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Let's be clear; "enemies", real or contrived along with the wars they produce are the necessary elements to sustain and justify the war machine in this country.
That war machine-the military/industrial complex which former President Dwight Eisenhower warned against in his farewell address in 1961,also includes the political component which he unfortunately deleted-of huge defense contractors, the big banks, the behemoth oil and gas corporations and the politicos they underwrite, get elected and control the political agenda to the benefit of those interests. It's the equivalent of a giant octopus with multiple tentacles that reach into every institution in America i.e. the schools, universities, the MSM. Then laced with fear propaganda convince a then fearful population to support and fight against the "enemies" official Washington and complicit MSM convince us is the "enemy" we must defend ourselves against.
Without "enemies" the whole edifice would crumble and collapse.
We had 46 years of cold war against the Soviet Union and "Communism" convincing Americans they were the "enemy" and though we fought wars in Korea, Vietnam, other assorted skirmishes inspired by the CIA against Cuba in the Bay of Pigs fiasco, before that the CIA coup in Iran in 1953, Chile in 1972, all against the Communist "bogeyman", communism and the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991, dying of its own contrived false conception of a state- not because capitalism was the supposed victor; another piece of hyperbolic propaganda that supposedly had us wining the cold war.
The US too has become a false conception of a state built on the all American false premise of American "exceptionalism" and being the "indispensible" country, all hubris along with an endless stream of propaganda fed to the people continually made fearful of whatever "enemy"-whether they be Communists, terrorists, ISIS, Putin and Russia-we must fight against as a threat to America.
However, the real "enemy" isn't lurking "out there" threatening us; the real enemy is within with a multiplicity of likeminded huge corporate and moneyed interests and the state it has usurped that uses the Constitution as a façade to camouflage its real intent, to exercise complete control without oversight by the Congress and the courts; an executive that has his Justice Department write memos to provide "legalized" cover-yet kept secret for reasons of national security-and then with the concept of the "unitary executive" become the equivalent of a dictatorship which refutes the very concept built into the Constitution of a system of checks and balances.
So we've had a coup in this country, an all but silent one, no guns fired, no officials killed, no overt military takeover, the "traditional ways a government is overthrown. No, this has been an incremental, step by step process, done over many decades-although hard to pinpoint the times it all began.
Of course money has always been an influence over politics even at the inception of the nation with only the few white landowners and merchant businessmen having the right to vote- all to benefit their interests.
But today, there's been an avalanche of money over the electoral and political process, much of it from unknown sources exercising complete control over the country.
It is a cancer, but thus far not terminal.
But with ever greater and deeper recessions, increasing austerity measures, an increasingly decimated middle class, a trillion dollars in college student loan debt, diminishing job opportunities, outsourcing of jobs et al, there is a well spring of discontent that has yet to coalesce; the forces in control perhaps still too amorphous to define and rise up against.
Of course it's not too amorphous for others to know the true nature of the US colossus, particularly those on the deadly end of our killing and maiming as well as those "demonized" by our policies and actions. They know all too well who their "enemy" is; the unhinged policy makers in official Washington that destabilizes the world to foster the interests of the American deep state.