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The Pentagon Achieves its #1 Goal

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The Pentagon doesn't have to answer your questions.
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Those who study military policy often get bogged down in minor matters such as tactics, logistics and armament. Here they err. The central goal of the military has been independence from civilian control. It has been achieved. The first concern of the command is to limit flow of information to the public. Actions of the enemy are an important but secondary consideration. Numerically superior and hugely armed American forces have been outfought for years by Afghan goat herds. Since the war itself isn't important, this hardly matters. But it has been essential to relieve Congress of its Constitutional mandate to declare war. A congressman voting for war would have to explain to voters why he spent a trillion $ to kill remote peasants when his jurisdiction had crumbling schools. People in OK might ask, “Can’t we grow our own goat herds more cheaply and kill them here?”

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