- Published on Tuesday, 15 December 2015 09:28
Not one of your pinko, leftist, anti-war folk but a U.S. Army Colonel, Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security advisor to the Reagan administration who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations, paints a gloomy picture of the US empire which he says is coming to an ignominious end.
He explains how the military-industrial bureaucratic complex is now unstoppable in its drive for perpetual war. As an example, he explains the recent massive US bombing onslaught in Syria has depleted "ordinance" (ie. missiles and bombs) and that Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin et al are salivating over the renewed momentum for war refilling their order books. He confirms Critical Thinking's contention, that winning is not important; the objective is perpetual war.
Evidence emerges daily of US (and others') culpability in creating, arming and supporting ISIS; a situation which becomes increasingly hard to hide. Even mainstream media are flirting with the idea in terms of specific detail but nowhere, in political discourse, is the obvious being stated: that ISIS is a NATO/Israel asset deliberately fostered to justify perpetual war and the totalitarian state.
ISIL: Ugly Washington’s Child by Vladimir Platov
A considerable amount of evidence in support not only of the close ties with ISIL and involvement of the White House in the emergence of this terrorist radical formation, but also the US participation in the preparation of its militants and supplying them with weapons has been already published in various countries.
Data from Statista shows the spending on war and purportedly in fighting ISIS.
The Cost Of Fighting ISIS Compared To Iraq & Afghanistan - Statista
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the average daily cost of operations against the so-called Islamic State is about $11 million. $6.2 billion has been allocated to fight the terrorist group in total, including $5.4 billion in fiscal year 2015, according to research conducted by the National Priorities Project. Even though the conflict in Afghanistan is winding down, over $35 billion was still allocated for it in fiscal year 2015, along with $30 billion for a Pentagon “slush fund” not directly related to conflict but used to evade legislated budget caps.
Since 2001, a grand total of just under $715 billion has been allocated to the war in Afghanistan while Iraq has cost the U.S. $1.64 trillion. The figures included here are based on funding for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account and include both military and non-military OCO spending, such as reconstruction and funds for the Department of State.
This is not going to be stopped through conventional political means; Wilkerson suggests it will require a majority of the American people to rise up against it. He asks rhetorically, "does that mean revolution?" To which he responds, "it might, it might indeed."
But as Daily Pickings has suggested this is not a binary choice between the ballot box and bloody revolution. The current hierarchical institutional framework is incapable of responding to the challenge; so we need to create non-hierarchical alternatives to stop these wars (and all the other abuse and destruction), people to people, bypassing the corrupt structures of the flawed political economy which lies at the root of our problems.
We need to withdraw consent, first and foremost to be lied to and psychologically abused, and in every way possible to resist playing their game. Don't buy or watch Structural Elite media. Don't buy their poisonous food, cosmetics and chemicals which attack both our health and independence. Look beyond main street for wisdom.