If there’s one thing the United States government is good at, it’s waging war for profit. When economic times get tough, leave it to Uncle Sam to do the math and figure out how much money needs to be added to the defense budget to kick-start employment and raise returns on investment for corporate stakeholders.
If you are doubtful about this, it might interest you to know that, since its founding in 1776, the U.S. has been at war for all but 66 years (according to Quora) – or even only 21 years (according to Global Research.)
Either way, do you think the fact that “America has been at war 93% of the time since 1776” is a sheer coincidence?
The US Government Spending website sets the historical context for current events:
“Defense spending stood at 6.8 percent of GDP at the height of the Reagan defense buildup. But, beginning even before the breakup of the Soviet Union it began a decline, reaching below 6 percent in 1990, below 4 percent in 1996 and bottoming out at 3.5 percent of GDP in 2001, about half the level of 1985.
“But 9/11, the terrorist attack on iconic US buildings in 2001, changed that, and defense spending began a substantial increase in two stages. First, it increased to 4.6 percent by 2005 for the invasion of Iraq, and then to 5.0 percent in 2008 for the ‘surge’ in Iraq.”
Yes, 9/11/01 was a good year for the military-industrial complex. If you recall, President George W. Bush announced soberly that the US would “have the opportunity” to “forge a New World Order” – and this is what we continue to get today from our national leadership.
The problem is that WWII German Nazi leader Adolph Hitler also touted his “European New Order” – and of all the phrases in our rich English language, do you not find it odd that both Bush Senior and “Shrub” (Bush Junior) re-introduced this idea of a “new order?”
Whatever a New World Order actually is (conspiracy theorists don’t all agree on the definition and composition of this group), it seems to be controlled by a group of war mongers.
In a statement that shocked the world, last month (March 13, 2018) US President Donald Trump told an audience at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California:
“You know, I was saying it the other day — because we are doing a tremendous amount of work in space — I said: ‘Maybe we need a new force. We’ll call it “Space Force.”‘ And I was not really serious. Then I said: ‘What a great idea.’ Maybe we’ll have to do that. That could happen. That could be the big breaking story.”
Trump formalized his stream-of-consciousness remark this way:
“My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea. We have the Air Force, we’ll have the space force.”
The political and military thinking behind this novel idea is, evidently, that war in space is inevitable. If Korea doesn’t start it, someone else will. It’s just a matter of time.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) chairs the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee. He said, in a recent interview that war in space definitely will happen:
“It’s just a matter of whether it happens in the next couple of years or the next five or six years.”
The notion of war in space is not new. In 1983, President Ronald “Ray-gun” Reagan presented to the public an (SDI) – dubbed the Star Wars program – which was a “missile defense system intended to protect the United States from attack by ballistic strategic nuclear weapon.”
Thank goodness that never happened. (Unless it actually did happen in Hawaii during that “false” missile alert crisis they had last December 2017?)
However, not all space warriors will sport ray guns and spacesuits a la Buck Rogers. The most vulnerable targets in space are communications satellites, considered by the military to be our eyes and ears in the air (space). Cyberattack to disrupt the national communication system is perhaps even a more viable threat than a direct physical attack on any of the Air Force’s 31 GPS (Global Positioning System) satellites.
Politico points out that American GPS, which provides services daily to about one billion people globally, from timing the New York Stock Exchange to helping map apps, is already under attack:
Saddam Hussein loyalists during the Iraq War used electronic jammers to interrupt GPS-guided munitions (bullets, bombs and such). Similarly, Russia deployed electronic jammers to block eastern Ukraine space communications.
The fact is, as reported by Defense News that when the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act was proposed last year, “The White House, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Air Force leaders lobbied against the idea…that a Space Corps be carved out of the Air Force.”
In February 2018, Reuters confirmed what we knew all along, that war is good business:
“Trump’s budget request for the U.S. government would provide the Pentagon $617 billion and an additional $69 billion to fund ongoing wars in fiscal year 2019. That is $74 billion more than in the budget for the previous fiscal year.”
If part of that money is allocated to building a new US Space Force, we may just have to update the words to the Marine’s Hymn from:
From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli
We will fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land and sea
In the air, on land and sea – and space!