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Perpetuating endless war is America's growth industry

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Perpetuating endless war; that's America's growth industry.

At one time America produced things, good jobs, built highways, cars, had full employment. Not anymore. Our highways are crumbling, the cars are mostly built elsewhere and what full employment there is barely makes ends meet for most people.

But boy do we like war, endless war against endless enemies we need to fight against. Not to win of course. No. That's the last thing we want. Peace would mean no more enemies and no more war.

Then there wouldn't be a need for a bloated Defense (War) department or an arms industry building unnecessary weapons systems. We'd just be another country willing to cooperate and work with each other.

It's bizarre in a way. Russia-actually the USSR-and China were once absolute, authoritarian dictatorships. The Soviet Union under Communism after the 1917 revolution first under Lenin then Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, finally Gorbachev till its demise in 1991 and China under Mao with his "Great Leap Forward" that proved disastrous for its people. That's all history.

Now both Russia and China are promoting peaceful economic development for the world with the likes of the AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) with noteworthy members including Britain, Germany, France, Italy as well as South Korea, Australia, the Philippines (despite the objections of the US), EEU (Eurasian Economic Union), the BRICS Development Bank, OBOR, China's One Belt, One Road project. All economic development projects to benefit the people unlike World Bank and IMF projects that brings crushing debt and austerity measures placed on the backs of the people.

Meanwhile "official" Washington promotes TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and TTIP (Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), two monstrous type trade agreements which if finalized will make corporations essentially immune from the laws of sovereign countries being able to sue governments if their laws impinge corporate profits and all done before corporate courts.

These agreements don't promote growth and development that benefits people. They're just gargantuan schemes for corporate hegemony, further enriching the 1% at the expense of everyone else.

The TPP and TTIP were all written in secret and not revealed to the public. They've just been promoted by the Obama administration, their lackeys in the EU and in Asia-Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan.

Both trade agreements have since been exposed by WikiLeaks with their contents currently under political fire, held in limbo with more people becoming aware of the potential pitfalls and resisting their passage. Last week's BREXIT vote was partially over the desire to reject the TTIP (obviously more than that) but neither it or the TPP are done deals at this point.

So what's it to be? Endless war or peaceful economic development?

America has no real enemies except the terrorist ones we created and they pose no imminent threat. Russia and China pose no real threat to America. They'd prefer cooperation and peaceful economic development. But they refuse to buckle under to US hegemony so they're depicted as enemies to the American people by the government and its compliant corporate MSM.

So again, what's it to be?

Current US actions in the world point to eventual war with nuclear armed Russia and China. That is certainly not inevitable, but the nuclear clock is ticking toward midnight.

The question is will the people rise up to prevent it from happening?

Maybe the BREXIT is the beginning. As Mike Whitney [1] recently put it, "Hat's off to the British voters who had the guts to reject EU corporate slavestate and cast their ballot for freedom. You're an inspiration to us all."

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