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Tylerdurden
08-20-2008, 01:11 PM
Seriously, I looked into your eyes, America, saw deep into your soul. So let's get honest and officially call it "America's Outrageous War Economy." Admit it: we secretly love our war economy. And that's the answer to Jim Grant's thought-provoking question last month in the Wall Street Journal -- "Why No Outrage?"


There really is only one answer: Deep inside we love war. We want war. Need it. Relish it. Thrive on war. War is in our genes, deep in our DNA. War excites our economic brain. War drives our entrepreneurial spirit. War thrills the American soul. Oh just admit it, we have a love affair with war. We love "America's Outrageous War Economy."
Americans passively zone out playing video war games. We nod at 90-second news clips of Afghan war casualties and collateral damage in Georgia. We laugh at Jon Stewart's dark comedic news and Ben Stiller's new war spoof "Tropic Thunder" ... all the while silently, by default, we're cheering on our leaders as they aggressively expand "America's Outrageous War Economy," a relentless machine that needs a steady diet of war after war, feeding on itself, consuming our values, always on the edge of self-destruction.


Why else are Americans so eager and willing to surrender 54% of their tax dollars to a war machine, which consumes 47% of the world's total military budgets?
Why are there more civilian mercenaries working for no-bid private war contractors than the total number of enlisted military in Iraq (180,000 to 160,000), at an added cost to taxpayers in excess of $200 billion and climbing daily?
Why do we shake our collective heads "yes" when our commander-in-chief proudly tells us he is a "war president;" and his party's presidential candidate chants "bomb, bomb, bomb Iran," as if "war" is a celebrity hit song?
Why do our spineless Democrats let an incompetent, blundering executive branch hide hundreds of billions of war costs in sneaky "supplemental appropriations" that are more crooked than Enron's off-balance-sheet deals?
Why have Washington's 537 elected leaders turned the governance of the American economy over to 42,000 greedy self-interest lobbyists?
And why earlier this year did our "support-our-troops" "war president" resist a new GI Bill because, as he said, his military might quit and go to college rather than re-enlist in his war; now we continue paying the Pentagon's warriors huge $100,000-plus bonuses to re-up so they can keep expanding "America's Outrageous War Economy?" Why? Because we secretly love war!

We've lost our moral compass: The contrast between today's leaders and the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 shocks our conscience. Today war greed trumps morals. During the Revolutionary War our leaders risked their lives and fortunes; many lost both.
Continued...http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/why-we-love-americas-outrageous/story.aspx?guid=%7B0D31C880%2D32CD%2D4BA1%2D8133%2 D329EA57CB069%7D

LeeG
08-20-2008, 02:16 PM
I like listening to youtube clips of various performers

John of Phoenix
08-20-2008, 04:11 PM
Good points - waste, propaganda, corruption - but it's too simplistic to attribute it to "We love war".
Americans don't care about this war because it doesn't affect us. No draft to worry about, no shortages of goodies, no gory pictures on the tube. Hell we even squeezed a tax cut out of this thing. No worries at all. That's the way it was designed - sugar coated to make it easy to swallow.

"Be afraid, be very afraid but go to the Mall."

Tanbark Spanker
08-22-2008, 03:15 PM
It is hard for many to understand that the world is being held hostage by the private financial interests that control the US military Joint Chiefs of Staff and their cronies around the world. If you threaten the Pentagon, it will bring terror to you. If you try to limit the military it will strike out at you. If you try to starve them of personnel, they will starve you until you will pick up a gun and shoot your neighbor for a scrap of food. It's all one big criminal extortion racket.

The Pentagon Death Cult will keep war and poverty going as long as they have money and resources. Stop them! Demand the US bases in your country be closed. Expel the US military from your country. Demand the US people stop their military spending. At an annual $600 billion, you will be doing the US people a favor. The US actually, spends it's old peoples medical funds on weaponry in their quest to control the world. Stop the Nazi USA!

All 1.5 million US military personnel should be held accountable for crimes against humanity. Please tell the US soldiers everywhere you find them to go home and be tried for their accessory to war crimes. If we can arrest bin Laden's driver, we can arrest Johnny Gun Thug for being party to genocide! Push your government to expel the US military from their bases in your country! Say no to the culture of death! If they are not stopped, these atrocities will continue ad infinitum. USA=Terrorism!

Tanbark Spanker
08-22-2008, 03:37 PM
It is hard for many to understand that the world is being held hostage by the private financial interests that control the US military Joint Chiefs of Staff and their cronies around the world. If you threaten the Pentagon, it will bring terror to you. If you try to limit the military it will strike out at you. If you try to starve them of personnel, they will starve you until you will pick up a gun and shoot your neighbor for a scrap of food. It's all one big criminal extortion racket.

The Pentagon Death Cult will keep war and poverty going as long as they have money and resources. Stop them! Demand the US bases in your country be closed. Expel the US military from your country. Demand the US people stop their military spending. At an annual $600 billion, you will be doing the US people a favor. The US actually, spends it's old peoples medical funds on weaponry in their quest to control the world. Stop the Nazi USA!

All 1.5 million US military personnel should be held accountable for crimes against humanity. Please tell the US soldiers everywhere you find them to go home and be tried for their accessory to war crimes. If we can arrest bin Laden's driver, we can arrest Johnny Gun Thug for being party to genocide! Push your government to expel the US military from their bases in your country! Say no to the culture of death! If they are not stopped, these atrocities will continue ad infinitum. USA=Terrorism!

Osborne Russell
08-23-2008, 11:13 AM
Good points - waste, propaganda, corruption - but it's too simplistic to attribute it to "We love war".
Americans don't care about this war because it doesn't affect us. No draft to worry about, no shortages of goodies, no gory pictures on the tube. Hell we even squeezed a tax cut out of this thing. No worries at all. That's the way it was designed - sugar coated to make it easy to swallow.

What you want is the idea of war, to anchor your identity against insecurity -- with somebody else getting killed, someplace else. The demand being widespread, inevitably someone will figure out how to supply the product at a profit. The invisible hand. Or not invisible, who cares.