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What Makes Them Join the Military? Do They Know Whom They Really Serve?

Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 7, 2013

I never was in the military. My draft lottery numbers were always good. I didn’t want to die in a snake infested rice paddy or in a tiger cage. My dad was in the Army Air Force during the so-called good war. The Air Force is probably where I would have gone if pressed. Cheap private pilot lessons!

My dad enlisted because his number was coming up. Why do people join today?

A sense of duty, not yet knowing their life plan, a job, free stuff thanks to the GI bill? I am sure there are many reasons.

But whom do today’s GIs serve? Whom are they really protecting? Do most know? I doubt it.

General Smedley Butler came to know whom he was serving and it finally made him sick.

Here is an excerpt from a Butler speech

I helped make Mexico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

Butler told us about it in War Is A Racket.

The last war we fought that could be called defensive is WW II. That is also the last major war we won. It is the first war where we did not subsequently draw down our defense industry. The infamous Military Industrial Complex. We had to fight the communism lurking under every unturned stone. We were told there was a (fake) missile gap that had to be closed.

Wars today are fought to install “our SOB” in some misbegotten hell hole, control oil fields and pipelines, keep military contractors in business and keep those Muslims we have been aggravating for 60 years continually pissed off. When the USSR collapsed panic ensued because the main reason for the military industrial complex’s reason for existence suddenly disappeared. Jihad made its appearance just in time.

What have we gotten in exchange for all those dead and maimed bodies?

Korea will be a nuclear power if they can get their bomb to work. The N/S Korea border is the worlds most tense.

Vietnam now is a thriving communist country with whom we freely trade.

Prior to Desert Storm Iraq was a relatively prosperous, somewhat modern (for the Middle East) society where women were treated half way decent and free of Al Qaeda. Today not so much.

Two world wars were fought and won in the time we have been in Afghanistan, the graveyard of empires. We already have one foot in. Afghanistan is a worse terrorist haven than when we started. We primarily fight the Taliban, who never attacked US and pose no threat to US.

Today Israel and Saudi Arabia want US taxpayer and US soldiers to do their dirty work in Syria and Iran. Even though US taxpayers bankroll their militaries. We will too, if William Kristol and Senators McCain & Graham have their way.

US soldiers today are fighting to build empires for Washington’s politicians and their crony capitalist pals. They sacrifice life and limb to keep the oil and money flowing for Exxon, Halliburton, Kellogg Brown and Root, Booze Allan Hamilton, Boeing and Grumman.

We have War Department, not a Defense Department. The US military has not protected the US for decades. US soldiers, like most throughout history, are very sacrificial pawns.

Most recruits are too young and idealistic to realize the truth. When next you see a GI thank him or her for their service and tell them you are praying they don’t die for Israel and Raytheon.

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One Response to “What Makes Them Join the Military? Do They Know Whom They Really Serve?”

  1. 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.

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