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Militarism: the new American virtue

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Several quotes are worthy of note in The Next War, And the Next, Part 1 by Jack A. Smith in the Asia Times (emphases are mine, of course):

  • We will export death and violence to the four corners of the Earth in defense of our great nation.” – President George W. Bush (quoted in Bob Woodward’s book Plan of Attack)

Ponder that over an à propos Nicholson cartoon:

Marriage of Fundamentalism and Militarism

Eewww. Now back to business:

  • “The 2008 [U.S.] war budget … exceeds the combined military budgets of the rest of the world’s nations …”
  • “…the cost of Bush’s “war on terrorism” (including Iraq and Afghanistan) amounts to more in inflation-adjusted dollars than the cost of the Korean or Vietnam wars.”
  • “Washington [now has] more than 750 major military bases around the world …”
  • “Today, as never before in their history, Americans … have fallen prey to militarism … manifesting itself in a romanticized view of soldiers, a tendency to see military power as the truest measure of national greatness, [and they] have come to define the nation’s strength and well-being in terms of military preparedness [and] military action.” – Andrew J. Bacevich in The New American Militarism
  • “Unless militarism is curtailed, Chalmers Johnson predicts in The Sorrows of Empire, four things will happen:

First, there will be a perpetual state of war, leading to more terrorism against Americans…
Second, there will be a loss of democracy and constitutional rights.
Third, … truthfulness will increasingly be replaced by a system of propaganda … and glorification of war…
Lastly, there will be [national] bankruptcy.'”

Any of this sound familiar? Is that the nation of which America’s founders dreamed?

Is it not high time to begin “beating our swords into plowshares”?

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Written by Monte

October 25, 2007 at 11:29 am

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  1. […] November 4th, 2007 · No Comments Militarism: the new American virtue […]

    making war « iraq update

    November 4, 2007 at 8:06 am

  2. Nothing can help support a war like the idea that it is God’s will.

    Monte Says: “Good vs. evil,” as GWB has so carefully positioned himself on the one we’re in now. I weep for the one-year-olds – my beloved grandson’s age – who have died because of such delusions. I have to not think about it too much; it can be immobilizingly tragic.


    October 30, 2007 at 8:15 pm

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