Let’s look at some really Ancient History. During World War II (WWII), the Nazi Wehrmacht controlled Continental Europe. Only England, and a handful of Partisans in some of the Continental Countries, stood in it’s way. President Franklin D. Roosevelt used surreptitious means to enter the War*. Just think of what the World would be like today, if we had not joined the Brits, along with Australians, Canadians and New Zealanders in conquering Germany. The same can be said for the War Efforts in the Pacific.
(Five Star) General Dwight D. Eisenhower or “Ike”, of America, was appointed the Commander, working out of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces HQ (SHAEF), in London. In 1952, Gen. Eisenhower was elected President of the U.S., and served until 1960.
On January 17, 1961, three days before Ike turned the Country over to his successor, John F. Kennedy, he gave a momentous Farewell Address to the Nation via Radio. The transcript is linked as follows: http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/ike.htm
In that speech, he warned of the dangers of the growing Military Industrial Complex. Ike pointed-out that previously there was not an Armaments Industry. During WWII, for example, Great Industrial Companies converted from Peacetime Production to that which was needed for the War Effort. That Defense Industry has grown exponentially, however, since President Eisenhower gave his Warning.
Prior Posts addressing our Military can be found on the following link: https://thetruthoncommonsense.com/?s=military+industrial+complex. There appears to be a Symbiosis in Washington, D.C., where the Pentagon, the Defense Industry and Congress have somewhat of a Revolving Door. Kind of like One Hand Washing the Other.
I have mentioned former Gen. Barry McCaffrey before. When the U.S. first went into Iraq in 2003, he and other Retired Senior Officers were on Television, on a regular basis, touting our Military Effort. Of course, he failed to mention that he was a Lobbyist for the Defense Industry, and was also a Consultant to it. The Pentagon provided regular Briefings, at the time, and other Opportunities for the Retired Military VIPs to mix with their successors, currently in the Pentagon. The “Old Boys Club”?
Not to be left out, Congress enjoyed the Financial Contributions, from the Defense Industry, to their Campaign Coffers. And, some Members of Congress also join the Defense Industry, at very hefty salaries, when they leave Office. Perhaps this is why many Members of Congress are fearful of Cut-Backs in Military Spending.
In the past, the Pentagon has often been accused of always “Fighting the Last War”. If you don’t believe that, the U.S. Troops who invaded Iraq, in George H.W. Bush’s “Operation Desert Shield” in 1990, wore “Jungle Fatigues”. I guess that no one thought of having a change of wardrobe.
But, now, I believe that the Pentagon is gearing up for a War that doesn’t exist. Between the two Wars that George W. Bush took us to in the Middle East, we had no reason being in Iraq and, I believe, Afghanistan could have been handled by a 1,000 man contingent of “Special Ops”. Remember that our mission was specifically to capture Osama Bin Laden. Why send tens of thousands of troops to serve as targets?
Right now, however, our Strategy should be shifting to more of a Naval emphasis. Our greatest need is currently to counter China flexing its muscles in Southeast Asia. And, it might potentially provide an opportunity to build stronger relationships with some of the smaller countries in that Region. Perhaps, we might even have access to a few new bases.
Part of the problem with unnecessary Military Build-Up, again, goes back to Congress. Many of the High-Tech Defense Systems are produced in a multitude of Congressional Districts. That way, the Defense Industry gets the necessary votes to put their Products into the Department of Defense Budget. So what if the Pentagon doesn’t need or want them!
* If you are a Military History Buff, the story of the Surreptitious Means that FDR used to have the U.S. enter WWII are described, by William Stephenson, in “A Man Called Intrepid”. The author is “Intrepid”.