“Many Americans are concerned about mercenaries working for our government. Personally, I’m more concerned about our government working for mercenaries.” — Swami Beyondananda
Michael Moore got struck by enlightening the other week.
While many of us have known for a long time that the American President takes orders from the military (actually the military industrial complex) and not the other way around, film maker provocateur Michael Moore had that profound realization while reading Bob Woodward’s book, Obama’s War. Writes Moore:
For everyone who supported Obama in 2008, it’s reassuring to find out he understands we have to get out of Afghanistan. But for everyone who’s worried about Obama in 2010, it’s scary to find out that what he thinks should be done may not actually matter. And that’s because he’s not willing to stand up to the people who actually run this country.
And here’s the part I don’t even want to write — and none of you really want to consider:
It matters not whom we elect. The Pentagon and the military contractors call the shots. The title “Commander in Chief” is ceremonial, like “Employee of the Month” at your local Burger King.
Moore then sends us to perhaps the most prophetic Presidential message of the past half-century, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address when he left office in 1961. Eisenhower, a military general himself, warned Americans to beware of the “unwarranted influence” of what he called “the military industrial complex.” To quote Ike:
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
According to University of Oregon researcher Brian Bogart (whom Bruce Lipton and I cite in Spontaneous Evolution*), America stood at a significant choice point when the Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb in 1947. While CIA reports from that time concluded that the Soviet Union was so devastated by World War II that it was not a threat – with this viewpoint echoed by noted Soviet expert George Kennan – another of President Truman’s advisers, Paul Nitze, had the leading defense industrialists of that era write a letter to Truman, predicting a severe economic depression if the country didn’t stay on a wartime economy. Truman, fearing a return of the Great Depression, followed the advice of Nitze and his cronies.
And the rest is history, and a very tragic history at that.
While Michael Moore is disheartened by the conclusion he comes to – that at this time in history, the power to wage war is essentially out of the hands of the President – I am heartened by his disheartenment. As the old saying doesn’t quite go, “The truth shall upset you free.” Only the collective awakened moral authority of “we the people,” an authority that transcends the boundaries of left and right and encompasses the virtues and values that the vast majority of humans hold dear – only the “transpartisan” voice of we the people will be able to stand up to the unchecked power a Republican President and former military general spoke of nearly 50 years ago.
Viva la evolutionary upwising!
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