War: America's Growth Industry
War has long been big business for the United States and is now the country's largest industry by far. The U.S. is also the world's largest arms exporter.
Before you decide to try and cash in on America's largest industry you might want to know what you are getting into and supporting. If you don't care and just want to make money then please don't read the following.
This article offers a perspective that is different from what most Americans have been given by their government and mass media.
Only in the last 20 years has the Internet and declassified documents made it possible for inquiring minds to discover a whole new and more accurate reality.
This new perspective is well supported by the facts but readers are encouraged to do their own research to verify them.
Fact: The war industry costs American taxpayers more than $1 trillion each year when you include the total cost of veterans, the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons activities, the many intelligence agencies and other war-related expenditures.
Just the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq alone will cost American taxpayers over $6 trillion. This would provide each of the current 50 million American elementary and secondary students with $120k for college. Instead, they will inherit the $20 trillion in debt, mostly racked up to pay for America's senseless wars to enrich the oligarchs.
The U.S. spends almost more on war than all other countries combined, but as a percentage of GDP, there are some countries that currently spend more. When measuring new defense spending per capita, the U.S. is #4, with Saudi Arabia being the new leader.
The $1 trillion spent every year on war is not a very good economic investment. In comparison to other industries it does not generate a huge number of jobs or tax revenue. A significant portion of the money is spent abroad on America's 800+ foreign bases. A vast portion of the money is stolen or wasted. The wages paid to soldiers and civil workers are fairly low and don't stimulate a lot of economic activity.
If a significant percentage of the money spent on war was instead spent on domestic infrastructure and education it would generate a vastly greater return and put more money into the pockets of America's workers. Americans would no longer be pushed into poverty and the world would be a much safer place.
The Pentagon won't account for about $10 trillion in taxpayer's money. It claims that it can't reveal exactly where the money went due to poor accounting systems, but fraud has been consistently proven to be a primary factor in the missing money. Federal contracting laws are not enforced and many procurement practices are obviously illegal but continue.
Because the war industry makes the rich even richer and America has long been ruled by oligarchs, the U.S. government's foreign policy is one of war and America's oligarchs have long manufactured enemies and sold Americans on war to perpetuate their lucrative war profits.
Now that we have access to vastly more information we can better understand how war is created and sold to us.
WW II: The Second World War is a prime example of how the oligarchs manufacture and support war.
World War I ended in 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which created the conditions necessary for another world war with Germany by taking
away 13.5 % of Germany's territory and putting nearly seven million German citizens under the jurisdiction of other nations. The treaty imposed extreme financial penalties that severely impoverished Germans and punished German citizens who had nothing to do with WWI.
The elite in the U.S. and western Europe actively helped Hitler rise to power and provided the money and some of the technology necessary to keep him in power for as long as possible.
American and British banks financed Hitler's war efforts through the shadowy Bank for International Settlements (BIS). They bought the gold Hitler had looted from Jews and other nations and provided Germany with the foreign currency and letters of credit needed to procure raw materials.
(Even today, the BIS remains a secret bankers' bank, is exempt from national and international law and continues to manage illicit funds for sinister purposes and fuel the machinery of war for profit.)
A French investigation found that four American banks — Chase Manhattan, JP Morgan, Guaranty Trust Co. of New York and Bank of the City of New York had aided the Nazis in occupied France.
George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, helped fund the rise of Hitler through Brown Brothers Harriman and Union Banking Corporation (UBC).
Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company granted Nazi Germany exclusive license for synthetic fuel technology to convert coal into gasoline and diesel (synfuel) to power Hitler's war machinery. The same technology could have eliminated the unnecessary war-time fuel rationing in the U.S. but was denied to Americans because it might have reduced the profits of Standard Oil.
IBM supplied the computers necessary for Germany to track its Jews and other non-aryans and manage their imprisonment and extermination.
The Vatican formed an alliance with Hitler and Mussolini that greatly helped the spread of fascism.
Germany and WWII was used to make rapid and massive leaps in technology and after Germany's defeat most all of its technology and many of its scientists and engineers were transferred to the United States where the technology benefited the oligarchs and America's burgeoning war industry. Russia took what the U.S. had left behind.
The advanced German technology was then used to fuel the Cold War and sustain the continued growth of the war industry.
Korea: After WWII, the U.S. and Russia partitioned Korea knowing that this could only result in future conflict. The U.S. created the conditions necessary for war and was more than eager to participate in a war that left more than 3 million Koreans dead and to date has cost American taxpayers more than $1 trillion.
The U.S. killed close to 30% of the population of North Korea — a trauma so severe that the country could not recover and produced the psychotic North Korea of today.
Because the war never actually ended and the U.S. continues to maintain 26,000 soldiers in South Korea, the ongoing annual cost is close to $2 billion, but South Korea pays approximately half of the cost.
The U.S. could easily end the conflict with North Korea by issuing a sincere apology and offering some aid and trade. This would enable the Koreans to heal and move into a new mode. The dictatorship would ultimately collapse from within because it would be obsolete and no longer have the power of fear and anger to sustain it.
Vietnam: According to military insiders, the war in Vietnam was planned during WWII (or before) and weapons left over from WWII were stockpiled in Vietnam to support a future war.
In WWII, Ho Chi Minh lead the resistance in Indochina on behalf of the Allied powers against the Japanese under an agreement that granted Vietnamese their freedom from French colonial domination after the war ended. Ho Chi Minh kept his side of the deal and on August 17, 1945 he broadcast:
"We were fighting Japs on the side of the United Nations. Now Japs Surrendered. We beg the United Nations to realize their solemn promise that all nationalities be given democracy and independence. If United Nations forget their solemn promise and don't give Indochina full independence, we will keep fighting until we get it."
On September 2, 1945 a band marched through Hanoi playing The Star Spangled Banner. Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnamese Independence and a new democracy and began his speech with "All men are created equal." But the dream of an American style Vietnamese democracy was not to be.
The U.S. had lied to the Vietnamese and never had any intention of letting them have their freedom from brutal French colonial oppression. Ho Chi Minh kept his word and continued the struggle for his people's independence.
It was only after the betrayal by the U.S. that Ho Chi Minh became disillusioned with American 'democracy' and was forced to turn to Russia for the help needed to defeat the French. He became 'communist' only by necessity. The U.S. deliberately turned an ally into an enemy and destroyed democracy in Indochina merely for the sake of war profits.
By 1954 the US was paying for 78% of the French war against the Vietnamese. After the French were defeated in May 1954 at Dien Bien Phu, the Geneva Accords temporarily divided Vietnam in half at the 17th parallel, with Ho Chi Minh's Vietminh ceded the North, and French puppet Bao Dai's regime granted the South.
The accords provided for elections to be held in all of Vietnam within two years to reunify the country. The US opposed the unifying elections, fearing a likely victory by freedom-fighter Ho Chi Minh, and refused to sign the Geneva accords — further denying the Vietnamese the possibility of freedom and democracy.
The U.S. even offered atomic weapons to the French to use against those determined freedom-seeking Vietnamese, which the French fortunately declined.
America escalated its war on the people of Vietnam in 1964 after claiming that the North Vietnamese attacked one of its ships in the Gulf of Tonkin. We now know that there was no such attack and that the Pentagon pretended that there was one as an excuse to wage war.
Vietnam did not attack the United States and posed absolutely no threat to the U.S. The Vietnamese merely wanted their independence from France and were willing to fight the French to achieve it.
While the Vietnamese as a whole were determined to win their freedom from colonial oppression, few were combatants and much of the Vietnam War was fabricated by the U.S. Simple un-armed peasants were branded as communist Viet Cong to justify their slaughter. The senseless and evil war was deliberately prolonged to boost war profits at the cost of 58,000 dead Americans and 3 million Vietnamese (mostly civilians) killed.
It was in Vietnam that the CIA advanced its death squad approach and honed skills in torture for the sake of brutality and to create an enemy where one had not previously existed. In Operation Phoenix, the CIA and U.S. army abducted, tortured and murdered tens of thousands of civilians. They targeted influential people like mayors, teachers, doctors, tax collectors, business owners, village elders and others in leading social positions.
One of the purposes of Operation Phoenix was to force the Vietnamese to hate Americans and encourage more of them to fight against the U.S. The Vietnamese resistance rose from the ashes as intended and the number of combatants and the resolve of the Vietnamese to fight back increased.
With more of an enemy, the war effort was expanded and the profits of the war industry soared.
This level of evil also fostered the cultivation of satanism in the CIA and U.S. military that still exists today.
The U.S. is still killing Vietnamese. The defoliant (herbicide) "Agent Orange" sprayed liberally on the country was 'contaminated' with the most deadly form of dioxin, which has caused countless deaths and more than 500,000 birth defects in Vietnamese children. The Red Cross estimates that up to 1 million people in Vietnam are currently disabled or have health problems due to the massive amounts of Monsanto's dioxin sprayed on the country.
American and Canadian soldiers sickened by Agent Orange were given some compensation, but no compensation was given to the Vietnamese victims.
The spraying of Agent Orange and other herbicides was illegal bio-chemical warfare intended to destroy crops and reduce hiding places for the enemy but was also done to simply to contaminate the country. The U.S. knew exactly what the outcome would be.
Afghanistan: In 1978, Afghanistan experienced a Marxist revolution that replaced the corrupt and inept dictatorship that had overthrown the old monarchy. The new government wanted to establish a progressive government, bring the country into the modern era and replace religious and tribal laws with secular laws.
Men were obliged to cut their beards, women could not wear a chador, and mosques were placed off limits. The new government made a number of reforms on women's rights, banning forced marriages, giving state recognition of women's right to vote, and introducing women to political life.
A famous New Kabul Times editorial from May 28, 1978 declared: "Privileges which women, by right, must have are equal education, job security, health services, and free time to rear a healthy generation for building the future of the country ... Educating and enlightening women is now the subject of close government attention."
The new government invited the Soviet Union to assist in modernizing its economic infrastructure and
the USSR sent contractors to build roads, hospitals and schools and to drill water wells. The Russians also trained and equipped the Afghan army.
But, not all Afghans were happy with the new development, especially the fiercely Muslim tribal warlords who liked things the way they were before. They did not want their women educated or to have any more rights than their goats or child sex slaves. Nor did they want to give up their lucrative opium operations.
Instead of allowing Afghanistan to develop on its own, the U.S. decided to support the war lords with money, weapons, training, intelligence and foreign Islamic insurgents.
America started a war against the Afghan government through the warlords knowing that the government would plead for help from the Soviets.
Jimmy Carter's national security advisor, the late Zbigniew Brzezinski, said in an interview with Le Nouvel Observateur:
"According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise. Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention."
To defeat the Soviets, the U.S. created a massive, brutal and effective multi-national Islamic guerrilla force that had never existed before. In doing so it empowered the worst elements of Afghan society and killed any hope the country had of developing.
One of the terrorists the CIA recruited, trained and funded to fight the Soviets was Osama bin Laden. Unlike most of the other fighters, he came from a wealthy Saudi family and could fund his own operations.
The CIA sold Americans on its mercenary army as the mujahideen freedom fighters. The word mujahideen is the plural form of mujahid and means "one engaged in Jihad".
American media did not portray the jihadist for what they were nor were Americans given any information about the true nature of the events in Afghanistan.
Once the Soviets were defeated, the U.S. simply abandoned most of the jihadists in Afghanistan while continuing to fund some of the worst in partnership with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Some of the original jihadists evolved into the Taliban, Al Qaeda and Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, daesh) and the movement just kept growing with Saudi oil money and continued support from Pakistan, with the approval of the CIA.
Without the Soviet Empire to fuel America's war industry a new enemy was needed and so the Bush family conspired with the Saudis to carry out the attacks of 9/11. Iraq was falsely blamed while the real culprits remained shielded.
The American war industry got an excuse to wage perpetual international war against an elusive and vague enemy.
The total cost of America's war in Afghanistan so far is more than $1 trillion.
Iraq: The CIA first put put Saddam Hussein on its payroll in 1959 when he was made part of a CIA death squad tasked with assassinating then Iraqi Prime Minister General Abd al-karim Qasim. The assassination failed and Hussein was relocated to Egypt for training and to shield him from justice.
According to U.S. government sources, Hussein "was a thug -- a cutthroat."
Qasim was a progressive reformer and wanted to develop Iraq and not merely remain a colonial servant to the West and allow his country's oil wealth to be siphoned off to enrich American and British oil companies.
In 1960 Qasim demanded that the Anglo American-owned Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) share 20% of the ownership and 55% of the profits with the Iraqi government. When IPC refused, Qasim issued Public Law 80, which would have taken away 99.5% of the IPC'S ownership and established an Iraqi national oil company to oversee the export of Iraqi oil. Qasim then got together with other oil producing nations and formed the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
The American oil industry decided that Qasim had to go and efforts to remove him from power were stepped up but it wasn't until 1963 that Qasim was killed in a U.S. orchestrated Baath Party coup and Hussein was appointed the head of Iraq's brutal al-jihaz a-khas, the secret intelligence apparatus of the Baath Party.
The CIA provided Hussein with a list of the people most likely to resist an oppressive Baathist regime. Some reliable sources claim that more than 10,000 people were killed. Those targeted included teachers and other social, cultural and political leaders who would be most likely to support democracy.
Historians Peter and Marion Sluglett describe the CIA orchestrated mass killings of Iraqis as "some of the most terrible violence hitherto experienced in the postwar Middle East."
The CIA branded its many victims 'communists' to justify its actions and claimed it was "making the world safe for democracy", by torturing and killing anyone who wanted democracy or might possibly reduce the profits of American corporations in some way.
Hussein was kept in power and under the thumb of the CIA. The U.S. supplied him with intelligence, training, money, and weapons and even helped him develop chemical and biological weapons by supplying the material and expertise. He was encouraged to use the weapons in the U.s.-instigated war against Iran.
The CIA continued to help Hussein identify and eliminate potential opponents so that democracy could not arise in Iraq no matter how badly the people wanted it.
When Hussein had outlived his usefulness he was encouraged to invade Kuwait so that America would have an excuse to wage war on Iraq. Hussein stupidly fell for the ruse and quickly found himself to be enemy number one to support American war profits.
America's ongoing war on Iraq has so far cost Americans about $2 trillion, with another $4 trillion cost estimated over the next few decades.
Fueling Jihad, Terrorism & Erosion of Western Culture
The American oligarchy has long had a very close relationship with the ruling family of Saudi Arabia and that relationship has reached a level where it is cause for extreme alarm.
As part of the special relationship that America has with Saudi Arabia, U.S. companies get lucrative contracts to supply goods and services but the U.S. has to help the monarchy stay in power by providing it with arms, training, technology, political and military support.
The relationship goes far beyond lucrative contracts for infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. It is also about war profits.
In the 1950's Assistant Secretary of State George McGhee said of America's relationship with Saudi Arabia,
“The relationship between the two countries is unique among all our international relationships. There is no country in this section of the world in which we have this particular type of relationship."
This relationship empowers the monarchy to sustain an oppressive and militant Islamic dictatorship unlike any other.
Saudi Arabia did not become an independent state until 1932 when founded by Abdulaziz Al Saud. Prior to that the region was controlled by a patchwork of tribal rulers. What made the Saud family different was its militant Wahhabi version of Islam which many other Muslims consider a "deviant sectarian movement", "vile sect" and a distortion of Islam.
Many Islamic scholars, including those from the respected Al-azhar University, regularly denounce Wahhabism with terms such as "Satanic faith".
Wahhabist generally refer to their sect as Salafism, while the term Wahhabism is used by other Muslims and non-muslims.
Despite a massive, well funded and sustained effort to promote Wahhabism, only 3% of Muslims have subscribed to it and the majority of mainstream Sunni and Shia Muslims worldwide strongly disagree with the Wahhabist interpretations of the Koran.
Wahhabism has zero tolerance for non-believers and Muslims who don't adhere to the Wahhabist beliefs. It is brutal, backwards and cruel to the point of being criminal lunacy. It has no place in the modern world.
Curiously, the Saudi version of Wahhabism is very tolerant and supportive of Israel, while all other sects of Islam are generally anti-israel due to its ongoing abuse of Palestinians.
Israel actively supports Wahhabism and Saudi backed terrorists as long as they don't target Israel. Jewish controlled media demonize other less barbaric forms of Islam and avoid criticizing Saudi Arabia.
Because most Muslims won't convert to Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia tries to force it on them through militant terror groups such as Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, daesh) Al Qaeda, Al Shabab, Taliban, etc. —and the U.S. helps them while attacking Saudi backed militants only in select cases.
In this way, the U.S. is creating its own enemy to sustain its perpetual war on terror. This is done not to protect the United States but to enrich the oligarchs through the war industry.
Outside of Wahhabism and other fundamentalist sects, Islamic militancy and terrorism is limited and does not pose as great a threat.
Saudi Arabia is not content to try and impose Wahhabism on other Muslims, it is also using it to undermine and erode Western culture with the goal of establish-
ing a global caliphate.
In a growing number of countries, Sharia law is now applied not just to Muslims but to non-muslims as well and a number of European cities have become exclusively Muslim and off-limits to non-muslims.
Saudi initiatives have now made it illegal to simply speak the truth about Islam in many Western countries.
Elisabeth Sabaditsch-wolff was convicted in Austria for merely saying "Mohammed had a thing for little girls." Mohammed did indeed 'marry' a girl at age six and conjugate the marriage with her at age nine. This is still permitted and practiced by Muslims.
Susanne Winter, an Austrian politician and Member of Parliament, was convicted for the crime of saying that "in today's system" Mohammed would be considered a "child molester," a statement that is also absolutely true.
In Western countries, those who try to sound the alarm about Wahhabism are labeled Islamaphobes. Expressing opposition to criminal behavior is now wrong when the crime is cloaked as Islam.
The Canadian Parliament recently passed (201–91) a motion (M-103) that requires the members of the House of Commons to call on the Government of Canada to condemn Islamophobia in Canada.
Since merely expressing facts about Wahhabism or Islam is considered Islamaphobia, such expressions are condemned by the Canadian government and could be prosecuted as hate speech.
The elite in Europe, the U.S. and Canada and their politicians are helping spread Wahhabism by supporting Saudi Arabia and its agenda and suppressing opposition.
Canadians recently tried to stop their government from fulfilling a $11 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. But a Canadian court ruled in the government's favor. It is somehow okay for Canada to arm war criminals knowing that the weapons would be used against civilians to commit war crimes.
Trump's recent $110 billion sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia will also empower war crimes and help the Saudi's wage war against moderate Muslims and Saudis who oppose the rabid dictatorship.
Saudi aggression is fueling an arms race in the Middle East, which is good for war profiteers but very bad for everyone else.
For those unfamiliar with Sharia law, the following are some of its components:
• Theft is punishable by amputation of the right hand.
• Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
• Criticizing Muhammad or denying that he is a prophet is punishable by death.
• Criticizing or denying Allah (the Moon God) is punishable by death.
• A Muslim who becomes a non-muslim is punishable by death.
• A non-muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.
• A non-muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
• A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is nine years old.
• Girls' clitoris should be cut (Muhammad's words, Book 41, Kitab Al-adab, Hadith 5251).
• A woman can have one husband, who can have up to four wives.
• A man can beat his wife for insubordination.
• A man can unilaterally divorce his wife; a woman needs her husband's consent to divorce.
• A divorced wife loses custody of all children over six years of age or when they exceed it.
• Testimonies of four male witnesses are required to prove rape against a woman.
• A woman who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist(s).
• A woman's testimony in court, allowed in property cases, carries half the weight of a man's.
• A female heir inherits half of what a male heir inherits
• A woman cannot drive a car, as it leads to fitnah (upheaval).
• A woman cannot speak alone to a man who is not her husband or relative.
• Meat must come only from animals that have been sacrificed to Allah - i.e., be "Halal".
• Muslims should engage in Taqiyya and lie to non-muslims to advance Islam.
Those who don't want to be forcefully converted to Islam and put under Sharia law may want to research the issue further and speak out against all criminal and backwards cultural movements, even if they are religious.