Right-Wing Reality Check

It’s common today to look at the debacle in Iraq and say that it was a mistake to enter the Iraq War. But it wasn’t a mistake.

There are calls to get out of the unwinnable war in Afghanistan. But it’s not a mistake, either.

Before anyone gets the idea that I support either war, I should quickly dispense with that notion. It’s simple, really: war means profit, and permanent war means permanent profit. Those who are killed don’t profit, certainly, but it’s part of the human condition to die, isn’t it? And we aren’t lacking for plenty of bodies to throw at a war.

If you look at it from that point of view, it’s not hard to see why we continue to maintain our huge military, to make all other concerns take second place to warmongering. Even death can be profitable.

In a recent news story, servicemen were being charged over two thousand dollars by an airline to be brought back to the States. There seems to be no avenue of profit that escapes the corporate masters.

Watching a politician insist that unions must be busted or that health care must not only remain highly profitable but it must become a requirement of all to pay a tax to the health care industry, or that we must cut spending on education might tempt one to think that these people just don’t have their priorities straight. But they do have them straight. They are craven lackies to the corporations – bought and paid for. They say what they are told to say. And, truth be told, many of them are in a sense corporate masters themselves, heavily invested in those corporations they serve. When they send people to die, they make money. When they keep the climate disasters coming more profits are achieved. There is no reason to think that money cannot be made from other peoples’ misfortunes.

It might be said that misfortune is the heavenly music of profit. When the holy trumpets sound for war the cash registers start ringing their bells.

So there’s no mistake in what appears on the surface to be mindless ideological ranting. There’s no mistake in the appointment of right-wing judges to the Supreme Court. Even Obama isn’t making a mistake when he sides with the agents of chaos. For it isn’t chaos at all. It is a concerted attempt to control every aspect of the world for profit. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The rich thrive and the poor die. It’s not a new thing, but it’s the kind of thing that is best done while beating the drums of patriotism and stirring the pots of bigotry and hatred.

And it’s become blatant because the profiteers have nothing to fear. They are so much in control now that they can bring their nefarious scams into the daylight for all to see. Cry havoc, and let slip the dollars of war.

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I'm an atheist. Although that's just a part of my life, I consider it to be important enough to me to be the main theme of this personal screed. I am self-employed in a service business and I live in Idaho, a place not known for its liberal qualities.
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2 Responses to Right-Wing Reality Check

  1. I’m a libertarian, and I oppose the misuse of military power. Certainly, there can be little claim that the operation in Iraq was clearly a case of self-defense, pre-emptive or otherwise. And regarding Afghanistan, if the mission were simply to “bring bad guys to justice,” it would have ended a long time ago. These were cases of belligerent liberal internationalism – attempting to use military force to ‘democratize’ a people. But democratization does not mean liberalization, in the classical sense; it means that both the suppressed prejudices and hatreds of the people are given voice in the state, as well the noble aspirations that may dwell therein.

    The crux is this: If the American military is dependent on a free enterprise system of contracting, and surely, demonstrably, empirically, this has led to the most technologically advanced and effective military in the world, for right or wrong, then what is the immorality of profit, in strict terms, and solely regarding profit? Is it that the military is being twisted towards immoral ends, or that the military is inherently evil and “should” be eliminated altogether, or that war is always unnecessary, or that profit is always evil, regardless of motivation of two consenting actors to engage in trade, or is it that it cease to be free market capitalism when the state uses coerced funds to make purchases? I ask because you obviously have strong feelings on the subject of war profiteering, and I understand your frustration regarding war and corporatism, if I might recast your gripe in my parlance. And don’t assume that I am not familiar with left-wing theories of war and the state, if that holds you back from opining. Take care, RO

  2. herkblog says:

    It may be clear to you that what happened in Iraq was some sort of self-defense. For me, that is not only not clear, but antithetical to what was really going on. Did you miss the part where the Bush Administration admitted that they simply used the whole ‘weapons of mass destruction’ thing to move people to support a war?

    Saddam Hussein was a bad man. But until we decided that he was our enemy, we were busily helping him in his efforts at being bad. He had a lot of U.S. support for his attacks on Iran and when he gassed the Kurds we acted sort of upset, but where did he get the gas?

    We knew he had weapons of mass destruction because we gave him all he had.

    The Shock Doctrine uses a catastrophe to insert political and financial control over other nations. That’s what it was about. Saddam was a loose cannon. When he was our lap dog, we liked him. But when he began to have ideas of his own he had to go!

    So when a nationalized Iraqi oil company appeared on the scene, Saddam had crossed the line. He had his hand on the oil switch and could turn it off and on and it affected markets.

    Depose Saddam, wreck the infrastructure, and geez, you can go back in and rebuild. That means pure profits for companies like Halliburton. It was the day before 9/11 that Rumsfeld announced to the Chiefs that he was going to privatize the military. That means that jobs previously done by grunts were now being done by contractors’ employees at a charge of about 8 or more times what it cost when the military did it. Profit, remember. The military isn’t a for-profit organization, except for the contractors who provide them with goods and services. Who pays for it? The U.S. taxpayer. Who gets the money? The corporations.

    Now, I’m not anti-profit. I realize that companies must have profit. Profit is what is needed to grow a company. It’s what’s needed to maintain a company through tough times. And it’s what makes it worthwhile for stockholders to invest in the company – if there are no profits there are no dividends.

    However, when did it become necessary to make so much profit that executives and upper management get to pull hundreds of millions per year in salaries and bonuses and separation fees while they’re tanking the company? When did profits become more important than a decent wage for the workers? And when did our government become complicit in giving no-bid contracts to shoddily-performing companies?

    Assuming that you make enough money to pay taxes (and a lot of people no longer do), it’s money out of your pocket to pay for all this corporate largesse. We have over 800 military bases in over 140 countries. If you don’t like taxes, there’s the best place to start. It’s our military hegemony that is emptying our pockets.

    You simply cannot do away with taxes. This whole “making government smaller” idea is a myth based in the government is bad idea. There aren’t many senators or congressmen who are willing to take a pay cut to run the government and if the only way that they can see to make the government smaller is to take away any benefit that citizens get from the government while filling corporate pockets and enriching the already-rich then maybe government is truly as bad as Reagan made it out to be.

    By the way, thanks for the comments. I love to get feedback and hear other points of view.

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