The dystopian future that George Orwell predicted in his book 1984 has finally arrived, 100 years late and ten times as brutal.
Evidence of this can be seen in the police forces all across the United States who have now been transformed into nothing more than extensions of the American military complex.
Indeed, towns and cities all across America have become battlefields, and the American people are now the enemy combatants to be spied on, tracked, frisked, and searched.
For those who resist, the consequences can be a one-way trip to jail, or even death. (see Jan 6th)
Yes, America is on the verge of destroying the very freedoms that once defined it.
Hands up! – the police state has arrived.
The Deep State – USA
In his 2014 essay titled, “Anatomy of the Deep State” former congressional aide Mike Lofgren alleged the existence of a deep state operating within the United States government.
Lofgren describes the deep state in the United States as;
“A hybrid association of elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry that is effectively able to govern the United States without reference to the consent of the governed as expressed through the formal political process.
The Deep State is not a secret, conspiratorial cabal; the state within a state is hiding mostly in plain sight, and its operators mainly act in the light of day. It is not a tight-knit group and has no clear objective.
Rather, it is a sprawling network, stretching across the government and into the private sector.”
In some ways, Lofgren’s description of a deep state in the United States echoes parts of President Dwight Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address, in which he warned future presidents to “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”
So. What is the American-industrial complex, how does it work and how much does it cost?
American Military Industrial Complex
George Orwell once said,
“The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous.”
This might explain why the American military-industrial complex has erected an empire which is unsurpassed in history in both its breadth and scope and is one dedicated to conducting perpetual warfare throughout the globe.
So vast is this perpetual war-mongering it has been estimated that the U.S. military is dropping a bomb somewhere in the world every 12 minutes.
It gets worse. Having been taken over by corrupt and greedy defence contractors, corrupt politicians and dark state government officials, America’s expanding military-industrial complex is now bleeding the country dry at a rate of more than $32 million per hour.
In fact, the U.S. government spends more money every five seconds in Iraq than the average American earns in an entire year.
Talk about fiscally irresponsible: the U.S. government is spending money it doesn’t have on a military empire it can’t afford.
To make matters even worse America’s future wars and military exercises (being waged all around the globe) are expected to increase the total bill in US military spending to over $12 trillion by 2053.
Unfortunately, even if they were to put an end to all of their government’s military meddling and bring all of their troops home today, it would take decades to pay down the price of these wars and get the government’s creditors off their backs.
As investigative journalist Uri Friedman puts it:
“For more than 15 years now, the United States has been fighting terrorism with a credit card, essentially bankrolling the wars with debt, in the form of purchases of U.S. Treasury bonds by U.S.-based entities like pension funds and state and local governments, and by countries like China and Japan.”
The American Military Complex in Action
President Biden once said;
“Autocrats only understand one word: no, no, no. No you will not take my country, no you will not take my freedom, no you will not take my future.
A dictator bent on rebuilding an empire will never be able to ease the people’s love of liberty.
Brutality will never grind down the will of the free.”
Oh, the hypocrisy.
To hear President Biden talk about the Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, you might imagine that Putin is the only dictator hell bent on expanding his military empire through the use of occupation, aggression and oppression.
Yet the United States is no better, having spent much of the past half-century policing the globe, occupying other countries, and waging endless wars.
What most of the American people fail to recognise is that these ongoing wars have nothing to do with keeping their country safe and everything to do with propping up a military industrial complex that has its sights set on world domination.
War has become a huge money-making venture for the weapons manufacturers and the U.S. government, with its vast military empire, is one of its best buyers and sellers.
For example, America’s part in the showdown between Russia and the Ukraine has already cost taxpayers more than $112 billion and shows no signs of abating.
Clearly, it’s time for the U.S. government to stop policing the globe.
America: Policing the Globe
Currently, the U.S. military reportedly has more than 1.3 million men and women on active duty, with more than 200,000 of them stationed overseas in nearly every country in the world.
American troops are stationed in Somalia, Iraq and Syria. In Germany, South Korea and Japan. In Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Oman. They are also in Niger, Chad and Mali. And in Turkey, the Philippines, and northern Australia.
However, those numbers are likely to be significantly higher which is in keeping with the Pentagon’s policy of not fully disclosing where and how many troops are deployed for the sake of “operational security and denying the enemy any advantage.”
As investigative journalist David Vine explains;
“Although few Americans realise it, the United States likely has more bases in foreign lands than any other people, nation, or empire in history.”
Incredibly, America’s military forces aren’t being deployed abroad to protect the American people’s freedoms at home. No, rather they’re being used to guard oil fields, build foreign infrastructure and protect the financial interests of their corporate elite.
In fact, the United States military spends over $81 billion a year just to protect their oil supplies around the world.
The reach of America’s military empire includes close to 800 bases situated in over 160 countries. These bases are operated at a cost of more than $156 billion annually.
After 20 years of propping up Afghanistan to the tune of trillions of dollars and thousands of lives lost, the U.S. military may have finally been forced out, but those troops represent just a fraction of the US military presence worldwide.
In an ongoing effort to police the globe, American military service people continue to be deployed to far-flung places in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere.
This is how the US military industrial complex, aided and abetted by the likes of Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and others, continue to get rich at the expense of the American citizen’s/taxpayer.
War Spending is Bankrupting America
While the official narrative keeps changing for why American military forces are policing the globe, these wars abroad aren’t making America – or the rest of the world – any safer.
And they are certainly not making America great again.
In fact they are undeniably digging the U.S. economy deeper and deeper into debt.
Yes, war spending is bankrupting America.
Since 2001, the U.S. government has spent more than $4.7 trillion waging its endless wars.
Although the U.S. constitutes only 5% of the world’s population, America boasts almost 50% of the world’s total military expenditure.
In fact the United States of America spends more on it’s military war machine than ALL the next 19 biggest spending nations combined.
Also worth noting is the fact that the Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare and safety.
So, how much is this costing? Read on…..
Cost of Bombs
Whenever you see pictures of U.S. military combat aircraft, drones, and helicopters deployed on operations overseas, or even just during exercises in the United States or abroad, they’re often loaded down with various missiles and other precision-guided munitions.
The individual prices of various air-launched munitions is an important thing to consider, especially given how many of them the U.S. military expends each year.
According to official data in 2019, American military aircraft, manned and unmanned, employed 7,423 munitions of various types in Afghanistan and another 4,729 in Iraq and Syria.
Below are the unit prices that the U.S. military expect to pay for just four of their air-launched weapons as they appear in official 2021 fiscal year budget documents.
- AIM-9X Sidewinder – $472,000.
- AGM-88G Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range – $6.149 million.
- AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) – $3.960 million.
- GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) – $39,000.
Calculator time – it is estimated that the U.S. military drops a bomb somewhere in the world every 12 minutes.
Military Contractors are Committing Fraud
As you can see from the previous paragraph war is not cheap.
However, it becomes outrageously costly when you factor in government incompetence, fraud, and greedy contractors.
Indeed, a leading accounting firm has concluded that one of the Pentagon’s largest agencies cannot “account for hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of spending.”
Unfortunately, the outlook isn’t much better for the spending that can be tracked.
For example, a government audit found that defence contractor Boeing has been massively overcharging taxpayers for mundane parts, which has resulted in tens of millions of dollars in overspending.
The report noted that the American taxpayer paid:
- $71 for a metal pin that should cost just 4 cents.
- $644.75 for a small gear smaller than a dime that sells for $12.51 – more than a 5,100 percent increase in price.
- $1,678.61 for another tiny part, also smaller than a dime, that could have been bought within DoD for $7.71 – a 21,000 percent increase.
- $71.01 for a straight, thin metal pin that DoD had on hand, unused by the tens of thousands, for 4 cents – an increase of over 177,000 percent.
That price gouging has now become an accepted form of corruption within the American military empire and is a sad reflection on how little control the“we the people” fellows have over their runaway government.
Mind you, this isn’t just corrupt behavior. It’s deadly, downright immoral behavior.
Military Industrial Complex – Media – Propaganda
For many years ordinary Americans have allowed themselves to be spoon-fed a steady diet of pro-war propaganda that has kept them happy to wave their flags with patriotic fervor.
However this diet of MSM propaganda has meant that the American public has been less inclined to look too closely at the mounting body counts, the ruined lives, the ravaged countries, the blowback arising from ill-advised targeted-drone killings and bombing campaigns in foreign lands – or indeed the transformation of their own homeland into a war-zone.
That needs to change because war is never inevitable, despite what the mainstream media’s Military Industrial Complex war-mongers might say.
But what is inevitable is the relentless propaganda, censorship and disinformation disseminated by the mainstream media, politicians and pundits.
The ongoing coverage of the war in Ukraine is an example of disinformation being disseminated by the mainstream media.
In the last few months, the corporate-owned MSM and social media networks have been working overtime in order to spread Cold War propaganda against Russia while restoring the US, who are still rising from the ashes of its retreat from Afghanistan, as the re-emergent champion of Good and Democracy against Russian aggression.
As the demonisation of Putin and Russia runs wild in the media, dissenting voices and are being condemned or silenced as being “Russian stooges.”
The genuine and moving stories of Ukrainians clutching their frightened children, fleeing from Russian/Ukrainian bombs, are being manipulated by the copy typists of the MSM in order to fuel public hatred against Putin/Russia and escalate demands for more weapons to punish Russia.
The people’s critical thinking is being replaced with wokeism, which is part of a a PSYOP being used to shut down open debate or the answering of any crucial questions.
Yes, any so called MSM investigations are being limited to the recycling of blather from the dark state’s puppet politicians and their one world government/NWO objectives/ideologues.
Since 9/11, the United States government has directly contributed to the deaths of around 500,000 human beings. Every one of those deaths was paid for with taxpayer funds.
The U.S. government is not making America any safer. It’s exposing American citizens to alarming levels of blowback, a CIA term referring to the unintended consequences of the U.S. government’s international activities.
Chalmers Johnson, a former CIA consultant, repeatedly warned that America’s use of its military to gain power over the global economy would result in devastating blowback.
The 9/11 attacks were blowback. The Boston Marathon Bombing was blowback. The attempted Times Square bomber was blowback. The Fort Hood shooter, a major in the U.S. Army, was blowback.
The U.S. military’s ongoing proxy war in the Ukraine will, I fear, spur yet more blowbacks against the American people.
The war hawks’ militarisation of America are now bringing home the spoils of war (the military tanks, grenade launchers, Kevlar helmets, assault rifles, gas masks, ammunition, battering rams, night vision binoculars, etc.) and handing them over to local police, thereby turning America into a battlefield. This is also a blowback.
As Founding Father of the United States and the fourth American president James Madison once said,
“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.
War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes… known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.”
We are seeing this play out before our eyes.
With these endless wars and mounting death tolls the dark state hidden within the corrupted American government is destabilising their economy, destroying their national infrastructure (through neglect and a lack of resources), and turning their taxpayer dollars into blood money with its endless wars and mounting death tolls.
Clearly, America’s national priorities are in desperate need of an overhauling.
Above are the words that President Dwight Eisenhower used more than 50 years ago to warn the world not to let the American Military Complex endanger people’s liberties or their democratic processes.
Eisenhower, who served as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, was alarmed by the rise of the profit-driven war machine that had emerged following the war – a machine that, in order to perpetuate itself, would have to keep waging war.
The world has failed to heed his warning.
As long as America’s politicians continue to involve their country all in these wars which are bankrupting nations, jeopardising the lives of servicemen and women, increasing the chances of terrorism and pushing the world closer to eventual collapse, the “we the people” crowd will find themselves in a perpetual state of tyranny.
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We leave you now with a tune from The Cranberries called Zombie. In the video you will see the British army during it’s occupation of Northern Island.
Peace and Tranquility.
Author: Michael W.
Editor: Rambling In Pen
Recommended Reading: Battlefield America: The War on the American People