The Military Industrial Complex says, “Pssst… Hey… Want some good stuff?”
Upon reading today’s news about the continued war in Libya (and yes, Marcus, it is a war) my thoughts again turn to the questions: “What is the compelling national interest that caused the UK and the USA to intervene on one side of the Libyan civil war? And when they did intervene, why did the UK and the USA choose to fight on the side of Al-Qaeda?”
Please don’t give me some nonsense about protecting the civilian population. Bahrain slaughtered its protesters and nobody lifted a finger and the USA and UK have said they won’t go into Syria no matter what.
Can anyone answer my questions? Can anyone really explain what is happening? I cannot, other than to think of this speech by US President Eisenhower on the eve of his retirement from office:
“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”
… taken from Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 Military-Industrial Complex speech (link here)
Our friend Roland Shirk has some ideas about the problem…
This is Your Brain on Interventitron
You might not have given much thought to it—perhaps no one you know suffers from this addiction—but the most dangerous mind-altering substance afflicting Americans today is a drug called Interventitron. Developed in 1917 by the Princeton researcher (and American President) Woodrow Wilson, Interventitron is better known by street names applied to various brands by different dealers: “War to End All Wars,” “Just Cause,” “Enduring Freedom,” and most recently “Odyssey Dawn.” This drug was once confined to certain subcultures in Washington, D.C., and parts of Manhattan, and it has been shown to have legitimate use in treating diseases—for instance, its application from 1941-1945 proved to be life-saving. But the drug proved highly addictive, and was frequently over-prescribed in subsequent decades for phantom illnesses, or conditions where its medical benefits were clearly outweighed by its potent side effects. Among these side-effects, clinicians have identified the following as the most serious:
- Massive, uncontrolled pauperization, especially through metastasizing military and foreign aid expenditures—which once induced by a heavy dose of “Interventh,” have proven almost impossible for policymakers to stabilize, much less halt. Debilitating outcomes have included the U.S. occupation of Iraq and of Afghanistan.
- Hyperactivity of the military gland, which in moderate to severe cases can cause morbidity in otherwise healthy young men, especially between ages 18-25. This phenomenon often proves crippling or fatal; between 1963 and 1975, some 58,209 Americans died as a direct result of Interventitron abuse.
- Debilitating hallucinations, which result in violent behavior that proves destructive to self or others…
Continue reading Roland Shirk’s article This is Your Brain on Interventitron