America's Lust for War

SUBHEAD: Why WWIII? Because we can't face we're not NUMBER 1and it's all we know how to do.

By Juan Wilson on 21 June 2016 for Island Breath -

Image above: Wei Dong, Lust & War, 2008, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 36x48 inches. From (

I must apologize to regular readers for my concentration on the US military over the last week and a half. The posts centering on our militarism began with "They Died of Progress" by John Michael Greer. It detailed the brittle and fragile state of America's "high-tech" military versus the more pragmatic approach of the Russian and Chinese efforts.

A week later I presented an overview of American military history of destructive activities in the Pacific that resulted in an extended nuclear war between 1946 and 1962 through today's belligerent RIMPAC 2016 naval exercises.

It seems to me that we are on the cusp of a reaching a place we can't back out of. We are aggressively pushing our "enemies" against the wall in several regions of the world. They include the
  • Middle East: There we've been continuous war since the 1990's (the 1980's if you count our support of the mujahideen and Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan against the USSR). Now we dialing it up in Syria and Iraq and the mess the Saudis are entangled in while we kowtow to Israel's neo-fascist - not to mention threats to Iran and others.
  • Eastern Europe: There we are using NATO to antagonize Russia with extending our reach into former USSR satellite states with American weapons systems aimed East. We have overthrown the leaders in the Ukraine and are moving naval elements into the eastern Mediterranean and even the Black sea.
  • Eastern Asia: We are heating up the disputes over rights in the South China Sea between China and our "allies" Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and other players. With our numerous bases in Japan we continue to push against North Korea, Russia and China. 
If either Killory Hilton or Donald Drumpf get into the White House it think our State Department will be getting a green light and we will soon find ourselves fighting World War III throughout the world.

Why? Because of our fading glory? Because it's been profitable to be losing every war we've entered since World War II. Because we can't face a world where we are not NUMBER 1? Because it's all we know how to do now?

We must turn from war. Don't support the US military and the corporations that support it and impoverished us.

RIMPAC 2016 sucks!

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