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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:00 PM
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Why We MUST Remain At WAR.
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 09:05 PM by Leopolds Ghost
from Asia Times
"Twenty-one reasons Iraq is not working"

How many active-duty US Army troops have been deployed in Iraq?
About 400,000 troops out of an active-duty force of 504,000 have already served one tour of duty in Iraq, according to Peter Spiegel of the Los Angeles Times. More than one-third of them have already been deployed twice.

How is Iraq affecting the army's equipment?
By the spring of 2005, the US Army had already "rotated 40% of its equipment through Iraq and Afghanistan". Marine Corps mid-2005 estimates were that 40% percent of its ground equipment and 20% of its air assets were being used to support current operations, according to analyst Carl Conetta. In the harsh climate of Iraq, the wear and tear on equipment have been enormous.

Conetta estimates that whenever the Iraq and Afghanistan wars end, the postwar repair bill for army and marine equipment will be in the range of US$25 billion to $40 billion.

This last sentence is the only significant sentence in the article, if you want to understand our leaders' perspective.

If you do not live in the DC area, you do not understand how significant this is for the defense industry, the most profitable industry headquartered in the DC area. Since the gentrification of DC and the inner suburbs began, the Washington Post has kept tabs on the source of the massive economic boom that DC has experienced while other cities stagnate. It is the national security state.

An enormous spending boom has been started by the neocons, the likes of which LBJ could only dream of. All this money is going to security agencies, security contractors, spy-owned corporations, and defense industry on the Dulles and I-270 corridor.

WRAP-AROUND ADS now appear on Metro trains and Metrobuses ADVERTISING WEAPONS SYSTEMS.

That is unprecedented.

They are now the region's number one advertiser, rivaled only by Macy's (the last remaining department store -- shades of 1984) and their audience is the tens of thousands of wealthy defense contractors who are moving into the city and Arlington and Tysons Corner, Virginia.

Wealthy urbanites, social liberals and economic conservatives -- "neoliberals" -- who support, aid and abet the security state. When the Republicans are ousted, they will go to work for the Democrats. They are the real "velvet mafia".




More important to the neocons, we must have a major war or our defense systems will not need replacing by DC's number one profit-making industry after they are worn out and destroyed by the enemy.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:03 PM
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1. Invest in CARLYLE GROUP.
Oops. I almost forgot -- it's a PRIVATE equity firm, made up of big-money types and their political lickspittles.

Great article, Leopolds Ghost. Asia Times kicks ass.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:06 PM
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2. Absolutely! Remember Condi didn't have time to meet about al Qaida.
She was too busy working on the current incarnation of Star Wars.
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Wiley50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:09 PM
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3. We Must not
Now, What are we gonna do about it?
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54anickel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:19 PM
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4. The real meaning of the phrase "War is good for the economy". Most
tend to pooh-pooh that phrase as the broken window fallacy, actually it depends on what you mean by the word "economy". Seems every Repub admin we've had in my lifetime has been pushing us toward that Military Industrial Complex Eisenhower warned about...He saw the writing on the wall.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 11:26 AM
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8. What is the broken window fallacy? Just wonderin'
Also, who is Randolph Bourne? For those of us not good with names

If it weren't for national security laws, what percentage of our
military equipment would ALSO be made overseas-in China perhaps?
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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 11:44 AM
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9. War Is the Health of the State by Randolph Bourne

"War is the health of the State."

Randolph Bourne (18861918)
Social critic
CC 1912, MA 1913

The essayist and social critic Randolph Bourne is remembered today as a spokesperson for the generation of young intellectuals who came of age in the 1910s, as a far-sighted commentator on modern American culture and politics, and as a critic of Progressives who supported U.S. policy during World War I. A passionate antiwar polemicist, Bourne charged that the emergency conditions of mobilization for war served only undemocratic purposes; the most important civic role intellectuals could play under such circumstances, he wrote, was to maintain a critical stance as democrats and "malcontents," challenging their culture's complacency and official creeds. Disfigured at birth by a forceps delivery, Bourne experienced a subsequent bout with spinal tuberculosis that left him dwarfed and a hunchback. His essay "The Handicapped-By One of Them," published in the Atlantic in 1911, remains an influential text in disability studies. Likewise, his 1916 "Trans-national America," in which he articulated a "cosmopolitan" ideal that would draw on different ethnic traditions in the service of a democratic culture shared by Americans of varied backgrounds, stands at the center of contemporary debates about the implications of this country's ethnic diversity for U.S. national identity.

Bourne's years at Columbia powerfully shaped his positions on American culture, society, and politics; "Trans-national America," in particular, referred to his own contacts with second-generation immigrant students as an undergraduate. While at the University, Bourne was enthused by the ideas of such professors as philosopher John Dewey, anthropologist Franz Boas, and historians Charles Beard and James Harvey Robinson. Dewey was an especially powerful influence, inspiring Bourne to champion progressive education before their later falling-out over the war. Bourne emerged as a leader in the prewar "Little Renaissance" in arts and culture while still an undergraduate. His contributions to Columbia Monthly and the Atlantic touched on themes at the heart of that renaissance: modernist art and letters; radical politics; the relationship between personal and public life; and the rebellion of educated young people against Victorian gender roles and the "genteel tradition" in American culture.

This is a classic, you must read this:

War Is the Health of the State

by Randolph Bourne

First part of an essay entitled "The State," which was left unfinished at Bourne's untimely death in 1918
To most Americans of the classes which consider themselves significant the war brought a sense of the sanctity of the State which, if they had had time to think about it, would have seemed a sudden and surprising alteration in their habits of thought. In times of peace, we usually ignore the State in favour of partisan political controversies, or personal struggles for office, or the pursuit of party policies. It is the Government rather than the State with which the politically minded are concerned. The State is reduced to a shadowy emblem which comes to consciousness only on occasions of patriotic holiday.

Government is obviously composed of common and unsanctified men, and is thus a legitimate object of criticism and even contempt. If your own party is in power, things may be assumed to be moving safely enough; but if the opposition is in, then clearly all safety and honor have fled the State. Yet you do not put it to yourself in quite that way. What you think is only that there are rascals to be turned out of a very practical machinery of offices and functions which you take for granted. When we say that Americans are lawless, we usually mean that they are less conscious than other peoples of the august majesty of the institution of the State as it stands behind the objective government of men and laws which we see. In a republic the men who hold office are indistinguishable from the mass. Very few of them possess the slightest personal dignity with which they could endow their political role; even if they ever thought of such a thing. And they have no class distinction to give them glamour. In a republic the Government is obeyed grumblingly, because it has no bedazzlements or sanctities to gild it. If you are a good old-fashioned democrat, you rejoice at this fact, you glory in the plainness of a system where every citizen has become a king. If you are more sophisticated you bemoan the passing of dignity and honor from affairs of State. But in practice, the democrat does not in the least treat his elected citizen with the respect due to a king, nor does the sophisticated citizen pay tribute to the dignity even when he finds it. The republican State has almost no trappings to appeal to the common man's emotions. What it has are of military origin, and in an unmilitary era such as we have passed through since the Civil War, even military trappings have been scarcely seen. In such an era the sense of the State almost fades out of the consciousness of men.

With the shock of war, however, the State comes into its own again. The Government, with no mandate from the people, without consultation of the people, conducts all the negotiations, the backing and filling, the menaces and explanations, which slowly bring it into collision with some other Government, and gently and irresistibly slides the country into war. For the benefit of proud and haughty citizens, it is fortified with a list of the intolerable insults which have been hurled toward us by the other nations; for the benefit of the liberal and beneficent, it has a convincing set of moral purposes which our going to war will achieve; for the ambitious and aggressive classes, it can gently whisper of a bigger role in the destiny of the world. The result is that, even in those countries where the business of declaring war is theoretically in the hands of representatives of the people, no legislature has ever been known to decline the request of an Executive, which has conducted all foreign affairs in utter privacy and irresponsibility, that it order the nation into battle. Good democrats are wont to feel the crucial difference between a State in which the popular Parliament or Congress declares war, and the State in which an absolute monarch or ruling class declares war. But, put to the stern pragmatic test, the difference is not striking. In the freest of republics as well as in the most tyrannical of empires, all foreign policy, the diplomatic negotiations which produce or forestall war, are equally the private property of the Executive part of the Government, and are equally exposed to no check whatever from popular bodies, or the people voting as a mass themselves.

The moment war is declared, however, the mass of the people, through some spiritual alchemy, become convinced that they have willed and executed the deed themselves. They then, with the exception of a few malcontents, proceed to allow themselves to be regimented, coerced, deranged in all the environments of their lives, and turned into a solid manufactory of destruction toward whatever other people may have, in the appointed scheme of things, come within the range of the Government's disapprobation. The citizen throws off his contempt and indifference to Government, identifies himself with its purposes, revives all his military memories and symbols, and the State once more walks, an august presence, through the imaginations of men. Patriotism becomes the dominant feeling, and produces immediately that intense and hopeless confusion between the relations which the individual bears and should bear toward the society of which he is a part.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 01:56 PM
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10. Well, the purposes of every state being aggression and/or mutual defense..
A strong state is not even needed for an oligarchy such as in ancient
Babylon... UNTIL one or more oligarchies come in contact with another.
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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:20 PM
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5. Small note
Re-arrangement of pronoun from "we" to "they" and of course remembrance of Randolph Bourne.

You may also consider Russell Cook's, "The Warfare State"

There really is only one issue for us to confront. Once that is dealt with the melange' of other items we waste our energies upon dissipate.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:23 PM
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6. The Military-Industrial Complex, the lifeblood of the American Empire...
In accordance with the principles of double-think it does not matter
if the war is not real. For when it is, victory is not possible. The
war is not meant to be won, but it is meant to be continuous.

- George Orwell
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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:30 PM
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7. I wonder what percentage of America's economy is war related.
I would wager that it's frightenly large.

The support for military ranges the full spectrum of a normal society.

What a horrible waste of money.
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