In the early 19th century, Napoleon capitalized on the idea of giving medals to soldiers to compensate them for putting their lives on the line. In earlier times, soldiers shared in the spoils of war. But after Napoleon, heroic acts in war were rewarded with worthless medals; at least worthless in the sense that you couldn’t feed your family with them. In this way the spoils went to the government while the soldiers got nothing they could use.
This is an important anecdote because in his day and age the spoils of Napoleon’s Wars went to his government but since Bush the Younger didn’t take the oil from Iraq physically, where did the spoils of the second Iraq war go? In fact what were those spoils? In short, the spoils, as in all recent American wars, go to the Military & Security Industrial Complex (M&SIC), a term I’ll explain elsewhere in this blog but for the moment the name simply incorporates the new Security State under which we live since 9/11 into the old Eisenhower formulation. Now the perennial winners in war are the companies who supply those wars, and oftentimes supply both sides of the war.
While we are no longer subject to an emperor, we are subject to a democratic government that has abandoned its constitutional duties and constraints and governs in the highhanded way of every oligarchy and aristocracy in history, in other words they govern for their interests, and in a land where cash is king, making money is the ultimate interest.
Our war industries need and thirst for war because without war, there is no need for their products. Presently the M&SIC has a budget exceeding $750,000,000,000, that’s Seven hundred and fifty billion dollars a year. With all that money on the line do we really think the budget controls the M&SIC, or does it control the budget? President Eisenhower is famous for warning, “Beware of the Military Industrial Complex. In the councils of government, we must stand guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential for a disastrous rise in misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic process. 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 security and liberty may prosper together…” But I would say that the “misplaced power” which Eisenhower described is very much endangering our liberties.
And if you don’t believe that American wars have been stage managed, or that America has sought pretexts for wars consider that President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a man caught up in the persuasions of Satan, lied to the American people about an American ship being attacked by North Viet Nam in the Gulf of Tonkin. He used the incident, with the help of the media, to stir up American public opinion for the war against the Vietnamese. And this so-called war became a venue for spending ordnance in a degree greater than during WWII. After the Gulf of Tonkin we went on a bombing spree, body count substituted for victory, and every soldier and marine carried fully automatic weapons which they were not shy to use like bullet hoses.
Who among us thinks the tail doesn’t wag the dog in this respect. Big banks engage in the crime of war along with the M&SIC because wars cost money and governments have to borrow money to finance their wars. Since the end of the 1900s continuing on into the 2000s war has become a perpetual cycle in American life that must take us to Armageddon unless people come to their senses and humbly repent to their Maker for their actions. As we are seeing, people profit from war so they will lie, steal, kill, cause division, terrorize and do anything to generate wars. United we stand (Against evil). Divided (by evil) we fall. There is no limit to the evil the M&SIC coupled with a corrupt democracy that has abandoned its constitution will commit. Today our government, our president, and the voting public seem to be totally under the persuasions of Satan. The question is, how do we change this situation?
For further reading see: “War is a Racket” by two time winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.