OT:US-a Warmongering Nation?

Article by Alex Lo a SCMP columnist
https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/a-genocidal-warmongerin…

A paper titled “Introducing the Military Intervention Project: A New Dataset on US Military Interventions, 1776-2019” was published early this month in the peer-reviewed Journal of Conflict Resolution. The massive database has been developed at the Centre for Strategic Studies of Tufts University.

According to the database, "the US has undertaken over 500 international military interventions since 1776, with nearly 60 per cent undertaken between 1950 and 2017.

“[O]ver one-third of these missions occurred after 1999. With the end of the Cold War era, we would expect the US to decrease its military interventions abroad, assuming lower threats and interests at stake. But these patterns reveal the opposite - the US has increased its military involvements abroad”.

Here’s a fascinating and - to me - very scary fact. “As of this year, while US ambassadors are operating in one-third of the world’s countries, US special [force] operators are active in three-fourths,” according to the database.

Today, the US is active as ever, fighting proxy or low-intensity wars and drone warfare from Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria to Pakistan and Yemen, as well as in many undeclared countries.

We may soon add Taiwan to the list.

The US unilaterally intervenes because…well because we can. Who could stop us?
And intervention is not limited to military means but also economic via sanctions or high tariffs. The US defense spending is approaching a trillion $ annually. Has US interventions brought peace and or economic benefit to the countries invaded? Or rather just benefited corrupt government officials in those nations or in the case of Libya turned that nation into a choatic terrorist breeding ground. How many terrorists has the US created via its drone warfare?
Just think how things would be different if some portion of that trillion dollar budget or trillions spend in the US foreign adventures was directed toward US infrastructure maintenance/improvement. Improving the efficient flow of goods at reduced cost. Ah well not to be because infrastructure has no lobbyists pushing for such action unlike the pharmaceutical & defense industry pushing their agendas.

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" 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."

  • President Dwight D. Eisenhower

https://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/eisenhower001.asp

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Alex Lo a SCMP columnist...

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Beyond any personal bias he might have there would tend to be a strong incentive to avoid execution.

This is pure propaganda.

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We are not faultless nor innocent angels. But, for the most part, we do try to strive to become a more perfect Union.

I’ve always been partial to this quote:

We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we’ve done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have returned home to seek our own, you know, to seek our own lives in peace, to live our own lives in peace. But there comes a time when soft power or talking with evil will not work where, unfortunately, hard power is the only thing that works.

Colin Powell

AW

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I wish we hadn’t given our detractors so much ammunition due to our 20 year misadventure in Afghanistan.

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Beyond any personal bias he might have there would tend to be a strong incentive to avoid execution.

This is pure propaganda.

Any individual that has pointed out indiscriminate killing of civilians or the national surveillance state existing in the USA or US torture of Muslim prisoners has either been hounded or imprisoned.
It is best that such piddling details be kept from common knowledge of US citizenry. Which is why this information is classified. US-rule of law-LOL
God Bless America!
Julian Assange
John Kiriakou
Daniel Hale
Edward Snowden

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Is the US-a Warmongering Nation?

Some call US the world’s police. Methinks that’s not a bad moniker.

What would happened if …

We let the Kaiser have his way*?*

We let Adolf Hitler have his way*?*

We forgave and forgot December 7th 1941?

It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it.

We ain’t perfect, but we stopped Adolf, Hirohito, and Stalin.

Not bad for a century’s work.

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What would happened if …

We let the Kaiser have his way?

We let Adolf Hitler have his way?

What has occurred lately as the US pursued its perpetual war regime change foreign policy?

“”[O]ver one-third of these missions occurred after 1999. With the end of the Cold War era, we would expect the US to decrease its military interventions abroad, assuming lower threats and interests at stake. But these patterns reveal the opposite - the US has increased its military involvements abroad"."

https://www.fff.org/2022/08/22/americas-perpetual-foreign-po…
Ever since the federal government was converted from a limited-government republic to a national-security state after World War II, America has lived under a system of ongoing, never-ending, perpetual foreign-policy crises. That’s not a coincidence. The national-security establishment — i.e. the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA — need such crises to justify their continued existence and their ever-growing taxpayer-funded largess.

An interesting aspect of this phenomenon is that oftentimes the crises are ginned up by the national-security establishment itself.
Iraq & Libya come instantly to my mind. What about you?

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With the end of the Cold War era, we would expect the US to decrease its military interventions abroad, assuming lower threats and interests at stake.

But these patterns reveal the opposite - the US has increased its military involvements abroad"."

Tru dat!

Maybe some new guys in black hats rode into the saloon?

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“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.”

Also in Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address, four paragraphs later:
www.archives.gov/milestone-documents/president-dwight-d-eise…
"The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.

“Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.”

DB2

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“…over one-third of these missions occurred after 1999. With the end of the Cold War era, we would expect the US to decrease its military interventions abroad, assuming lower threats and interests at stake. But these patterns reveal the opposite - the US has increased its military involvements abroad”.

However, what should immediately occur to one is the scale of the operations. The war on terror means many smaller scattered operations. For example, a terrorist attack on a hotel in, say, Mali, might involve US special forces aiding the French and local forces.

DB2

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“Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.”

Safe to say we completely avoided that problem.

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"The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.

“Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.”

Climate Crisis!!!

The Captain

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“Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.”

Good news. This concern isn’t a problem. Public policy today isn’t captive to a scientific-technological elite. We don’t have an Illuminati to worry about. It’s more like an Ignoramati catering to our basest instincts who are holding public policy captive.

—Peter

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But there comes a time when soft power or talking with evil will not work where, unfortunately, hard power is the only thing that works.

Colin Powell

Said by the man who lied in front of the UN to justify the Iraq invasion with cooked-up evidence on alleged WMD possession.

‘He lied’: Iraqis still blame Powell for role in Iraq war
https://apnews.com/article/colin-powell-dead-iraq-1591ede85c…

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You can also blame Saddam Hussein. We needed economic stability as China was emerging that meant more oil. We were not allowing oil out of Iraq because Hussein was a threat in the region. Not because we were being bad to the local dictator. If China did not get that oil she would have militarized sooner to get it for herself. That would set up a larger conflict sooner within the Southeast China Sea.

We succeed in that war.

But failed. We did not stay deprogram the Baathists. We did not deprogram and work with the Revolutionary Guard. We killed hundreds of thousands needlessly as a war crime from the Oval Office. When the next admin came in we stay more in the dessert and stopped most of the needless slaughter.

The same war criminals encouraged crazy lending at home. Setting up the 2008 financial meltdown. The carnage were the small borrowers. Destroying a decade or more of their financial lives. That papered over a great depression in the cycle. The pain was individualized. The answers were not the wholesale socialism of the 1930s. Those socialist answers in larger part devalued the dollar in the 1970s. That admin set in motion counter cycle economics which can keep the US primary in the cycle for the next 70 to 140 years. Or you could say they were criminals.

The current arguments are a luxury discussion of how fast to grow the US economy before too much inflation is created. We can succeed magnificently.

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