America’s Endless Wars

“It’s always one bloody war after another, and one knows the news is all lies anyway.”
— Julia in Nineteen Eighty-Four

Great nations do not fight endless wars.”
— President Donald Trump, State of the Union address, Feb. 5, 2019

We must be careful not to embark on an open-ended war with neither an exit strategy nor a focused target. We cannot repeat past mistakes.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, September 14, 2001, opposing the use-of-force resolution[1]

Dear Kim Moon-shine,

I received your anguished letter a couple of days back.

You are right to be upset over the bellicose rhetoric emanating from Washington against North Livia and you personally.

To understand America and its Sonderkommandos, you must first grasp this nation’s addiction to War.

In their obsession for war, American Sonderkommandos share the bed with Adolf Hitler, who famously declared, “Any nation whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless.”[2]

War, particularly against nations and groups perceived as weak, is the natural state of American Sonderkommandos.

It’s the one constant in U.S. foreign policy for several decades.

Just as Oceania in Orwell’s Ninteen Eighty-Four was at constant war (either with Eurasia or Eastasia), America has always been at war with one nation/group or the other.[3]

It’s impossible to find a time when America has not been fighting some tiny nation or group in Asia, Caribbean, North America, South America or Africa.

Wikipedia’s entry on America’s wars over the last 250 years is an extremely long one.[4]

Except for the Civil War, World War I, and World War II, America’s wars were all avoidable wars.

In other words, most of America’s wars were Wars of Choice.

When America is not engaged in overt war in some corner of the globe it’s busy with several simultaneous clandestine wars in Asia, Africa and South America.

News of these secret wars rarely make it to the newspapers until a bunch of American soldiers are killed by local rebels as was the case in Niger (a nation 99.9% of Americans would not be able to find on a map) in 2017.

America’s war mania is not restricted merely to other nations or foreign groups like Islamic State, Al-Shabab, Taliban and Al Qaeda.

At home, America has been waging a bloody war against native Americans and Blacks for over two centuries. A war that’s pushed native Americans into Reservations and shoved Blacks into prisons or urban ghettos.

No Peace Dividend

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, many academics and journalists celebrated because they naively believed the end of the Cold War signaled a huge Peace Dividend that could be used for infrastructure improvements and investing in science and medical research.

How little these people understood America.

Not only was there no Peace Dividend but U.S. defense expenditure still remains at extremely high levels.

Of course, the U.S. spends the most on weapons and the military.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the U.S. spends more on the military than the next seven highest-spending nations combined.[5]

The cost of a single U.S. military project is often more than the military budgets of several nations.

For instance, the F-35 fighter jet program alone is estimated to cost $1.45 trillion over its lifetime.[6]

Unsurprisingly, five of the Top 10 defense companies in the world are American and of the Top 100 defense firms 42 were based in the U.S.[7]

Sonderkommandos Love War

Love of war is in the DNA of American Sonderkommandos.

America’s Sonderführers (leaders) take the cue for war and aggression from the classless hordes of Sonderkommandos.

Rare is the war that jingoistic, classless Americans have not happily supported.

War support in America erodes only when the U.S. starts losing and the military losers return in bodybags or minus limbs.

Whether it’s the Vietnam War, Korean War, Gulf War or Iraq War, the bloodthirsty American Sonderkommandos are with their leaders in attacking and ruining other nations.

South Vietnamese Soldiers following Terrified Children after Napalm Attack During Vietnam War, Image Courtesy: FortuneTerrified Children after Napalm Attack During Vietnam War

A Gallup Poll conducted on March 22-23, 2003 (four days after the illegal attack on Iraq) showed overwhelming support by the American people for invading Iraq.

A mere 25% opposed it while 72% were in favor of the war. Support was higher three days earlier when 76% supported the war.[8]

Bad as that it is, 38% of Americans felt the attack against Iraq was justified even if no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.

Kim, the American people are sick beasts in their obsession for inflicting violence on other people.

Show them your dark side and they’ll come crawling; Show them some respect, the wolves will think you’re weak and snarl at you.

In January 1991, when the George H.W. Bush (i.e., Bush Sr) administration launched the Persian Gulf War, following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, a strong 80% of Americans supported the war.

When an American President attacks another nation, his public opinion rating rises sharply.

After George W. Bush launched an illegal attack on Iraq in 2003, his popularity rating shot up by 13 points, according to Gallup Poll.[9]

In Grenada (1983), Libya (1986), Somalia (1993), Afghanistan (1998), Sudan (1998), Kosovo/Balkans (1999) and Afghanistan (2001), support of the American people for the attacks ranged from 53% to 90% at the beginning of the conflicts.

Go back to the 1960s and it’s the same ugly story of American savages displaying their bloodthirsty colors.

The Gallup/Newsweek Poll of Aug 27-Sep 1, 1965 found that 61% of Americans did not think sending troops to fight in Vietnam was a mistake.

Support for the Vietnam War fell only when America started getting whipped by the fearless Vietcong guerrillas and U.S. soldiers returned home in large numbers in bodybags.[10]

BTW, like the 2003 Iraq War, the Vietnam War was also an illegal war based on false reports of attacks in the Gulf of Tonkin.

If President Lyndon Johnson had won the Vietnam War, he would have been a two-term president with an imposing statue on Mount Rushmore.

Now go back to 1950, just a few years after the mega horrors of World War II.

When President Harry Truman sent ground troops to Korea, 78% of Americans approved of the decision.

As long as American Sonderkommandos think they can win a war, these monsters will support aggression against any country.

For America’s 320 million Sonderkommandos, war is a bloodsport just as it was for the Roman people who, in the era of Augustus Caesar, Caligula and Nero, eagerly awaited news of victories in war campaigns conducted in distant corners of the world.

So to blame America’s leaders for the country’s many wars while absolving its Sonderkommandos (average American people) of any responsibility is morally and factually wrong.

Strong public support for various wars shows the majority of American people are savages who delight in inflicting pain, killing and maiming others, and then pat themselves on the back for bringing ‘liberty’ and ‘freedom’ to the people they’ve killed and wounded.

The crew of U.S. B-29 aircraft bomber Enola Gay (the plane that dropped the horrific atom bombs on Hiroshima in August 1945) were taken around in parades with cheering American men and women lining the streets.[11]

So much do American Sonderkommandos love war that to speak against war in America is to invite big trouble upon oneself.

During Woodrow Wilson’s administration, the Espionage Act of 1917 and the courts made life miserable for those protesting against the country’s entry into World War 1 and the military draft. Hundreds of anti-war protesters were flung into prison, some for long terms.[12]

Anti-Vietnam War student protesters of the 1960s and 1970s were endlessly harassed by the FBI and local police.

FBI’s cross-dressing Director J. Edgar Hoover hated student protesters.

Undercover agents from the FBI infiltrated and disrupted peaceful protests, and the bureau’s COINTELPRO program subjected anti-war protesters to a gamut of dirty tricks.[13]

When George W. Bush’s illegal war in Iraq (2003) drew some protesters, the anti-war folks were quickly targeted and made to feel the sting by the pro-war tribes of America.

Susan Sontag brought up this point well in her keynote speech at the presentation of the Rothko Chapel’s Oscar Romero Award to Ishai Menuchin a few weeks after America’s illegal attack against Iraq began in March 2003:[14]

“To speak for peace at this moment in this country is merely to be jeered (as in the recent Academy Awards ceremony), harassed, blacklisted (the banning by one powerful chain of radio stations of the Dixie Chicks); in short, to be reviled as unpatriotic.”

To be against war and not to want to kill and injure innocent people in foreign nations is to be spat upon and harassed as unpatriotic in America.

Kim, if I have said it once I’ve said it a million times.

The majority of American people are bloodthirsty savages for whom the sight of others’ suffering is the ultimate orgasm.

Do not ever be fooled by their outward friendly demeanor and show of civility, or their frequent lies about democracy and freedom.

Covert Wars

America has engaged in so many covert wars over the last seven decades it’s hard to know where to even begin.

Cuba, Congo, Laos, Tibet, Nicaragua, Chile, Colombia, Argentina and Afghanistan are only a handful of nations where the U.S. military and the CIA ran amok in secret wars that inflicted heavy destruction and cost American taxpayers billions.

Virtually, every U.S. President in recent memory has signed secret orders initiating covert wars and offering support for some rebel group or the other.

For instance, during the 1960s the CIA and U.S. military worked closely (but in secret) with Vang Pao and his Hmong tribals in Laos for nearly a decade to attack both the Pathet Lao Communist guerrillas and to stage attacks on the Ho Chi Minh trail, which was being used by the North Vietnam Army to move troops and equipment during the Vietnam War.

Since the clueless U.S. media was focused on Vietnam, they completely missed America’s long covert war inside Laos until almost the end.

But like with many of its secret wars, America’s covert war in Laos also turned out to be in vain. America still got whipped in Vietnam and the GI cowards ran back home, tail between their legs.

America’s secret wars in Cuba, Tibet, and Nicaragua also ended on a similar note — vast sums of money spent in secret, covert CIA attacks with help from some local traitors, and ultimately ending in defeat and disgrace.

Let’s now consider a few of America’s overt wars beginning with the Mother of All Dirty American Wars, the War on Mexico.

War on Mexico

In one form or the other, America has been waging an illegal war against Mexico for over two hundred years.

Of course, plunder and land grab have been America’s primary motives although they are couched in the pious shibboleths of liberty, freedom, democracy, etc.

Like most of America’s wars, the Mexican-American war (1846-1848), undertaken by President James Knox Polk, was also an illegal one.

No less a person than President Ulysses Grant, who was a junior military officer during the war, acknowledged it decades later in his memoirs: “We were sent to provoke a fight but it was essential that the Mexicans should commence it.”[15]

President Polk was an earlier avatar of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush in his penchant for launching wars on false pretenses, albeit a hugely successful avatar unlike his successor warmongers.

Mexican-American War, Image Courtesy: WikipediaMexican-American War

For America, the Mexican-American war proved to be a huge success since it added 500,000 square miles of territory, which includes present day Arizona, Utah, California, New Mexico, Nevada and parts of Colorado.

In later years, the war against Mexico has been more along economic lines — Dumping cheaper corn on Mexico and destroying its rural economy, setting up exploitative maquiladora corporations on the border, and turning on and off the spigot of Mexican workers entry into the United States.

If the War on Mexico was a dirty war, the Mother of Disastrous American Wars was Vietnam.

War Against Cuba

The tiny island nation of Cuba, a short boat ride off Miami, paid a heavy price for its stubborn determination to maintain its sovereignty and strike an independent foreign policy.

America could not stomach Fidel Castro’s land reforms program, nationalization of U.S. corporations, expulsion of casino owners and refusal to capitulate to American diktats.

So one U.S. President after another, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, et al., launched covert and overt attacks on Cuba.

As early as December 1959, a top CIA official, the agency’s Western Hemisphere boss J.C. King, sent a memorandum to his boss, the CIA director Allen Dulles, recommending the “elimination of Fidel Castro.”[16]

With a huge domestic station in Miami, the CIA launched multiple assassination strikes on Castro. Fortunately, they all ended in disaster and showed the Americans as a bunch of clueless bonobos.

Besides the CIA, the U.S. Marines, the American Mafia and Cuban exiles were also involved in trying to topple the Castro regime.[17]

The anti-Castro guerrilla operation (Operation Pluto) launched by President Eisenhower morphed into the full-fledged Bay of Pigs fiasco after President John F. Kennedy took over.

After failing to secure adequate air support from American aircraft, several hundred Cuban exiles, trained in Guatemala by U.S. forces, were slaughtered by Castro’s military after landing on the beach.

America’s ego was badly bruised after the Bay of Pigs debacle and the enraged and humiliated nation soon embarked on a series of missions to remove Castro and foil his revolution. These initiatives included the U.S. Army led Project Mongoose operation and sabotage of economic targets in Cuba.

But the brave people of Cuba led by their mighty leader, Fidel Castro, thwarted every strike by America on their small nation for over five decades.

What America failed to understand was that the Cuban Revolution was a genuine people’s revolution from below, and that Castro was a beloved leader immensely popular among the local people who had suffered greatly under the corrupt Batista regime supported by the U..S.

Vietnam War

Like the Iraq War four decades later, the Vietnam War too was based on a lie (of attacks in the Gulf of Tonkin).

America’s dreams of a quick victory over tiny Vietnam turned out to be a pipe-dream.

Boy, did overconfident American Sonderkommandos pay a huge price for waging war against this small south-east Asian nation.

Even after dropping tons of deadly Agent Orange defoliants, raining down napalm bombs, raping and killing countless women and children, and spending a gazillion dollars, America could not defeat the brave Vietcong guerillas.

Instead, defeated American soldiers fled back home in shame.

Nearly 60,000 American soldiers returned from Vietnam in body-bags and several hundred thousand came back with grievous injuries.

As always, Kim, let me turn to Gore Vidal for the final word on the Vietnam War: “[T]he very thoroughness of our defeat ought to put an end forever to our loony military pretensions. Americans have always been lousy soldiers.”[18]

Alas, Americans, if anything, are never inclined to learn from their war follies even if they happen to be egregious.

War on Terror

The 9/11 attacks provided American Sonderkommandos a convenient excuse to launch another war.

This time it’d be a never-ending war, the so called War on Terror.

In the first quarter of 2019, the U.S. military was running counter-terrorism operations in 80 countries.[19]

U.S. troops are involved in combat in 14 countries, and air and drone strikes against seven nations (Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan).

The Costs of War project at Brown University has estimated the total cost of post 9/11 wars at $5.9 trillion.

Since George W. Bush launched the War on Terror, 7,000 American servicemen and 8,000 private contractors have kissed the dust.

Over 53,700 came back with injuries (thousands lost limbs), and tens of thousands walk around with the psychological trauma of witnessing and experiencing the bloody carnage of improvised explosive devices, land mines and sniper attacks.[20]

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is now handing out disability compensation to one million Americans who served in the War on Terror.

Afghanistan War

Every invader of Afghanistan has gone back badly bloodied.

America is no different.

The U.S. attacked the Taliban regime in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, for harboring and refusing to hand over 9/11 perpetrator Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda soldiers.

America quickly overthrew the Taliban regime, bribed local warlords with sacks full of cash and installed a puppet government.

Then things went downhill, and stayed that way in America’s longest war.

After fighting for over 17 years in the dusty plains and rocky mountains of Afghanistan, a badly bruised U.S. Army has no hopes of winning the war against the Taliban.

Nearly 2,500 American soldiers and CIA agents and 3,793 U.S. contractors have lost their lives in Afghanistan and thousands came back with serious injuries.

On the Afghan side, 24,000 civilians, 62,000 Taliban fighters and over 60,000 local military and policemen have been killed in the war.

The financial cost of the Afghanistan war has been devastating to the U.S. and is estimated to be close to $1 trillion (not including the future care of veterans, interest on debt, etc.).

In May 2019, the Taliban controlled vast swathes of Afghanistan and continues to inflict heavy casualties against U.S. soldiers and their Afghan puppets.

Through frequent use of suicide bombers and roadside bombs, the Taliban has created hell both in the countryside and in big cities like Kabul and Kandahar.

In utter helplessness and total desperation, America has been talking to the Taliban, tearfully begging for the attacks to stop and promising to pull its forces out of the nation.

“I can’t see this as anything more than an effort to put lipstick on what will be a U.S. withdrawal,” former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker told the New York Times.[21]

At least 14,000 U.S. troops still remain in Afghanistan (as of May 2019), eagerly waiting for the day when they can rush back to the “safe haven” of America and its decaying malls.

Afghanistan is another shameful chapter of defeat and retreat in America’s disgraceful war history.

Iraq War

If there was a twenty-first century American war that was based totally on deception, it was the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

On the infamous lie that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had amassed weapons of mass destruction, America launched a war against Iraq.

Like with all their major wars, the American Sonderkommandos enthusiastically supported the invasion of Iraq.

A Gallup Poll found that 76% of Americans supported the war against Iraq on March 20, 2003, one day after the invasion.[22]

Saddam’s government was quickly overthrown and his army disbanded but the invaders were poorly prepared for the power vacuum that resulted.

Within weeks, a terrifying resistance force emerged and brutally attacked American soldiers with roadside bombs, IEDs, crude mines and snipers.

Attacks by Iraqi fighters killed 4,550 U.S. soldiers and 3,793 defense contractors working to support the war effort.

Civilian casualties in Iraq are horrendous and estimates run as high as 601,027 (Lancet Survey).[23]

Today Iraq lies in ruins.

War in Africa

Even dirt poor Africa is a magnet for American warmongers.

U.S. military forces are involved in combat operations in Somalia, Libya, Niger, Mauritania, Mali, Tunisia, Cameroon and the Central African Republic.[24]

A report in Vice News, based on U.S. military documents, said that American Special Forces were involved in nearly 100 missions in Africa.

Roughly 17% of U.S. commandos deployed overseas were in Africa in 2016.[25]

The U.S. military is also providing weapons and training to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram militants.

In Somalia, America is raining death on civilians through the reckless use of drones.[26]

Merchants of Death

Kim, surely you’re not surprised to learn that America is the #1 merchant of death.

Every day, some U.S. politician proclaims how America stands for peace while Russia, Iran, China, North Korea, Syria, Taliban, Cuba, Pakistan, etc., are creating havoc and unleashing violence.

But truth is, America is the #1 death merchant because of its nasty policy of exporting weapons to every corner of the world.

America was the No-1 arms exporter between 2008-2017 and sold weapons to 98 nations.[27]

The next time you think of non-stop violence in the Middle East, you might want to consider that 49% of U.S. weapons sales between 2013-2017 went to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, etc. The dictatorial monarchy of Saudi Arabia was the largest buyer of U.S. weapons between 2013-2017.

To further exacerbate tensions in the Middle East, the American death merchants announced a $38 billion military aid package to Israel on September 14, 2016. The mammoth deal, the largest American military aid package in the nation’s history, includes dozens of F-35 fighter jets and missile defense systems.[28]

The deal is another example of the massive corruption inside the Obama White House. In effect, the Obama administration became a salesman and financier of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet.

In May 2016, the American death merchants announced plans to sell weapons to Vietnam.

As of May 2016, the Obama administration had approved $200 billion in arms deals between 2009-2016.[29]

Obama administration’s known arms exports included fighter jets, missiles, ships and tanks.

Obama’s successor, the Toddler-in-Chief, Donald Trump, happily continued to play Salesman-in-Chief for America’s defense firms by inking huge arms deals with Saudi Arabia and a host of other countries.

Cowardly Tribe

Much as American Sonderkommandos love war, the accompanying thrill of wounding and killing thousands of children and adults, and reducing a city to rubble, the U.S. military is one of the largest tribes of cowards.

Americans soldiers are not like ancient Scythians or Tartars, who were renowned for their valor.

No sooner does the U.S. military  set foot on foreign soil (Vietnam, Afghanistan, Cuba, Iraq, Syria, etc.) than its soldiers quickly develop all kinds of mental trauma and stress syndromes.

But the bigger problem with U.S. soldiers is their dread of ground combat.

The mere rumor of approaching Taliban fighters, North Korean soldiers or Vietcong guerrillas is enough to make U.S. soldiers wet their pants.

Terrified of ground combat, American soldiers are quick to call upon air support to drop a ton of bombs at the first hint of approaching enemy soldiers.

Sadly, American air-support operations invariably end up killing scores of civilians in every bombing.

Fearful of confronting fearless Japanese soldiers on the ground, the terrified Americans resorted to dropping atom bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing several hundred thousand civilians.

In North Korea, U.S. fighter jets and helicopter bombers dropped tons of Napalm and caused horrific injuries to countless civilians. But the brave and stoic North Koreans still stood their ground.

A similar story of massive aerial bombing played out in Vietnam. U.S. aircraft dropped tons of deadly Agent Orange on the Vietnamese countryside to defoliate the jungles but still could not prevail against the fortitude of the tiny nation’s people.

In their chronic cowardice, ineptitude and sadism, American fighter aircraft have even bombed hospitals in Afghanistan and newspaper offices in Kabul and Baghdad killing innocent civilians.

More Money for Endless Wars

America does not have money for schools, roads, bridges, health care, improving public transportation and shoring up the safety net for vulnerable people.

But you can be sure that America will always find money for another War to pander to the bloodlust of its Sonderkommandos and to benefit the Military-Industrial complex that reaps rich harvests from these Endless Wars.

Karma Gospel Notes

[1] Congress Approves Resolution Authorizing Force, CNN, September 15, 2001
[2] Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf, quoted in Witness to a Century, by George Seldes, (1987), p.147
[3] Read Nineteen Eighty-four, by George Orwell
[4] List of Wars Involving the United States, Wikipedia
[5] Global Military Spending Remains High at $1.7 Trillion, May 2, 2018, SIPRI Press Release
[6] U.S. Sees Lifetime Cost of F-35 Fighter at $1.45 Trillion, by Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters, March 29, 2012
[7] Global Arms Industry: US Companies Dominate the Top 100; Russian Arm Industry Moves to Second Place, SIPRI Press Release, December 10, 2018
[8] Seventy-Two Percent of Americans Support War Against Iraq, by Frank Newport, Gallup Poll, March 24, 2003
[9] For increase in George W. Bush’s popularity in the immediate aftermath of attacking Iraq, see Seventy-Two Percent of Americans Support War Against Iraq, by Frank Newport, Gallup Poll, March 24, 2003
[10] The Gallup Brain: Americans and the Korean War, by Steve Crabtree, Gallup Poll, February 4, 2003
[11] Countdown to Hiroshima: The Bomb that Changed the World, Presenter: Dan Snow, BBC iWonder
[12] See Chapter 14, War is the Health of the State in A People’s History of the United States (2010), by Howard Zinn, p.359-376
[13] COINTELPRO, Wikipedia; For the late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s cross-dressing habit, read Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, by Anthony Summers, p.254-258
[14] On Courage and Resistance,  p.186, in At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches, by Susan Sontag
[15] Personal Memoirs, by Ulysses S. Grant
[16] Shadow Warfare: The History of America’s Undeclared Wars, by Larry Hancock with Stuart Wexler, p.175-176
[17] This section on the attacks against Cuba relies on Shadow Warfare: The History of America’s Undeclared Wars, by Larry Hancock with Stuart Wexler, p.175-194
[18] A Special Supplement: The Meaning of Vietnam, New York Review of Books, June 2, 1975
[19] Where We Fight, Costs of War Project, Brown University
[20] End the War in Afghanistan, By the Editorial Board, New York Times, February 3, 2019
[21] U.S. and Taliban Edge Toward Deal to End America’s Longest War, by Rod Nordland and Mujib Mashal, New York Times, January 26, 2019; also read U.S. and Taliban Agree in Principle to Peace Framework, by Mujib Mashal, New York Times, January 28, 2019
[22] Seventy-Two Percent of Americans Support War Against Iraq, by Frank Newport, Gallup Poll, March 24, 2003
[23] See Iraq War, Wikipedia
[24] Where We Fight, Cost of War Project, Brown University
[25] The War You’ve Never Heard Of, by Nick Turse, Vice News, May 18, 2017
[26] Amnesty Says U.S. Strikes in Somalia Kill Large Numbers of Civilians, Business Insider, March 20, 2019
[27] Trends in International Arms Transfer, 2017, SIPRI Fact Sheet, March 2018; also read U.S. Sold $40 Billion in Weapons in 2015, Topping Global Market, by Thom Shanker, New York Times, December 26, 2016
[28] Israel, U.S. Sign Massive Military Aid Package, in Low-Key Ceremony at the State Department, by Carol Morello and William Booth, Washington Post, September 14, 2016
[29] The Obama Years Have Been Very Good to America’s Weapons Makers, by Bryan Schatz, Mother Jones, March/April 2016

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