A classic pre-election J’ACCUSE: The Beneficiaries of Permawar

From Joe Scarry of Scarry Thoughts Blog, Come Home America reprints, J’ACCUSE: The Beneficiaries of Permawar

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Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan … and now Iran. It’s clear the United States pursues permanent war: “permawar.” For whose benefit?

THE PRIME BENEFICIARIES
In contrast to people who focus on war profiteers and the military-industrial complex, and those who focus on the corporatocracy (i.e. capitalist system) that thrives in the shadow of permanent war, I believe that we must look first at the people who benefit much more directly from permawar.

More than anyone else, the beneficiaries of permawar are the politicians who thrive on the power to make and control wars.


* The number one prime beneficiary is the President, as well as presidential aspirants.


* The second set of prime beneficiaries are the President’s cabinet members: National Security Advisor, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Treasury, Attorney General, and others.


* The third set of prime beneficiaries are the leading members of Congress whose power comes from the eternal wrangling over just how much war the U.S. is going to make in the current period.


* The fourth set of prime beneficiaries are the leading party supporters — both Democratic and Republican — that draw energy and power from their involvement with these war gangs.


* The fifth set of prime beneficiaries are the politicos — including political consultants, lobbyists, journalists, and pundits — that draw energy and power from their involvement with these war gangs.


* The sixth set of prime beneficiaries are the executive branch and congressional aides that draw energy and power from their involvement with these war gangs.

Until the American public shows its willingness to cut this group of prime beneficiaries of permawar off ruthlessly, we will never be free of U.S. war-making.

It’s virtually axiomatic that a candidate cannot be “antiwar.” For anyone who cares about ending war, the only choice is to REJECT the election charade being carried out in 2012, and to help others understand why they should do so, too.

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