You know those giant aircraft carriers they show off as symbols of power projected across the globe?
Read this article, Navy's Big Weakness: Our Aircraft Carriers Are (Expensive) Defenseless Sitting Ducks citing a report from none other then the U.S. Naval Institute.
How was this allowed to happen? Is this just one giant example of how the real purpose of the Military Industrial Complex is more to feed it's own monstrous, greedy, belligerent appetite then to serve, in any sense of the word, the people who pay so dearly for it?
Just try to imagine what we could do with the half of our money that's wasted on the military.
"Oh, but we need a giant military to protect us from horrible, existential threats" - so goes the party line.
If you believe this, I've got a bridge I'd like sell you.
The truth is that when Yin stands up to challenge Yang, Yang will stand up too, in proportion to the challenge. Human nature is much like physics. If you don't understand this, please read Carl Jung's "Principle of opposites: for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction".
Too many people fell for the tricky language that said things like "we're going to transform the Middle East to democracy", when the truth was that the mission was to make the Middle East subservient in the guise, under the cloak, behind the shield of calling it a crusade for democracy.
Why can't they be argued, debated down, then?
- they own most of the airwaves, the "news" and the TV stations, and Hollywood, which makes it impossible for opposing views to be presented with anywhere near as much force and repetition. Their message has been pounded into the American psyche, like it or not. By maximizing exposure to their message and minimizing exposure to yours, they prevail every time.
- they have practiced and practiced in all the ways of using language to deceive
- they always have a comeback that keeps the argument from ever being settled
- they already have the money and therefore the power over our election process, therefore they've been calling the shots (as in the "invasion of Iraq"; the lynch-pin of the never-ending crusade to establish authority in the Middle East, that has and will continue to engulf and drain us until we stop them).
Also see From Twin Towers to Twin Camelots by Alexander Cockburn