It’s what we’re most prepared to do. More than half of discretionary federal spending goes to fund our military and its war making or war preparations. The military-industrial complex is a well-oiled, extremely profitable machine and the armed forces, our favorite child, the one we’ve lavished the most resources and praise upon. It’s natural to give your favorite child free rein.
We’ve managed to isolate war’s physical and emotional costs, leaving them on the shoulders of a tiny minority of Americans. By eliminating the draft and relying ever more on for-profit private military contractors, we’ve made war a distant abstraction for most Americans, who can choose to consume it as spectacle or simply tune it out as so much background noise.
While war and its costs have, to date, been kept at arm’s length, American society has been militarizing fast. Our media outlets, intelligence agencies, politicians, foreign policy establishment, and “homeland security” bureaucracy are so intertwined with military priorities and agendas as to be inseparable from them. In militarized America, griping about soft-hearted tactics or the outspokenness of a certain general may be tolerated, but forceful criticism of our military or our wars is still treated as deviant and “un-American.”
High-tech drones, such as this Reaper drone are examples of machinery that drive up the cost of war.
Photo by US Air Force.
Our profligate, high-tech approach to war, including those Predator and Reaper drones armed with Hellfire missiles, has served to limit American casualties—and so has limited the anger over, and harsh questioning of, our wars that might go with them. While the U.S. has had more than 1,000 troops killed in Afghanistan, over a similar period in Vietnam we lost more than 58,000 troops. Improved medical evacuation and trauma care, greater reliance on standoff precision weaponry and similar “force multipliers,” stronger emphasis on “force protection” within American military units: All these and more have helped tamp down concern about the immeasurable and soaring costs of our wars.
As we incessantly develop those force-multiplying weapons to give us our “edge”(though never an edge that leads to victory), it’s hardly surprising that the United States has come to dominate, if not quite monopolize, the global arms trade. In these years, as American jobs were outsourced or simply disappeared in the Great Recession, armaments have been one of our few growth industries. Endless war has proven endlessly profitable—not perhaps for all of us, but certainly for those in the business of war.
And don’t forget the seductive power of beyond-worse-case, doomsday scenarios, of the prophecies of pundits and so-called experts, who regularly tell us that, bad as our wars may be, doing anything to end them would be far worse. A typical scenario goes like this: If we withdraw from Afghanistan, the government of Hamid Karzai will collapse, the Taliban will surge to victory, al-Qaeda will pour into Afghan safe havens, and Pakistan will be further destabilized, its atomic bombs falling into the hands of terrorists out to destroy Peoria and Orlando.
Since: Jan 12
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
#3 Jan 15, 2013
Because pro-corporate Israel first bible thumpers run our country.
#4 Jan 15, 2013
Such fevered nightmares, impossible to disprove, may be conjured at any moment to scare critics into silence. They are a convenient bogeyman, leaving us cowering as we send our superman military out to save us (and the world as well), while preserving our right to visit the mall and travel to Disney World without being nuked.
The truth is that no one really knows what would happen if the United States disengaged from Afghanistan. But we do know what’s happening now, with us fully engaged: We’re pursuing a war that’s costing us nearly $7 billion a month that we’re not winning (and that’s arguably unwinnable), a war that may be increasing the chances of another 9/11, rather than decreasing them.
#5 Jan 15, 2013
Wake up Americans!
#6 Jan 15, 2013
US is a Corporation not a Country, The Federal Reserve is the Government
UNITED STATES CODE
Title 28 3002 (15)
The UNITED STATES is a corporation
US Code collection
"United States" means a Federal corporation
The President is the CEO of the corporation
Citizens are the employees
The King of England financially backed both side of the Revolutionary War
(Treaty at Versailles, July 16 1782, Treaty of Peace 8 Stat 80)
http://www.ru mormillnews....cgi?noframes;re ad=119955
The United States corporation did not declare independence from Great Britain or King George
In 1604, a corporation was formed called Virginia Company. It's main stockholder was King James I. Original charter for the company was completed April 10, 1606. Britannica article.
The Virginia Company owned most of the land called "USA"
The Virginia Company (British Crown and bloodlines) had 50% rights to mined gold and silver, plue percentages of other minerals and 5% of all profits from other ventures.
The lands of the Virginia Company were granted to the colonies under a Deed of Trust (on lease), therefore they could not claim ownership of the land. They could pass on 'perpetual use' but they could never own it.
Ownership was retained by the British Crown.
Human Being. See 'Monster'. Ballentine's Law Dictionary 1930
MONSTER. A human being by birth, but in some part resembling a lower animal. A monster hath no inheritable blood and cannot be heir to any land.
You own no property, slaves cannot own property. Read the deed to the property you think is yours. You are listed as 'TENANT'.(Senate Document 43, 73rd Congress, 1st Session)
After the first 21 years from the formation of The Virginia Company, all 'duties, imposts, and excises' paid on trading activities in the colonies has to be paid directly to the British Crown through the Crown Treasurer.
Queen Elizabeth controls and has amended US Social Security
S.I. 1997 NO.1778 The Social Security Order 1997
http://www.th eantechamber...utoryInstrument 1997.html
A 1040 form is for tribute paid to Britain.
(IRS Publication 6209)
Americans are slaves to the Queen and own absolutely nothing.
Social Security is not insurance or a contract, nor is there a trust fund.
(Helvering v. Davis 301 US 619, Stward Co. v. Davis 301 US 548.)
The criminal courts on the lands of the Virginia Company were to be operated under Admiralty Law, the law of the sea, and the civil courts under common law, the law of the land.
The united states of America is the Virginia Company, owned by Brotherhood Bloodlines
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