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The fact that our economy would collapse without war is a secret hidden in plain sight.  You won't hear this from the lips of any politician, Republican or Democrat.  You won't hear it from the churches and you won't hear it from the corporations that flourish and grow ever richer and more powerful from the death and destruction that they feed upon.
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist."   President Dwight Eisenhower   Jan. 17, 1961
Was anyone listening?  
Since that time our educational system has become a tool for glorifying war and military service at the instigation of the unscrupulous politicians who work for the war machine.  We're told that we must have soldiers all over the world "to protect us from our enemies".  We're told that every predominantly dark skinned nation has nuclear weapons hidden under every rock and we must invade and find them and kill the people who plan to use these weapons against us.  Our school children are being taught that the most glorious
pursuit they can have is to join the military and  to die "for their country".  It's all lies, told to protect the ever expanding control that American corporations now have over our country.
The end of the cold war and the collapse of the Soviet Union posed a big problem for those whose wealth depends upon the constant manufacture of weapons and military supplies.  They desperately needed another war, several if possible. 
Eisenhower was concerned that the amount the country was spending on war and war related products would diminish our educational system and our ability to care for the needs of the citizens.  Even he couldn't have foreseen the extreme to which that prediction would materialize. 
The national debt has risen steadily in direct proportion to the increase in the military budget.  The military budget has risen steadily in direct proportion to the needs of the arms and military suppliers to keep their profits on the increase. 
Fundamentalist Christian activists have had a large part in helping this build up of the war machine because their goal is to bring about the Biblical prophecy of Armageddon.  There is a direct relation between the nation's current dependence upon war, the rise in militant fundamentalism and the number of Christian fundamentalists in government positions.  Convincing the troops and the American public that these wars are doing "God's work" has been vital to the war machine corporations in creating a perception that this military build up and the constant wars that seem to justify it are supported by the American public. 
According to an ABC news investigation, coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the U.S. Military by Trijicon,  a Michigan company . 
Trijicon, the maker of these sights, has a $600 million dollar multi year contract to provide them to the U.S. Military and they are being used by American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and by the Afghan and Iraqi soldiers being trained by the U.S. in those countries. 
This flies in the face of the military rules that specifically prohibit religious proselytizing and supports the obvious fact that the religious right fully supports these wars and sees them as a religious "Crusade" against al Qaeda.  Trijicon confirmed to ABC News that it adds the biblical codes to the sights sold to the U.S. military and said that any criticism of that comes only from "non-Christians" and is, therefore, not worth consideration.
The fundamentalist Christian rise to power in the U.S. government coincides with the rise in power of the Military Industrial Complex.  The inordinate power wielded by the "Tea Party" coincides with the institutionalization of war as the primary source of employment for a staggering percentage of our citizens. 
Imagine what would happen if the U.S. ended their wars.  Imagine what it would mean for all of those soldiers and civilian personnel who occupy the military bases all over the world to be brought home. 
The United States dominates the world through its military power. Our garrisons encircle the planet forming a vast network of American bases on every continent except Antarctica .  Most Americans do not recognize -- or do not want to recognize   the size and nature of our military involvement in the world.  No high school geography class is going to show the extent that our troops occupy the rest of the world.
There are at least 700 foreign bases. The Pentagon currently owns or rents 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries and has another 6,000 bases in the United States and its territories.  
Kellogg, Brown & Root company, a subsidiary of the Halliburton Corporation of Houston have contracts to maintain and build these bases.  Control Supply Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma and it's subcontractor, Sun Fun Products of Daytona Beach, Florida sold the military 273 bottles of Native Tan sunblock while the Defense Department was ordering up cruise missiles and depleted-uranium armor-piercing tank shells.
Our installations overseas are relatively luxurious compared to the facilities of WWI and WWII.  They require enormous quantities of supplies in terms of everything from food to toilet paper and from suntan lotion to socks.  The amount spent on these supplies is hard to grasp, partly because of the secrecy surrounding the very existence of these bases and their functions.
It's not hard to imagine the loss of jobs that would result from the closure of these bases and the return home of these troops and civilian personnel who work for and with them.  
Not only would the companies, that have these contracts that have made the likes of Dick Cheney into multi billionaires, suddenly see their profits shrink or disappear, the larger portion of the people they employ would be out of work as well. 
The number of military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan amounts to only a third of the number of veterans who have committed suicide or died after coming back from those wars.  The number of civilian deaths that have occurred is something the military doesn't allow us to know.  The number of future dead is likely to rise due to the current plans being made by the MIC to expand war to other parts of the world in their quest for even more power and wealth.
We are trapped in this situation.  We are the only country in the world whose entire economy is based on the domination of the rest of the world.  We have been duped into taking part in this unholy alliance between the major corporations, the religious right and the military.  We're now completely dependent upon continuing to wage war and continuing our military occupation over the world.  
These bases aren't there to protect us.  That's propaganda.  They were put there to feed the Military Industrial Complex and they will remain there because, without them, our economy would fail.

The survival of our country's economy now depends upon war and constant military and arms build up and the people who planned this and set up our situation are in the process of trying to destroy any part of the Federal government that serves to provide a decent quality of life for it's citizens.  They are a greedy bunch at the very least and it appears that, soon, every tax dollar we pay will be going to serve them. 
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