America addicted to War


American System Becomes Dysfunctional”








from Social Security to Pay for Wars and Bailouts.

long as the $1,200 billion (
annual budget for the military/security complex

off limits, nothing can be done about the U.S. budget
deficit except to renege on obligations to the
elderly, confiscate private assets, or print enough
money to inflate away all debts. …

warned us:




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7 Responses to “America addicted to War”

  1. worzzz Says:

    AIPAC’s Howard Kohr: Refocus Congress on Iran.

  2. worzzz Says:

    Here’s how Afghanistan ends — America loses, Islam wins, and a new Muslim generation joins the jihad.

    By Michael Scheuer. (former senior member of the CIA) Published: June 10, 2011

    Two simple truisms seem appropriate these days when discussing the Afghan war: “If you don’t understand your enemy, you will lose to him” and “If you do not kill your enemies, they will surely kill you”. U.S. political, military, and civil service leaders have neither tried to understand what motivates the Taleban and its allies, nor have they tried to comprehensively kill them. As a result, they now stand at the inevitable destination — the brink of a vastly humiliating defeat that cannot be disguised. ….


    The British were soundly defeated during two Anglo-Afghan wars more than a century ago.

    …. British concern over Russian advances in Central Asia and growing influence in Persia culminated in two Anglo-Afghan wars and “The Siege of Herat” 1837–1838, in which the Persians, trying to retake Afghanistan and throw out the British and Russians, sent armies into the country and fought the British mostly around and in the city of Herat. The first (1839–1842) resulted in the destruction of a British army; it is remembered as an example of the ferocity of Afghan resistance to foreign rule. The second Anglo-Afghan war (1878–1880) was sparked by Amir Shir Ali’s refusal to accept a British mission in Kabul. This conflict brought Amir Abdur Rahman to the Afghan throne. During his reign (1880–1901), the British and Russians officially established the boundaries of what would become modern Afghanistan. The British retained effective control over Kabul’s foreign affairs.

    … and yet, the hollow-heads in Washington keep trying … what purpose?

  3. worzzz Says:

    Most Americans support the many frivolous wars we are fighting worldwide. Yet, few of us are willing to have our taxes raised to pay the steep costs that have accrued over decades. – As a result, we are now bankrupt. Our country is kaput. – The writing was on the wall for all to see. – We had it coming. – Fools: “Start lamenting”.

  4. worzzz Says:

    Cost of war at least $3.7 trillion and counting.

    The final bill will run at least $3.7 trillion and could reach as high as $4.4 trillion, according to the research project “Costs of War” by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. ( )

    Those numbers will continue to soar when considering often overlooked costs such as long-term obligations to wounded veterans and projected war spending from 2012 through 2020. The estimates do not include at least $1 trillion more in interest payments coming due and many billions more in expenses that cannot be counted, according to the study. …


    I find it hard to understand that many ‘patriots’ who support America’s costly military adventures are unwilling to pay the steep bills for these reckless undertakings. …


    Patriotic Millionaires:

  5. worzzz Says:

    Wars caused the collapse of our economy.
    Our massive national debt is mainly attributable to our military engagements – not domestic extravagance. AIPAC has lobbied our Senators and Congressmen to vote for these unnecessary wars. – Were it not for AIPAC’s overwhelming pressure, these wars would not have taken place and the world economy would not be teetering on edge.

    Both parties are complicit.. The uninformed American voter shares culpability for tolerating poor governance.

  6. worzzz Says:

    >>> My view:
    Diversify out of your dollar holdings! Trim down your savings account. Invest the proceeds in shares of unglamorous companies that serve basic consumer needs, such as: Target, General Mills, Tyson, etc ….. Shares of such companies should remain relatively stable, pay reasonable dividends, and should hold their value as the dollar’s purchasing power declines. –

    The US debt is so large ($14 trillion) that it cannot be paid back – ever.

    !!!!! … unfathomable $14.5 trillion federal debt, plus another $62 trillion in unfunded federal liabilities. …. !!!!!!

    Blame the warmongers for not funding their mischief ….

  7. worzzz Says:

    America: A republic no more – A financial Elite governs.

    The Great American Stick-up.

    How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street;

    Following Ronald Reagan’ s obsession with the radical deregulation of financial markets through its apotheosis under the Clinton administration to Obama’ s reform efforts–which rely, oddly enough, on Clinton cronies to clean up (and profit from) the mess they made–Scheer (The Pornography of Power) proves that, when it comes to the ruling sway of money power, Democrats and Republicans, Wall Street and Washington make very agreeable bedfellows. Scheer names names (Robert Rubin, Lawrence Summers, Alan Greenspan), while praising those who sounded the alarm and underscoring the foreseeable results of putting Wall Street in the driver’ s seat. What grew in this regulatory vacuum, Scheer shows, was a global casino, a mind-bendingly enormous and arcane system of gambling on new financial products worth hundreds of trillions of dollars. By 2007, when the house of cards collapsed, Wall Street alone understood what it had wrought while its government partners remained clueless.


    Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream

    … The evidence is all around us:

    Our industrial base is vanishing, taking with it the kind of jobs that have formed the backbone of our economy for more than a century; our education system is in shambles, making it harder for tomorrow’s workforce to acquire the information and training it needs to land good twenty-first century jobs; our infrastructure—our roads, our bridges, our sewage and water, our transportation and electrical systems—is crumbling; our economic system has been reduced to recurring episodes of Corporations Gone Wild; our political system is broken, in thrall to a small financial elite using the power of the checkbook to control both parties.

    And America’s middle class, the driver of so much of our economic success and political stability, is rapidly disappearing, forcing us to confront the fear that we are slipping as a nation – that our children and grandchildren will enjoy fewer opportunities and face a lower standard of living than we did.

    It’s the dark flipside of the American Dream – an American Nightmare of our own making.

    Arianna Huffington, who, with the must-read Huffington Post, has her finger on the pulse of America, unflinchingly tracks the gradual demise of America as an industrial, political, and economic leader. In the vein of her fiery bestseller Pigs at the Trough, Third World America points fingers, names names, and details who’s killing the American Dream.

    Finally, calling on the can-do attitude that is part of America’s DNA, Huffington shows precisely what we need to do to stop our freefall and keep America from turning into a third world nation. ….

    … Huffington argues that overspending on war at the expense of domestic issues and the alarming decline of the middle class are troubling signals that the U.S. is losing its economic, political, and social stability—a stability that has always been maintained by the middle class. She pinpoints the beginning of the decline to the Reagan era, with its denigration of a government safety net. But she is nonpartisan in assigning responsibility to George W. Bush and Bill Clinton for supporting monied interests over those of the middle class; she then takes aim at Obama for expending more money to bail out Wall Street than Main Street. She also points to loss of manufacturing jobs, outsourcing, and globalization, all with emphasis on corporate profits at the expense of workers. Although the U.S. has faced similarly fearful times during the late 1800s and the Great Depression, the middle class was not threatened, as it is today. She offers possible solutions for the decline, including creating jobs to rebuild national infrastructure, reforms in home and credit lending, and tighter restrictions on Wall Street. An engaging analysis of troubling economic and political trends. …

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