The Pernicious Effects of The Militarization of Our Foreign Policy and of Our Law Enforcement 08/27/20146
August 27, 2014 by Alfred
The distinguished Professor Vijay Prashad from Trinity College, Connecticut has recently been interviewed in a two-part series of segments by the host of the prestigious, independent, and objective TV journal Democracy Now, Amy Goodman.
This series, composed of part (1) “Libya In Chaos: Vijay Prashad On the Rise of Islamic Militias & Blood Legacy of the 2011 US Intervention” and part(2)“Blow Back:Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of U.S. Invasion of Iraq, Destruction of a Nation” , of interviews, linked to supra, provide an excellent perspective on the disastrous effects of the militarization of our foreign policy, not exclusively as regards the Middle East, because this backdrop as well provides an insight on how the militarization of our law enforcement has had horrifically damaging counter-productive effects, which in both cases, international affairs and national affairs has done damage to our best interests and to our national security.
These two militarizations have however been relentlessly been promoted by what may designate literally and invisible pseudo-governing power structure which was not elected during the last presidential elections but which remains firmly entrenched due to the rampant corruption and dishonesty of politicians, particularly those associated with the neocon, right wing extremist, undue influence complexes which remain usurping the power to redirect our priorities in social programs and infrastructure construction and maintenance at home.
In the international arena, Professor Prashad in response to one of the questions by Amy Goodman, gives us clearly the message that the U.S. continuous military interventions, particularly starting in the Middle East with the Cheney/Bush 2003 war on Iraq, on false grounds, had only the effect of obliterating institutions and infra-structure in that country and when the U.S. military withdrew and the politicians told the shattered countries’ leaders to “build a democracy”, it amounted to the adding of insult to injury, since this is not how it works in the real world.
It is clear to any sapient and geopolitically aware human that the Neocon’s war on Iraq was not about bringing freedom and democracy to the society that was catastrophically devastated and destabilized by the military aggression, but had everything to do with (a) geopolitical interests particularly as relates to fossil fuel extraction control, and (b) the even more undue influence of the pernicious industrial-military complex which profited enormously from the massive use of firepower and half-hearted so-called reconstruction efforts which partially ensued consequentially but never reached fruition.
In the national arena’s militarization of our law enforcement, this writer posits, a parallel process is similarly occurring since (a) as observed in the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, the industrial military complex is now also getting involved in ways that the overkill power is leading to dangerously destabilizing effects with serious social and civil rights consequences which are utterly unnecessary to enforce the gains of the civil rights struggles of the 60’s and 70’s.
Adding to the deleterious effects of the militarization of our police forces is the toxic effect of another lobby of undue influence, namely the NRA which as been able to have the narrative of our Second Amendment warped and morphed in the minds of most, except of Constitutional Law scholars, and therefore to some extend the national police agents at times seem justified in protecting themselves with the military apparatus provided them since as a result of the egregious misinterpretation of the Second Amendment which does NOT give Americans, particularly those of a criminal or mental pathology background, any right to purchase and carry weapons in public places, particularly weapons of mass destruction of human life, as the automatic and semi-automatic weapons are.
It is time that we return to statesman-like diplomacy and other non-violent sticks and carrots policies for diplomatic and respectful and peaceful conflict resolution abroad which do not generate blood and treasury hemorrhages for the benefit of special and destructive interest stockholders who remain unaffected by the damaging consequences they cause.
So to sum up, there is an imperative for a drastic bipartisan or, hopefully at some point when we have an Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) system, a trip artisan series of reforms to bring our nation into accordance of the kind of participatory “we the people” want and deserve and should have had during the two terms of President Obama who would not have been elected had he not been given the credibility the electorate gave him only to then turn around on many issues as a result of “politics”, whatever that means, but it does not mean characterizing a murderous military Egyptian general as one “working towards democracy” and much less does it mean to continue to provide more military aid than to the rest of the world combined, to said General a-Sissi and to the international law violating and massacres generating Israeli Netanyahu regime, characterizing it with that repetitive mantra “Israel has a right to defend itself”, something which in the words of George Waters was aptly characterized as a stunning show of moral perversity.
America needs to become all it can be and that starts at home, by the elimination of all undue influence lobbies, including most particularly lobbies such as those of the NRA, AIPAC, CANF, those representing the industrial/military complex as well as the big pharma/hospital complex.
“Yes we can” was good, Mr. Obama, but now it us demanding action not just rhetoric.
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Thanks, Drew !
Thank you for presenting Dr. Prashad’s two background reports on Libya and the subsequent growth of the Islamic State to become the monstrous entity that it now is.
Both invasions of Iraq and the ensuing involvement in Egypt and Syria have plunged our nation into a frightening and dangerous morass with seemingly no peaceable way out, both here and abroad.
It has become clear in painful and alarming retrospection that our once great nation has been led and controlled, most recently, by four dishonest, dishonorable presidents and a Congress that have sold our honor and integrity, mis-appropriated our tax dollars in the name of ‘national security,’ allowed paid lobbyists to dictate our Middle East foreign policy, and have led us on the path to hegemony.
Put simply, the inmates are, and continue to be, in charge of the asylum.
Thank you for your courage and integrity in ‘telling it like it is.’ It is so needed and most welcome in a world that seems to have gone mad. .
Yes, we must become conscious of the “pernicious effects of the militarization of our foreign policy and law enforcement.” You also point out that we need to examine the systemic corruption of our system of checks and balances by the powerful lobbyists, as well as to hold our elected officials accountable. Thanks for another very important and timely article and for compensating for the failure of our mainstream media!