The uniformed, active duty members of the United States
military are now the only force potent enough to stop the corporatization of
America's public goods: its land, its air, its water, its people, its
institutions, its infrastructure, and its rapidly deteriorating social compact.
They are the only force capable of stopping America's
politicians and their corporate handlers from transforming America and the
world into a living, breathing Dante's Inferno. And they are the only
organization self-critical enough to bleed out commanders who long for
The clock is ticking fast though. The uniformed US military
is allowing itself to be transformed into a corporate monster. Even now, some
military leaders act just like the callous CEOs in private industry. They throw
away lives like a CEO blithely chops away 1,000 livelihoods. As it stands,
within a decade the uniformed services will be totally polluted with
over-the-horizon leaders who see their service to the country as little more
than a CEO training exercise. At that point, the uniformed services will become
little more than corporate muscle that is used to eliminate local or regional
resistance to the corporate takeovers.
The uniformed services are now openly abused by the
politicians and their corporate handlers as policy and propaganda shields to
mask dreadful national security strategies that are based solely on
profit-taking motives. That tactic was perfected in October 2007 when the
uniformed military served as a policy and propaganda shield to disguise the
influence of the Turkish government and corporations operating though the
American Turkish Council led by Brent Scowcroft. The latter group spearheaded
the charge to defeat a US House of Representatives resolution that would have
recognized the slaughter of the Armenians by the Turks from 1915 to 1917. The
uniformed services served as the public excuse for defeating the resolution
because it s passage would ostensibly cause the Turks to stop the uniformed
services' logistics and supply operations transiting through Turkey. However, a
look at the corporate membership of the American Turkish Council (atc.org) gives up the real answer: corporate
market-share and profits were at stake as Turkey threatened to take its
business to Europe or China.
Even now, the policy and propaganda shield is being used to
compare Turkish troops killed by the rebel Kurd group PPK in Northern
Iraq/Kurdistan with uniformed US military troops killed by rebels throughout
Iraq and in Afghanistan. The theme is obvious: we are like them and must fight
the extremists together. That even though the matter of the Turks and Kurds is
as dangerous as the Israeli and Palestinian issue (Israel supports the Turks).
Once again, the uniformed military finds itself used for political ends.
Further, politicians, and all the presidential candidates among them -- managed
as they are by their corporate handlers -- are aching for an invasion of Iran.
Yet again, the uniformed military is used as a policy and propaganda shield to
motivate the American public into supporting an invasion of Iran. One day
Iranian operatives are killing US troops in Iraq and the next day they are
funding the Taliban at the expense of uniformed troops.
How long until the uniformed military carries out its core
duty to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States? The uniformed
military is the only US government institution that has the tenuous trust and
respect of the American people. The US Senate, House, presidency and judicial
branches -- advised by their corporate handlers -- have used the uniformed US
military to serve their own individual interests, not those embodied in the
Constitution of the United States or the Declaration of Independence. The
premeditated policies of the current US government are literally killing the
American people and creating foreign enemies that future American youngsters
will be asked to kill. America can't even run a legitimate presidential
Two decades of this madness is enough. The uniformed
military needs to be true to its oath of office. It's the domestic enemies that
are destroying the country. The US Army oath for officers states, " . . . I
will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all
enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the
same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or
purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of
the office upon which I am about to enter . . ."
Stanton is a Virginia based writer specializing in political and national
security matters. His most recent book is Talking
Politics with God and the Devil in Washington, D.C. Reach him at email@example.com.