Beware The Dogs Of War: Is The American Empire On The Verge Of Collapse?

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” — James Madison

Waging endless wars abroad (in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Syria) isn’t making America—or the rest of the world—any safer, it’s certainly not making America great again, and it’s undeniably digging the U.S. deeper into debt.

In fact, it’s a wonder the economy hasn’t collapsed yet.

Indeed, even if we were to put an end to all of the government’s military meddling and bring all of the troops home today, it would take decades to pay down the price of these wars and get the government’s creditors off our backs. Even then, government spending would have to be slashed dramatically and taxes raised.

You do the math.

  • Taxpayers are being forced to pay $1.4 million per hour to provide U.S. weapons to countries that can’t afford them.

Clearly, war has become a huge money-making venture, and the U.S. government, with its vast military empire, is one of its best buyers and sellers.

Yet what most Americans—brainwashed into believing that patriotism means supporting the war machine—fail to recognize is that these ongoing wars have little to do with keeping the country safe and everything to do with enriching the military industrial complex at taxpayer expense.

The rationale may keep changing for why American military forces are in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and now Syria. However, the one that remains constant is that those who run the government—including the current president—are feeding the appetite of the military industrial complex and fattening the bank accounts of its investors.

Case in point: President Trump plans to “beef up” military spending while slashing funding for the environment, civil rights protections, the arts, minority-owned businesses, public broadcasting, Amtrak, rural airports and interstates.

In other words, in order to fund this burgeoning military empire that polices the globe, the U.S. government is prepared to bankrupt the nation, jeopardize our servicemen and women, increase the chances of terrorism and blowback domestically, and push the nation that much closer to eventual collapse.

Obviously, our national priorities are in desperate need of an overhauling.

Surely there are much better uses for your taxpayer funds than trillions of dollars being wasted on war? The following are just a few ways those hard-earned dollars could be used:

  • $251 million for safety improvements and construction for Amtrak.
  • $690 million to care for America’s 70,000 aging veterans.
  • $11 billion per year to provide the world—including our own failing cities—with clean drinking water.

As long as “we the people” continue to allow the government to wage its costly, meaningless, endless wars abroad, the American homeland will continue to suffer: our roads will crumble, our bridges will fail, our schools will fall into disrepair, our drinking water will become undrinkable, our communities will destabilize, and crime will rise.

Here’s the kicker, though: if the American economy collapses—and with it the last vestiges of our constitutional republic—it will be the government and its trillion-dollar war budgets that are to blame.

Eventually, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, all military empires fail.

At the height of its power, even the mighty Roman Empire could not stare down a collapsing economy and a burgeoning military. Prolonged periods of war and false economic prosperity largely led to its demise. As historian Chalmers Johnson warns, “Rome attempted to keep its empire and lost its democracy.

More than 50 years ago, President Dwight Eisenhower warned us not to let the military industrial complex endanger our liberties or democratic processes.

We failed to heed his warning.

The consequences, as Eisenhower recognized, of allowing the military-industrial complex to wage endless wars, exhaust our resources and dictate our national priorities are beyond grave:

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children... This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

Wake up, America. There’s not much time left before we reach the zero hour.

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Bigern's picture

As long as the computers keep working, they can just keep adding zeros.

 

ZeroHedge, a hedge against adding zeros.

The_Juggernaut's picture

This is about the thousandth ZH article asking the same question.

Manthong's picture

Well, the Romans and the British went down the same military and monetary overreach path.

It is probably our turn.

 

HardAssets's picture

The debt based bankster money system needs ever increasing debt to keep it going. Spending by government for war is inevitable from such a system, as is impoverishment of the people, and a police state to try to keep them under heel.

HowdyDoody's picture

As usual, the loudest calls for war and people to die comes most strongly from those who think they won't be affacted.

Freddie's picture

The supposed conservatives over at Free Republic are ready to send their goy sons and grandsons to Syria to die for Bibi, Jonathan Pollard and President Jared Kushner-Soros.

If the Gulf of Tonkin was replayed today and they all knew it was a lie they would want to go to war again.   The American public is easily fooled.  They have helped murdered hundreds of thousands of Christians in Syria, Iraq and the Ukraine.

Jared Kushner and his family's business relationship with George Soros.

https://voat.co/v/news/1778433

NoDecaf's picture

Yeah but.... Terrorism

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Han Cholo's picture

Noticed that as well. War is awesome to them since there is an R in the White House. Never mind that no one has any fuqing idea why we are messing with Syria since we have no real interest there; Trump is playing infinty-D chess, so just shut your mouth. 

Personally speaking, I believe this is all about the oil pipelines and Syria is the lynch pin as to who prospers; Russians or Saudis. 

giovanni_f's picture

baseless to compare the Romans to a bunch of porn- and war-addict pedofiles (who hilariously consider themselves "indispensable") who have been running the big shit show for a couple of years out of a place calld "north america" before sinking into chaos, isolation and destruction also themselves (what hitherto had been reserved for peoples in the so-called rest of the world who wanted to play by their own rules).

We still use bridges in Europe that were built by the Romans. The US stands for nothing but exploitation and destruction, scavenging on the debris of its constant wars.

new game's picture

blowback will be a bitchez bitch of all bitcheez, bitcheez....

blow that up you ass and yes you can keep your dr....

dr death, that is...

matermaker's picture

No...... we gave China the peninsula, gave Iran the Levant.  It will work out fine.   I've gotten to prefer Shia over Sunni, in the past years, anyway.  I sell umblished lambs, so....   It pretty much sews up some hot spots.   It can go either way...  Either no more wars, or the last one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leltL1CJDDY    =brave new world reprise/styx

 

 

oncemore's picture

U did not possess anything in those parts of the globe, hence u did not give anything to anybody.

HRClinton's picture

We determined that we can win against the combined forces of Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia in Syria.

By defeating them, we bet that Putin will lose the next election in March 2018.

We made a deal with China, that they get the part of Asian Russia, that they previously disputed in the USSR days. China needs room, Russia has it.

Deceive, Deplete, Dismantle, Divide & Conquer.

keep the bastards honest's picture

In fact in all the many  many unending war simulations run by the US,  "WE" lose.  

"WE" also lose when the central bank fails, sovereign debt crisis...

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

There's the point. The US  can sail some ships around, fire off some Tomahawks, and it all looks very tough. If we all get the war they are risking, though, it doesn't have the financial ability to sustain - printing press or no - and will lose. You might well ask therefore "Why get into the silly bloody game?"

HowdyDoody's picture

One nuke-powered super carrier goes down after being hit by a sqval. What's the replacement time? How much of the hardware comes from China?

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Simulations brought to us by the same idiots who brought us climate simulations.

Freddie's picture

Some other country thought they could beat Hezbollah in 2001 and 2006, they lost and left Lebanon.  Hezbollah has been in Syria helping protect all Syrians including Christian'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdZgkGI5h0As

Christian singer praising Hezbollah in a concert in Lebanon.  The Lebanese are tired of being invaded and bombed. Hezbollah stepped up to protect Lebanon.

President Jared Kushner and his family's business dealings with Soros.

https://voat.co/v/news/1778433

 

 

 

HowdyDoody's picture

That would be the same country that ;provides arms, medical facilities and air cover fior the terroists in Syria.

Terrorists being wiped out? What are they gonna do? Call the Israel air force who will come in and bomb whatever. Sounds pretty familiar? Just happened again in Idlib courtesy of the Chump. ISIS now has two major air forces acting on its behalf.

monk27's picture

Yeah, keep dreaming about Putin losing elections in Russia ! Then you'll wake up on the floor... Besides, GWB invited Putin at his farm and looked deep into his soul, too. Now it's the same bullshit all over again but with different names: Trump and Xi. Americans are such idiots...

thisandthat's picture

The "dispute" (a microscopic river island) was solved long ago.

China knows who's next; they didn't forgot the opium war, nor Tiananmen - what, you thought that was a "popular" protest? I have a bridge to sell you...

FatTony7915726's picture

Pelosi is an ugly dog.

Killdo's picture

there is a road in SF (Golden Gate park) called Nancy Pelossi Drive

 

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

Fits perfectly -- it used to be called Army Street.  </sarc>

zebrasquid's picture

Oh, yeah, been there......unlike most of S.F., it's totally flat, all sharp left turns, nothing but fugly views and dead ends and, unless you turn back, you go over a cliff.

Fake Trump's picture

No worries Bill Clinton loves her cunt. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

Here's a good analysis revealing the real catalyst for Trump Armageddon:

"The true motive behind the wars in the Middle East is to maintain the US dollar as Reserve Currency and the Petrodollar as the unit of value for a barrel of oil. thus financing the US economy and its Military enforcement machine.

Russia and China have been dumping their US Treasury Bonds slowly and now trade between themselves in Gold, Yuan and rubles.

They have formed a new Financial system with the AIIB (Asian investment and Infrastructure Bank). They have formed a new Bank Clearing System, separate from SWIFT. They have their own credit card systems.

China is building the NEW SILK ROADS and sea arteries to connect the countries of ASIA to Europe. Trade along these routes will be in local currencies, bypassing the dollar.

The Silk Roads by-pass the US Navy’s control of the sea route choke points and make their carrier fleets largely redundant as enforcement tools..

For the Washington war machine, Syria is but a stop along the road to Iran, then up into Central Asia to cut and control the Silk Road and impose the US dollar toll charge.

The New Silk Roads spell the end of the US dollar as the dominant currency and the end of the US military and Financial hegemon.

Thus Syria is a major pivot point in World History and will be a war to the end. Empires die slowly and usually decay from within, but this may not be the case with the neocon psychopaths reluctant to concede power.

There are other US allies with interests in subduing Syria; Saudi and Qatar to build their gas pipeline to the Meditterean and onto the European Market, this undermines Russian near monopoly of supply and will undermine their already fragile economy.

Turkey with its grab for the corridor to the oilfields of Mosul and subjugation of its rebellious Kurds.

Israel and its Oded Yinon plan to break-up Syria and grab land, also to cut the Shia Crescent connecting Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

European countries who are reliant on Russian gas energy supplies and wish to have another supply source from the Gulf States.

So there are many countries ready to feed on the carcass of Syria, if it is defeated."

veeger's picture

i may be mistaken , but ,  didn't putin offer an alternative route for saudi oil/gas pipeline to europe before all the killing started ...six or so years ago ?....i may be wrong  ,but seems like i read something to that effect....

ds's picture

How is China going to fund and sustain all these pipe dreams from a Ponzi Economy ? Print more monies ? Do you live in denial of facts that debts in China are still growing at 2X or more than GDP ? Even their CB cannot deny it and fear a financial crisis by defending its currency (RMB). Are you in denial that there is a capital flight out of China now despite tighterning exchange controls ? The middle class there with little savings as compared to the Oligrarchs and their Princelings know less in running to safe havens.

Investment flows predominant in a  global financial economy is as important as real goods and services flows in a global real economy. This Econ 101. Is China anywhere near dominating the global financial economy. Eg they want their currency to be a dominant currency and at the same time curb the issue of RMB denominated bonds to provide the liquidity for global trading in RMB. Why ? they do not have the infrastructure and guts to let global markets to dictate the interest rates of the RMB that can implode their economy now. Global Traders are agnostic and owe them no obligation to provide the benign conditions for their contemplated reforms towards a more balanced economy. 

You can fantasize and spin whatever you want but please do not smoke on China without facts and worse deny their Central Bank fears. You can cheer them on to think that they are already an economic superpower that can dsimantle the current $ hegemony. If they bite, it will be a bonanza for the US$ denominated wealth outside their claws. 

Pains expressed in trips ? 

 

new game's picture

manipulators manipulate, china will be fine, with a gun to every head that looses faith...

Jack Oliver's picture

Russia is over 1/6th of the worlds landmass - more than any other country - Russia is capable of going from strength to strength !

Russia should have 1.2 billion residents if populations were divided equally - they only have 140 million - Russia is giggling in regards to their future !!

Diatom's picture

Every northern country has a small population.

Norway, Canada,Sweden, Finland Russia...

The climate is harsh.Thats why Russia can´t be conquered. Add that to the biggest nuclear arsenal on Earth.

In the St. Petersburg demos after the metro attack a detail struck me: The people on the streets was white. Everybody was white. If Putin maintains that strategy he will preserve Russia as a nation with a strong social coesion and pride. They may have a story like norway.

 

HowdyDoody's picture

The Russian Federation is not 'white' whatever that means. It probably has more cultural diversity than the US. That said, apart from the pro-western 'liberal opposition', they more or less support their country.

ebworthen's picture

It was a clear and stark warning from the General who commanded Allied forces in WWII.

15 years after the end of the War, and his last speech as President.

Billy the Poet's picture

It's a shame that Ike didn't have this moment of clarity until he was ready to hand over the reins of power, ya know?

atomp's picture

SHAME! SHAME! Oh, he's dead. Probably can't hear me.

ebworthen's picture

Imagine the decades of being a soldier and leader in the armed forces, then going to D.C. and witnessing the rot.

Smedley Butler had a similar epiphany; with time comes wisdom.

Billy the Poet's picture

Yes, of course. But the timing is surely unfortunate.

stant's picture

Oct 1 2015 the day Putin went all in Syria will be written as the peak of us/ Western hegomony

keep the bastards honest's picture

and peak of confidence in US govt

yogibear's picture

It's either a huge reset of WWIII.

 

DrumpFired's picture

Oh yes and the markets are going to crash too.  ZH and a lot of people have been saying that forever. Most of the traders are gone now and all we have left are the libtards who want to criticize Trump. LOSERS!