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A deadly monster: Part 1. An overview of the military-national security, industrial, political triumvirate

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Educational institutions provide many other opportunities for penetration and exploitation by this triumvirate. They include, for example allowing military recruiters to visit high schools; inviting honor guards and military bands at schools' sporting events; inviting NCAA basketball teams to play on aircraft carriers; offering  potential military recruits educational benefits; hiring celebrated military officers to teach at universities; offering (formerly compulsory) ROTC programs at colleges and universities; providing military programs by the American Council on Education; and providing military training in boarding and non-boarding military prep schools for school-age youngsters.

Mainstream media/entertainment industries 

Another access this triumvirate has for reaching and shaping critically unthinking and impressionable minds is through the accommodating mainstream media and entertainment industries. The Pentagon, for example, spends billions of dollars every year on military advertising.

Can you match the following slogans that appear unceasingly on the airwaves, newsprints and internet with their services, and that target young men and women between the ages of 16 and 21? Be All You Can Be. Get an Edge on Life. It's Not just a job. It's an Adventure! You and the ___. Full Speed Ahead. The Few. The Proud. We're Looking For a Few Good Men. Aim High. Be Part of the Action. If you can't match the last one with the Coast Guard neither could 97% of the targeted youth a DoD contractor surveyed. If, on the other hand, you matched the first slogan with the Army so too did 91% of the surveyed youth. [14] If you are a sports fan you probably matched most of them correctly for they appear on televised major league baseball, professional football, professional basketball, professional motor racing, "ad"nauseam. 

Televised programs and wireless internet games featuring violence play perfectly into the hands of a triumvirate that specializes in violence. Toy makers are another good conduit and it is also a good analogy for childlike grown up men in the triumvirate who play for real with deadly "toys." Let's not forget Hollywood and its movies that celebrate struggles with and victories over enemies. Hollywood and the military have a reciprocal alliance that suits each party perfectly. Hollywood submits it war glorifying movie scripts to the military for review and gets access to dazzling military equipment to use for props in profitable movies. The military gets free PR aimed at movie goers. [15]  

The zealots

They are a motley lot but they all share at least two things in common. They are the triumvirate's cheerleaders, sine qua non; they make no bones about it; and their views are usually extreme and unyielding.

The views of some zealots moreover can be very dangerous as well, as in the case of ideologues like the neoconservatives. They spurred on the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld administration to declare war on Iraq and practically destroy it. These neocons are said to have been spawned by the Cold War, but the idea and zeal for American imperialism via military intervention permeates the history of the United States. President William McKinley, for example, shortly before launching the Spanish-American War on behalf of U.S. commercial interests, said: "We want a foreign market for our surplus markets." [16]

Equally provocative if not also equally dangerous are religious zealots. They have invariably been supportive of war efforts and sometimes instigators of them throughout recorded history. The Christian Zionists, for instance are an inflammatory bunch trying to egg the U.S. into war on behalf of Israel. Equally shameful but less dangerous are all people of the cloth who fail to criticize U.S. military aggression for fear of losing the financial offerings of their flocks. Paying lip service to and posturing for peace (e.g., the lighting of the "advent candle of peace") are about the limit of spiritual leaders' stance on the absence of peace in the world.    

Think tanks and front groups 

Unlike the zealots, front groups and think tanks don't usually shout out their support for this triumvirate. Think tanks are more cerebral than visceral, although some can be quite hawkish. Front groups camouflage their real purpose, euphemize it, or obfuscate it.

"Two of Washington's most bellicose think tanks," says staff writer Will Sommer of the Washington City Paper, are the American Security Council Foundation and the Center for Security Policy. Sommer tells the amusing story about these two feuding over who has the trademark rights to the slogan, "Peace Through Strength." [17]

Those two groups are among more than 120 groups that Right Web, an outfit that "tracks militarist efforts to influence foreign policy" has on its list (http://rightweb.irc-online.org). A tiny sample of the others includes the American Enterprise Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Claremont Institute, the Committee on the Present Danger, the Emergency Committee for Israel, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Freedom House, the Heritage Foundation (hawkish Senator Jim DeMint is resigning to head up this hard right "think" tank at a salary ten times his senatorial pay), the National Endowment for Democracy, the New American Century, and the NGO Monitor.  You can probably tell from their titles which ones are the most suspicious. The motto of one of them is "fighting terrorism and promoting freedom" but it could surely speak for the rest also regardless of their titles.


Conspirators have goals in common. Even competitors may be conspirators when they have goals in common. Conspirators do not need to conspire in the dark but they are not about to publicize their intentions and motives unless they are cloaked in propaganda for public consumption.

The entire corpocracy, not just this triumvirate is full of conspirators looking out for the interests of each of its members. An overriding interest is to keep the corpocracy's marriage intact. Other interests to protect and expand, some more important for certain members of the corpocracy than for others, include  staying for a lifetime in public office; protecting corporations' fraudulent constitutional rights, not citizen rights; ensuring legislation, regulations, and judicial verdicts that protect corporate interests, not the public's interests or the general welfare; keeping the government's plentiful and endless hand outs; privatizing public services; controlling the mass media; keeping the marketplace free, not fair; and expanding and protecting a profitable hegemony in other lands (corporations want global markets and politicians want global influence).

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I am a retired (1995)organizational psychologist who has since concentrated on the subjects of the collusion between government and corporations and matters of war and peace. I have just finished writing my final book (final because I am staring (more...)

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Peace through strength? Only if you believe in sca... by Gary Brumback on Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 2:51:36 PM
Thanks for firing a point-blank shot at the primar... by Angellus Californicus on Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 8:57:13 PM
And thank you Guber for your positive commentary. ... by Gary Brumback on Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at 6:49:58 PM
Well researched and important, Gary. You cover a l... by Arlen Grossman on Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 10:56:53 PM
Arlen, as I said in my separate e-mail to you, tha... by Gary Brumback on Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at 6:52:10 PM
No need to finish the trilogy, but I would certain... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at 6:01:55 PM
Really appreciate your nice remarks and appreciate... by Gary Brumback on Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at 6:53:57 PM