The new normal, era persistent conflict.
A decade after the 9/11 attacks, Americans live in an era of endless war
Washington Post, September 5, 2011, p. 1 The attacks of September 11, 2001 forced Americans to reevaluate their views on the nation’s security. A decade later, is the country stronger and better prepared to prevent a terror attack? (Aug. 31) Video:
This is the American era of endless war.
To grasp its sweep, it helps to visit Fort Campbell, Ky., where the Army will soon open a $31 million complex for wounded troops and those whose bodies are breaking down after a decade of deployment.
Read full article. See accompanying graphic. Phi Beta Iota: This is not new. War has been the norm since President General David Eiserhower warned of the rise of the military-industrial complex. The article is worth reading in full to understand how very smart people can become very stupid–we are in a state of endless war because none of our leaders have the integrity to apply their undeniable intelligence to waging peace, which is vastly cheaper than war–the problem is that peace enriches poor people rather than concentrating wealth. See Especially: Review: Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace – How We Got to Be So Hated See Also: 2010: OPINION–America’s Cyber Scam Bio-War via Food: US Attacking Germany/Europe? Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009 Chuck Spinney: Demonizing Iran, Bankrupting America Chuck Spinney: Madness in White House, K Street Thrives Chuck Spinney: Pentagon Underfunded? 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