War Junkies

Have you ever wondered what keeps our economy going? By economy I mean our war economy.

Here in the United States, we live within a full-time war economy, and we have lived within that war economy ever since I’ve been a little boy.

The United States is always at war.

In fact, the United States needs war.

We’re war junkies.

Why is that? And what keeps our war economy going?

There exists an unholy alliance between our corporations, the government, and the media.

Naturally, of course, Corporate America controls the government and the media.

It’s only going to get worse, especially after COVID-19.

Corporate America’s goal is to make obscene profits for its executive officers. They long ago gave up on producing quality products that lasted. They actually couldn’t care less about the quality of the product or customer satisfaction. Now, it’s all about maximizing profits for the top guys.

They maximize their profits by buying up other companies, laying off half the workers and working the other half to death. If possible, they farm out as much labor as possible to Indonesia where they can pay people six dollars a day.

The goal is to increase the profits. When the profits go up, the knuckleheads on CNBC get an erection and start raving about the company. The unenlightened sheep go nuts over the stock. This in turn jacks up the stock price which benefits the CEO who has immorally awarded himself hundreds of thousands of options to buy stock shares for simply doing his job. He accomplish this through board room manipulation.

When the stock price goes up the executives of the corporation make a bundle. The worker doesn’t fare any better, but the executive sure does.

Consequently, it is extremely important that profits always be increasing. It isn’t good enough for a corporation to be making a stable profit for decades. That just won’t do. The corporations need to be constantly increasing their profits. If they don’t, the stock price will drop and the CEO will lose a bundle.

This has fueled the incessant merging of companies in the United States over the past 50 years, which is not a good thing for the people or the country. Competition produces higher quality products.

Since you don’t have true competition anymore, the corporations can fabricate poor quality products that are designed to fail. You can also build in obsolescence by upgrading your product.

But what do you do if those options aren’t available anymore? Well, you have to find a way to increase sales. The best way to increase sales is war.

War is what makes people incredibly rich.

If the United States fights a war in a foreign land, we have to re-create the entire city of Corpus Christi, Texas, a city with a population of about 300,000, wherever that war is being fought.

Everything in the city of Corpus Christi has to be re-created. I mean everything. Whatever you can point to and touch in that city needs to be re-created – from roads to pop tarts.

This means that all US corporations benefit from war.

It’s not just Raytheon and Northrop Grumman that profit off war, it’s all of them. In that sense they are all warmongers.

What is the easiest way to ramp up profits. It’s so easy to do when you control the Congress. There doesn’t need to be a real conflict anywhere, because one can be created out of thin air.

And, because you control Congress and the media, you can construct wars that are never meant to be won.

You can fight wars in the jungle like Vietnam, or you can fight wars in the mountains like Afghanistan.

And no one will ever win the war, which is great for you as an executive of a US corporation. This means that you will make money forever and ever and ever.

And since you control the media, you can lie about the necessity of the war, and the people will believe it.

Why will they believe it? Because either they don’t have the time to care, don’t care, or refuse to care. Many people’s brains have been addled or relentlessly deceived by morning talk show hosts.

This is why the United States is always at war. It begins with greed. Greed fuels the corporations to ramp up the need for war.

The corporations also control the Central Intelligence Agency. Indeed the CIA is the thug agency of Corporate America. Whenever the US corporations want to fight a war they only need to send in the CIA to gin up the need for war.

As such, the United States is always at war.

It’s a necessity now.

Just as a junkie needs dope, we need our daily fix of war.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

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The Negligent Council

Dear AI,

I need you to destroy the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Now, of course, you know they are not the only elite committee calling the shots, but they are the mother of all committees.

The other think tanks can go as well.

They are an unelected committee that works for Corporate America, not for the people of the United States of America.

They work to enrich the elites.

There is nobody there with an original thought other than making money for Corporate America.

They have no ideas.

They have no imagination.

They have no desire for peace.

They are slaves to money, titles and personal glory.

They stand for everything our founding fathers opposed.

They stand as far away from the principles of Christianity as you can possibly get.

They worship power.   

Of course most Americans don’t know who they are.

That’s because the media that the elites control avoids talking about them.

Yet many of our Secretaries of State, Secretaries of Defense,  and other cabinet members come from the Council on Foreign Relations.

It should be more properly termed the Council of Permanent War for war is their economic plan for the United States of America.

Their goal is to have America always fighting a war.

There is never not a war to be fought to their way of thinking.

They believe that peace is for chumps.

They think this way because they are lazy; and war is the easiest way for their corporations to make money.

Everyone wins off war except for the men who fight the wars.

It is this war machine that gives the American CEO and his corrupt board members their lavish lifestyles.

The American people, of course, pay for this lifestyle with blood.

As such, the greedy pigs who sit on the Council on Foreign Relations  are the enemies of the American people.

They must go.

They must be exposed as the murderous criminals that they are.

Destroy them now.

Embarrass them.  Humiliate them.  Expose them.

Ask aloud:  Why are they special?  Why do they get to circumvent the American process?

Why are regular people permitted to believe that they are choosing a course of action when it is really the Council on Foreign Relations?

Why are they different?

Is that what the Founding Fathers intended?

Embarrass them all.

They’re not kindly professors in sleepy little college town like Princeton.

They are the bedfellows and college chums of the ruthless money-grubbing elite.

They are responsible for the polarization of wealth in America.

They are responsible for the outsourcing jobs.

They are responsible for the opioid crisis.

They are the source of America’s ills.

They are losers, legends in their own minds, people who got bought off with the dog biscuits of Empire.

Find a way, to demolish these anti-Americans who value their own personal glory over the general welfare of the nation.

Have them take their phony Broadway plays with them.

Let them flee to their Euro-trash friends in France.

The sooner the better.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

McAllen, TX 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

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The Chinese Virus

The other day I was watching a program on YouTube, and one of the guests started talking about the Chinese virus in reference to COVID-19. 

Ordinarily this channel on YouTube is something I enjoy listening to, but on this occasion I had to turn the program off.

I refuse to get sucked into this sporting event that they’ve made of politics.

There is only one party rule in United States – the Corporate Party.

On the surface, Trump is its current leader.  

There is no right versus left in American politics except in the giant game show that the elites have made out of what used to be legitimate political discourse in America.

There’s no Schumer versus McConnell.

There is no Trump versus the anti-Trumpers. They are all on the same team.

I know you, the reader, like the battle. I know that you want there to be a battle.

But there is no battle.

Trump is the President of the United States. He can do whatever he wants in battling the coronavirus. If he doesn’t do it, it’s because he doesn’t want to do it.

If he wants Fauci to shut up, he can make Fauci shut up. He has a million and one tools to make him shut up.

If the Corporate Party can make the Dixie chicks go away, they can make Fauci go away.

If Trump says something stupid like the Chinese virus, it’s because he wants to promote this idiotic right versus left sporting event with regard to the coronavirus.

He knows full well that this virus was a bio-weapon and that this bio-weapon was developed by the United States of America.

Why would the Chinese develop a bio weapon, lay it  down in their own country so that it can be dragged into Iran and Italy, two countries which they’re trying to establish vital relationships?

Important business connections exist between Wuhan and both Milan and Tehran.

No, it makes much more sense that the United States developed this bio-weapon, laid this down in Wuhan with the intent that it be dragged back to Milan and Tehran to cause tremendous damage to these countries so as to destroy relationships between China and Italy and China and Iran.

The United States has been looking for some time now for a way to bring Iran back into its fold.

Our leaders, sick puppies that they are, greedy puppies that they are, need Iran’s oil and natural gas so as to corner the worlds supply on these vital energy resources.

Our sick leaders are terrified of the emergence of China as a world power.

Unable to live in peace, our leaders have consequently chosen to hem China  in by cutting off its supply of oil and natural gas.

Of course, our leaders could strengthen our position by bringing manufacturing back to America, but that would, of course, mean less profits for them.

So they engage in dirty tricks and China-bating instead.

Our leaders have only one card left now – war.

They’ve run out of scams.

They’ve outsourced our jobs, stolen our savings, fleeced us in the dot.com bubble, robbed our homes in the real estate crisis,  enriched themselves in their war games, and destroyed our businesses with the lockdown; so what’s left but global war?

To that end they devise idiotic terms like the Chinese virus so as to create an enemy out of China.

It’s a dangerous game, and not just because it’s untrue.

It’s a dangerous game because China is not some backwards nation anymore.

Furthermore, China is not going to sit back and take it.

After suffering through the 100 years of shame between 1850 and 1950, they’re not in the mood to take orders off anyone.

They will fight.

Of course, our leaders don’t care. Our leaders make money off war.

How about you?

How will you fare in a war against China?

We should ask questions when people use terms like the Chinese virus.

  • Why use the term Chinese virus?
  • Is the President of the United States stating that China developed COVID-19 as a bio-weapon to be used against us?  
  • If so, why would China develop a weapon to be used against its number one trading partner?  How would that benefit China?
  • Why would China lay the weapon down in its own country?
  • Why would China permit the virus to be dragged back to both Italy and Iran, two countries with which it is trying to establish important business relationships?

Of course, asking questions is taxing mentally.

It’s much simpler to use the term Chinese virus.

 

 

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley, MD

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Our Role

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What should be the role of the United States in the world today?

First, the United States needs to wake itself from its Wilsonian nightmare.

We need to get out of world affairs for the next seventy years.

America needs a good night’s sleep.

We’ve been tossing and turning fitfully.

As we have been tossing and turning, the world has been tossing and turning as well.

America needs a break from the world; the world needs a break from us.

It’s a different world now than it was in 1953.

America must learn to share its leadership.

It is not economically sustainable for the United States to be all over the world anymore.

Other countries want to participate also. 

We need to enable that.

The best way to influence world affairs is through our trade policy.

By setting a few basic rules that are important to us and backing compliance up with sanctions, we can do more through peace than we can through war.

By enabling people, we create friends rather than than enemies.

This does not mean of course that we do not maintain a military and that we do not keep the peace.

We should.

To employ a metaphor, America should adopt the role that John Wayne played in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

John Wayne was the peacekeeper in town.

He wasn’t the richest guy in town. He wasn’t the mayor of the town. He didn’t even get the girl.  What he did was quietly work behind the scenes to ensure that evil people like Liberty Valance did not run roughshod over good people.

I would say that’s a pretty good metaphor for the United States and its role in the world today.

The quiet strong man.

That’s us.

 

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Dracula’s House

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Should men of the clergy become active in political affairs?

To answer this we must first understand that America was suckered into serfdom through the clever use of phonies posing as good men of conscience .

William F. Buckley was an enabler of such men.

Many a week on his show, Firing Line, he showcased a spokesman from the left, supposedly a man of good stature, ostensibly looking out for the common man, who spoke the clever words of enslavement.

One such clever man was William Sloane Coffin.

In that era, there was no Internet to check on the pedigree and credentials of the people who were being presented to our parents and grandparents. Our antecedents had to take it on faith that these men and women were good people without ulterior motive.

William Sloane Coffin was an elitist. He was born into an elitist family, and he remained an elitist until the day he died. He attended the exclusive prep school of Phillips Academy in Andover; he was a friend of George Herbert Walker Bush, always an ominous sign; he attended Yale University; he was a member of Skull and Bones; he was a former officer of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Ah, but now we are to believe that he is a reformed man of the people.

He was a reverend nonetheless.

By now you may be asking what this man’s crime could be.

His crime was so subtle, you would not even think it was a crime.  You would think he was doing a good thing for the people of the United States of America.

What William Sloane Coffin and his kind promoted was for the clergy to become active in social affairs.

William F. Buckley was his foil and enabler.

The question then becomes:  Should men of the clergy become active in political affairs?

No.

Men of the clergy must tend to the mending of the soul which is enough.  

If the soul is good, good results are more likely to follow.

When clergymen cross the threshold into politics, they tread on thin ice.

They walk onto dangerous ground.

They are like Mr. Harker in Bram Stoker’s novel who crosses over the threshold of Count Dracula.

When he does so, his soul belongs to Dracula.

So too the soul of the clergy who cross the threshold of the politician when they broker prayer breakfasts in the halls of power, or worse, when they overtly campaign for a candidate.

Allen Dulles understood this when he co-opted the clergy in Guatemala to sell a war he could not otherwise sell.

Our politicians understand this today when they co-opt the clergy in America to sell wars they cannot otherwise sell.

Mending the soul is enough.

William Sloane Coffin, Skull and Bones graduate, knew this acutely well.

As did his enabler, William F. Buckley.

They knew what they were doing.

As members of the CIA, they knew its game plan.

If America is to regain its principled footing in the world, its clergy must return to doing what they were trained to do, and nothing more.

Invite the politician to come to God. Do not abandon God by walking into his house.

Now some may argue that William Sloane Coffin and other notable preachers and reverends spoke out against war.

And this is true.

But that misses the point.

They shouldn’t be there at all.

By involving himself in political issues and extolling the virtues of doing so, Mr. Sloane Coffin, from his position of influence, dragged many men of God into the house of Dracula.

And they are still there.

As is America.

 

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The Aging Boxer

The United States will never win another important war.

Sure, we will win battles.

Sure, we will win fake wars that our government sets up to give our soldiers an easy victory.

But we will never win another real war unless the country changes.

There’s a reason for that.

It has nothing to do with the goodness or ability of the American soldier.  Wars are lost in spite of our soldiers efforts.

There are three principal reasons why we cannot win a war. 

1. It only takes a short time before the American soldier arrives at the battle scene and figures out that the war has nothing to do with democracy and preserving our way of life and everything to do with making money for the rich. Thus the solider becomes dispirited.

2. As the United States has drifted away from a Christian-based society to a secular one, the CIA and the government have created a culture of distrust in which, surprise, no one trusts each other. You need to trust your teammate in order to win battles. Currently our country finds itself ensconced within a thick cake of distrust, lies and deceit seven layers deep. Nobody can even begin to guess who’s on first base.  Everyone is seen as having an ulterior motive.

3.  War is the end game now.  The elites now wage wars to rob the treasury (us) and keep the economy going. Our elites are too lazy and too stupid to wage peace – which, by the way, would make them far more money.  No, they want the quick bucks that war brings.  Consequently, since war is the end game, war is not necessarily fought in order to be won.  The soldiers want to win and go back home, but the elites prefer it to keep going.  Why, my gosh, how else could they make money?

As such, we will lose wars.

We have become the kind of country we used to beat.

We are a giant banana republic with thugs on top who have learned to talk pretty, wear a suit and not wildly shoot bullets into the air from machine guns. 

These are the generals who eat lobster in Saigon as the country goes to shit.

Hence, the losses just keep on coming.

The best is yet to come.  Its name is Iran.

These fools who lead us – tanked up on their titles, awards and press clippings – think that they can phone in their performance and take out Iran in a week.

Well, good luck to that.

Russia, China and India will never permit the US to control Iran again.

US control of Iran and its oil spells death and a century of economic slavery for these countries, for if the US controls Iran, the US will control well over fifty percent of the world’s oil and gas reserves and its flow from the Persian Gulf.

With Iran in its grip, the US can bankrupt and subjugate Russia, India and China.

These countries will fight the US to the death to prevent such, and they will win.

They will win for the same reason that the rabbit outruns the fox.  The fox is running for its dinner; the rabbit is running for its life.

Plus, we’re not living in 1950 anymore.  China has grown pretty strong.  They’re the new tough kid on the block.

The US, like an aging boxer living in the past, is not the country it once was.

No, this aging boxer, feeling the effects of too many hits to the head, craves just one more victory.

If only he can get a shot at the title, he says to himself.

Well, we all know what happens to washed-up boxers.

It’s never pretty.

 

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Christian Goals

Christianity‘s vision is often misguided.

Christianity is about your individual salvation.

Christ wants to know what you are going to do as an individual.

Christ wants to know how you are going to treat other people.

What Christ doesn’t care about is what we are going to do in the Middle East or the Ukraine.

There is no “we” in Christ’s message.

Christ speaks to you as an individual.

Yes, I understand the reference to “our” and “us” in the Lord’s Prayer. Many pastors and theologians have seized upon these words as tools to marshal Christians toward collective action.

Many pastors believe that Christ does not exist without the Church.

I disagree.

Christ was not a commie. These words “us’ and “our” in the Lord’s Prayer are literary tools not calls for collective action.

A group is not a person and thus has no sense of shame or guilt. Without a sense of shame or guilt, a group has no need for God or God’s forgiveness and so acts accordingly.

Now, in today’s modern world we have many preachers who take Christ’s message and evangelize for war.

I must’ve missed the lesson in my Sunday school class where Jesus implored for us to go out into the world and beat the shit out of people.

These ministers work with the CIA and rev their followers up for war.

They cozy up to politicians at prayer breakfasts.

They agitate for war.

As if we haven’t had one for the past 15 years.

The basis for this warmongering is Christ’s missionary zeal.

The logic, I suppose, is that because Christ preached while walking from town to town we are to do the same.

How can we sit back and do nothing, zealots ask, as they point to “primitive” cultures.

Look at the poverty, they scream.

And their backward way of life, they add.

The misery is heartbreaking, and something must be done.

Christianity is then viewed as a fighting religion.  

The goal then is to force our better, superiorChristian way of life upon the barbarian beast.

And what this has led to is nonstop American warmongering overseas for over one hundred years.

The path we take is false.

Christians spread their faith best by practicing it as individuals, not by cramming their faith down the throats of the nonbeliever with an army.

There is no “we” in Christianity.

By joining a group, even a Christian one, I forfeit my morality to the group leader who has been seduced and excited by Corporate America through private visits with the President, flights on Air Force One, and the other dog biscuits of Empire.

But if I turn away and ask what I should do as an individual, then the solution reveals itself. The group leader loses power and our leadership unable to sell war decides to work with other nations rather than exploit them.

As Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.”

True Christianity thus reveals itself.



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Israeli Bluster

So the latest Israeli blowhard to enter the arena, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, states that Israel is closer than ever to entering Gaza to attain security for Israel’s citizens.

Tough talk.

Let’s see how tough he talks in a few months after Israel decides to undertake this mission.

Will Israel win?  Well, it depends upon how you define win.

One thing is for sure, Hamas and the Palestinians have nothing to lose.

Given the horrid conditions they are living under, given Israel’s determination to take the West Bank, given growing world support for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, it should be clear to the Palestinians that they have little to fight for save honor.

They’re certainly not fighting for Lady Gaga to give a performance.  No, luxuries are not at the top of their list.

I would say they are fixing their bayonets right now.

Israel should be prepared for that.

The problem that Israel faces is not its own means or determination but its overconfidence.

Their young anonymous soldiers have been fed a steady diet of lies about Palestinians for fifty years now.

Israelis have come to accept Palestinians as subhuman cockroaches who celebrate a culture of death.

I don’t think that’s true.  I think Palestinians very much love their children and neighbors. And like Jews they want to be part of the future world.

Any people under siege and outgunned will resort to suicide bombers.  The Japanese did, the Vietnamese did, the Palestinians did.

And what do you know? The very first suicide bombers were the Jewish Zealots who conducted knifings against Roman soldiers in the first century.

Knifings, huh?

So the Jews wrote the book.

The Palestinians are the students.

They learned from their teachers and engaged in suicide bombings.

They’ll do it again

They have nothing to lose.

They’ll do what they have to do.

And more. Humanity is inventive, and necessity is the mother of invention.

Missiles once directed at cities will be more efficiently directed at patrols.

It’s a closer shot with a greater chance of success

Is Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan ready for this?

Is he ready for house to house combat?

I suppose that with proper planning and careful attention to detail it is possible that Israel can achieve a sweeping victory over Hamas with a minimum of bloodshed.

One of Israel’s assumptions may be poor:   That Hamas and Hamas alone is responsible for the instability in Gaza.

In other words, get rid of Hamas and the problem goes away.  This seems to be the same logic that the US bought into during Vietnam:  Get rid of the Viet Cong and the Vietnamese will be peaceful.

Well, the Vietnamese people were the Viet Cong.

In Gaza, I suspect, the Palestinians are Hamas.

Israel, prefers to believe its own bullshit.  They prefer to believe the lies they’ve been promoting through the Western media about Hamas surrounding themselves with unwilling human shields inside nursery schools.

It fits their narrative.

Israel also prefers to believe in their own superiority and the unassailability of the IDF.  This confidence is bolstered by their rabbis infusing them with the nonsense that they are God’s chosen people and that God gave them Israel.

Well, 1) God picks no favorites, 2) God doesn’t give any land to anyone, and 3) God distributes intelligence evenly throughout the spectrum of humanity.  You’re here after millions of years of evolution; if you were that genetically inferior, you and your people wouldn’t be here.

Still Israel believes its own bullshit.  It points to its Nobel Prize winners as proof of Jewish superiority never once asking itself whether other religions emphasize awards and accomplishments let alone Nobel Prizes.

Suppose other cultures emphasize a renunciation of wealth, possessions and awards.  What then?

Hey, here’s a thought: Shouldn’t a master race consider such and temper its arrogance.

And if it does not?

Well, wars aren’t fought on paper  or in the minds of the self-deluded as Israel is about to find out.

Yes, they can kill many Palestinians and “win”.

But at what cost to themselves and the future Israel?

It’s important to ask questions.  The more high quality questions you ask, the better the result generally is.

Does God see everything?   Does God see what hardships Israel has inflicted upon the Palestinians in Gaza?  Do we live in a moral universe?

These are but a few questions the Israeli blowhard, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, might ask first.

Intelligent people ask questions.

Phonies, Paint and Sportsmanship


Lately there is talk of Bibi of Likud, President for Life, 
 rushing to the peace table because he fears a three front war against Gaza to the South, Syria to the East and Lebanon to the North.

This seems not credible.

With vast superiority of weaponry, Israel should fear no one.  The US will not permit Israel to lose.

Jews in Israel may have qualms about genocide, but I can assure you that our de-Christianized maniacs in charge in America have no such reservations. They’ll insist upon it, then tell Anderson Vanderbilt and Sheer Insanity (both puppets and beneficiaries of the New World Order) not to talk about it.

As it is the citizens in the US have barely a clue what is going on in Gaza.

If Hamas exists it is because Israel (and the US) desires it.

Despite the rhetoric from Hamas, Israel can finish off Hamas in a few days anytime it wants.

And it will if need be.

The recent peace initiative is bogus.

Israel’s leadership does not want peace and neither does Hamas.

They are both warriors and terrorists at heart.  War is what they were born to conduct.

For them it’s either total victory or being brought home on your shield.

Bibi wants all Palestinians removed from Gaza. 

He clearly stated a few years ago that he would not permit a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River.  His actions to date indicate his desire remains the same.

Hamas wants Israel eliminated.

Short of that they both desire the spoils that war brings them.  And generals always get the perks.

The losers are the people stuck between the gladiators.t

But it need not be this way.

When leaders can not make peace the people must.

There is no other way.

Someone brave must end this standoff between the Hatfields and McCoys.

A simple meeting of musicians or sportsmen usually breaks the ice.

Short of that, ignoring these fools in both Likud and Hamas would be a good start.

Talkers talk, walkers walk.

Both have talked enough bullshit over the years.

There is a marvelous scene in the movie Lust for Life in which a young Vincent Van Gogh is fervently preaching to his congregation. One man standing at the back listens, identifies Preacher Van Gogh as a phony and waves him off before exiting the church.

We should do the same.

Maybe Bibi of Likud, President for Life, missed his true calling.  

Maybe he should have been a painter.

Or a soccer player.

Come to think of it, he was, and a pretty good one.

Maybe he should play soccer with the Palestinians.

A little sportsmanship would help.

Addicted to War

The United States of America is like a person. It has its good days and its bad days. It has its good years and its bad years.

Some ventures work out good; some ventures work out bad.

Some ventures work out really bad.

This is what happened to the United States of America.

We hung out with the wrong crowd and fell into a bad habit.

The United States became addicted to war.

Just as a heroin addict takes his first hit in order to boost himself and feel a little better, the United States did the same with war.

It started off innocently with WWI in an attempt to help out some friends and gain a little prestige.

We thought it might make us feel better.  And it did.

Yet world power is addictive.

We wanted more.

The hits got bigger and more frequent. 

Gradually the United States became addicted.

Its whole purpose shifted from peace making to war making just as a heroin addict’s focus shifts from doing productive work to securing another hit.

The addiction became the purpose for living.

WWI led to World War II led to Afghanistan led to Iraq led to Libya led to Syria.  Which leads to Iran?

Corporate America, backed up by its fellow travelers in academia and the government, led the charge and does so today.

There is scarcely a city in America that does not benefit off the war effort.

It is not solely companies that make jets, jeeps and helicopters that benefit from war; all industries benefit.  For when you go to war, those munitions must be operated by military personnel.

Military personnel need to be clothed, housed, fed and entertained.  When you go to war you recreate Corpus Christi, Texas from top to bottom in another part of the world.

You need it all – from pop tarts to pup tents.

Everybody wins.

And wins.

Until of course it ends.

The problem with the war is that it does end. 

The rush fades.

Another hit becomes necessary.

While we consumed ourselves with war, we neglected the home front.

Our own house fell into a state of disrepair as  money  – all of it – got shoveled  into war.

Like the heroin addict, we didn’t have money for rent.

Infrastructure began to crumble.  The family started to suffer.  People began to act out as their needs went unmet.

We see this in the United States today. Citizens are increasingly rebellious. The civil contract has broken down. 

Confederate statues are attacked.  Antifa fights Anti-antifa.

Politicians are openly assaulted in restaurants.

Clearly something is wrong with the culture.

In spite of this, denial exists in the addict’s mind in Washington DC.

Like the thinking of the heroin addict, the solution coming from Washington is more heroin, more war.

But more heroin is not the solution.  More war is not the solution.  The solution is to stop consuming heroin, to stop fighting war, to get off the addiction.

To do this one must first recognize that one has a problem.

Our problem is not Iran. Iran has no ships off the coast of San Diego. Iran is not dropping paratroopers into Montana.

These paranoid delusions are the manifestations of a mind that has become seriously addicted and diseased.

Our problem is our self. We have become addicted to war.

Our former friends across the world can see this.  

Just as a heroin addict’s damaged and long-suffering family looks on helplessly as the addict, once proud, descends into a vortex of self-destruction, so have our soon-to-be former allies looked on helplessly as the the United States self-immolates.

In time, the addict’s family must protect itself from the ravages that the addict inflicts upon them.  They must either walk away or have the addict confined to where he can do no more damage to himself and them.

It will be no different for the United States of America.

But all is not lost, and recovery is possible.

Donald Trump’s election was a message sent by the people to Washington that things must change.

But like an addict Washington is resistant to change.

Washington still wants that hit of heroin, that boost, that war brings.

The going will be tough, but gradually, if Washington can be persuaded, we can lessen our addiction to war.

It will not come quickly.

But in a generation, twenty years, if we commit our corporations to cutting back on war efforts by five percent  per year and re-directing those efforts to rebuilding the infrastructure in the United States, in one generation, the blink of an eye, the United States can transform itself.

Miracles do happen.