Tuesday, July 9, 2019

American Militarism Is Riding High — W. J. Astore

What we’re not encouraged to do is to criticize or even to question America’s vast military establishment and its enormous power, even though President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about that establishment in his famous farewell speech in 1961.
It’s high time we Americans listened to Ike as well as to J.W. Fulbright. Let’s give the latter a close listen, shall we?…
I stumbled across Senator J. William Fulbright’s 1970 book The Pentagon Propaganda Machine and, out of curiosity, bought it for the princely sum of five dollars. Now, talk about creepy. Fulbright, who left the Senate in 1974 and died in 1995, noted a phenomenon then that should ring a distinct bell today. Americans, he wrote, “have grown distressingly used to war.” He then added a line that still couldn’t be more up to date: 
“Violence is our most important product.” Congress, he complained (and this, too, should ring a distinct bell in 2019), was shoveling money at the Pentagon “with virtually no questions asked,” while costly weapons systems were seen mainly “as a means of prosperity,” especially for the weapons makers of the military-industrial complex.
“Militarism has been creeping up on us,” he warned, and the American public, conditioned by endless crises and warnings of war, had grown numb, leaving “few, other than the young, [to] protest against what is happening.”
This process has a name — "normaliztion." War and state-violence are becoming normalized in American society.

Bracing Views
American Militarism Is Riding High
W. J. Astore

1 comment:

Kaivey said...

Tulsi Gabbard was debating with some grey suite who said the US had to stay in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban who did 9/11. Tulsi told him that Al Quada did 9/11, not the Taliban. He would have gotten away with that BS if it wasn't for her. Anyway, she should told him that the Taliban are fighting Al Qaeda so why are we fighting them.