I was never a POW but what about the next American War?

Two things happened in the last few days. First, I was shopping at Wholefoods and while waiting in line to buy dinner, I saw the cover of a May 2014 Economist Magazine with an Eagle sitting on a desktop globe and the banner headline asked: What Would America Fight For? The question haunting its allies

Cover of Economist Magazine May or June 2014

In that cover piece, The Economist said, “A survey last autumn by the Pew Research Centre suggests that 52% (of Americans) want the United States to ‘mind its own business internationally’, the highest figure in five decades of polling.”

After reading that, I laughed and thought: Americans may not have any say about the next war just like they had no real say in Vietnam or the 2nd Iraq War because they were lied to.

That leads me to mention one of my favorite quotes from President Abraham Lincoln: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

You see, the reason I laughed is because all Congress and the President has to do is come up with a lie that fools more than half of all adult Americans to have the okay from the people to start the next war—and when that happens will probably be decided by those who profit the most from war.

It wasn’t that difficult to discover the corporations that benefit the most from death. I Googled: “who profits the most in the United States from wars” and discovered from USA Today that the business of war is profitable. In 2011, the 100 largest contractors sold $410 billion in arms and military services. Just 10 of those companies sold over $208 billion. Based on a list of the top 100 arms-producing and military services companies in 2011 compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 companies with the most military sales worldwide.”

The top five were:

  • Lockheed Martin with arms sales of $36.3 billion in 2011—total sales were $46.5 billion
  • Boeing with arms sales of $31.8 billion—total sales were $68.7 billion
  • BAE Systems with arms sales of $29.2 billion—total sales were $30.7 billion
  • General Dynamics with arms sales of $23.8 billion—total sales were $32.7 billion
  • And Raytheon with $22.5 billion in arms sales and $24.9 billion in total sales

What happens to individual fortunes and lost jobs when 78% of Lockheed Martin’s income comes from arms sales; 46% of Boeing’s; 95% for BAE Systems; almost 73% for General Dynamics, and more than 90% for Raytheon?

If you’re curious how much the defense (arms) industry spends to lobby Congress, all you have to do is visit Open Secrets.org to discover that 978 lobbyists who worked for this industry in 2011 spent/donated $138,182,721 to influence elected representatives to make sure the federal government continued to spend heavily on defense and of course the best way to justify this much spending is to start another war, and who will the U.S. attack next?

Then Sunday Morning (May 11), I went to the theater to see “The Railroad Man”, and the horror of war hit home hard. I think this is a film that every adult American should see—especially the CEOs of the arms industry, the lobbyists who work for that industry, Congress and the President. “The Railroad Man” was based on a powerful, real story of British troops who became POWs in Singapore during World War II. The main character, Eric Lomax played by Colin Firth, survived the war but came back with a severe, traumatic case of PTSD that makes what I brought home from Vietnam seem tame in comparison, but I was never a prisoner of war—water boarded and tortured.

Let’s look at the cost of two recent wars: the Vietnam War (1965-1975) cost $738 Billion with 58,209 U.S. deaths and 153,303 wounded, and the 2nd Iraq War (2003-2010) cost $785 Billion with 4,800 U.S. deaths and 31,965 wounded—according to a report issued June 29, 2010 by the Congressional Research Service.

The reason I mention only these two wars was because both were started based on lies fed to America through the corporate owned media so enough Americans would be fooled long enough to support the wars.

What do you think the next lie will be, and where will that war be fought?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran.

His latest novel is the award winning suspense-thriller Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

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And the woman he loves and wants to save was fighting for the other side.

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~ by Lloyd Lofthouse on May 11, 2014.

6 Responses to “I was never a POW but what about the next American War?”

  1. Reblogged this on Lloyd Lofthouse.

  2. Brilliant writing and compilation of facts, Lloyd. This should be required reading in any Voter’s Guide. Tweeted out.

  3. And of course the impact of America’s decision to go to war spreads to people in countries who don’t even have the vote there.
    It strikes me that we know all about the lies that are told from novels (I’ve got a review of one such up on my blog right now http://annegoodwin.weebly.com/annecdotal/war-and-its-repercussions-tom-vowlers-that-dark-remembered-day) and film, and yet we continue to make those crazy choices because profit is more important than people.

    • I think the reason for that is because during the industrial age, the US became a capitalist country and the people’s democracy took a back seat to corporate/monopoly driven profits. Have you read “The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin? In her book, we discover how President Teddy Roosevelt took back the country from the Oligarchs but today, the Oligarchs are buying the government and taking democratic decision making away from the people. I’m talking about billionaires like Bill Gates, the Koch brothers, the Walton Family, Hedge Fund billionaires, Michael Bloomberg, Eli Broad, Rupert Murdock, etc. These few are the most visible examples of oligarchs spending billions to influence government in ways that will grow their fortunes and power bigger than they already are.

      Before industrialization, most Americans lived on small farms. Most Americans were poor and had little money. Only a few were wealthy but they had very little control over the lives of most of those Americans who lived on those small farms and hunted for most of their meat. In 1790, 95% of the US population lived in rural areas and many of them didn’t need money to survive. They hunted, they grew their own food, they bartered for what they needed. Today, more than 80% live in urban areas and are dependent on jobs—mostly with large corporations—to survive. Without those jobs, they’d be homeless, besiegers, starving.

      This puts the power in the hands of the few who are usually greedy, narcissistic sociopaths and they want more than just wealth. They want to control how the rest of us live. At least the evidence supports that the those mentioned above do and they are spending hundreds of millions of dorsal to reshape America to fit their political/religious agendas with little or no concern for the other 99.9% of Americans.

  4. […] What would the U.S. do without its volunteer army? What would happen to corporate profits if Americans refused to join and fight the wars that profit the few while many die and are wounded? To understand what I mean, I suggest you read this post on my Soulful Veteran Blog @ https://thesoulfulveteran.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/i-was-never-a-pow-but-what-about-the-next-american… […]

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