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Do you know who the Military Industrialists fear most? The Poor.
Saw this article by journalist, Eva Golinger, wherein she decries the U.S. Military’s Orwellian rewrite of its own reasons for expanding Military bases in Columbia to fight the evil enemies of mankind.
Back in May of this year the Military explained to Congress why it needed mo money for mo war and just to keep empire alive to maw its way to Utopia.
“Establishing a Cooperative Security Location (CSL) in Palanquero best supports the COCOM’s (Command Combatant’s) Theater Posture Strategy and demonstrates our commitment to this relationship. Development of this CSL provides a unique opportunity for full spectrum operations in a critical sub-region of our hemisphere where security and stability is under constant threat from narcotics funded terrorist insurgencies, anti-US governments, endemic poverty and recurring natural disasters.”
Now, this is full-on Orwellian Military Speak. We got your Theater Posture Strategy and Full Spectrum Dominance sexuality going on. You got your terrorist insurgencies and Commies. You got a full trough of yummy reasons to cough up more dough so we can fight for things we don’t need.
But, this document was prepared for Congress and not the little brown people in South America with all their macho emotions and easily hurt feelings. The Military had to wordsmith a bit to ease the overwrought sensitivities of the School of the America’s Latin Lovers.
So, the Military came came back in November with revised reasoning for ramped-up military bases in Columbia. Same paragraph:
“This project at Palanquero best supports the Combatant Command’s (COCOM) Theater Posture Strategy and demonstrates our commitment to this relationship [with Colombia]. Development of this project provides a unique opportunity to support an important partner in a region of the western hemisphere where security and stability are under constant threat from narcotics funded terrorist insurgencies, endemic poverty and recurring natural disasters.”
Well, sure, we still got our “Theater Posture Strategy,” but we’ve a kinder gentler Full Spectrum Dominance now called, Supporting our Partners. Yippee! From America the Bully to America the Boy Scout in one fell swoop.
And look, the dreadful phrase about “anti-US Governments” has been stricken. Chavez, Morales and Lula can sleep well tonight.
But, thankfully, “endemic poverty” made the cut both times. And since we have been ‘at war’ with “terrorists” and have spent nearly a decade and gazillions to fight those pesky ideological nut-bag rag-heads, it makes sense that ‘narcotics funded terrorist insurgencies’ is on top…but a close second – Poor Folks.
I had to look up endemic. It’s a big word like COCOM. It means: Poor people for as far as the eye can see. Here is a sample sentence: Outside the electrified, fortified gates of Party members, the poverty was endemic.
And you know what else ‘endemic poverty’ is according to our military? A constant threat to security and stability. Isn’t that strange? Poor folks are a threat to the world’s only Super Power. What danger are poor people, unless, you know, they slobber all over you with their typhus or something. All poor people want is a meal and protection from war lords. How do they threaten us?
They threaten Business-as-Usual. Poor people in revolt snarl traffic and make bad public relations for Brand Names engaged in slave labor. Endemic Poverty is created through anti-Democratic policies enforced by, uh, force. When the people resist their slavery is when the slave-holder moves to protect his property.
For instance take Venezuela. Hugo’s got a demotic revolution going. He’s Nationalizing (or Democratizing in a democratic society – something quite foreign to Americans) his Resource production. He’s distributing the profit from these resources back into his own People’s welfare. He has made things better for the folks at the bottom. He has reduced poverty and increased services. Though he runs an authoritarian regime he wins popular elections because life is better for “the many” – otherwise known as “the poor.”
How are things doing in Colombia, our Israel of South America?
About half the folks live under the poverty line and the rest are poor, except for the few at the top, same as it ever was. What’s more, while Chavez has his demographics going in the right direction, Colombia continues to decline and fall into war and despair. Thanks largely to America’s unalterable support of regimes which inspire insurgency. Indeed, America inspires Freedom in a way we never intended.
We’ve got more than 700 military bases in more than 130 countries around the world. We have made George Washington’s admonition against foreign entanglement a mockery. Why does the US have such a massive military footprint globally? How many terrorists, rogue states and natural disasters are there for us to fight and defend?
Not that many. But do you know what there are lots and lots and lots of? Poor People.
By our own Military’s admission the central war of the United States of America is a CLASS WAR.
These so-called “narcotics funded terrorist insurgencies” are really just poor, nationalist armies of liberation gobsmacked about why there is a US Military base in their country which ensures the survival of despots – because to a withering Empire, despots are key to the fragile “security and stability” of plunder and pillage.
We are fighting against the defenseless poor and the resisting poor. Period. We are fighting to have our way in the world against those lives and property we, by fiat, decide what is best.
The United States under President Obama is doubling down on the Bush Doctrine of “Fuck the World”. We continue to spend trillions for wars against words. They can give you the names of a hundred enemies if they need to. Nouns, verbs and adjectives of the scariest kind. Names of monstrous villains. Descriptions of blood-curdling terror. Buzzwords for Idealist Principles of Evil.
But they will never tell you the truth because the truth won’t set you free but make you sick in your heart.
The global war is a class war of the rich against the poor.
And this is one war which will finally come to the homeland of the United States. The divide between rich and poor Americans is the greatest in the world. We all know the statistics. The social contract between capital and labor has been destroyed by capital. The point of capital became cheap labor to increase profit. America is a rapidly growing unemployed consumer society based upon a war economy. There is no moral conscience in the politics of corporatism. People are less than numbers. They are mere corpuscles of collateral damage. Does it matter if your life is literally or figuratively blown up? Whether or not you lose your house to a smart-bomb or a toxic loan?
Unless you belong to the Party of Davos. There is an elite which runs the world and has for a long time.
In the fall of 1993 a corporate lobbyist, exasperated by my opposition to NAFTA, stopped me in the corridor of the Capitol. “Don’t you understand?” she demanded. “We have to help [then-Mexican President Carlos] Salinas. He’s been to Harvard. He’s one of us.”
Her reference to “us” seemed odd. Neither she nor I was a Harvard graduate. So it took me a while to get her point: “We” internationally mobile professionals had a shared interest in liberating similarly mobile global investors from regulations imposed by national governments on behalf of people who were, well, not like “us.” Despite the considerable social distance between Salinas and both of us, she was appealing to class solidarity.
Indeed, the elite fully understands what is coming. Your own countrymen are part of this elite and they care not the slightest thing for you or any concept of you. Political unrest is already here with more on the way. Our economy, in spite of the airy-fairy green shoots of the grand delusion, is bound for more catastrophe. The right has been mobilized into a Corporatist Brown-shirt Army of nattering nabobs masquerading as Constitutionalists. The Left has had its tongue cut-out by the Democratic Party of corporate appeasers. The laws are fixed to protect the corporations at the top of the pyramid scheme, while those human beings below fall into the Darwinian dog-eat-dog circle of Dante’s Inferno. We are set against each other to fight over literal bread-crumbs and long-dead gods.
The Right has been focused to fight for Christian Nationalism against the NWO by the very forces they’d be against if they owned an ounce of wit. They have been trained to demonize fellow human beings as the enemies of Jesus, embrace their poverty as sacrifice and aver toward an end-time utopia which materializes after SIN is wiped from the world. The Right fights against meaningless words like Socialism and Communism while Corporatism and Fascism are looked at in Romantic wonderment. How many of our Greatest Generation Political Elite were for Hitler before they weren’t. How many of our young ignorant skin-heads wear the Swastika as a badge of fealty to the Dark Side of human folly?
The Left has been de-materialized by the lies of hope tap-danced by Barack Obama. The Democratic Party makes the Left look like a sucker born every nano-second. The Democrats are the other side of the Corporate coin but the Republicans are worse we say. Worse for who? Tell that to the billions around the world who live under American forced domination. Empire is bi-partisan. Tell that to the millions of Americans sliding into oblivion while we prepare to bribe the Taliban with billions to accept their occupation with grace. Tell that to the US Troop sent overseas for reasons she can’t understand because the people we ‘liberated’ don’t seem the least bit grateful. Tell that to the VAST MAJORITY of Americans who crave Peace and Prosperity more than Pillage and Plunder: who want Universal Healthcare and not some Snake Oil Public Option which is neither public or an option: who want an end to imperial wars and not escalation: who want corporations brought under the control of society and not to dominate society through the outright bribery and blackmail of our represent-the-highest-bidder political class.
If you are not already, the chances are very shortly you will be an enemy of the Corporate State based upon your class designation. You’ll be a debtor who can’t pay, but must pay because it’s the law. All of your labor, remunerated at the least possible amount allowed, is garnished. You think you live on peanuts now, but you’ll live on peanut shells then.
Back in September 2008, the Financial Elite held a gun to the head of the political class and threatened violence in the streets if they didn’t get their way. You’ll recall the first bailout bill did not pass in the House because popular support was very much against the People paying for the Ponzi-scheme losses of Profiteers. But a week later, the financial elite had their way and the Coup against the American People was complete.
But the tip of the ice-berg is growing. The cookie continues to crumble. The facade of piety disintegrates into the visage of greed. The Middle Class, a relatively new concept, is going the way of the Dodo. Soon it will be back to what humanity has endured for all of our recorded history. A tiny, rigid class hierarchy perpetuated by force with the mass of people under its eternal thumb.
In spite of our early revolutionary success we did not heed the revolutionary spirit well enough. We sold eternal vigilance to asleep-at-the-wheel and now we have hell to pay.