SHADOW PLAY: US MILITARY POLICY October 19, 2011Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth, Terrorism Issues, US Politics.
The appetite for American military involvement in other countries seems undiminished. Deployment of advisors to Uganda to enjoin the conflict against the Lord’s Resistance Army is the latest example.
Funding for the military-industrial complex is seemingly without accountability. Presidential discretion to launch wars and foreign involvements appears to operate independently of Congress and the Constitution. The extent to which the President has been co-opted by the military is a puzzle, although that would be place the blame for military and strategic failures outside the political process. President Obama at the dedication to the memorial to Dr Martin Luther King made reference to the “I have a dream” speech, but not to the Riverside Church address in 1967. The civil rights movement engaged in civil disobedience with nonviolence.
Appetite for violence and military solutions is one thing: cost another. In fact military solutions never work, and the implications of the drone military complex of murder and terror can only at this moment be foreshadowed. However, the costs of military expeditions for the past decade seem to have impacted on the US national accounts. Former FBI Special Agent, Colleen Rowley quotes Robert Pape:
“A nation’s relative power is based on its economic wealth compared to the rest of the world. In 2000, the U.S. controlled 31 percent of the world economy; in 2008, that figure had fallen to 23 percent and, according to the International Monetary Fund, the projection for 2013 is 21 percent. In the past eight years, the United States has lost one-third of its economic wealth or, put another way, since 2000, the U.S. has lost nearly a third of its relative power in international politics while China’s has doubled and Russia’s has tripled. This decline represents the largest drop in the history books, Pape says. Our international decline was well under way before the economic downturn of 2008, which is likely to further weaken our influence. The Iraq war, growing government debt and myriad unwise decisions resulting in economic weakness have cost the U.S. real power in today’s world. ‘If present trends continue, we will look back at the previous administration’s term as the death knell of American domination,” he predicts.'”
And yet as Nick Turse details at Tom Despatch the drone-warfare system that has replaced counter terrorism and included the political murder of an American citizen and later his sixteen year old son continues to expand. And then, if not now, the question will be: What price terrorism? So who benefits from imperialism and a corrupt domestic political system? The question answers itself. It is not democracy and it is not the majority of the American people, least of all those suffering poverty and all the deprivations of avarice, egotism and hunger for power over others, who can be in Noam Chomskys be dehumanized as “non-persons”. Persons, Chomsky reminds us once referred in the foundation document, the fundamental law to human beings, but that meaning has been both broadened and narrowed:
CubaDebate has the text.
Noam Chomsky on the drones and the unpersons: