…they’re all beholden to the law enforcement/military/intelligence/industrial axis.
18 September, the House shows a stunning lack of foresight in a desperate bid to rescue Democrats from Obama’s plummeting poll numbers, and Republicans from their military-welfare donors, and voted to arm the “Syrian rebels.” This — we are assured — isn’t the same bunch that John “Angry Gnome” McCain wanted to give weapons to (and who would eventually unite with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — and yes, Obamanuts, that means it’s Islamic), but an entirely new bunch of guys opposed to Bashar Assad, and absolutely, pinky-promise aren’t “Islamic” or “terrorists” (but are.)
The tally was 273-156, with 159 Republicans and 116 “anti-war” Democrats.
Here’s a reminder from President Eisenhower of what we keep sticking our nose in other people’s business:
A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.
Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.
Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations. [a..and this was in 1960… ed.]
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 Statehouse, 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 military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Syria, Iraq, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror — it’s all a one: to enrich the companies and their sycophants in the government through perpetual war.