US Military Keynesianism on Steroids
by Stephen Lendman
Former Chicago Bear Mike Ditka once said the team's late owner George Halas "tosse(d) nickels around like manhole covers," referring to his scrooge-like spending.
Polar opposite applies to longstanding US military Keynesianism.
A trillion here, a trillion there. Pretty soon you're talking about real money — with attribution to the late Senator Everett Dirksen, referring to billions in his day.
On Thursday, House members overwhelmingly passed the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act by a 316 - 113 vote.
A similar Senate version will follow, differences if any to be resolved by the reconciliation process that will head the measure to the White House for rubber-stamping into law.
During congressional debate ahead of adoption of the House NDAA version, GOP and Dem hawks argued for a significant FY 2022 budget increase to counter Sino/Russian threats that don't exist.
Ranking GOP House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Mike Rogers falsely said China is "leapfrogging us in capabilities like AI and hypersonics (sic)," adding:
"They're stepping up malign operations against America and our allies (sic)."
Time and again, similar comments are made about Russia — despite the ruling authorities of both countries waging peace, not war, nor threatening other nations.
Biden regime hardliners expressed strong support for the NDAA, urging its adoption before yearend, a White House statement saying:
It "looks forward to continuing to work with Congress to set an appropriate and responsible level of defense spending (sic) to support the security of the nation" at a time when no threats to it exist.
In July, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved its NDAA version. The full body will take up the measure in October, voting on it to follow.
US spending for militarism and warmaking is virtually sure to be greater than ever in FY 2022.
And for the first time, House and Senate NDAA versions include a provision for women to register for the draft.
Known as the Selective Service System, drafting Americans of military service age hasn't happened since US Southeast Asia war ended in 1975.
Yet young men must register for potential military service in case it's reinstituted.
Officially, the US FY 2022 NDAA authorizes $768 billion for militarism and warmaking — falsely called defense.
The amount exceeds the estimated 2021 budgets of the world's nine next largest military spending countries combined.
Unofficially, US military spending greatly exceeds what annual NDAA legislation authorizes — including for intelligence, homeland security, undisclosed black budgets and related categories.
Despite facing no enemies throughout the post-WW II period, just invented ones, the US consistently pours trillions of dollars down a black hole of waste, fraud and abuse at the expense of vital homeland needs gone begging.
In February 2018, Project Censored reported a whopping $21 trillion gone missing from the federal budget throughout the 1998 – 2015 period, clearly trillions more since then.
Most likely it went for militarism, warmaking, anything called national security, along with large-scale handouts to corporate and other favorites.
War profiteers never had things better. Long forgotten was Dwight Eisenhower's unheeded warning.
In his January 17, 1961 farewell address, he sounded the alarm against the pernicious influence of the military/industrial complex that's far more hostile to world peace and stability now than then.
He called it "potential enemy of the national interest…a distorted use of the nation's resources…fail(ing) to comprehend its grave implication…(affecting our) livelihood (and) the very structure of our society," adding:
"Every gun that is made, every war ship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, from those who are cold and not clothed."
More than ever today, the business of America is forever-warmaking by hot and/or other means against virtually all nations free from its control — ones threatening no others, clearly not hegemon USA.
In his book, titled "At the Cliff's Edge," the late Doug Dowd warned that the US ruling class never "learned to hate war," never learned lessons from the 1914 - 18 war to end all future ones.
Instead they've been perpetually waged throughout the post-WW II period to carve up and control continents, plunder their resources and exploit their people — while tolerating no nations free from hegemon USA's control.
In response to House passage of the FY 2022 NDAA, China's official People's Daily said the following:
The measure falsely called Beijing a "threat" to the US, a convenient pretext for significantly increasing its military spending over the previous year's budget, adding:
"As history has proved, the US is a true threat to world peace," not China.
Falsely claiming otherwise reflect's the "US zero-sum mindset, as well as an old trick of the US to trumpet the 'China threat' with an aim to maintaining its hegemony."
"The US has a notorious record of intervening in the affairs of other countries and waging wars around the world."
It's the world's largest arm exporter, its "black hand (responsible for) destroying world peace and stability."
More of the same ahead is virtually certain based on overwhelming bipartisan support for militarism and endless wars.
Supporting a new era of world peace, stability, cooperate relations with other nations and compliance with the rule of law are nonstarters for dominant US hardliners.
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"How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War"
"Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity"