Elected Officials and ‘Boots on the Ground’

Robert Fantina

As the United States’ armchair warriors sit in their comfortable homes and offices and decide on which country it is time to invade, attack or bomb, little consideration is given to those that must carry out their decisions. Sound bites for the evening news are far more important that human suffering.

The U.S. is forever inventing threats that can be used as an excuse to bomb someone. And now ISIS is the current bugaboo. Of course, where this threat came from is under a rather questionable cloud. “According to a report published in Reuters, the Syrian rebel group was trained in Jordan over the last two years by U.S, government officials and military experts.”[1] What the U.S. was thinking at that time is anybody’s guess. That is no clearer than what it is thinking now.

This, however, is not unusual. In short-sighted attempts to overthrow governments that displease it, generally because they somehow stand in the way of U.S. economic or military advancement, the U.S. has been known to create other monsters. The Foreign Policy Journal, in January of 2014, reported the following: “With America’s massive and indispensable military backing in the 1980s, Afghanistan’s last secular government (bringing women into the 20th century) was overthrown, and out of the victorious Moujahedeen arose al Qaeda.”[2]

Additionally: “During this same period, the United States was supporting the infamous Khmer Rouge of Cambodia; yes, the same charming lads of Pol Pot and The Killing Fields.”[3]

It has been said that preparation for war causes war; this is patently true for the U.S. Military contractors have powerful lobbies in the U.S., so the government must keep the citizenry sufficiently frightened to maintain a powerful army, navy and air force, along with a sizable reserve to be called out whenever the U.S. decides there is a ‘national emergency’, or when not enough scared citizens sign up for the U.S.’s version of contemporary slavery, generally misnamed military ‘service’.

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