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Mon Feb 2, 2015, 05:59 AM

War Is the New Normal: Seven Deadly Reasons Why America’s Wars Persist

http://www.juancole.com/2015/02/reasons-americas-persist.html

War Is the New Normal: Seven Deadly Reasons Why America’s Wars Persist
By contributors | Feb. 2, 2015
By William J. Astore | (Tomdispatch.com) –

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1. The privatization of war: The U.S. military’s recourse to private contractors has strengthened the profit motive for war-making and prolonged wars as well. Unlike the citizen-soldiers of past eras, the mobilized warrior corporations of America’s new mercenary moment — the Halliburton/KBRs (nearly $40 billion in contracts for the Iraq War alone), the DynCorps ($4.1 billion to train 150,000 Iraqi police), and the Blackwater/Xe/Academis ($1.3 billion in Iraq, along with boatloads of controversy) — have no incentive to demobilize. Like most corporations, their business model is based on profit through growth, and growth is most rapid when wars and preparations for more of them are the favored options in Washington.

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2. The embrace of the national security state by both major parties: Jimmy Carter was the last president to attempt to exercise any kind of control over the national security state. A former Navy nuclear engineer who had served under the demanding Admiral Hyman Rickover, Carter cancelled the B-1 bomber and fought for a U.S. foreign policy based on human rights. Widely pilloried for talking about nuclear war with his young daughter Amy, Carter was further attacked for being “weak” on defense. His defeat by Ronald Reagan in 1980 inaugurated 12 years of dominance by Republican presidents that opened the financial floodgates for the Department of Defense. That taught Bill Clinton and the Democratic Leadership Council a lesson when it came to the wisdom of wrapping the national security state in a welcoming embrace, which they did, however uncomfortably. This expedient turn to the right by the Democrats in the Clinton years served as a temporary booster shot when it came to charges of being “soft” on defense — until Republicans upped the ante by going “all-in” on military crusades in the aftermath of 9/11.

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3. “Support Our Troops” as a substitute for thought. You’ve seen them everywhere: “Support Our Troops” stickers. In fact, the “support” in that slogan generally means acquiescence when it comes to American-style war. The truth is that we’ve turned the all-volunteer military into something like a foreign legion, deploying it again and again to our distant battle zones and driving it into the ground in wars that amount to strategic folly. Instead of admitting their mistakes, America’s leaders have worked to obscure them by endlessly overpraising our “warriors” as so many universal heroes. This may salve our collective national conscience, but it’s a form of cheap grace that saves no lives — and wins no wars.

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4. Fighting a redacted war. War, like the recent Senate torture report, is redacted in America. Its horrors and mistakes are suppressed, its patriotic whistleblowers punished, even as the American people are kept in a demobilized state. The act of going to war no longer represents the will of the people, as represented by formal Congressional declarations of war as the U.S. Constitution demands. Instead, in these years, Americans were told to go to Disney World (as George W. Bush suggested in the wake of 9/11) and keep shopping. They’re encouraged not to pay too much attention to war’s casualties and costs, especially when those costs involve foreigners with funny-sounding names (after all, they are, as American sniper Chris Kyle so indelicately put it in his book, just “savages”).

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 07:29 AM

1. Parents are uninformed or

misinformed and they offer up their children to the Military Industrial Complex.

There is no honor is serving in today's military.

If all of the enlisted men and women would lay down their arms and refuse to fight

maybe the insanity would come to an end.

If the military brass had been prosecuted for starting illegal wars and for using torture

maybe things would be different.

Let the flaming begin.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 08:05 AM

3. No flame here. +1

 

I agree with you. So flame on both of us.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 09:07 AM

5. +infinity

Those were my thought during Vietnam and I haven't changed my mind.
My son joined the navy anyway served his time and got out. Thank God that was pre Bush.
Now I've got three grandsons and this granny is trying like hell to educate them on the MIC!

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 08:03 AM

2. 8. Advanced education for the poor is tied to military service.

Making education expensive has done two things.

1. Made the rich richer

2. Made education un-affordable for the working class

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 08:49 AM

4. K&R

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Mon Feb 2, 2015, 10:12 PM

6. evening kick for a very worth while read.

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