They prefer to call themselves “neocons” which is a nicer term than war monger. I prefer to call them Angels of Death because they are convinced they are doing “Gods” work even thought that is the furthest from the truth..
These are the guys Ike warned us about back in the 1950’s when he talked about the “military industrial complex” comprised of companies who thrive on wars cranking out piles of WMD’s. So much so, that we have an arsenal that could literally destroy our planet 100 times over. Our army, air force and navy are larger that all of the rest of the worlds forces combined. We are also the #1 arms dealer in the world.
Who pays for all this? You the taxpayer. Why, some ask, do we waste some much money on an arsenal which needs to either be stock piled or recycled rather than spending these trillions of dollars on highways, bridges, schools, homeless shelters, hospitals? The answer is simple. There’s a hell of a lot more money to be made in military spending by those who own stock, or work for, the “military industrial complex.” Chances are, if you were to look at the financials of Republican politicians you would find that they are heavily invested in defense related businesses.
Trying to get a coherent answer as to why we need to be armed to the teeth hundred times over is nearly impossible. Why? Because there isn’t one. Neocons have been successful in convincing us that we are constantly under siege by “someone” out there. In the 50’s – 60’s – 70’s it was the “communist” boogeyman that would one day come knocking on our door if we didn’t stop them “over there”, “every where” , “anywhere”. We bought into that hook, line, and sinker and bomb shelter companies, along with every one else in the defense community made a ton of money. Did the communist come to our shores? Yes they did but not with guns, boats, and planes but rather toys, clothes, electronics and a slew of other junk for us to consume. So much so, that most of what we consume these days is “made in China” that is to this day a communist country.
Do we have enemies to defend against? Of course we do. But, in reality, the last “defensive” war we fought was WWII which ended in 1945. Every conflict we have been in since then was not in self defense, but preemptive in response to some perceived threat, which was usually hyped up so as to scare us into taking action. Why? The military industrial complex makes tons of money. Nothing more.
The neocons are experts in creating threat. Once the “big red menace” was no longer an issue they started looking high and low for a new boogeyman and finally were able to create one and labeled it with a very generic term that could apply to almost anyone; “terrorist’. Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine, and a whole bunch of other countries were labeled “terrorist states” which made them all targets for neocons to stir the fear mongering pot with.
Israel, who is a big partner in the military industrial complex, is the latest example of how this works. Last week they launch a preemptive attack on the West bank to assassinate a Palestinian political figure which they conveniently labeled a “terrorist”. Then, when the Palestinians retaliate, Israel accuses them of starting the conflict. Anyone who hasn’t come down with amnesia know better than that but neocons; both in the US and Israel, will continue with the sound bites until everyone tires of hearing about it and give up. Because, how can you make sense out of nonsense?
What’s next in the neo con agenda? Who’s the next boogeyman that will be pulled out of their backsides? Does it really matter? All that matters is that they are able to scare us into believing we are being threatened.
Why now? Simple, as of January next year the military budget is set to be slashed which was a trade off by republicans in order to get Obama to agree to cut into social programs and cut taxes. Was it a genuine offer by the Republicans? Of course not! So now, it’s take it back time and they need to create a reason as to why we can’t cut military spending. Does it need to be real? Of course not? Just so they can scare you into believing it’s real.
Here’s hoping Americans have woke up to reality and will not fall under the spell of the Angels of Death. Rather the American people should tell these war mongers; if they want a war, put on a uniform and go fight it. and take all the weapons you need. We have more than enough unless you need to destroy the planet 100 times over.