Political truth is very hard to find in America in 2019. The continuous and vile stream of slander and fake news that spews forth 24/7 from the fake news media is never ending. The Democrat crooks, and their supporters in the fake news media, simply present false statements as facts and then repeat them over and over again. Yet, the Republican crooks are not without their faults. The Republican crooks are less slanderous and present less fake news than the Democrat crooks, but the Republican crooks lie by not covering facts that do not fit in with their ideology. President Reagan is one example about how the less toxic Republicans lie. Reagan, like all presidents, had his good points and his bad points. The conservative media tends to deify Reagan and report only his good points.
The Republican Party has developed the ideology of a strong military and I often hear republicans say things like: ” I support a strong military and support military spending.” What this essentially means is: ” I am against waste in social and welfare spending, but I do not question military spending.” WWW.Sanityandsense.com is totally opposed to any and all wasteful spending by the Federal Government.
Here are some facts that are seldom discussed by either the liberal fake news media or the conservative fake news media. The U.S. has been involved in many wars since the end of World War II in 1945. The last time the U.S. legally declared war was when the U.S. declared war that brought the U.S. into World War II. The President can nor declare war without congressional approval.
Congress has been AWOL from its’ Constitutional responsibilities since the end of World War II and the Truman administration. The armed conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, the Balkans, Panama, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria were all illegal wars that were waged by Democrat and Republican Presidents alike without congressional approval. Why do we as a Republic have a Constitution if we do not follow our laws ?
The only member of the U.S. Senate who has spoken out seriously about congress’ Constitutional right to declare war is Senator Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky. Senator Paul has simply pointed out that the Constitution requires approval from congress before the U.S. can declare war. It is obvious but nobody wishes to talk about this because the implications are too terrifying.
Even worse, the U.S. has forgotten how to win military actions. The U.S. has the best troops with the best training, along with the most highly technical equipment in the world, but the U.S. continues to lose in military conflicts with third world. The U.S. continues to spend Billions of dollars and the lives of too many of our best troops involving questionable military actions without clearly defined objectives.
The Defense budget of the U.S. is huge. Lobbyists descend on congress like locusts and promote their own special interests. There are lobbyists from the large pharmaceutical industry, the defense industry, the petroleum industry, organized labor, and on and on and on and on.
President Dwight Eisenhower warned the American People about the ” Military Industrial Complex ” in his farewell speech before leaving office. If Americans had listened to Ike, the U.S. probably would have a National Debt far less than the $ 22TRILLION that we presently owe.
In addition to the TRILLIONS of wasted tax dollars spent on defense and ” White Elephants ” like the unneeded and totally unnecessary F-35 Fighter, the experts who advise our presidents encourage the presidents to spend tax dollars for future wars using technology and military strategies from past wars. It simply does not work nor does it benefit the U.S. President Trump deserves a lot of credit for questioning the “experts” and addressing many of these issues. Yet much more needs to be done.
I was shocked to learn that over half of the military personnel who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan were contractors often referred to as mercenaries. Over 50% of American forces on the ground in Iraq were mercenaries and 75% of American ground forces in Afghanistan were mercenaries ( contractors .)
Today there are PRIVATE companies that supply mercenaries to the highest bidder. Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, is the CEO and founder of one of these companies. Prince suggested a plan to replace all American troops in Afghanistan with contractors. The U.S. hires private contractors from Blackwater, Triple Canopy, and DynCorp.
I believe that all Presidential candidates in the upcoming 2020 election should clearly state their positions on all aspects of military spending and a fair and courageous news media should serve the Public by asking much more in depth questions. Also, it appears quite possible that in the near future some of the ” Global elite ” American Billionaires will employ their own mercenary military forces to take over some foreign countries in Africa. I also would not be surprised if several of the ” global elite” American Billionaires used their ” new country ” in Africa to relocate their corporate headquarters in order to avoid paying U.S. taxes that advocates of the New Socialist Green Deal had hoped for !
R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: Blackwater was renamed Xe Services in 2009 and now has the corporate name of Academi.)