[FoRK] US defence budget will equal ROW combined "within 12 months"

Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK) fork at ianbell.com
Wed May 4 11:36:17 PDT 2005


This is a natural response for a nation which believes so strongly in 
its own manifest destiny to sit atop the world, and is also witnessing 
the collapse of Globalism.  Witness:  when you can no longer trap 
nations in your economic and political web through the manipulation of 
"Economic Development" programs which by design build up massive 
national debts, you need to send in the juggernauts.

For nearly fifty years the US used the IMF and World Bank to spearhead 
a form of imperialism that required more accountants than guns.  
Instead of Marines and tanks, America landed at the beachhead armed 
with economists, engineers, and Bechtel.  By building dams, power 
plants, airports, seaports, oil refineries (most of which were 
unnecessary) and by laundering the money from international financial 
markets directly into the coffers of US companies, US policy brought 
these countries into effective control and gave an unnatural boost to 
the US economy.  The process was particularly effective in realizing 
the Monroe Doctrine in Latin America.  John Perkins wrote an 
interesting book on the process here:

	http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1576753018/

...the problem is that Iraq has demonstrated that such techniques don't 
always work, and countries in the developing world are increasingly 
resisting Globalization.  Those that haven't resisted this form of 
imperialism actively are "tapping out" with foreign debt, which causes 
both the money laundering process and the depth of political influence 
to fade.  An early sign of this process meeting its end is the decline 
of the Halliburtons, Bechtels, KBRs, etc.  I point again to John 
Ralston Saul's article from last year:

	http://afr.com/articles/2004/02/19/1077072774981.html

All of this forces the US to become a more traditional imperialist if 
it wishes to maintain its current level of economic growth, which is 
sustained only by continual expansion of its market and by the 
exploitation of resources and peoples around the world.  And of course, 
the stock market demands continued growth -- or the U.S. economy, and 
thus the world economy, collapses.

So if you want your Retirement Savings Plan to grow, kids, I guess 
you've got to fall in line and support the Centurions.

An interesting essay on the notion of Manifest Destiny, first posited 
in 1839 by John O'Sullivan is below.  It's alarming how closely this 
point-of-view matches the Bush doctrine:

	http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/osulliva.htm

-Ian.



On 4-May-05, at 5:50 AM, Damien Morton wrote:

> http://www.janes.com/defence/news/jdi/jdi050504_1_n.shtml



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