Friday, September 29, 2017

All US will look like Puerto Rico--if US doesn't stop outrageous military spending overseas

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis

Press TV has a thought provoking analysis on its website this morning.  This report ties in with what I said in my last post suggesting the US's neglect of Puerto Rico is a "symptom of Imperial decline".  An American professor, Dennis Etler, says that the US government believes it needs to spend all its taxpayer funding on military hardware and order to protect its global hegemony...not from foreign aggressors, but from economic competition!  Read what Etler has to say and the insane numbers that are being bandied around as "logical" defense budget expenditures in this time of crumbling infrastructure and "extreme weather/geological events".... and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

The United States is spending a prodigious amount on its military in order to maintain global hegemony, as the US economy is totally dependent on military spending, according to Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Etler, a professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday while commenting on a report which says US President Donald Trump is planning to accelerate American weapons sales abroad. President Trump will issue an executive order or presidential memorandum in this autumn, asking the State Department and Pentagon to more actively advocate on behalf of US arms manufacturers, POLITICO reported on Friday.

“The US military budget is projected to increase at least 5 percent per year over the next 8 years which would amount to $970 billion by 2025. In reality that could be much higher given the Trump administration focus on increasing the US military and its global deployment. At that rate US military spending over the next 8 years will amount to at least $6.6 trillion,” Professor Etler said.

“These calculations do not take into account spending on ‘homeland security,’ which adds additional billions to the funding of the military-industrial complex and the national security state. These untold billions and trillions of dollars are meant to defend the US from threats both foreign and domestic. But defend the US from what? No foreign force has invaded the US homeland since the War of 1812 and the threat of terrorism in the US is minimal and mostly homegrown,” he stated.

“There is no reason for such a prodigious amount of spending except to maintain US global hegemony,” the analyst emphasized.

US faces threats to its economic dominance’

“The threats the US faces are not threats to its safety but threats to its economic and political dominance. These threats are not military in nature but due to the economic and political rise of China,” Professor Etler said.

“China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is meant to increase trade and connectivity throughout Eurasia and Africa by massive investments in infrastructure, including high speed rail systems, new sea and airports, energy project and pipelines. Financed primarily by China these projects will cost trillions of dollars over the next decade,” he said.

“It is this peaceful expansion of China’s economic and political influence that the US most fears, not any potential military rivalry. Both Chinese and Russian military spending, as well as that of various other countries under threat from the US, is purely defensive in nature. Russia, China, Iran, North Korea would much rather spend their resources building their countries up rather than spend on military self-defense, but they have no choice given the record of US aggression over the last 70 years,” the commentator said.

“As part of the US military build-up is the ramping up of overseas arms sales which the US already dominates, to the tune of tens of billions of dollars, which is seen as a way to jump start the economy and create more high paying jobs,” he noted. “This further demonstrates that the US economy is totally dependent on military spending, which itself is predicated on creating tensions abroad to justify the immense squandering of resources,” Professor Etler said.

“While the US economy stagnates, and its infrastructure crumbles the only answer the Trump administration has is to increase military spending and the export of lethal military hardware. With all the vast expenditures in money and personnel for the projection of military power overseas the US cannot even respond to natural disasters in its own backyard,” he said. “As the US spends billions in Afghanistan and elsewhere its own territory of Puerto Rico faces a post-apocalyptic future destined to be what the US mainland will eventually face if it doesn’t change its ways,” the scholar concluded."

Trump is telling the State Department and the Department of Defense to increase pressure on its vassal states (officially referred to as "allies") to buy its crappy junk airplanes and stuff.  The whole world knows that not only are the US war planes second rate, but also its rockets, missiles and missile defense systems, not to mention its naval "destroyers" have been proven to be problematical "when used as directed".

Nobody wants to buy crap, Trump!  Even Canada would probably like to secretly get its hands on some Russian SU35's, instead of the lemons that we're forced to purchase.

What happened was...all the intentional dumbing down of the education systems in the West has had some serious blowback in the technology sector.  Russia didn't put fluoride in the water, kept its students seats in rows--facing the front--where the teacher actually taught...and didn't just push buttons on a video/movie projector all day long.  Now Russia is even further out in front re technology than it was when it put the first man into orbit and set up the first Space Station...and that was decades ago.  I know, I know, Americans "put a man on the moon" (TM)   If you believe....they put a man on the moon....lololol

REM Man on the Moon

But, I digress. So, now the US is stuck with mountains of outdated/superceded military hardware that it wants to offload. It needs to create crises, chaos and instability all over the world to "convince" its customers that they need the weaponry. But it appears that Turkey, for one, has decided that it will go with Russian weaponry has just made a down payment on a Russian Missile Defense System. As Turkey is a NATO member and a geopolitically critical ally...this purchase has huge ramifications. 

Meanwhile, as Puerto Rico has shown the rest of USrael, if you have a "natural" disaster...relief will be problematical. If as many States are, you are in debt or facing bankruptcy, you could be blamed for not counting your jar of beans carefully enough in the first place. Professor Etler is the proverbial prophet, crying in the wilderness. What's that I just read today? Putin is meeting with a North Korean delegation?  Egads!  Peace might break out all over! It's high time the United States Deep State Government started to listen to its citizens/voters. Americans want their tax dollars spent on THEM! They want to be protected from the risks of sub-standard infrastructure in the case of future "natural" catastrophes. They do Not want trillions of money borrowed from current and future generations to be wasted on outdated weaponry to foment nuclear and other wars that they can't seem to afford...or win


Reading between the lines said...

"The United States is spending a prodigious amount on its military in order to maintain global hegemony, as the US economy is totally dependent on military spending, according to Professor Dennis Etler,"
I have been saying the same thing for years and yet I am not a professor nor do I hold any degrees .
Thank you for posting this information and Kudos to professor Etler for telling this to the American people.

greencrow said...


It is significant that the only platform available to Professor Etler to voice his concerns about the American military spending/lack of funding for domestic infrastructure was Iran's PressTV. He would never be able to speak out about this crisis on CNNBCBSABCFAUX. (Shhhhhhh you might wake up the Sheeple!!)