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COVID-19: Prepared for the Wrong War

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"After All Man's Defenses Had Failed, Slain By the Humblest Thing Put Upon This Earth"


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In Orson Welles' radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' science fiction fantasy, War of the Worlds, all the military spending and preparedness by the United States could not defend the American people from the invaders from Mars. In the end what killed the superior intruders was not arms, but a microscopic organism against which the Martians' immune system had no defense.

"Suddenly, my eyes were attracted to the immense flock of black birds that hovered directly below me. They circled to the ground, and there before my eyes, stark and silent, lay the Martians, with the hungry birds pecking and tearing brown shreds of flesh from their dead bodies. Later when their bodies were examined in the laboratories, it was found that they were killed by the putrefactive and disease bacteria against which their systems were unprepared...slain, after all man's defenses had failed, by the humblest thing that God in His wisdom put upon this earth."

In an eerily similar way, the greatest military ever assembled on earth has been useless to defend America from the potential collapse of its society, and its empire.

Donald Trump, at his daily press conferences, repeatedly says no one would expect such a thing could ever occur. Except that government studies predicted just such a thing.

"Nobody in their wildest dreams would have thought we would need tens of thousands of ventilators," Trump said. But the Pentagon's wildest dreams of 11 aircraft carriers, 65 attack submarines, 65 destroyers, 104 B-1 bombers, 744 B-52 bombers, 8,848 M1 Abrams tanks, 6,724 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and 1,018 F-16 fighter jets have for years come true.

The U.S. can afford to build the greatest arsenal ever known to fight two major wars at once while scrambling to produce hospital gowns, surgical masks and hand sanitizer. All of America's mighty "defenses" could not defend the nation against the humblest of things put upon the earth.

The United States prepared for the wrong war.

The Real Enemy

A trillion dollars a year is spent on the military and nuclear weapons when America has no real armed enemies. Instead the U.S. is an enemy to nations that seek to impede its dominance by protecting their own sovereign interests.

There would be virtually no public support for this spending if the American people understood the U.S. as an offensive force. So the targets of its dominance must be portrayed at every turn as the menace. When Russia, for instance, defends its interests in Ukraine or on its borders against NATO troop deployments, the aggressive U.S. role is cloaked by government and the media, while the Russian response is branded a threat.

While the U.S. has spent trillions unnecessarily on an offensive military machine against nonexistent threats, it failed to prepare for the real threat to itself, the same threat that brought down the mighty Martians.

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There is another war the US has been consistently ill-prepared for. The war against poverty and inequality. Unlike the present virus blitzkrieg, this other war is a war of attrition. An insidious death by a thousand cuts that has been in motion for decades, bleeding the population to a slow but inevitable conclusion.

Though I am loathe to say this, the American public must share the blame for both wars. In spite of being fooled not twice but multiple times, they have acted like dupes falling over and over again for the same snake oil pitch. You have senators and congress reps as fixtures for decades, in spite of widespread knowledge about their gross irresponsibility and corruption. Why have they not been thrown out? Who is reelecting them repeatedly? Who is getting all sweaty with excitement at each presidential election, knowing full well it is, yet again, an election of the selection?

In a democracy, people get the government they deserve. Am not saying this out of schadenfreude. Just pointing out it needs extraordinary gullibility or monumental apathy to let a crooked bunch of politicians fool all people for all times.

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Is it innate stupidity, no learnability, poor instruction or just ordinary contrariness, but I'd put money on it that it will happen again and again. Mea culpa, ah yes, Ramani.

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The problem is that the voters are only given the choice of TWO evils. Each one chosen by the evil.

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