Black People : hijacking of the economy causes many to enlist for wars of imperialism

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Wars of national defense, like WW2 anyone would fight in and especially us since Hitler wanted to wipe out Africa, and reeslave the rest of us, but who would volunteer for a war that keeps the wealthy richer and workers poor, by stealing resources from destabilized nations?

    US Workers Starved Into Service


    By Sandy LeonVest

    Global Research, October 30, 2009
    Common Dreams - 2009-10-23


    It was only a matter of time before the nation’s skyrocketing unemployment translated into new recruits for the most powerful military force in the world.
    With the official US unemployment rate at 10 percent and climbing (that’s more than 15 million people struggling to put food on the table) and nearly double that number if you include part-time wage-earners who need full-time jobs, never mind all of those ‘discouraged workers,’ it’s little wonder that so many of the nation’s jobless are flocking into its military recruitment offices.

    After all, what better way for an unemployed American worker to survive the Great Recession of 2009 than in the ‘service’ of his or her country?

    Americans have a long history of consuming and/or killing their way out of crisis. And it isn’t looking as if that model will be up for reassessment anytime soon. The parameters of what we like to call the “national conversation” are as narrow as ever, and they are not widening under the current leadership. So far at least, even Obama’s ‘Clean Energy Economy’ has failed to deliver enough ‘green jobs’ (or any other color jobs for that matter) to begin the process of meaningful transition. With the season of consuming just around the corner, many Americans – especially those in blue collar jobs like construction, manufacturing and retail service – are staring into the economic abyss.

    It is hardly surprising in such an environment that a young person with dismal employment prospects and plummeting self esteem would be easily seduced by an ad that promises “more than $49,000 in GI Bill Benefits” as does the US military’s current promo. The same ad promises that young recruits can “connect with military and veteran-friendly schools that offer VA approved education programs,” or “get information” about high-paying degrees like Criminal Justice, IT and Legal Studies.

    So, when the Pentagon announced on October 13, 2009 that the military had met all of its recruitment goals for the first time since 1973, and that this just happened to coincide with the highest national unemployment rate since the government started keeping track in 1976, it wasn’t surprising that the news was met with a Big National Yawn.

    The Few, the Proud, the Desperate

    It’s hard not to wonder what would happen if, instead of dutifully reading from the Pentagon’s script on October 13, the media had done their job and informed the public about the real nature of the ‘service’ that potential enlistees were signing up for. Maybe if they had, those recruitment officers would not have been quite so busy recruiting – and stealing the lives of – unsuspecting young people in desperate need of employment.

    Maybe those eager masses of young men and women wouldn’t have been so hot to sign up if, for instance, they understood that anyone enlisting in the military right now – whatever branch – is required to sign a document that states: "Laws and regulations that govern military personnel may change without notice to me. Such changes may affect my status, pay allowances, benefits and responsibilities as a member of the Armed Forces REGARDLESS of the provisions of this enlistment/re-enlistment document.” (DD Form4/1, 1998, Sec.9.5b).

    In their book Army of None, published in 2007, Aimee Allison and David Solnit advise those who expect the military to pay for their college to “read the fine print.” The authors point out that only a fraction of recruits who signed up for the Montgomery GI Bill received a dime, and that 65 percent “received no money at all for college.” If you receive a less than honorable discharge (as one in four do), leave the military early (as one in three do), or later decide not to go to college, “the military will keep your deposit and give you nothing.”

    And when it comes to those signing bonuses, maybe if potential recruits understood that they will be forced to repay the money if he or she leaves the military before the agreed term of service (that’s eight years for first time enlistees), perhaps they would reconsider signing away life and limb to get it. If those same applicants understood the army data from 2007 revealing that the top bonus of $20,000 was given to only 6 percent of enlistees who signed up for active duty, they might have figured out another way to survive the recession. They might be further divested of their illusions if they knew that military statistics show that 48 percent of enlistees report having “financial difficulty” and that some 33 percent of homeless men in the US are veterans, with nearly 200,000 veterans homeless on any given night.

    And another thing: The military does not have to place recruits in their chosen career field or give them the specific training requested. Even if enlistees do receive training, it is often to develop skills that will not transfer to the civilian job market – like firing an M 240 machine gun.

    By the way: Military recruiters are notorious liars.

    Back in 2004, the New York Times reported that nearly one in five US Army recruiters was investigated for offenses ranging from "threats and coercion to false promises that applicants would not be sent to Iraq." It’s doubtful that has changed just because the focus is now on Afghanistan. One veteran recruiter told a reporter for the Albany Times Union that, after recruiting for years, he couldn’t think of one recruiter who wasn't dishonest about it, admitting that, “I did it myself."

    Military Service is Not the Only Option

    Just because the Obama administration lacks the political courage to challenge the status quo doesn’t mean there are no other options. But Americans will need to ‘unlearn’ a lot of what we’ve been taught if there is to be a meaningful transition to a peacetime economy.

    We will need, for instance, to unlearn that the military is the only legitimate form of national service. We will need also to be willing to challenge those who tell us that being an artist, a pre-school teacher or (god-forbid) an activist, is not a respectable way to earn a living – or to serve one’s country.

    And while we’re un-learning things, maybe we should reconsider the US military budget........

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    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=15880
     
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    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    You writing and speaking up as well as out about such subjects reveals just how much our folk have changed (not just us too)!

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    well is it fun to watch our young people die and get damaged for life because Washington bails out financial criminals instead if creating jobs?
     
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    If you're implying or suggesting some of what you're writing and posting didn't or doesn't move me too?

    How little or nothing you truly know or understand about who you're daring to imply or suggest this about or to!

    Also do know and understand that about people in and from my neck of the woods:

    I'm the diplomat in the mix...

    So at least I'm up front about what I feel or think about you as well...

    And the rest would be quick to just dismiss you too (because you didn't bother to ask--as well as you're just continuing to make awfully bad guesses)!

    Others are giving you more than a handful of opportunities to prove and show your worth etc. to them...

    Don't let them down, by you trying to make this personal and or being subjective about it all, even if you don't consider me an ally, and I hardly consider you a rival...

    Instead what we're about here is to aid each others efforts to help our various relations and various people etc.

    So, please do keep that in mind, from this point on, too...

    FYI...

    Take care...

    Peace...



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    no *** for tat but this was in response to your comment of a personal nature;

    You writing and speaking up as well as out about such subjects reveals just how much our folk have changed (not just us too)!
     
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    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    My compliments or criticisms were and are meant to help not to hurt...

    Do keep that in mind as well...

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