The Pentagon is the biggest booster ofthe all-volunteer Army, which allows it to socially engineer its globe-straddling foreign legions, now heavily weighted with whites from "Nowhereville, USA." The 80,000 strong Joint Special Operations Command -- the cutting edge of the imperial war machine, almost as large as the entire French army -- is overwhelmingly white.
"We don't want a draft," said President Obama's Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter . "We don't want people chosen for us. We want to pick people. That's what the all-volunteer force is all about. That's why the all-volunteer force is so excellent."
Excellent for imperialism. Although Blacks still make up about a fifth of the U.S. military, they are now clustered in support units, rather than combat line positions. My old paratroop division, the 82nd Airborne, is now the whitest unit in the Army -- the better to project the power of white capital to all corners of the world.
"The all-volunteer Army socially engineers its globe-straddling foreign legions."
The week that began with the murder of fervently anti-war Dr. Martin Luther King is but a snapshot in time. Yet there is no reason to believe that Dr. King would have abandoned his pro-peace (and "democratic socialist") principles if he were alive today, at age 89. King was a student of Gandhi and Marx long before he led his first demonstration.
The same social forces prevail as during MLK's time. The Democrats are still a wing of the Greater War Party, nowadays screaming louder than the Republicans for confrontation with nuclear Russia. The Black Misleadership Class was already emerging in much its current, self-serving form when King was alive. The first Black big city mayor, Cleveland's Carl Stokes, elected in 1967, appointed Black Air Force general Daniel "Chappie" James Public Safety Director. The General promptly issued "dum-dum" hollow point bullets to the cops. Maynard Jackson, elected mayor of King's beloved Atlanta in 1973, fired the mostly Black sanitation workforce carrying signs proclaiming, as in Memphis 1968, "I Am a Man." And, Republicans are still the White Man's Party, the identity they were busily crafting in 1968, through President Nixon's "Southern Strategy."
Why would MLK "mellow," when the villains are arrayed in much the same way as before -- the only difference being that a Black man, Barack Obama, has joined the U.S. pantheon of super-predator, million-plus killers.
BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com