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4/25/2013 1:01:00 PM
Letter: Military Industrial Complex is in full propaganda mode

Editor:

Currently, the drumbeat of war is being pounded by corporate [fascist] neoconservative militaristic interests in America in response to the alleged threats from North Korea to target the United States and South Korea for nuclear attack.

The Military Industrial Complex [MIC] is in full out propaganda mode.

The neoconservative “chicken hawks” are in fine form, too. They have never experienced war themselves, they make sure their children fight in such wars and they love to glorify war and love the idea of sending others off to die in wars of empire.

Their blood lust is exceeded only by their GREED [Get Rich Eviscerating Everything Democratic]!

The catch phrase being used for this war is the necessity for North Korea to “denuclearize” itself.

A condition for any negotiations that recognizes North Korea welcoming it into the “community of nations” is that it abandon all efforts to retain or expand its nuclear capability.

This is duplicitous given the fact that America recognizes numerous other nations with nuclear capability and even embraces them as partners militarily and economically.

Chief amongst those nuclear nations is Great Britain, France, Russia, and China. The United States engages in trade with such nations and has extensive diplomatic relations with all of them.

There is no demand of those nations that they abandon their nuclear efforts. They are not required to “denuclearize”.

The United States also demands that Iran must abandon its nuclear goals, too. North Korea and Iran are “rogue states” that cannot be trusted with nuclear power.

We are supposed to forget about the proxy war fought by Iraq under Saddam Hussein with Iran for America. We are supposed to ignore the CIA backed coup in Iran in 1953 [authorized by President Dwight D. Eisenhower] that displaced the duly elected leader of Iran and installed the Shah of Iran into power.

Iran has good reason to distrust the United States.

Obviously, the only nation that can truly be “trusted with nuclear weapons” is the one who has actually used such weapons to vaporize 250,000 civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1946.

Only the United States stands on that high moral ground of using nuclear weapons against a civilian population. Only the United Stated committed a war crime by using a nuclear weapon on a civilian population.

It does seem somewhat hypocritical of the US to pick and choose its nuclear allies based upon the rather flimsy rationale that some nations can be designated “rogue states” while others with nuclear weapons are embraced as members of the world community.

The United States does have a nuclear ally in the Middle East, Israel, and as far as I know there has never been any demand made upon the state of Israel by the United States that Israel “denuclearize” and/or abandon its nuclear capability.

Allegedly, the existential threat posed to Israel by its Muslim neighbors justifies the development of nuclear weapons by Israel. Israel is not deemed to be a “rogue state”.

Of course, Israel remains mute about its nuclear capability and is not a signatory to the international nuclear proliferation treaty designed to limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Clearly, there is something else at work here. It is most likely the determination to maintain a state of perennial war to promote global military hegemony. In order to accomplish that goal, there has to be a viable enemy to justify the continued “war on terror” to legitimize American military global empire.

There is a very old adage that states, “today’s ally is tomorrows enemy”. How short-sighted of the US to condone the nuclear state of Israel while demanding that other nations denuclearize as a precondition of participation in trade with the US and acceptance into the “world community” of civilized nations.

I think we should all be able to agree that the United States has abandoned any claim to morality and bases its decisions upon the lust for raw military hegemony throughout the world. America can no longer play the “democracy card” thus claiming it acts militarily in the interest of promoting or preserving democracy.

Americans will become enslaved as the MIC uses our very own tax dollars to enslave us. We will literally pay for our own enslavement.

The illusion of democracy remains but in reality America is moving relentlessly towards a privatized, corporate [fascist] government under the domination and control of the wealthy elite in conjunction with the MIC.

John A. Bond

Cottonwood



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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: It seems to me:

John Bond's forgetting about the other four Western Powers. The U.S. does not have unilateral say in who is a threat to western culture and western values, much less western economies.

Meanwhile, Phil Falbo's trying to ignore the question: Are Turkey, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy Nuclear Powers? (http://www.globalresearch.ca/europe-s-five-undeclared-nuclear-weapons-states/17550)


Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: No, John, it is the

It is worse than you think,

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-engelhardt/americas-enemies_b_3084495.html

pf


Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: Military Industrial Complex?

Isn't it now a Congressional Industrial Complex?

Since 2010, the Army's been saying, "We don't need more M1A2 Abrams tanks!" Ohio lawmakers say, "You may not need them, but workers in our state need to keep making them!"

After General Dynamics spreads a few $millions around, other lawmakers agree, and so does President Obama. Tank building--at a cost of hundreds of $millions--continues.

So what do we do with all those tanks? Give 'em to small towns for drug busts?


Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Article comment by: The Cottonwood Commie

The Cottonwood Commie Speaks Again, your words speak it very loud. Do us all a favor and move to California so you can be close to someone just like you, Hanoi Jane! If it wasn't for the companies and the technology they sell to Uncle Sam that you bad mouth all the time we could have had mushroom clouds all over America. You bag about the countries with nukes but you fail to mention they are not the problems of today, rogue nations are along with the scumbags that hate and target us. You constantly complain about our military and the weapon systems we need and buy from the Military Industrial Complex but NEVER mention where we would be without those systems. Everything to you is Greed, Greed and Greed. If you want to talk about money how about the Trillions of wasteful spending Obama has done in 4 years. Oh, I forgot, that's OK by you, isn't it?

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Nothing in there about the bikers who presume
the freedom of the road to be denied if helmets
aren't worn.Enough laws already.
I know, I know it's all about the money.With Obama care that argument flies out the window.Leave our right to ride free alone.Next
thing ya know we won't be able to give the cage
riders the finger.


Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Article comment by: Food for thought

Refried hash.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Mav Rick

I thought that letters had to be limited to 300 words or less? This hog wash is well over that limit I believe. OH! It's John Bond. The limits don't count do they?

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: nutso fasst

"Iran has good reason to distrust the United States."

They sure do. And the U.S. has good reason to distrust Iran. In fact, most nations have good reason to distrust other nations. Read much history lately?


Nations only cooperate for mutual defense or economic advantage. There would never have been a NATO without the military threat from the USSR, and there would never have been a European Union if not for the economic power of the United States.


Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: M J

Actually ... It is J.A. Bond who is in full propaganda mode ..... again ...... and again ........ and again ...................... and again ............................................... and again ...............................................................and again .......................................................................... and again ................................................................................ and

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Desperately seeking relevance

I didnt read Bond's latest screed. Dont have to, already know whats in it.

If this isnt some tired worn-out version of the same old conspiracy-laden paranoia hes been spewing ad nauseum for years, I will buy you lunch.

Give this to Mr. Bond, though: he tries. Bond tries desperately to be relevant, to bring something constructive to the table. He wants to be noticed. To be liked.

Unfortunately for Mr. Bond, this wont do it, any more than proclaiming himself to be a Prophet will.

Bond does better with satire. He actually has a pretty good sense of humor. Bond is much more entertaining when he talks about his lazy good for nothing dog being a Democrat.


Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Nux Man

I'd agree there's a cabal of corporate Scrooges milking the federal utters for all their worth, but they wouldn't be in business if the feds didn't buy their drones & bombs & such.
Now the news flash: "Democrats", (Socialists is more accurate), are running the show. Remember that line "you can ride in the car, but you have to sit in the back"? Sure you do, and, well, we "neocons" as you put it, have been riding along watching the view that your Inglorious Dear Leader Barry has been steering us through.
It's looking a bit gloomy to say the least gas has doubled, food costs steadily rising, gitmo still open, drones everywhere now, murdered border agents and a murdered ambassador - all completely buried under "executive privilege"............ no, things aren't so hunky-dory in the Land of the Free when every promise made to get elected in '08 was found to be bald faced lies, and then the herd elects him again in '12.
Whatever you issues might be John, this is still The Liberal Agenda Show we're seeing today. Using tags & labels from the "libosphere" to try to continue the blame game against conservatives only makes you look desperate & foolish.
P.S. - North Korea only wants more bennies from the USA, but you still have to pay attention to the short bullies in case they try to sucker punch you.


Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

Folks who haven’t been to war sell war a solution to a political problem. Don’t listen to them.

If Congress declares war, ask them how they expect to pay for it...more sequestration?

During the last wars, so called fiscal conservatives cut taxes, then borrowed money for the expensive wars. Much of the money was wasted. Some of the money went to U.S. contractors. Their “profit” was money Congress borrowed. Borrowing money to increase the profits of profitable companies is not fiscal conservatism, it’s the opposite. Borrowing money and wasting it is worse.

If we want a war so bad, then Congress should “man up” and raise taxes or cut spending enough to pay for it. The budget hawks need to be war doves.




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