This piece is the 1st in a spiritual series aimed at demystifying the U.S. government’s military-industrial complex.
A few months ago, a friend and I were discussing the July 6 news conference in which President Obama made the statement that “we’re speeding up training of ISIL forces, including volunteers from Sunni tribes in Anbar Province.” He later claimed he misspoke.
“Do you think he slipped up and accidentally told the truth?” my friend asked.
“Either that or he ‘slipped up’ on purpose to clue us in to what’s going on!” I replied.
At this we point in the conversation we both laughed nervously, which in hindsight seems like an odd reaction to such a serious subject. But here’s the truth: we laughed because it’s awkward to speak of such a topic, even with a trusted friend. Words like unpatriotic, paranoid, and yes, sucker spring to mind when we consider the possibility which the facts are increasingly pointing us towards:
The U.S. government’s funding of future ISIS members helped enable their terrorist attacks throughout the world.
And so we nervously laughed to break up the tension, and because we, like the average U.S. citizen, don’t know what to do about this. We feel powerless in the face of our own vast government.
To get the pulse of someone on the other side of the political spectrum, I decided to test the waters and broach the subject with my Mom during a recent visit. This was done because I am a diehard Democrat and she is a staunch Republican. We never agree on anything politically, and quite frankly I have a rule of not bringing up political topics when I’m there. Yet I made an exception this time because I believe in the importance of hearing all sides of a story when forming a final opinion on such a significant matter.
Even as I was breaking my own rule, I was cringing inwardly at the onslaught of disdain and disagreement that I was sure was headed my way.
Turns out, she was with me 100%.
This hasn’t happened since I was 10 years old and we were both cheering on Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale and vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro on election night, before my Mom’s conversion to all things Republican.
What came out of both this conversation and the earlier one with my friend was an interesting assessment: we all agreed that we’re in the midst of a second revolution in this country, this one a spiritual revolution, born of the need to face our country’s role in creating chaos worldwide.
In this revolution, already in progress, we’re applying practical action to our personal prayers – practical action that comes in the form of small daily works which, when added up, bring to light the greed and corruption that has infiltrated the U.S. government. And also corrects it. This can be in the form of signing a petition investigating an action we disagree with, retweeting a tweet that calls for change, or having an honest conversation when publicly asked about the topic of the U.S. funding of terrorists.
This is a revolution in which fear’s days are numbered.
So here’s my part in all this: There are two Americas we are currently living in. On the one side, there is the seemingly vast military-industrial complex that makes decisions which are consistently counterintuitive to the safety of citizens and the advancement of democracy.
On the other side, there is ‘We the People’, who grumble and groan about being sold out by our government, yet feel that our hands are tied. After all, the very words ‘military-industrial complex’ evoke the image of an unconquerable, multi-layered Goliath whose actions appear so vast and so unknowable as to render us frozen.
Breaking it down
I propose that this idea of us never being able to get a handle on the military-industrial complex is just a fantasy perpetrated by a few in order to gain more and more money and power at the expense of many.
And therein lies its weakness.
In a series of upcoming articles, I’ll take a look at the military-industrial complex in a new light, as a weak entity whose house is actually built on the sands of greed and not the rock of democratic freedom. I’ll demonstrate that while our military is indeed vast, as is our industry, most of the people who work in these capacities fall solidly in the category of ‘We the people.’ They get up every day, they innovate, and they protect.
For these reasons, our military, our industry, and their cooperation with each other have our full support. What I aim to demonstrate in the DEMYSTIFYING THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX series is that right now these agencies are in a marriage ruled by a very controlling mother-in-law who has her own selfish agenda. And unless her backhanded motives are removed from the Union, it will go up in flames.
Far from being someone to fear, however, she is simply a misguided Soul whose ego can be readily discharged by our refusing to be afraid of her, or to allow her selfishness to continue. When we consistently work together to promote the agenda of ‘We the people’, when we refuse to let her ideas get in the middle of our Union, our power neutralizes her.
Check out our next article in this series: Demystifying the Military-Industrial Complex: A New Baby is Born.