Militarism: the new American virtue
- “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:
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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