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Homeland Insecurity

Philip Farruggio

Well, once again we have Veterans Day upon us. With it comes the preponderance of overt militarism and military propaganda.

Tune into any sporting event on the boob tube and you get the camouflaged soldiers and ROTC students (if a college game) staring into the camera. After all, aren’t we at war, and have been for so long that the late great Gore Vidal named it ‘Perpetual War’?

What in the hell reason can the Pentagon and our War Economy have for making them dress in camouflage!?

Isn’t that for when they are in the battle zones? Or perhaps they are getting us all ready, we the suckers… sorry, we the voters, for when the **** becomes too toxic and they declare martial law? Am I just a cynic or conspiracy nut, or is that not too far on the horizon?

They already want to clamp down, legislatively, on street protest, which, in case you Neo-Cons out there forgot, was what Ben Franklin labeled dissent as “The lifeblood of democracy”.

It is bad enough that the Neo-Cons and what should be labeled the real Deep State did when they came up with the term Homeland after 9/11.

They most likely wanted to use the term Fatherland but Joey boy Goebbels already patented it to give Hitler’s suckers.. sorry, voters, something to rally behind. It worked… in spades!

So, the Bush/Cheney Cabal and their handlers needed to get us in line, replete with a sea of flags hanging from our garages and lapels, as they did their Shock and Awe destruction of Iraq. Don’t forget John Yoo and Jay Bybee’s authorship, with Fredo Gonzales’s sign off, on the legitimatizing of torture, with their ‘End Run’ of the Geneva Accords.

Just as with the carpet bombing of Iraq and the illegal occupations of both Iraq and Afghanistan, the ‘Colors of camouflage’ spontaneously generate throughout the world. Doesn’t matter if it’s a Bush, an Obama or now a Trump in the White House… Perpetual War continues at taxpayer and innocent civilians’ expense!

Is that the only purpose of this column? No, it just helps to explain why the precious ‘Safety Net’ that was stronger for so many generations is now shredded each and every day.

Take the news stories about the homeless tent cities that ‘color in gray’ the landscapes of major metropolitan cities, and even smaller towns nationwide.

Recently the city of Las Vegas, with a Democratic mayor and city council, passed an ordinance banning those tent cities of the homeless.

Now, only a moron would disagree that many of those folks are in need of mental health aid. The remainder are either too broke to afford the higher costs of housing, and or are substance abusers in need of rehabilitation and counselling. Can’t happen folks! No funding!

Yet, many of us suckers…sorry, voters…keep supporting the increases in those camouflaged uniforms.

Perhaps Uncle Sam could sign up the homeless and put them in camouflage. At least then they would have great medical care and psychological counselling, three squares a day and a clean bed to sleep in… all on your dime!

Isn’t Perpetual War great?

Jay Bybee became a US Circuit court judge; John Yoo teaches at the U. of California at Berkeley; Fredo Gonzales is the Dean of Belmont University College of Law and teaches Constitutional law. Where is the outrage!?

Or is Amerika some Woody Allen film?

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Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Nov 14, 2019 1:46 PM

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/13/democrats-handled-the-impeachment-hearing-like-pros-republicans-less-so ‘It seemed quite clear to the congresspeople themselves that the Republican party was having a very bad day. When the Republican members spoke, they tended to yell and conspiracize, accusing their Democratic colleagues of unfair treatment and condemning the process. They were not so much trying to exonerate the president as trying to perform for him as he watched on TV. The Democrats, meanwhile, were calm, speaking in smooth tones, refusing to take the bait offered to them by Republicans, and on the whole, using their time with great efficiency. They were in uncommonly good form, and seemed in quite good spirits. Things were going exactly as they planned.’ ———- I watched it – that is the opposite of what I saw. Kent came across as a tetchy smart arse. The Ambassador as some old school homely version of one who couldn’t be left alone to look after a… Read more »

Peter
Peter
Dec 7, 2019 1:52 PM
Reply to  Dungroanin

Spot on summing up. Dungroanin If by some chance President Trump gets a second chance at the White house. and he gets elected. [going by the people in the UK, we are fed up to the back teeth with professional self-serving politicians] Then he should go for the funding details of Obama and Clinton [Mrs] making it his main policy. The Democrats will be too busy covering their collective arses to giv him any more bother. As for the EU, anyone’s guess? My view is an alliance with Germany and Russia [German money and brains not forgetting Russian brains and brawn [nukes and gas] China is well on the way to controlling its section of the planet, by bribery, coercion and f that fails carrot and stick. US with Trump can fall back to isolationist views and gain full control of its neighbours [enhanced Munro Doctrine] The world settles back… Read more »

Wilmers31
Wilmers31
Nov 14, 2019 6:27 AM

Don’t let them use you – don’t enlist.

Check your favourite company, who supplies the military, in a search engine with ‘XXX+BlackRock’. They’ve got their fingers in every pie i checked.

But the emissions that the military production causes are not even here https://www.blackrocksbigproblem.com/

Gezzah Potts
Gezzah Potts
Nov 13, 2019 10:23 AM

Philip, some good points, but despite the large numbers of Americans living in grinding poverty, or in one of the tent cities, or even struggling to pay their power bills, I don’t see mass outbreaks of protests all over the U.S, like, say in France or Chile. If people are in so much economic pain, why arn’t they out in the streets banging pots and pans today. Or last week. Why? Goebbels…. Or more specifically, the relentless propaganda, 24/7 in every form of media (including Hollywood obviously) and a highly jingoistic nationalism, and where its drummed into Americans that: Our brave boys and girls are defending freedom and democracy and… ‘Our way of life’. Why else would the military appear at sports events? In Australia too, increasingly loud voices calling for a crackdown on street protests. The loudest voices are coming from the presstitutes at Murdochs rags along with the… Read more »

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle
Nov 13, 2019 2:49 PM
Reply to  Gezzah Potts

‘If people are in so much economic pain, why aren’t they out in the streets banging pots and pans today. Or last week. Why?’ – the short answer is that anyone who questions America’s violent culture is quickly marginalised or labelled as suspect. Its embedded in US history, dating back to the extermination of native Americans, enslavement of blacks, building alliances with Nazis after WWII, dropping nukes on a defeated nation and having their way with numerous countries across the globe from Korea, via Latin America and Viet Nam to the Middle East and Africa. The violence is manifest domestically as well, so that things like school massacres, high rates of imprisonment and endless economic pressure on those at the bottom of pile have become little more than grist to the mill. All the while the MSM cheer on the status quo. Take health care: any American who doesn’t support… Read more »

Gezzah Potts
Gezzah Potts
Nov 13, 2019 8:07 PM
Reply to  Harry Stotle

Appreciate this Harry, including the Jimmy Dore clip, thanks. It’s pretty similar mindset here in Australia, especially after abt 35 years of full bore Neoliberalism. The haves…. and the have nots. And a very noticeable Murdoch presence.

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle
Nov 13, 2019 8:40 PM
Reply to  Gezzah Potts

Cheers, Gezzah, just wanted to respond to your post which sums up a lot of our frustrations

Anonymous Bosch
Anonymous Bosch
Nov 14, 2019 6:42 PM
Reply to  Harry Stotle

And I will respond to you Harry – you are a gem !

Anonymous Bosch
Anonymous Bosch
Nov 14, 2019 6:41 PM
Reply to  Harry Stotle

Another Jimmy Dore fan – I’m with you there – and purleeeeeze ! don’t start me on Rachel Maddow, Debbie Wascherman Shultz, Meghan McCain or Chris Hayes !

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Nov 13, 2019 10:16 AM

The war on petrodollars is coming and sadly, America is going to lose.

The real tragedy is that the 0.01%ers have already salted their fortunes all over the globe and are quietly upping sticks to leave behind the nation they betrayed to get even richer.

Wars against nations is antiquated. What is needed is wars against ueberbillionaires and their lackeys.

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Nov 13, 2019 12:25 PM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

The fight is not between nations and their people. The fight is between rich and poor.
The rich need to be eaten.

Anonymous Bosch
Anonymous Bosch
Nov 14, 2019 6:44 PM
Reply to  nottheonly1

Only after they have been locked away and educated – for the safety and security of all. . . .

vexarb
vexarb
Nov 13, 2019 7:00 AM

The Man from Uncle left his calling card in Raqqa, as in the other places which he came to save: “RAQQA VICTIMS OF UNCLE $CAM Dug out of rubble, buried in mass graves: 4,000 mainly women, children & elderly at farm near pediatric clinic and National Hospital; 2,500 in burial site near Al-Panorama; bombing raid victims. “The letters to the UN stressed that to date just TWO PERCENT of the rubble had been cleared away in Raqqa, which had been literally razed to the ground,” Maria Zakharova emphasized. This hideous chapter is not written yet. It may rival Mosul, where an estimated 40,000 Iraqis were bombed to death. https://tass.com/politics/1029851 [It certainly dwarfs Mai Lai, the archetypal Vietnamese village which The Man from Uncle ‘had to destroy in order to save it’. Mai Lai to Raqqa mark a long and shameful road: they are what those few thousand post-Vietnam U$ soldiers… Read more »

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Nov 13, 2019 12:31 PM
Reply to  vexarb

Conveniently, the MSM presstitutes report these mass graves to be from Saddam Hussein. As if it would make up for the missing WMD. “Even new born babies…” were tossed in.
What comes when disgust doesn’t cut it anymore?

Antonym
Antonym
Nov 13, 2019 4:01 AM

The present US needs Homeland insecurity to keep their only substantial industries running: the military hard and software. US CEOs exported all other industry to more profitable locations like Japan, China or now Vietnam remember?
Security would threaten their huge partially secret budgets, so constant fear is vital.

Now a nation like Xi-China is copying that sable rattling behaviour. Let these two giants exhaust each other’s economies for the peace of the rest of us. Let them have a cold war, not a hot one.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Nov 13, 2019 1:41 AM

Outrage is as counterproductive as rage is. Americans are classically conditioned to express rage over sports teams and sports figures. Most of the time outrage is directed at managers of sports teams and owners expectations. Today, all the outrage is directed at incompetent sports teams and their incompetent management but the politicians are invariably no go zones for establishment newspapers and their myriad on-call hacks that are known & trusted political adherents. Everyone is vetted years in advance of being made a public persona or figure. The Military Industrial Complex now vets their own brand of adherents like Tulsi Gabbard. Sports half time shows in the USA all promote adherence towards the MIC and their trained mass murderers that are dressed in typical camouflaged attire to promote an image of uniformity of purpose & directives. The directives are to subjugate taxpayers to the state oligopoly of overarching aggression towards all… Read more »

RobG
RobG
Nov 13, 2019 1:22 AM

For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky (it’s a Star Trek episode).

George Mc
George Mc
Nov 13, 2019 8:37 AM
Reply to  RobG

Not one of their best. I preferred “The Day Of The Dove” in which an invisible alien sneaks on board The Enterprise while it’s carrying Klingons. This alien feeds off feelings of rage and hate and constantly whips up strife between the Klingons and the humans. It even patches up those who are fatally wounded to restore them to full health so the fighting can go on forever. Sounds familiar?

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Nov 13, 2019 12:35 PM
Reply to  George Mc

…an invisible alien…

They are here – based on deduction alone.

Igor
Igor
Nov 12, 2019 10:26 PM

Camo BDUs became the uniform of the day, every day, everywhere, for the US military following the planned demolition of the towers in NYC and the missile attack on the Pentagon in WDC.

The US Navy went to wearing blue themed camo, what a joke. Hiding on a ship at sea.

Jen
Jen
Nov 13, 2019 12:20 AM
Reply to  Igor

Even the US Air Force has camouflage uniforms, as if they’re really needed while flying fighter jets against a blank background where visual features are usually temporary or constantly changing position and colour as the plane flies.

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Nov 13, 2019 12:38 PM
Reply to  Jen

It’s about fleecing taxpayers by outfitting ‘the troops’ with cheap
new uniforms made in China/Vietnam/India and charging the
taxpayers shitloads for it. A business in itself.

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Nov 13, 2019 2:19 AM
Reply to  Igor

They’re work clothes, we often see military personnel in them when they’re out getting lunch at a fast food restaurant. They’re practical, hard wearing and inexpensive. The people wearing them are typically Air Force, Air National Guard or Navy and while one or two are pilots, probably flying Hercules or similar transports, most are technicians.

Now, the reason why you’ll see service personnel wearing BDUs at sporting events on Veterans’ Day is actually quite practical. Its not an excess of patriotic zeal, its merely the fact they getting steep discounts for being in uniform.

Michael McNulty
Michael McNulty
Nov 12, 2019 9:22 PM

The west is involved in these wars because we started them.

Anonymous Bosch
Anonymous Bosch
Nov 14, 2019 6:46 PM

And the shitstream media perpetuate the lie. . . . .