Military Industrial Complex: Merchants of Death. Who Runs the World? -Part 1
Military Industrial Complex
Definition: Network of individuals and institutions involved in the production of weapons and military technologies. The military-industrial complex in a country typically attempts to marshal political support for continued or increased military spending by the national government.
The military–industrial complex (MIC) is an informal alliance between a nation’s military and the defense industry that supplies it, seen together as a vested interest which influences public policy.Wikipedia
-A country’s military establishment and those industries producing arms or other military materials, regarded as a powerful vested interest.
-The term military-industrial complex (MIC) refers to the combination of the U.S. armed forces, its arms industry, and the associated political and commercial interests that grew rapidly in scale and influence in the wake of World War II and throughout the Cold War to the present.
A war profiteer is any person or organization that makes unreasonable profits from warfare or by selling weapons and other goods to parties at war.Wikipedia
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.President Dwight D. Eisenhower Farewell Address on January 17, 1961
Perpetual TERROR: A War on Human Fear
Throughout the span of human history- within tribal communities, in advanced technological societies and cultures and, in particular, through the enormous power of federal governments- human beings have implemented the use of standing armies and global militaries in order to protect against the unwarranted aggression from perceived enemies that hail from different parts of the Earth; often from people with different skin colors and with dissimilar social and religious ideologies. Each country operating with their own specific methods and reasons for seeking relentless power by expressing military dominance.
The conflict and war that human beings crave so lustfully and sadistically lies inherent within our genetic makeup, from our ancient human ancestors struggling, surviving and evolving for hundreds of thousands of years in the jungles, on the savannah, in the forests and deserts of the world, fighting off wild beasts and neighboring tribes that were thought to carry the potential to threaten our way of life, our land, our resources, our society, our culture, our community.
Our nomadic hunter-gatherer ancestors would travel around the globe and navigate through their environment according to the seasons in order to follow the animal herds, the primary source of food for early human, tribal societies. But with the advent of agriculture nearly 12,000 years ago, early humans discovered a less precarious and more powerful method and technology for surviving that was determined by the ingenuity and intelligence of the collective tribe, rather than determined by the Earth’s elements and harsh seasons. Agrarian tribes could locate a temperate location on the globe in order to plant seeds and tend to the harvest through the cycles of the seasons without having to resort to foraging, hunting, and traveling through the extreme and volatile winters.
As the human species began to settle on and spread out around a specific geographic location to plant seeds, to tend to the harvest, and to raise their tribal society for the singular purpose of growth and sustainability through livestock and crop farming practices, the human operating system gained a powerful technological tool to contribute further towards their evolutionary adapted level of intelligence within an interconnected, social, human community. The larger that these tribal communities grew in terms of size and population, the more established they grew in the arts of survival and protection against opposing tribes that operated with the intent of taking for free- the land and resources through violence and aggression- what a neighboring tribe earned through time and toil.
Over the course of thousands of years- as small tribal communities transitioned from hunter-gatherers fighting against the elements of the Earth’s climate, into agrarian communities fighting against the land and resource robbing threat from enemy tribes- the role and purpose of the human being at the head of the interconnected ecosystem evolved to combine the intelligence of the individual, into the cooperation and protection of the individual within the larger social, community collective; and, through hundreds of generations, with the establishment of sovereign nation-states, small tribal societies could transform into large global societies with established socioreligious ideologies and with powerful governments that wield the power and possess the evolutionary adapted, biological self-interest, on a massive scale, to fight off and protect the citizenry against the external threat from equally powerful governments.
For the United States of America and its federal government, in particular, the prospect and reality of war and global domination through social, cultural, religious, economic, and political power expands to engulf weaker nations that possess the economic and natural resources of interest to the globally established tribal governments. In the past, when the U.S. federal government faced a threat from an external sociopolitical or ideological enemy- as was the case in the wars against Great Britain in the Revolutionary War for American independence; or the global war against fascism in World War 2 against Germany, Italy and Japan; or the threat of communism from the Soviet Union during the Cold War- the role and purpose of war encompassed national sovereignty, societal cohesion and ideological protection from enemy forces with different tribal identities and beliefs. These types of wars sought to protect and defend against the political, military, and ideological aggression of enemy governments, rather than wars fought over land and resources. But with the evolution of the human race, after numerous World Wars, and through thousands of years of imperialism and conquering, global unity, intelligence, and cooperation continue to threaten the governments archaic methods of warmongering and purpose of past global, tribal warfare.
As countries develop politically, educationally, socially, economically, and militarily, the potential for unwarranted aggression and war from global governments diminishes to meet the intelligence of a technologically advancing human species. But with this decrease in the size, scale, and scope of global warfare, the most powerful governments, like the United States, lose out on a major source of revenue and power, which major wars generate. Rather than abandon this source of profit from global warfare, the imperialist and conquering American government devolved from fighting wars for national protection against physical governments with an established set of ideological beliefs, into fighting wars of aggression over natural resources, like the Vietnam War during the 1960s. Yet, even lower than the muck of aggressive ideological warfare to pillage and plunder natural resources, are the modern wars against the fundamental human emotion of fear, characterized by the United States government as the War on Terror.
Fear and its heightened cousin, terror, are ubiquitous human emotions, found in every part of the globe throughout the entire existence of the human race; but under the manipulative marketing influence, propaganda, and greed of powerful governments, this most basic of human emotions is transformed into an enemy that must be stopped; an enemy that does not belong to any particular government, tribe, or plot of land, but is found within any nation, in any individual, at any time. The War on Terror in the hands of exploitative and deceitful governments becomes a war on human emotion; and in the eyes of destructive big-government protecting militaries, anyone or anything in any location on the planet that opposes the actions, lies and propaganda of the governments War on Fear, is the epitome of an enemy terrorist. Attempting to remove fear and terror from human emotion, while still trying to function properly as a sentient being on the planet Earth is like trying to understand the fundamental nature of good and morality without experiencing the nature of bad and immorality; one implies the other, as black implies white.
For powerful, exploitative and militarily dominant countries like the United States, the largest enemy military does not belong to any specific nation, but rather, belongs to the fundamental human emotion of FEAR and perpetual TERROR. The War on Terror is fought against no particular nation, but rather, against a human emotion expounded by the American government imposed threat of a global takeover of fear. Fear and terror are subjective, like most conflicts and belief systems among the human race. If you ask a U.S. government bureaucrat, or a member of the Military Industrial Complex, what terror is, they may say ISIS, the Taliban, or Al-Qaeda; but if you ask a Syrian or Iraqi refugee what terror is, they may say terror comes from unmanned metal machines flying through the air shooting missiles out of the sky at civilian weddings, churches, and schools in the Middle East. The greater the military involvement from the American government in wars of conquest through human fear, the stronger the opposition, militant, terrorist forces to counter and stand up to represent the other side of fear.
The American governments War on Terrorism represents a slick slight of hand, a sly misdirection, a clever red herring that confuses and distracts the U.S. and global population into ignoring the fear and terror of dangerous and reckless corporate-government, of the totalitarian surveillance state, of corporate sanctioned wars and, of systemic, crushing poverty as a means of reliance and dependence on big-government. Governments use the threat of terrorists and immigrants to shirk political and economic blame from the public and to stifle the threat of social uprisings and rebellions, brought on from massive income inequality and the domination of the corporate owned federal legislature. American civilian rights and freedoms stand as an afterthought in a country dominated by totalitarian surveillance and military presence under a war-profiteering, manufacturing and industrial government machine.
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
From the beginning of the experiment of representative democracy within the United States of America, Congress and the larger organization of the American government- established military branches to protect and defend against enemy threats from countries like Great Britain in the Revolutionary War. The U.S. Congress created the Continental Army on June 14, 1775 (oldest and largest military branch); the Continental Navy on October 13, 1775; and the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775 to counter specific geographic threats. Each branch was responsible for conducting its own operations and communications up until the middle of the twentieth-century, after World War 2, when President Harry Truman consolidated and unified the three branches of the armed forces into the National Military Establishment after signing the National Security Act of 1947.
Renamed on August 10, 1949- with their headquarters residing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia- the United States Department of Defense seeks to ‘provide a lethal Joint Force to defend the security of our country and sustain American influence abroad.’ The Department of Defense represents the executive branch of the federal government and is responsible for coordinating and supervising agencies, functions, and resources related to U.S. national security and the armed forces. The Department of Defense employs 1.3 million active duty troops in all branches of the military; with over 826,000 National Guard Reserves; and over 732,000 civilian contractors. The Department of Defense is the single biggest global climate polluter, carbon and greenhouse gas emitter, as it operates 24/7 in countries around the globe.
National Security Act of 1947
President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, which unified the three separate military branches under the name of, the National Military Establishment. The Act also created the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); the National Security Council; the U.S. Air Force (formerly the U.S. Army Air Force); and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Council, which overseas and influences the Presidents foreign policy decisions.
The 1947 Act placed the National Military Establishment (renamed the Department of Defense on August 10, 1949) under the control of a single Secretary of Defense. By unifying the three branches of the existing military establishment- and creating the U.S. Air Force- the National Security Act of 1947 sought to modernize the broad, archaic, and inefficient military defense organization, as well as strengthen the connection and communication between the four military branches, the national security council, the executive and legislative branches, and the intelligence community, to implement a comprehensive organization to provide for the safety and security of the United States of America.
National Security Council
The National Security Act of 1947 established the National Security Council, which consists of various representatives of the federal government to assist and coordinate with the President on matters of national security, foreign policy, economic, and fiscal policy. The councils mission is to: “advise the President with respect to the integration of domestic, foreign, and military policies relating to the national security so as to enable the military services and the other departments and agencies of the government to cooperate more effectively in matters involving the national security.” (www.thoughtco.com).
Members of the National Security Council include: the President, Vice President, National Security Advisor, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Secretaries of the Navy, Army, Air Force, Secretary of Energy, Director of National Intelligence Services, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chairman of the National Security Resources Board.
Most members of this National Security Council are unelected officials and bureaucrats; yet, these unelected representatives are made responsible for determining American foreign policy and deciding which wars too enter, often based off of false and inadequate information, as well as disinformation, through conveniently placed propaganda campaigns within the mainstream media, the corporate-media arm of the federal government.
Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear. Part 2General Douglas MacArthur