The United States of America is a War Machine
The Southwest Political Report
By: Matt Sedillo
“Happy, thrice happy shall they be pronounced hereafter, who have contributed any thing, who have performed the meanest office in erecting this stupendous fabric of Freedom and Empire”- George Washington
“We may have occasion in our lifetime to once again rise up in defense of our freedom, and pay the wages of war”- Barrack Obama
“The nation that has trained itself to a career of unwarlike and isolated ease is bound, in the end, to go down before other nations which have not lost the manly and adventurous qualities”- Theodore Roosevelt
“I state unabashedly to every single one of you, The United States of America is more engaged in more places with greater impact today than at any time in American history”- John Kerry
“The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government.” – James Polk
“If we see that Germany is winning we ought to help Russia and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible”- Harry S Truman
“We can’t be fighting the last war. We have to be preparing to fight the new war” – Hillary Clinton
“Since trade ignores national boundaries and the manufacturer insists on having the world as a market, the flag of his nation must follow him, and the doors of the nations which are closed must be battered down. Concessions obtained by financiers must be safeguarded by ministers of state, even if the sovereignty of unwilling nations be outraged in the process. Colonies must be obtained or planted, in order that no useful corner of the world may be overlooked or left unused. “- Woodrow Wilson
“I’m sorry to tell you there’s going to be other wars. We will never surrender but there will be other wars.” – John McCain
“The good Lord didn’t see fit to put oil and gas only where there are democratically elected regimes friendly to the United States. Occasionally we have to operate in places where, all things considered, one would not normally choose to go. But, we go where the business is. “- Dick Cheney
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.” – Smedley Butler.
“Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty, and justice in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present. That torch is now in our hands, and we will use it to light up the world.”- Donald Trump
Sometime in between extending his ban to CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and other imperial publications of note and he and his staff’s bizarre claims of spy kitchenware , Donald Trump enjoyed a brief moment of bipartisan celebration. His inaugural address to the joint sessions of congress was hailed widely in all the news fit to print and all the words worth saying on national television as a grand success.
Donald Trump, the bigot, misogynist, authoritarian, the conspiracy theorist was now dubbed “presidential.” CNN’s Steven Collinson lauded Trump’s speech enthusiastically proclaiming “his address ticked almost all the boxes of a traditional State of the Union style appearance.” Glen Thrush of the New York Times beamed “For the first time since his swearing in in January, Mr. Trump seemed to accept the fetters of formality and tradition that define and dignify the presidency.”
No less a fellow traveler than Van Jones declared “He became President of the United States in that moment, period. There are a lot of people who have a lot of reasons to be frustrated with him, to be fearful of him and to be mad at him. But that was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics period. And did something extraordinary and for people who have been hoping that he would become unifying hoping might find some way to become presidential they should be happy with that moment.”
What he do? To what moment was Van Jones referring to? Nearing the end of his speech Donald Trump took a moment to speak on the life of Ryan Owens and draw attention to his widow who was an invited guest. Her presence drew a standing ovation. And just like that 45, Agent Orange, Twittler, The Eugenicist in chief was deemed presidential. If only for a moment imperial blood washed the despised emperor clean.
The throne of blood that is the West Wing, that is to say the role of the Imperial Presidency is embraced and carried out by both parties. Imperialism is bipartisan. There is scant difference even rhetorically on the question of war between the two branches of the duopoly. After all the Democrats are the party of Andrew Jackson, James Polk, Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson war criminals on par with any offered by the GOP.
All that Trump has said that has been deemed out of character of the Presidency have been comments made concerning populations residing within the United States on America. On the question of imperialism Donald Trump is unremarkable in the recent and long ranging history of the United States of America.
Hillary Clinton spoke of obliterating Iran. She laughed about the assassination of Ghadaffi. John McCain sang about bombing Iran and once spoke of century long occupations. Barrack Obama wrote, “the biggest casualty” of the Vietnam war was, “the bond of trust between the American people and their government” not the millions of Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians slaughtered by the US killing machine. When it comes to global murder and mayhem reigned upon those unfortunate enough to be born outside the War Machine there is no difference between Trump other Republicans or the Democratic Party.
Look at his recent cabinet appointments. The contention over the appointment of privatizer and Christian Crusader Betsy DeVos to Secretary of Education was historic. It forced a Vice Presidential tie breaking vote for the first time in US history. The confirmation hearings included Bernie Sanders questioning Betsy DeVos “if you were not a multibillionaire if your family had not made hundreds of millions in contribution to the republican party you would be sitting here today?” The Confederate nomination Jeff Sessions was also met with strong pushback. It witnessed the completely sexist silencing of Elizabeth Warren by Mitch McConnell whose words “She was warned. She was given an explanation. She nevertheless persisted.” will no doubt live on in misogynist infamy. These were battles fought for the internal shape of the United States. How US children will be taught and how we living here shall all stand before the law. In contrast, the Senate confirmed a man named Mad Dog to Secretary of Defense by a vote of 98-1. This both vote saw both Sanders and Warren co sign this global menace without much controversy or contention. Whatever its internal struggles may or may not be this is a nation of war running on an economy of blood carried out by warlords at the behest of a global vampiric class. The War Machine ensures the iron rule of Capital.
Sadly this too is true of the so called internal resistance to Trump. However the movers and shakers within Capitalist class may view the kleptocrat in office the US War Machine presents them with limited options. The US War Machine cannot self correct against any Trumpian deviation from the general program in a manner that would address the underlying causes that brought it about. Knowing only war it can only call for war. This is why all roads of resistance from the Democrats point to Russian conspiracies.
Donald Trump’s recent claims that Obama sent in the brave little toaster to run recon on his campaign is no more or less absurd than the Democrats claiming that Boris and Natasha stole the election. The truth is quite simple and plain. Hillary Clinton won the election. This is not a democracy. The electoral college was established to protect slavery and still serves as bulwark safeguarding reaction. Its also true that Trump got millions upon millions of votes. It was because he is awful not in spite of it. He’s terrible, his supporters are terrible. It delights them to be terrible. Deplorable is too kind a word.
The US War Machine can do nothing to address the internal legacies of slavery or settler colonialism or the blatant misogyny of Trump’s campaign or the attacks and characterizations of Muslims, which it largely shares, or the threats against Mexico and Central America, which it also shares, it can only function as it functions. It can only do what it was built to do. It can only call for war.
War or at the very least heightened aggression against Russia have been on the table for nearly decade. Two of the most bloodthirsty figures on this front have been Hillary Clinton the Obliterator of Nations and John Man o War McCain. McCain has been itching for nuclear Armageddon since the dispute of North and South Ossetia in 2008. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State did all she could to help provoke conflict with the Ukraine. These are nuclear bunker politics. This is strangeloveism.
John McCain and travel buddy Lindsey Graham are Donald Trump’s harshest critic from within the Republican party. These global hooligans are being marketed to the public as principled voices from within the GOP when in reality they jet set around the world trying to sew greater and greater more and more copious amounts of bloodshed in an already war torn world. War is a racket and a function of the expansion of capital but for men such as McCain it is also a passion.
Donald Trump too sings the bloody hymn of America. He is a warmonger that fits well within the confines of US imperialism. His calls for war with China are discernable to anyone watching the situation. His provocations have not been simple blunders as with Australia but direct laying of the groundwork for military confrontation. Horrifying as this maybe there is nothing particular exceptional in his bloodlust.
This period of history however is exceptional. The industrial world order is coming undone not by economic or political means but through the advance of technology which in turn is forcing responses in the economic and political realm. The US War Machine knowing only war can commit to only war in response to this as well. Through the vehicle of Trump it becomes clearer and clearer this means war with China. Through opposition to Trump this appears to come in the form of war with Russia. Either way war between the three most powerful nations on Earth in any combination could spell the end of us as a viable species. In order for the world to survive the War Machine must be dissembled and its parts put to better use.
War is a racket. Imperialism is bipartisan. Nuclear war if not stopped will be the death of us all.
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