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Why the 1% in the U.S. Cannot Not Go to War?

26 October 2011
 

Here are some clues provided by a Chinese writer 龙天霸:

America is the most robust country in the world, but also the most vulnerable, because it is a state without root and without soul - It lacks a shared cultural heritage and a collective national spirit to hold people together. What attract migrants to the land of the United States are the tale of abundant material wealth and the myth about a liberated lifestyle.

However, the reality is quite different.

Today's America is fast racing towards a police state with the most stringent Internet/phone surveillance measures implemented, and the US citizens can be targeted for state sponsored assassination without due process of law. (中国的法律独裁党,尤其是美国线人台独贺,应该泪谏法律版权国坚持程序正义,给中国等法律抄袭国做个遵纪守法的榜样。). Reportedly the U.S. government-mandated Internet filtering list grows 100 times from the initial 3,000 words to 300,000 now.

When the material wealth is concerned, 1% Americans own 25% of nation's wealth, with merely 2.5% to distribute among 60% of people. Further, more than half of American populations are in a debt trap one way or another, thanks to the numerous financial management packages created by the Wall Street, which means over 50% of US citizens are the victims of institutionalised financial robbery.

The root of the problem not just lies in Wall Street. Washington's financial management system is also the most irrational in the world.

Other countries plan their financial budget according to the revenue, but in US, it is according to the budget to raise the fund (i.e. borrow the money), while the annual revenue is only used to pay the old debts. From the day one when the Federal Reserve Banks opened for business in November 1914, the US government has been placed under the mercy of the financial institution.

A government like this, no matter how impressive and intimidating it can manage to look like before small nations, deep down, is nothing more than a paid henchman of big banks, which is why the Prime Minister of a tiny country like Israel would dare to scold US president Obama in the front of the world community.   

If you look more closely at the US budget, you'll find it is even more weird. The Congress received a few billion, the figures for both the Department of State and CIA are several ten billions, while defence expense is at a massive 800 billion. Do you know why US Congressmen habitually utter foolish or outrageous comments, often at the expense of national interest? Because they have no choice; they are paid by other forces than US taxpayers.

The structure of the US defence force is based on the model that places the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the leadership of the Department of Deafens. While the JCS is a body consisting of senior combatant commands, DOD head is a civil officer, normally a politician appointed along party lines. Since both Republican and Democrat survive on the donations from big business and wealthy lobby groups, and since the most big companies are multinationals, the real drive for US government to initiate wars against the Third World can't be anything else but to serve corporations' business objectives which sometimes are in the conflict with the US interest. Global capital has no loyalty to nation states or its citizens, let along the capital that is mainly controlled by people newly migrated from elsewhere.

As the US wars are chiefly profit driven, understandably, the more money spent by the army, the more profit generated for the business, and the more donations/rebates to the government.

Take F22. They are expensive like hell and full of defects, but DOD ordered hundreds.

Take US troops. It is a common scene that the soldiers fled the battle field on foot and left a large amount of military vehicles to the hand of the enemy forces. It was the case during the Korean War, during the Vietnam War, and it is still the case in Iraq and Afghanistan, because there are plenty vehicles purchased by the department and stored in warehouse waiting to be utilized before rust away.

The following is a partial list of US companies that profited from the Iraqi War (unit: million):

Parsons Corp. Iraq $5,286
Washington Group International Iraq $3,133
Shaw Group/Shaw E & I Iraq $3,050
Perini Corporation Iraq $2,525
Tetra Tech Inc. Iraq $1,541
USA Environmental Inc. Iraq $1,541
Odebrect-Austin Iraq $1,500
Zapata Engineering Iraq $1,478
Stanley Baker Hill L.L.C. Iraq $1,200
Research Triangle Institute Iraq $466
Titan Corporation Iraq $402
Readiness Management Support LC (Johnson Controls Inc.) Iraq $173
Science Applications International Corp. Iraq $159
Vinnell Corporation (Northrop Grumman) Iraq $48
Parsons Energy and Chemicals Group Iraq $43
SkyLink Air and Logistic Support (USA) Inc. Iraq $27
Weston Solutions, Inc. Iraq $16
Stevedoring Services of America Iraq $14
Raytheon Technical Services Iraq $12
Ronco Consulting Corporation Iraq $12
Stanley Consultants Iraq $7
TECO Ocean Shipping Co. Iraq $7
Ocean Bulkships Inc. Iraq $5
S&K Technologies Inc. Iraq $4.9
Signature Science Iraq $4.7
United Defense Industries, L.P. Iraq $4.5
Simmonds Precision Products Iraq $4,4
Sealift Inc. Iraq $4
SETA Corporation Iraq $3
Stratex Freedom Services Afghanistan $2
Structural Engineers Iraq $1
Red River Computer Company Iraq $1

(More at yahoo.com, businesspundit.com, alternet.org, ethicalconsumer.org)

When the civil officers are so generous in defence spending, the military officers on the ground have their own creative ways to squander military funds.

For instance, if a job can be done with one missile, they fire five; if there are no enemies around, civilians will be targeted as enemy combatants; if opponents have been wiped out, they would equip and train militant organizations and turn them into enemies. These are the sure ways for the generals and commanders to hang on to the prosperous and glorious military ranks.

All these have explained why US can not live without war, and why Obama-Clinton government is so keen on starting new wars in Middle East when the old wars are yet to conclude. They are no less warmongers than their Republican predecessors. Because, again, they have no choice.

The problem lies in the fundamental US political system.

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曾经轻狂的马甲 (tianya.cn):

Where is alleged Separation of Powers? All I see is ONE supreme power: the power of US Reserve Bank to print money. Dare US government, the army, the Congress not to adhere to the Reserve Bank's order?

In US power triangle, there is never a place for grassroots people, because the US system is designed not based on humanity but on money .

我一直都说,美国哪来的什么“三权分立”,明明只有“一权”——美联储的铸币权,其它什么政权、军权、国会啥的,哪个敢不听“铸币权”指挥?明天就让你过不下去日子。

美国政治的大三角关系里面,从来都木有“人民”的位置,无论这个欺世盗名的“三权分立”怎么设计,永远与p民无关。这是西方金本位而非人本位理念的终极实践。

湘楚汉 (tianya.cn):

America's power has now peaked but its core of civilization is still yet to form, the consequence is deadly.

美国的力量已经到了最大了,而它的文明内核还没有形成。所以...是宿命。

On Gaddafi's Death

雨夹雪 (wyzxsx.com):

帝国主义如此无耻,居然一开战便冻结了利比亚的全部外汇储备,随后又用这些外汇储备武装伪军。想想我国那3万亿美元外汇储备,实在令人不寒而栗。

从战争初期叛军在24小时之内就溃不成军来看,如果一开始卡扎菲就果断使用武力平叛,并把和叛军有密切联系的贾利勒等抓起来,完全可能在几天内一举粉碎武装叛乱。可惜卡扎菲受制于“全民民主”、“公正和谐”的“伊斯兰社会主义”理论,开始时没有意识到和卖国贼是你死我活的敌我矛盾。

卡扎菲和齐奥塞斯库的悲剧表明:帝国主义和阶级斗争是客观存在的,领导人仅仅关心人民是不够的,必须坚持无产阶级专政,重视阶级斗争和反帝斗争,对帝国主义和国内卖国贼等反动势力绝不能纵容姑息。对敌人的纵容就是对自己的残忍,对反动派的姑息就是对人民的犯罪。你不去斗争他了,他照样来斗争你;你可以放过他,他绝不会放过你。

这个世界不和谐,做人不能太和谐,如果一味求和谐,只能自己被和谐。

轩辕剑:

卡扎菲的死,让中国汉奸冒了一身冷汗,有些汉奸对美国抱要有不切实际的幻想,幻想着他们会和中国真和谐,他们会真的支持党内这个普世汉奸卖国派,其实他们是做白日梦而已,他们跟中国是貌合神离的,美国对中国仅仅是喝血而已,喝完了血,或者喝不到血了,就是儿等庙堂之上的汉奸的死期!

没羽箭:

北约一轰炸,卡扎菲就应该以牙还牙马上没收北约在利比亚的资产,最好分给利比亚人,就像当年共产党分田分地。


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