Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The militarization of the US...
"What's in a name?"-- William Shakespeare
Lt. Eric N. Shine and Gary Corseri
Most people are unaware of the larger picture developing over the past seven or eight decades, or have been willing to ignore it. This still-developing image portrays matters requiring knowledge of world history, a degree of self-education and a global perspective to recognize and decipher.
The remarkable change still underway is a complete militarization of the United States, if not also the rest of the world. Today, the most disturbing sign of this take-over of all of the civilian commons by the military, at least in the U.S., comes in the form of a new, or reinvigorated, Department of War.
Our de facto Department of War, was known as our War Department from 1789 until it was reconstituted on September 18, 1947 in response to international terms set forth by the Geneva Convention accords. Wars of aggression and conquest were outlawed by those international agreements. Only wars to defend a nation’s borders were allowed. In 1948, with our agreeing to the terms of these accords, our Department of War was converted to a reconfigured Department of Defense and its focus changed… until now.
In spite of restructuring, one thing is now clear: those agreements that came about in response to two horrendous world wars, have now been reversed. One sign of this reversal is the wars of aggression in which our “Department of Defense” is now engaged; another sign is the conversion of the Department of Defense back to a reinvigorated offensive Department of War, and, concomitantly, the creation of a new de facto Defense Department.
President George W. Bush accelerated these attacks on the Geneva Convention accords to a point where our own soldiers, in the midst of intense conflict, stood in jeopardy of losing these important safeguards. This earth-shattering change, irreconcilable not only with these accords, but with our own Constitution, and with our foundational system of civilian self-governance, was already well underway. And, sadly and forebodingly, these changes were largely unnoticed by our citizenry… and remain so today!
The other major new reality of our recent restructuring has been the creation of the relatively new “Department of Homeland Security” -- in effect, our new Defense Department! A doctrine, a rationale of external aggression was incorporated into the structural conversion of our Department of Defense back into a de facto Department of War, while, ironically, actual defensive tactics and strategies became the bailiwick of our Department of Homeland Security! (Significantly, the Department of Homeland Security was originally to be called the Department of Homeland Defense!). And what was the intention of all these Orwellian name-changes and shenanigans? Obviously, to confuse the populace with the real purposes of the elite class of rulers; and, significantly, to carry on an inward thrust of conquest and subjugation upon the people of the United States.)
One thing the military learned well from the Viet Nam experience is that to win any war, or wars, no matter how just or proper, the American people must be controlled!