Stimulus Hawk

In a dramatic achievement of bipartisan compromise, the Clinton-Obama administration has announced a compromise with Republicans for continued stimulus spending – deficit be damned – as long as the economy, as judged by the Chamber of Commerce, deems it appropriate. No, extending the Bush tax cuts for the superwealthy was so last week. Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stuck in the malaise of the post-prozac depression, we simply cannot afford to have hundreds of thousands of Americans return home off combat pay. The effect on Visa and Mastercard write-offs would be massive. Public relations spokespeople for virtually every economist who has ever appeared on TV, have stated that, “America needs the stimulus from combat-death life insurance pay-outs to the surviving families to keep our communities vibrant and our schools and VA hospitals open.” Were one of these wars to suddenly come to an end, every American would suffer from the effect of those laid-off in the bomb, bullet, flack jacket, tank, predator drone, helicopter, MRE, spy satellite, cargo plane and cable news industries. The effect would be enormous – we would have to go back to watching people talk about abortion and the protection of marriage.

Were the totally implausible to occur, ‘peace’, the opportunity for middle-aged former veterans to sell themselves to companies formerly known as Prince, for only five times what real soldiers make, is over. Stop. Think for a moment. Without thousands of flights per month half way around the world, what would happen to the price of oil? What would happen to community college language programs in middle eastern dialects? What would happen to the army of friendless nerds working for letter divisions of government who spend their waking hours listening in on phone conversations to and from war zones? Zeltch. Nada. Unemployment. Just imagine for a moment how long they could make it on the street as homeless.

We cannot afford to let his happen. We must support the wars. We must stand against peace. Whatever wars they want, for whatever reason, we need this. For capitalism. For free enterprise. For if we stop fighting over there, the war will leave your street and come to Wall Street.

It is cannot be about winning un-winnable wars. Look what happened to Russia when they left Afghanistan – their economy was destroyed and their government overthrown. We’ve been in Afghanistan now longer the Russians. We cannot afford to ever leave.

If you have not gotten it yet, think for a moment about the people. Awash with dollars in a country where malls are made of clay, how could they survive on poppy production alone? What will happen if the Taliban were to take over the Pakistan nukes? Preemptive strike by India? Or will Ms. Clinton invite a short Pakistani general to come back to power? Would Pakistan make new nuke sales to future terrorist states, such as Brazil or Canada or, god forbid, Mexico? Would Osama come out of his cave leaving us with no enemy to be the focus of our fear? No, we must stay the course.

The joint chiefs, in an announcement approved by Hillary Clinton, have weighed in, “No comment.” Unnamed, anonymous and/or innocuous or vague sources have confirmed that “as long as Wikileaks is plugged, you’ll have to check with the White House or, even, the State Department for an official statement that can be parroted in your blog.” China and Saudi Arabia are on board. Publicly, the EU is for peace, but not at the price of not war. The rest of the world is just too busy or hungry to care.

Perhaps, someone like Senator Jim DeMinted (T, SC) will state it best, “In this time when our very way of life is being threatened by godless people who have run out of money, I’m pro-offense spending. Especially, if we have to cut taxes and social security to pay for it.”

We need to stop thinking about war as, well, “war.” We need to cease our fixation with the sounds of explosions, the blood of innocent children and camps of refugees. We need to embrace that war is about the economy and jobs – our jobs. We need to come together and support our troops in protecting our way of life.

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. ~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic. ~A. J. P. Taylor

When a war breaks out, people say: “It’s too stupid, it can’t last long.” But though a war may be “too stupid,” that doesn’t prevent its lasting. ~Albert Camus

One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one. ~Agatha Christie

No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country. ~Alexis de Tocqueville

A great war leaves a country with three armies: an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves. ~Anonymous (German)

War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus. ~Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Make wars unprofitable and you make them impossible. ~A. Philip Randolph

7 thoughts on “Stimulus Hawk

  1. Frank Povah

    This is a splendid piece Lee.

    Let me add one of my favorite quotes (not entirely relevant to your article but with a bearing on the political climate in this country – nay, every ‘developed’ country) for your entertainment.

    “When the rich assemble to concern themselves with the business of the poor it is called charity. When the poor assemble to concern themselves with the business of the rich it is called anarchy.”—Paul Richard (1874–1939)

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  2. Tom

    I guess this all goes back to Eisenhower when he was leaving office and warned us of the threat of the military-industrial complex. At this point we’ve come to recognize the ramifications of his warnings. Have we really come to the point where we are now dependent on some type of military altercation to maintain the economy? If we didn’t learn a lesson in Viet Nam, were we doomed to repeat the tragedy again? Apparently yes. Your tongue in cheek article is depressing, but unfortunately true. I’m not sure what it will take to recognize the fiasco our previous president has left us with, but it’s looking more like we no longer have the leaders that can extract us from this miasma. Seems like they are busy adding useless earmarks to a budget that is close to being insolvent, if not already.
    The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living. ~Omar Bradley

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    1. Lee Leslie Post author

      Thanks for recognizing the tongue in cheek, I’d hate to be quoted from this out of context.
      Eisenhower did warn us, “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.”
      Your quote is a great addition to the list Frank started. Thanks.
      As to lessons from Vietnam, one of them was about secrets and state lies -- ironic in shadow of wikileaks. Another was that you cannot bomb a country so sparsely populated into submission, you must occupy it with overwhelming force -- a half million was not enough in Vietnam and Afghanistan is four times larger. Another was attempting to win a war that goes back generations or longer -- each war death makes it last longer. Another was what happens to our economy when it becomes a permanent wartime economy -- they are not sustainable. There were so many lessons ignored. Breaks my heart for the families of the gallant men and women who signed on to protect us that our leaders have failed us so. What will it take? Perhaps, the next President will land on an aircraft carrier, announce victory and bring everyone home.

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  3. Noel Holston

    I knew you were being tongue in cheek, Lee, but like any satire worth its salt, it wouldn’t hit home if there were an element of sad truth to it.

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  4. Jack deJarnette

    Oh Lee, what truths are spoken through the lips of a satirist, but in my simple mind I wonder what to do when the horse has escaped the barn?I can only weep for the broken masses that war has produced, theirs and ours. How do we escape? There are forces that would kill our children. There is an evil that pervades all societies leading to death and destruction. We have had more murders here in Pensacola, Fl in the last year than in the past ten years. Do I buy a gun to protect my family or do I simply play like it isn’t so?

    As to the Military-Industrial Complex, our entire economy here depends on it. We have four large military bases in the vicinity and without active duty and retired military whatever would we do?

    I see no answers, but I continue to hope.

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  5. Glenn Overman

    Lee, this applies to all our current wars, as I’m sure you know: Drugs, Cancer, Crime, Poverty, etc. ad nauseum.

    Suck it up, crybaby, get over it. At least that’s what they tell me.

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