This is a shout-out to one of your best regular contributors, Roland Van Deusen. I know he put in a career with the Army and at least a part of that time in the medical field.
God bless you for your service and your last letter in the Times on Nov. 30. We havent learned lessons of past wars was right on the point.
We the people are learning. We absorb all the pain and casualties while the joint chiefs and the CEOs of all the large corporations absorb the wealth.
Remember their children are in college and graduate school, and corporations cant be drafted or die. Corporations will outlive us all and absorb all the profit.
The one thing I would like to add is that the corruption in all branches of government is far worse than the American people want to face up to. The military is just another branch of government with the job description to kill people, and it is just as corrupt as any other branch of the government.
With lobbyists, military contracts in the billions and just plain old fashion bribery combined with lifetime appointments, the military is as morally challenged as any civilian branch of government.
The undue influence of the military industrial complex, which President Eisenhower warned us about, is even more valid today than when he spoke to the American civilian population about the growing internal threat to our freedoms.
What I am trying to say is that the military industrial complex doesnt want peace. They all see the truth the same as you, but they dont want peace; they want to turn war into an industry. War is what they prepare for; it is what the military always trains for and it is how the MIC makes money.
When we put half of our gross national product into the military industrial complex, what do you think we are going to have? We havent won a war since World War II, and those multi-billionaires that run the man in charge dont really care for a win. They just want the fight to go on so the military orders keep coming in.
Sad but true, Roland. I applaud your idealism, but our leaders are making decisions for the wrong and often corrupt reasons. Your point about Armistice Day, a national day celebrating peace, being changed into Veterans Day, celebrating war, is a good example of the undue influence General Eisenhower warned the American people about.
Edward L. Barlow