“The formula — serial blitzkrieg abroad, serial sitzkrieg in the homeland — adds up to victory, but only for the military-industrial complex.”
Please read this. It is vital that we recognize the split within ourselves regarding how, because we no longer have a draft, we Americans don’t consciously recognize, much less notice, or pay any real attention to just how the MIC continues to devastate the entire globe. Lá lá land at home; hell on earth abroad.
But then again, I’m surprised that Astore did not mention that the wall between inside and outside appears to have been breached, as evidenced by increasing “blowback.”
For example, see this:
“Mind you, I’m no psychiatrist and I have no training in psychology. But I maintain, based simply on common sense and human nature, that all the massive death and destruction that the Pentagon and the CIA wreak abroad inevitably seeps into the minds of the American people. The result is an increasingly intolerant, uncivil, drug-addled, alcoholic society and, even worse, one that triggers irrational violent behavior in people who are mentally operating at the margin.”
Violence amplified by deteriorating material conditions at home.
So, we might say that those of us who are still protected personally from blowback are the ones that experience the strange dichotomy between inside and outside that Astore speaks of. Others — the homeless, the hungry, the opiate-addicted, veterans, the PTSD’d due to trafficking and pedophilia — are not so fortunate. For them endless war is here, at home, and it’s very very real.