Monday, January 29, 2007

The US Culture of Warmongering

The US Culture of Warmongering

“The war on terror we fight today is a generational struggle that will continue long after you and I have turned our duties over to others. And that's why it's important to work together so our nation can see this great effort through. Both parties and both branches should work in close consultation. It's why I propose to establish a special advisory council on the war on terror, made up of leaders in Congress from both political parties. We will share ideas for how to position America to meet every challenge that confronts us. We'll show our enemies abroad that we are united in the goal of victory.” George W Bu$h’s 2007 State of The Union Speech

If anyone doubts AmeriKKKa has turned into a fascist imperialist nation (as opposed to a republican imperialist country) all you have to do is listen (if your heart can stand it) to George W Bu$h’s 2007 State of the Union speech. Take out the lies, distortions and bogus proposals he knows he will never implement and you’ve got the crux of the real Bu$h agenda; perpetual war. This is what he and his handlers are really about, incessant war, wrecking havoc on the world for years to come. Not only is he planning what he and his bloodthirsty pals call a “generational struggle” but he expects all AmeriKKKans to pitch in and do their part to terrify the world with the US patented ‘shock and awe” brand of pillage and rapine. His ideas would make his barbarian ancestors proud.
Further on in his speech Bu$h made a subtle call for the reinstatement of the military draft. He said, “And one of the first steps we can take together is to add to the ranks of our military so that the American Armed Forces are ready for all the challenges ahead. _ Tonight I ask the Congress to authorize an increase in the size of our active Army and Marine Corps by 92,000 in the next five years. A second task we can take on together is to design and establish a volunteer Civilian Reserve Corps. Such a corps would function much like our military reserve. It would ease the burden on the Armed Forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them. It would give people across America who do not wear the uniform a chance to serve in the defining struggle of our time_” George W Bu$h 2007 State of the Union address, my underline emphasis.
As usual the corporate media held to their class loyalties and gave Bu$h another free pass by abdicating their responsibility to critically examine, question and challenge his call for more troops and what he called a “Civilian Reserve Corps” to augment the fascist militarism that has gripped this nation during his administration. I culled the Internet looking at the so called mainstream media’s reaction to Bu$h’s speech. Nowhere did I see any question for the need for a “surge” in troops to pacify Baghdad nor did I see any questions about where the money will come from to pay for the escalation of his foolish occupation. The media never challenged his call for an increase in the size of the active Army, Marine Corps nor did they ask why the nation even needed a Civilian Reserve Corps?!
I suspect somewhere down the line, given the disastrous consequences of Bu$h’s latest moves will “necessitate” more troops to man the permanent bases the US has already constructed in Iraq and Central Asia; there will probably be some form of military draft or “mandatory national service” similar to the one proposed by Uncle Charlie Rangel of New York. They will have to to supply additional cannon fodder to the imperialist wars Bu$h has on the planning board. The really sad thing is a supposedly black Congressman, Charles Rangel is sponsoring a bill to reinstate the draft! “Congressman Charles Rangel today introduced new legislation to reinstate the military draft that will include draftees up to 42 years of age. ‘Every day that the military option is on the table, as declared by the President in his State of the Union address, in Iran, North Korea, and Syria, reinstatement of the military draft is an option that must also be considered, whether we like it or not,’ Congressman Rangel said. ‘If the military is already having trouble getting the recruits they need, what can we do to fill the ranks if the war spreads from Iraq to other countries? We may have no other choice but a draft.’ The bill would mandate military service for men and women between the ages of 18 and 42. Deferments would be allowed only for completion of high school up to the age of 20, and for reasons of health, conscience or religious belief. Recruits not needed by the military in any given year would be required to perform some national civilian service. ‘My bill conforms to the age standards that have been set by the Army itself,’ Congressman Rangel said, referring to the Army's recent announcement raising the top age for Army volunteers from 39 to 42. ‘With volunteers now being accepted up to the age of 42, it makes sense to cap the age of draftees at 42,’ Congressman Rangel said.’”
Uncle Charlie is so busy kissing up to the imperialist fascists, it never even occurred to him the solution might be to alter US foreign policy. How many lives and how much money could be saved if we just bring the troops home from Iraq, Afghanistan, Columbia, Korea, Japan and Germany and stop trying to be the continuation of the British Empire?! But Rangel says he wants to be the one out front on this issue of “equalizing the burden and sacrifice”. Bullsh__! Rangel is shilling for the military industrial war machine. He’s part of the good ol’ boy network of warmongering fascists who support illegal invasions, preemptive wars and colonial quagmires like the US is experiencing in Iraq and Afghanistan. Alas imperialists like Bu$h and Rangel get paid whether the US “wins” or gets run out of Iraq. Warmongers like them never learn the lessons of history (Haiti in 1804, Waterloo in 1815, Stalingrad in 1943, Vietnam 1975 or Mogadishu in 1993 ) so they continue to commit the same errors over and over. This inevitably happens in a culture of rabid imperialists; one day the empire looks up and it has either been defeated by a freedom loving people who heroically resist their imperialist aggression, or the empire implodes upon itself because the cancers of arrogance, greed, hubris and megalomania devour it from within . From my vantage point both of these things seem to be happening to AmeriKKKa.



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