Donald Trump and the MIC — and, ultimately, We the People

Might it actually be possible that businessman Trump will view the MIC as a massively bloated bureaucracy that needs to be severely slashed and reduced in order to become economically viable? Even that inherently pragmatic approach sounds good to this peacenik who prefers of course, to dismantle the MIC entirely.

Will Donald Trump rein in US’s military overreach?

By the way, those who abhor the fact that retired military generals have a presence in Trump’s cabinet might want to pay attention to this piece, as well.

Trump’s cabinet of ex-generals will keep him out of wars, not push him into one

And hey, let’s get real here. Even at Davos, incredibly enough, this:

Alibaba’s Jack Ma drops a red pill in Davos: The U.S. wasted 14 trillion dollars on wars over the last 30 years

Here’s an assessment by The Nation:

The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in History

Now here’s the kicker: in my own life, I seldom meet people who understand or have ever even considered how, since both world wars, the MIC has gradually evolved into the poisoned life-blood of this nation, robbing her of whatever authenticity she might have had as she began her journey on this Earth. Even now, not even one 248-year Pluto cycle has completed since this nation was born. However, the U.S. chart is now within range of its first “Pluto return” (exact in 2022). Our reckoning with the blow-back karma of our consistent projection of power is coming due. At some point in the next few years, a critical mass of U.S. citizens will need to 1) recognize that every time we pay our federal taxes, we sanction the ongoing mass murder of innocents and 2) trust each other enough to agree to stop paying federal taxes until and less this nation comes to its senses. 

I’ll end with a few charts:

 U.S. bases around the world:

 And finally, military installations inside the U.S.

I’m not even counting how the MIC has infected universities, police departments, security systems, etc. It’s ubiquitous. It may even be what finances your job.

 

 

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One Response to Donald Trump and the MIC — and, ultimately, We the People

  1. Janice Berndt says:

    Thank you, Ann, for sharing your opinions and articles. I look forward to reading your blog every day and knowing that there is another person who shares so many of my beliefs. The Nation article is an excellent statement of the problem that is facing the U.S. Anthropologist Catherine Lutz says it all in a nutshell – when all you have in your foreign policy toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.

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