Actions this week from the White House confirm what author, pastor and former presidential candidate Dr. Chuck Baldwin has been warning us about. We are being steered purposely toward war; not for any logical military or humanitarian objective, none is even suggested, but war for the sake of business. The real economic motives for war are played down, or hidden from us. Threats of “tariffs” imposed, not by Congress, as all taxes should be, but tariffs imposed by the White House are riling our largest trading partners. We need to understand what a “tariff” means… it is a new tax on us consumers! Exporter nations know that increased tariffs will hurt their trade with us, so they object. We are now seeing threats of war with Russia, China, Iran, and, insignificant, but pugnacious, North Korea because they object. Tariffs penalize other countries’ exports. And, we consumers should object because it is a direct, inflationary cost increase to us on lots of stuff we buy. Below, are excerpts from a recent article by Pastor Chuck Baldwin that gives a historic look at the business of war, as being practiced in front of our eyes. [Ed.-CEC]
By Chuck Baldwin
May 24, 2018
After the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003, I said, “Put up the yellow ribbons, folks, because Johnny ain’t ever marchin’ home again.” And that was before I knew about the Pentagon’s plan to launch seven wars against seven Middle Eastern nations.
In 2007, General Wesley Clark said that after the attacks on 9/11, the U.S. planned to launch seven wars against seven Middle Eastern countries: Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. I suppose Afghanistan was already assumed to be the eternal home of the U.S. military, and I guess the country of Niger in Northern Africa was thrown in for good measure. And I suppose, too, that the Pentagon doesn’t count U.S. military assistance of the Saudi Arabian war against Yemen.
Writing for ZeroHedge.com, Tyler Durden reports:
“The fact is that all of these countries, with the exception of Iran, have been the subject of direct or indirect aggression and political pressure from the US and its satellites. There are US military forces that remain stationed in some of them still to this day.”
Back in 2008, the RAND Corporation released a lengthy study on America’s “long war.” The study was called, “Unfolding the Future of the Long War: Motivations, Prospects, and Implications for the U.S. Army.” The report began:
“The United States is currently engaged in a military effort that has been characterized as the ‘long war.’ The long war has been described by some as an epic struggle against adversaries bent on forming a unified Islamic world to supplant western dominance, while others describe it more narrowly as an extension of the war on terror. But while policymakers, military leaders, and scholars have offered numerous definitions of the long war, no consensus has been reached about this term or its implications for the United States. To understand the impacts that this long war will have on the U.S. Army and on U.S. forces in general, it is necessary to understand more precisely what the long war is and how it might unfold over the coming years.’ The Perpetual Business Of War
But, ladies and gentlemen, America is not engaged in a long war; it is engaged in a perpetual (never-ending, everlasting) war….
In his classic book War Is A Racket, Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler (who was twice awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor) opened by saying:
“It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.”
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes…
Pastor Chuck Baldwin sums up our President’s latest call to war:
The cycle never ends: Candidates win elections by denouncing war but often stay in office by starting wars. Nothing stifles public dissent like war. As former FOX News blowhard and overall reprobate Bill O’Reilly shouted, “It is our duty as loyal Americans to shut up once the fighting begins.
Yes, once the fighting begins, there is no more thinking and no more reasoning. Once the fighting begins, peace lovers are suddenly reduced to unpatriotic enemy fraterniser status. Once the fighting begins, constitutional government goes out the window, as do morality, ethics and, of course, truth. Once the fighting begins, republics are turned into monarchies and citizens are turned into subjects. It really doesn’t matter who the enemy is, as long as there is an enemy. So, the fighting must never be allowed to stop.
Editor CEC returns: There is much more to this story, I suggest you read every word on Chuck Baldwin’s website, and while there, I recommend Marine General Smedley Butlers’ book, War Is A Racket. Check back at www.whtt.org for our related article on the dollar cost of trade wars and for our upcoming audio interview with Pastor Baldwin.-CEC