The other day, I shared an article about how since 9/11, the U.S. has had approximately 200,000 gun deaths. Compare to the 3,000. So why do all of our resources go to the “terrorist” threat? I absolutely believe we can and should be doing things to stay safe, foremost being to change our whole approach to the world around us. Of course, for now, we need some resources to stop attacks, to search out real threats, etc., but not nearly the amount we now use.
I also saw where Mad Dog Mattis, our SecDef, spoke about how it was “fun” to kill men who had beaten their wives in some distant country, men who were not Americans. Wonder if he thinks we should start killing our abusers in America.
And now I see this this article and I have to laugh because otherwise the cognitive dissonance of my identity as an American and the reality is just too great.
<blockquote>`We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists, but great-power competition – not terrorism – is now the primary focus of US national security.’ Henceforth Russia and China will be America’s main enemies, with Iran and North Korea thrown in for good measure.
So declared US Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, last week in a statement of profound importance for the world. …
At the same time, the US is fast running out of Muslim targets to bomb, now that the bogeyman ISIS has vanished into thin air and US air attacks in Syria are being minimized for fear of clashing with Russia. Iran still remains on the US potential hit list.
Which brings us back to General ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis. He is quite right that so-called terrorists (that’s anyone who actively opposes the Lex Americana) pose no real life or death threat to the US mainland.
But if so, how then to maintain the $1 trillion US military budget? Well, of course, trot out those good old ‘Reds Under Our Beds.’ Actually, the Pentagon has been planning a new war with China for the past three years, a mainly air and naval conflict to dominate China’s coasts and seas. The Pentagon is loading up on new aircraft, missiles, satellites and naval craft for the next Pacific War, and trying to enlist India as an ally against China.
But what then about Russia? Not so easy. The likely theater for a US-Russia clash is on the Baltic coast, Ukraine, the Black Sea or Syria. In this case, the US would be confronted by the same problem that afflicted France in the fall of 1939. …</blockquote>