The Military-Industrial Complex
By Dr. Bob Uda, The Cyber-commentator
November 1, 2014
I too was part of the Military-Industrial Complex that General and later President Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke about. I served four years in AFROTC and eight years of active duty in the USAF. I also served for a quarter century in the Aerospace and Defense Industries working on aircraft, satellites, space exploration, and defense systems. You might also find it interesting to read the article by Butler (n.d.) on “War is a Racket.” This article can answer the questions: “Why are we in Afghanistan?” and “Why do we kill each other?” I particularly like Butler’s final statement where he said,
But victory or defeat will be determined by the skill and ingenuity of our scientists. If we put them to work making poison gas and more and more fiendish mechanical and explosive instruments of destruction, they will have no time for the constructive job of building greater prosperity for all peoples. By putting them to this useful job, we can all make more money out of peace than we can out of war—even the munitions makers. So…I say, TO HELL WITH WAR! (p. 14)
You might also get hold of a good article by Brook and Epstein (2006) on “Just War Theory” vs. American Self-defense. The authors’ final statement in their Conclusion states “America faces a choice between two irreconcilable foes: self-defense or altruism—which are [sic] but forms of the basic choice we all face: life or death. Let us choose life” (Brook & Epstein, 2006, p.26). I agree with the authors on this conclusion.
There are about 1 to 1.5 billion Arabs/Muslims/Islamites (AMIs) in the world. Ninety percent of them are good people. However, about 10 percent of them are fundamentalist, radical, extremist Islamists, their supporters, and followers who work at killing all non-believers (or Infidels as they call them). They have a goal of world domination, a one-religion world, headed by a Caliphate, and Sharia Law to replace the Constitution of the United States. The 10% amounts to 100 to 150 million people who have hijacked the Islamic religion (a religion of peace) and have twisted it to follow the dictates of their Prophet Mohammad who was a very evil man.
I have no problem with most of the AMIs, but I do have a problem with the 100-150-million Islamists who are succeeding at achieving their goals that I mentioned above. I profess being a member of none of the major political parties (i.e., Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian). However, I claim to be a “strict constructionist” constitutional conservative. I firmly believe in supporting, sustaining, and upholding the Constitution of the United States. I have lost all faith in our federal government, particularly the Obama administration.
I believe in service to humanity, religion, and education. That is why I am now an educator instead of supporting the Military-Industrial Complex. Now, we must watch out for the deadly Government-Media Complex. We need freedom “from” the press more than we need freedom “of” the press. Government is all-pervasive in our lives. We need to abolish the NSA (spying on all of us citizens), IRS, EPA, Department of Education, and The FED. We also need to get out of the UN.
Brook, Y., & Epstein, A. (2006, Spring). “Just War Theory” vs. American self-defense. The Objective Standard, 1(1), 1-27. Retrieved from http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/…/just-war-theory.asp
Butler, S. (n.d.). War is a racket. Retrieved from http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.pdf
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