by Stephen Lendman
According to a mid-November National Defense Strategy Commission (NDSC) report to Congress, US military superiority “eroded to a dangerous degree,” the nation facing a “crisis of national security.”
Fact: Post-WW II, America’s only enemies were and remain invented ones. No real ones exist - what reports to congress, the public and major media never explain.
Fact: Current US military spending way exceeds its near congressionally authorized $700 billion in the current fiscal year - well over double this amount with all categories included + unknown countless billions of dollars for the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies and other black budgets.
In February, Project Censored reported a whopping $21 trillion gone missing from the federal budget throughout the 1998 – 2015 period.
Most of it went for militarism and warmaking, a monumental black hole abuse of power left unexplained by US officials. Major media ignore it.
Fact: The notion of external or internal threats to US national security is a monumental hoax. Nothing of the kind exists. Claiming it is all about hyping fear, wanting military spending greatly increased at a time large-scale cuts should be mandated.
According to the report, “(t)he US military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict,” adding:
“It might struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia. The United States is particularly at risk of being overwhelmed should its military be forced to fight on two or more fronts simultaneously.”
“Additionally, it would be unwise and irresponsible not to expect adversaries to attempt debilitating kinetic, cyber, or other types of attacks against Americans at home while they seek to defeat our military abroad.”
“US military superiority is no longer assured, and the implications for American interests and American security are severe.”
Fact: Neither Russia, China, or any other countries threaten the US. Claims otherwise are fabricated.
Fact: All post-WW II US wars were and continue being waged preemptively, aggressively, and illegally against nations threatening no one - wanting peace, no war against any others.
Fact: Post-WW II, US executive and congressional officials had it in their power to usher in a new era of longterm world peace and stability - continuing to this day.
Imagine if WW II guns were turned into plowshares instead of for more guns for more wars, endless ones. Countless trillions of dollars spent on militarism, the nation’s global empire of bases, and warmaking could have rebuilt and maintained America’s deteriorated infrastructure.
The nation’s wealth could provide universal healthcare for everyone and education to the highest levels for qualified students, along with federal funding for other vital social programs, including for affordable housing, eliminating homelessness, hunger, and poverty - making America safe and fit to live in for everyone instead of the way it is now.
The world’s richest county has enough resources to do all of the above and more if endless wars and militarism ended, humanity benefitting along with all Americans.
The DNSC report was produced by militarists promoting endless wars, opposing world peace and stability - former Defense Department official Eric Edelman and retired admiral Gary Roughhead, former chief of naval operations, co-chairing it.
Enormous amounts of the nation’s resources spent on militarism and warmaking is part of the great wealth transfer scheme from ordinary Americans to privileged ones.
The process has been ongoing for decades, thirdworldizing the country, making it safe for its military, industrial, security, media complex, Wall Street, and other corporate favorites, leaving vital needs unaddressed, impoverishing millions.
Washington’s rage for unchallenged global dominance threatens everyone everywhere, the nation transformed into a cesspool of criminality, inequity and injustice, a plutocracy, not a democracy, serving its privileged class alone, exploiting most others to benefit them hugely.
Sinister dark forces run things, a government/corporate partnership, permanent wars its primary focus. The world’s richest nation doesn’t give a damn about ordinary people at home and abroad.
It’s just a matter of time before full-blown tyranny replaces the pretense of American exceptionalism and moral superiority.
The state of the nation is deplorable – more an obscenity than anything else. Power brokers keep it this way. Among all developed nations, inequality in the world’s richest is the most extreme.
New generations used to be better off than earlier ones. For years, they’ve been increasingly worse off.
With each change of the guard in Washington, things progressively worsen. America is the first country in world history to turn development upside down, new generations without advantages the previous one had, the US increasingly resembling Guatemala and other repressive third world countries.
American’s wealth used to benefit its privileged few exclusively is the root cause for enormous harm to countless millions of others.
Humanity holds its breath wondering what shoe will drop next.
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