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

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Any member therefore within the corpocracy but outside of this particular triumvirate can be considered a conspiratorial supporter of it. Prominent examples include the Business Roundtable, the Carlyle Group, the interlocking network of CEO corporate directors, the Council of Foreign Relations (called by historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., a "front organization for the heart of the American Establishment"), the G8 club, the International Monetary Fund,  the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, the Trilateral Commission, the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and Bilderberg. If you have never heard of Bilderberg, that's fine with Bilderberg. They are a top secret cabal of the power elite who meet once a year to plot how they are going to turn the world into one large corpocracy (their inaugural meeting was held in the Hotel Bilderberg, Germany).

The conspirators, think tanks and front groups, incidentally are not mutually exclusive groups.

Trumped up and/or provoked foreign enemies

If there is no enemy de jour (as if that has ever happened) this triumvirate trumps up an imaginary one or provokes a potential friend into becoming a foe. Who can forget the WMDs that were figments of the Bush administration's inner circle and the Defense Policy Boards' imagination and excuse for devastating Iraq?

America also has a knack for turning potential friends into enemies to be blasted away. There was the Korean War in which upwards of four million Koreans, mostly civilians were bombed to death simply because of the American hype and hoax of the "falling dominoes," the rationalization that hid the real reason, fear of U.S. imperialism being crimped. There was the Vietnam War. A Viet Cong soldier reportedly asked an American drafted soldier, "Why do you fight us, we admire America." We could go on and on case by case through 300 some U.S. wars and lesser wars throughout America's history but what would be the point of hammering it to death like we do our enemies?

Well, there is a case since 1949 that sticks out like yet another war waiting to erupt, the case of Israel. With a "friend" like Israel America is guaranteed a cornucopia of enemies throughout the world. The U.S. reportedly spends more on Israeli defense than Israeli taxpayers do! [18] That is outrageous and reckless, if not also treasonous.

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Charles Derber, a sociologist and major influence on this writer's book, The Devil's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lurch, contends "---today's regime "can survive only by practicing a foreign policy of bad faith that [he calls] "marry-your-enemy.'"[19] This writer offers a different metaphor, "today's regime gives birth to enemies."

This triumvirate needs and gets real and professed enemies because 1) it needs ever expanding markets and resources around the globe, 2) its imperialistic militarism is bound to create enemies, 3) like Orwell's Oceania, the triumvirate needs to justify the bloated defense budget, 4) war making is far more profitable and career enhancing for the triumvirate than peace making, 5) having enemies not only distracts the home crowd from domestic woes but is a good excuse for putting the boot down on the dissenting ones among the crowd, 6) it's an uncontrollable addictive habit, and 7) the triumvirate is led by aggressive males.  Let's call them "the seven nasty habits of successful triumvirate men."

Standbys by the millions

There were no standbys during the Vietnam War. There were millions of "stand up" protestors not only because the war was senseless but because America's youth were being forced to fight and die in it. Afterwards, the triumvirate got smart and eliminated the draft. Ever since there have been pitifully few stand ups and millions upon millions of standbys loosely called the "silent majority."

They stand by for one or more of several reasons. No draft. Few loved ones killed or maimed. Jingoistic patriotism. An inconvenient truth denied. Accustomed to war and/or numbed from constant exposure to it. Feelings of helplessness. Overly occupied and exhausted by scratching out a living. Duped by the triumvirate. War accepted, even expected as a normal routine of life's violence. 

Legalized murder and lesser wrongdoing

Wrongdoing is any action that causes some degree of harm, whether physical, financial and/or psychological in nature. There's legal wrongdoing and then there's illegal wrongdoing. Most of this triumvirate's wrongdoing is legal simply because the government treats it as legal.

The triumvirate's legalized murder

Murder is any action intended to cause death. Surrogate murder is murder someone has someone else commit. Murder is a crime. That is all that really needs to be said other than to add that this triumvirate obviously doesn't see its military killings as murder, surrogate murder or as a crime. Moreover, this triumvirate holds itself to be immune from international law, the International Criminal Court (the U.S. refuses to be a member of it), the Nuremberg principles or any of the rest of the coda and courts dealing with murderous nations.

The toll from the triumvirate's lesser wrongdoing

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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
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