The Military Parasite

…as Tom Engelhardt recently reminded us, that Obama’s “civilian” advisors include “Karl W. Eikenberry, a retired lieutenant general who is the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Douglas Lute, a lieutenant general who is the president’s special advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan (dubbed the “war czar” when he held the same position in the Bush administration), and James Jones, a retired Marine Corps general, who is national security advisor, not to speak of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency”? Are we surprised, then, that when we “turn crucial war decisions over to the military, [we] functionally turn foreign policy over to them as well”? And that they, in turn, always opt for more troops, more money, and more war?


2 Responses to “The Military Parasite”

  1. landsker Says:

    It`s like a morbidly obese and overspoilt teenager, with no proper job, given the choice of either more pizza and pop, and watching TV…or actually to stop eating, and get a proper job.

    The military has reached the point where in order to save it, the taxpayer may have to first destroy it.
    Of course, when confronted with their grossness, they do tend to have some rather obnoxious tantrums.

  2. RickB Says:

    If we didn’t have a standing army, had to raise one and taxes each time we wanted to go to war, might that reduce our war friendly politics I wonder.

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