In his farewell speech former President and World War 2’s General of Supreme Allied Forces, Dwight D. Eisenhower called out some of the problems he foresaw for the United States moving forward. This was in 1961. Among them he warned about giving into the Military Industrial Complex.
Eisenhower wanted to us to be thinking community that didn’t want us to forget our peaceful methods. And if we look at the way we talk about and revere the American Military we’ve let patriotism blind us with an Uncle Sam blindfold and a Star Spangled ball gag rendering us speechless. We’ve been lied to repeated by our government so they can push into wars that have only led to destruction and creating an ethical gray area in the Middle East.
He also addressed the importance of peacekeepers and treat them as equal. He referred to these folks as “the weakest”, because that was still the era we had a reverence for the muscley strong men who can pull a tank with the sheer might of buttcheeks! A very practical application to tanks if you ask me.
But it’s not true weakness. It’s more of a physical weakness. We’re not strong enough to pull a Hum-Vee with our teeth but we are strong enough to say we shouldn’t go to war and set our egos aside to listen to each other so we can get to an amicable resolution. Plus no one can afford dental insurance and dentists are expensive, so feats of physical strength are not really a smart decision to make.
Eisenhower’s farewell address can be considered an Anti-War speech to remind us of the importance of the decades of Anti-War protests we’ve seen. But Anti-War sentiments is seen as unpatriotic, anti-government and of course pussyfooting. And that’s always been such an odd term to me. Either that means that you have feet like a cat and you’re very nimble and like to stalk prey stealthily through the night…OR…you have vaginas on your feet. And that second really proves that we as a society are failing biology on an epic level. Anti-War activists are seen as protests against Veterans for service, but in reality they’re protest to stop creating more veterans by standing beside them!
And Anti-War movements are where Democrats and Republicans reach across aisles to agree to something. They both need to stop this movement so they can put their dicks on every table around the world with Military might! Republicans use the narratives I just spoke out about, but Democrats are little sneakier about it. They criticize the methods of execution. In Trump’s case somewhat literally. The Democrats criticized the way he executed Iranian General Quassam Soleimani, not the fact that it was an illegal assassination.
“Well if it were me, I would’ve poisoned his tea [small maniacal laughter]. That way it could’ve been anyone. Was it me? I’ll never tell.”
But the Democrats themselves became the party of war by silencing the Anti-War movement! During the Obama Administration they wouldn’t let anyone criticize him because they were celebrating the small victory of the Affordable Care Act being passed. So we couldn’t bring up his increased, misguided and murderous Drone Warfare! There are reports of him Drone Bombing a wedding in the Middle East! Barack, buddy, there’s a better way to RSVP ‘no’ dude. One would be to just tick the box that says ‘no’, and then underneath it you write “and go fuck yourself”.
The Anti-War movement gets drowned out black & white rhetoric. We are the good guys and the other guys are bad. Any questions and they’ll paint you in the same lens as the bad guys! If you speak out against the Military Industrial Complex like Dwight D. Eisenhower, you are portrayed as a terror sympathizer and just as bad as them! Which is ridiculous, because no one in the Anti-War movement is holding candlelight vigils for the terror groups in the Middle East! This kind of thinking leads to the criminalization of dissent and the continued lawlessness of the legislative branch! There is only one party in America and it’s the party of War.
So let’s take a look at some of the big reasons we should be embracing our Anti-War movements despite these stigmas surrounding it.
Our first reason to be Anti-War is to question America’s World Police Imperialistic narrative. President Eisenhower echoed a warning about becoming the World’ Police in his farewell address. Perhaps that really is dependent on how the word ‘police’ is defined.
To some of us that’s a safe word. Not like a sexy safe word. I think it’s cool to role-play if you have a thing for folks in uniform or something, but I feel like yelling the word ‘POLICE’ is going to kinda kill the mood. Kinda like how the police have started killing innocent people across America.
The word police is usually associated with the notion of protecting and serving. So that’s what the idea of being the World’s Police was initially built on; that we’d be the protectors of the world! But if that’s the imperative of your country, what do you do in times of peace? In order to ensure there’s something to protect, America has created enemies to fight and manufactured consent for continued wars across the globe.
From the now revealed hoax surrounding the Gulf of Tonkin that got us into Vietnam to the more recent revelations of the Afghan Papers, it’s been revealed that America did in fact manufacture consent for these wars. Several top Generals confessed their confusion about the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. The 2002 war effort was basically the American military’s battle cry was “I don’t know what I’ve been told…seriously. I don’t get it! But do understand the quagmire, now that there’s a visual representation of it right in front of my eyes!”
Donald Rumsfeld is quoted to say: “I have no visibility of who the real enemies are” and the United States is “Deficient in Human Intelligence” in the region. This is very clearly the origins of his most famous quote to date: ‘the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns’. And is it necessary to specify ‘Human’ intelligence? Were they getting a lot of their information from Falcons that were raised by the Shah of Saudi Arabia to gather intelligence, but the problem was Rumsfeld forgot he didn’t speak any Falcon. What a goof that war criminal is?! And 3 Star General Douglas Lute said: “Devoid of fundamental understanding of Afghanistan, didn’t know what we were doing…What are we trying to do here?…If Americans knew what we trying to do here…2400 lives lost…”
And this was incredibly evident in the way the Afghan Police were trained in order to curtail terroristic threats in their country. Special Inspector General John Sopko described it as a “hopeless nightmare” and depending on who you are, you can describe the American police the same way! The American Military trained the civilian Afghan police for 6-9 months for a complex position and involved watching episodes of ‘NCIS’ and ‘COPS’. And again this is very similar to the training American cops get too! But instead of NCIS, it’s old Stephen Segal movies. And it’s the standard NCIS not the fancy LA or New Orleans version. The Afghans needed to learn to love and revere an older white man.
America has deemed itself to the good guy in these situations but there’s a very nebulous idea of the ‘bad’ guy in the area. As an invading force, it’s hard to claim you’ll make a positive impact. I’m fairly certain Hilter thought he’d be making Poland great by blitzkrieging the shit out of their face. Maybe America can take a different military philosophy, like perhaps one from the General Of the Supreme Allied Forces, Dwight D. Eisenhower! At this point because of America’s long history of Interventionism in the Middle East there’s a domino effect of failed states!
Even when it tries to make an effort for societal betterment in the Middle East, America pushes racist and xenophobic views in the name of good will. One of the missions in Afghanistan was to get them be culturally literate by teaching them how to wash their hands. When Americans learn that wiping your ass with paper is not the best way to be clean, but rather using a spray of water is far better like countries in Europe, the Middle East, India and more, then they can make judgement calls on how clean other countries are!
But we are told these are morally good actions because we’re supporting the good wars. When we think of World War 2 we think of that as the good war. Odd, that we went to war against the Nazis, where we shot them in the face, yet still see them in our streets today. Turns out that violence doesn’t really get rid of ideologies, but rather just pisses them off. Maybe we should try intellect and less emotional outbursts that lead to creating newer versions of the same problem and an industry that fuels the fire.
Tom Brokaw is known for calling World War 2 Veterans “the Greatest Generation”, which only seemed to upset a lot of the World War 2 vets! This idea that there is a “good war” is sold to us a false justification that the American Empire can dictate what is good or bad. So if we say we’re going to war with someone they must be the bad guys! There are no good or bad wars. There are just wars that take the lives of the Middles Class and divide us even further than we already are.
Donald Rumsfeld claimed that the only way they’d leave Afghanistan was if there was stability in the region to leave. But the instabilities are caused by American interventionism so it’s a catch 22 and a confession that we’re never leaving! From mistraining the local forces to 3 star Generals uncertain of the mission, this haze of confusion to ensure America’s place as the world’s police is the primary reason we need Anti-War movement to shed light in the haze of Imperialism!