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No Indication in the US that the Country is at War Again

Keeping it normal in the world's leading rogue nation

The US media bear much of the blame of course. Prior to Trump's cruise missile attack on Syria, the nation's leading news organizations were awash in editorials calling for action, and were running propaganda photos and video images of allegedly poisoned victims (who looked surprisingly healthy). Meanwhile one struggles to find any reportage on the US role in perpetuating the ongoing horror of Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen. In fact, it's much easier to find a report about Yemen when that country's embattled Houti fighters manage to launch a retaliatory missile into Saudi Arabia than about the daily carnage caused by Saudi bombings of civilian targets in Yemen.

The decision by President Richard Nixon, in 1973, to end the military draft in the US and to convert the military into an all-volunteer force, combined with the development of remotely piloted drones and cruise missiles capable of wreaking destruction at a distance, have reduced US casualties to a miniscule number, allowing the American people to ignore what's being done in their name to innocent populations around the globe. Meanwhile, a media that simply do not question a military budget that this year, at $760 billion, exceeds half of the just-passed $1.33-trillion federal budget for discretionary spending.

Instead of honestly reporting the vast share of wasted tax revenues that go into supporting American militarism, the media resort to a sleight of hand that includes the separat payroll-tax funded Social Security and Medicare programs into the mix, thus reducing the military spending share of the budget to an artificially low 25%. The implication, which I've actually heard incorrectly stated on news programs, even on National Public Radio, is that military spending is "not discretionary" but is rather as unalterable as Social Security benefits. As one host of an NPR talk show put it in a program discussing the budget, without any correction being made, "Well, after you talk out the mandatory programs like Social Security, Medicare and Defense, it's hard to find anywhere to cut the budget."

This goes hand-in-hand with the generally accepted media description of America's men and women in uniform as "heroes who are defending our freedom" as they occupy, invade and assault or launch deadly "targeted killing" attacks by drone or special forces actions in dozens of nations around the globe -- nations whose people never travel more than a few miles from their native villages or towns, and whose countries pose zero threat to America or to American's vaunted if all to seldom-exercised freedoms.



story | by Dr. Radut