Together, credo and trinity … our purpose

by reader Ilsm

American Empire and “exert upon the world the full impact of our influence for such purposes as we see fit and by such means as we see fit” (Henry R. Luce); why the generals push back on Gates’ minimal 3% increase in their war machine, disguised as cuts. Generals push back on GAT

Andrew Bacevich on the New American Century: Empire
“Global Leadership: Empire:

“Henry R. Luce made the case for this specious conception of global leadership. Writing in Life magazine in early 1941, the influential publisher exhorted his fellow citizens to “accept wholeheartedly our duty to exert upon the world the full impact of our influence for such purposes as we see fit and by such means as we see fit.” Luce thereby captured what remains even today the credo’s essence.”

“Along with respectful allusions to God and “the troops,” adherence to Luce’s credo has become a de facto prerequisite for high office.”

“Note, however, that the duty Luce ascribed to Americans has two components. It is not only up to Americans, he wrote, to choose the purposes for which they would bring their influence to bear, but to choose the means as well.”


Militarism to provide the means for empire:

“With regard to means, that tradition has emphasized activism over example, hard power over soft, and coercion (often styled “negotiating from a position of strength”) over suasion. Above all, the exercise of global leadership as prescribed by the credo obliges the United States to maintain military capabilities staggeringly in excess of those required for self-defense.”

The philosophy that sustains the Military Industrial Complex, top cover for war profits:

“By the midpoint of the twentieth century, “the Pentagon” had ceased to be merely a gigantic five-sided building. Like “Wall Street” at the end of the nineteenth century, it had become Leviathan, its actions veiled in secrecy, its reach extending around the world. Yet while the concentration of power in Wall Street had once evoked deep fear and suspicion, Americans by and large saw the concentration of power in the Pentagon as benign. Most found it reassuring.”

Numbed population forgets its roots:

“A people who had long seen standing armies as a threat to liberty now came to believe that the preservation of liberty required them to lavish resources on the armed forces.”

Noble Lie: Perpetual Mobilization and Militarism, Why have forces to deploy and sustain in remote areas of the world with no threats to the “common defense”:

“Yet an examination of the past 60 years of U.S. military policy and practice does reveal important elements of continuity. Call them the sacred trinity: an abiding conviction that the minimum essentials of international peace and order require the United States to maintain a global military presence, to configure its forces for global power projection, and to counter existing or anticipated threats by relying on a policy of global interventionism.”

“Together, credo and trinity — the one defining purpose, the other practice — constitute the essence of the way that Washington has attempted to govern and police the American Century.”

Full read here

The US has a sacred duty to squander its treasure and institutions on the Military Industrial Complex for American Empire. What steps make re-directing this energy and treasure to productive economy possible?

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