It is the Authoritarianism:
“The President (State of the Union 2012) has held up the military as an example for society to emulate. They don’t question whether their superior officers are misguided; in the President’s words:
Most of Al Qaida’s top lieutenants have been defeated. The Taliban’s momentum has been broken. And some troops in Afghanistan have begun to come home.
These achievements are a testament to the courage, selflessness, and teamwork of America’s armed forces. At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down, they exceed all expectations. They’re not consumed with personal ambition. They don’t obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand. They work together.
Imagine what we could accomplish if we followed their example.
No dissent. No ambition. Obey orders. Society will flourish.
—-from (pseudonymous)-Benito Mussilini’ s comment at The Intercept.
And The Manufactured Consent For War:
The Marist Poll on whether Americans support Obama’s War on ISIS, shows 54% supporting a war. The government supporting media have once again generated ‘manufactured consent’ for war among those who until recently regretted the Iraq War as a mistake.
These are the figures bowing down before the ‘leaders’ in my cartoon. They appear to have no empathy for all of the innocent people who are about to be killed, not just in Iraq and Syria, but in a global war against ISIS in all countries. There is no empathy for the suffering of others or understanding that by attacking others, America creates vengeance attacks upon itself from the victims of Americans’ bombs.
As the terror alert at home increases in response to our harming others abroad we will go through the same cycle of losing our privacy, our freedom to travel freely, and our right to live without authoritarian control of dissent, media and journalism, and eventually, democratic processes will become subsumed under the compression of national security obsession.
tomthumb stands proudly with the 32% in the poll who absolutely refuse to go to war. tomthumb thinks this trumped up conflict with ISIS is the continuation of the self-perpetuating, permanent war machine and the self-preserving momentum of the national security apparatus.
The Slippery Slope to War. Like Americans who were bullied into the long and tragic Vietnam war, Americans are being jacked into war fever against ISIS. It all starts with a commitment to send ‘advisors’ like Kennedy did, then gets escalated to add numbers of troops so that the current political person does not look “weak” on defense (a la Johnson via Republicans), and finally it grows into a full out war by a President who does not want the humiliation of “defeat”, (a la ‘not on my watch’ Nixon). In a military empire, each President, builds upon the work of the prior emperor.
Secretary of State Kerry justifies his belief that the U.S. should deploy troops against ISIS based upon the horrific beheading of James Foley. But would he be willing to retract his offer of military aid to Iraq if he was aware that the Iraqi military and militias have been beheading ‘enemies’, hanging their bodies, and committing their own war crimes? A 3.16.15 update shows war crimes by Iraqis to be factual. So much for going to war based upon humanitarian claims. This must be about projection of American force.
The AUMF is written in Vietnam permitting ‘lawyerese’. Combat troops are forbidden and permitted. The mission is limited and comprehensive. The geography is specific and global. HERE.