Once this third article is finished I will return to contacting up to 200 NGOs even though I realize it may be a fool's errand, as I am sure Jay Janson would tell me. This octogenarian is a longtime critic of U.S. militaristic imperialism. In one of his recent articles he said that for some time it has been obvious to him that "the organized peace or antiwar movement, which has never forced a war to be ended, or prevented an announced war from happening, is not intended to do so. Worse, that it has operated overall in such a manner as to be flagrantly open to the charge that the whole peace movement in America has been, and is, an accessory after the fact to US crimes against humanity, by making it appear that protests to one's own elected and reelected war criminals will stop the killing abroad, so needed to maintain predatory overseas investments." I worry that by the end of this year I may have to agree with his harsh assessment. I hope though to find enough genuine antiwar groups to have made my effort worthwhile.
An illustrative model of a national chamber of democracy
Suppose a national chamber of commerce, let's call it the U.S. Chamber of Democracy (USCD) does get established.
It might have a steering council, formed by the network's members, that would charter the network, state its mission and vision, develop a comprehensive plan of strategic reform goals, and insure that sufficient resources are available to the various components or alliances within the network for pursuing its common goals, which need not and should not be limited to "pacifying" the monster.
There would be a public education alliance (e.g., through the schools and media); a political reform alliance; a legal and regulatory reform alliance; an economic reform alliance; an oversight/strike force alliance (e.g., industrial/corporate strike force teams); an outreach and communications alliance (e.g., recruiting and mobilizing opposition to the corpocracy); a think tank alliance (for policy analysis and development); and a special war making triumvirate "pacification" alliance. Each alliance would have one or more roles in pursuing the strategic goals of the USCD and would be represented on the council.
Second Stage: Developing and implementing a strategic plan of reforms
The triumvirate would not exist today if it had ever faced an organized onslaught of strategically planned and successfully carried out reform initiatives backed by massive public pressure. Because the triumvirate is inseparable from the rest of the corpocracy such as, for example, the Wall Street component, the reform initiatives ought to include seeking major changes in how the corpocracy is ruining the economic and all other spheres of American's lives. While keeping that in mind, this article will be limited to discussing the targeting of the war making triumvirate and its major source of power. A more comprehensive reform proposal can be found in my book.
Determining the ultimate objectives of "pacification"
Pacification of the triumvirate needs to be operationally defined in terms of strategic objectives and the criteria for knowing whether and to what extent progress is being made in achieving those objectives. The ones I think should be considered are listed below. It will seem unrealistic, but anything conceivable and sometimes even inconceivable is possible. How many of us, for instance, thought the newly elected President Obama and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize would initiate, review and approve drone hit lists that sometimes result in the killing of little children? Not I.
1. Alternative presidential election rules to diminish the chance of either of the twin political parties ever occupying the Oval Office again.
2. No more truly unprovoked, deadly and devastating drone strikes and other military interventions and economic sanctions anywhere.
3. Disengagement militarily from the Greater Middle East, the flashpoint for WWIII..
4. No more military aid to any countries.
5. No more military bases, CIA, or any surrogate entities on any foreign land.
6. No more military-related commitments in international treaties or participation in the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade organization.
7. Bloated war budget replaced by a sensible peace budget.