Right after World War II ( which a vicious but pragmatic Stalin proclaimed was won by “American machines, American money and Soviet men”. God, how I have mustache envy of that man ), the US had over half the globes manufacturing capacity, control of the oil, most of the globes gold and the worlds largest navy ( and a hell of a strategic air force )-not to mention the only atom bombs, and they couldn’t contain the spread of communism. And, it might be mentioned, the Soviets at the end of the war still had half their forces transported by horse drawn conveyances. So, under the watchful eye of the worlds leading military and economic superpower, a bunch of Cossacks on horses took over much of Asia and elsewhere under a red banner ( to be clear, I’m talking about the spread of an ideology rather than the more direct occupation such as in eastern Europe ). In Vietnam no amount of napalm, B-52 bombing or Shock And Awe troop infusions could pacify a bunch of ugly hat wearing AK toting black pajama insurgents ( and by the by, JFK increased advisors from several hundred to several thousand. He had no intention of withdrawal contrary to feel good public consumption rhetoric. So, shut the hump up Oliver Stone ). When the US invaded Grenada six thousand troops were held in check for weeks by 800 Cuban advisors and a small local police force. Somalia guerillas RPGed a few helicopters and we promptly pulled out of the country, whereas in Rwanda we didn’t even bother to interfere lest we be bested by civilians with machetes. And of course the Sandbox and Stan speak for themselves when we completed the longest military campaign in our history and achieved absolutely nothing.
This is not to blame our military men. If the politicians don’t allow you to win ( you can argue that WWII wasn’t won insofar as we created a bigger enemy than we defeated, nor was WWI won when the seeds were deliberately planted for more conflict ), what can you do. I am foursquare behind our enlisted fighters ( hump the officers, complacent mercenaries shoveling men into the cannons path ), not because I agree with Empire but because of their noble sacrifices they believe they are making. Just because our elite control them for nefarious means doesn’t negate that. Anyway, don’t confuse my disapproval of our controllers with the individuals used as puppets. Do you ever wonder why we keep losing wars? And why we keep fighting wars costly in treasure and men that achieve nothing ( again, even the second world war which was fought not to defeat other contenders but merely to control the lions share of the oil. We won that control but at the cost of fifty more years of conflict )? We don’t engage in wars that endanger us, do we? There was never any credible threat of Japan or Germany invading us ( as the British found out, you can rule overseas nations, but not when the populace is armed ). There wasn’t even a credible threat from communism, domino theory or otherwise. McCarthyism or otherwise ( we’ve always been firmly in the fascism camp, cause commies don’t do capitalism or mercantilism ). The business of America is war. Winning is immaterial. Waging war continuously is the important thing.
The War On Drugs didn’t produce enough economic activity to be profitable, just as the War On Alcohol failed and the War On Poverty did ( remember, the whole thing started when we lost consumer industrialism, floundered a few years ineffectually with public works, then turned to war manufacturing. Since that success, we have never dared to stop that activity for fear of another economic downturn [ they aren’t afraid of personal downturns but rather industrial/financial institutions downturns ] ). Only a war economy is profitable enough. Sure, we profit from victory with colonial exploitation, but that is a trickle rather than a flood. Do you really think war for banana plantations makes us money? No, war makes money. That a fruit company profited afterwards is immaterial. So, to present. The War On Terrorism is a great little war for our masters, but the costs are too high for our shrinking resource base. What to do? What to do? Ah! Let’s bring the war home. The logistics tail is greatly shrunk, we can fight the war far easier with less of a war machine ( drones and troop personnel carriers rather than aircraft carriers ). The profit is greater, so it doesn’t matter that we must fight more with less.
Why do you think Obammy is going stupid crazy with his assault against the citizens? The mandatory DNA data base on all civilians disguised as an HIV test. The spying from every quarter. The ammunition buy-ups and noise against guns. The people are being stirred up to revolt, because a revolt solves all the problems of widespread unprofitable troop deployment, a necessarily devolving deep sea navy, less oil to deploy the mass machinery and etcetera. The War Machine MUST continue, but it has to retract from its overreach. The bankers continue to profit from the economy contracting, on the domestic front, but they must at the same time bring the military home to sustain profitability. But just building and maintaining a military isn’t as profitable as it used to be during the Cold War. Not during resource contraction ( before, we kept building even if we didn‘t fight all the time. Now, we can’t build the huge infrastructure but must content ourselves with a smaller scale, even if the fighting never ends. It is the difference between building an army for conquest verses an army for occupation ). We MUST continue fighting but we can’t do so on the old scale, so you scale way back on material requirements but still retain the need to continue manufacturing. In resource decline, you might not be able to build thousands of tanks but you still can build millions of rounds of rifle and pistol ammunition. And remember, the Feds don’t even have to win everywhere. They can concede territory as needed. The important part is to continue the war manufacturing to continue the one true economy to continue the profits, without using up too much in the way of costs such as overseas wars. Maximize profits and minimize costs. Bringing the war home will fit the bill nicely ( so, semi-auto bitches. Fear not the complete elimination of your toys supplies. They must continue the Resistance to continue the war ).
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