The Unquestioned, Ignored, Heroic Military
What with its title, “The Tragic Decline of the American Military,” Atlantic Monthly’s January-February cover story at first blush appears to be a thoughtless pro-military screed. But in spite of that headline, and the cover asking “Why Does The Best Military in the World Keep Losing?” it isn’t a bad piece at all.
Author James Fallows isn’t making any edgy arguments here. He’s actually painfully pragmatic as he spells out the declining skills of military leadership due to politics. More interesting for readers of Antiwar.com, however, is Fallows mentioning the strange, thoughtless respect for the military that now permeates the American public.
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The “young” easily buy into the nationalistic propaganda and “answer the nation’s call”.
Having done the oligarchy’s bidding and serving as “cannon fodder” for the military industrial complex that Ike warned us about, they return damaged.
(Remember the Prussian education system — that the USA imported hook, line, and sinker — had as its SOLE purpose was to create cannon fodder for the Army, willing morons for the factories, and useful idiots to vote for and be led by the elite!)
And, “the Nation” turns a collective “blind eye” to their situation.
Remember Heinlein’s Starship Troopers’ universe? One does not merely have the right to be a citizen and vote by virtue of what Heinlein called the mere accident of birth; rather, one has to earn this right through Federal Service that tested one’s ability and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of the polity. Bet not a lot of vets would vote for all the undeclared wars the USA has been in since WW2?
That’s what “We, The Sheeple” have allowed the Gooferment’s politicians and bureaucrats to do in their name.
The response to this movie, and other of its ilk, is a recognition of exactly who the “bad guys” are in this morality play — the nation’s “leaders”.
That’s why deflate-gate and all the other petty “news” is created — to distract us.
The pretty magician’s assistant or the matador’s cape.
Be distracted at your own peril.
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