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Forum Post: A Failed Formula for Worldwide War: How the Empire Changed Its Face, But Not Its Nature

Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 25, 2012, 4:07 p.m. EST by LeoYo (4899)
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A Failed Formula for Worldwide War: How the Empire Changed Its Face, But Not Its Nature

Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:48 By Nick Turse, TomDispatch | News Analysis

http://truth-out.org/news/item/12324-a-failed-formula-for-worldwide-war-how-the-empire-changed-its-face-but-not-its-nature

They looked like a gang of geriatric giants. Clad in smart casual attire -- dress shirts, sweaters, and jeans -- and incongruous blue hospital booties, they strode around “the world,” stopping to stroke their chins and ponder this or that potential crisis. Among them was General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a button-down shirt and jeans, without a medal or a ribbon in sight, his arms crossed, his gaze fixed. He had one foot planted firmly in Russia, the other partly in Kazakhstan, and yet the general hadn’t left the friendly confines of Virginia.

Several times this year, Dempsey, the other joint chiefs, and regional war-fighting commanders have assembled at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico to conduct a futuristic war-game-meets-academic-seminar about the needs of the military in 2017. There, a giant map of the world, larger than a basketball court, was laid out so the Pentagon’s top brass could shuffle around the planet -- provided they wore those scuff-preventing shoe covers -- as they thought about “potential U.S. national military vulnerabilities in future conflicts” (so one participant told the New York Times). The sight of those generals with the world underfoot was a fitting image for Washington’s military ambitions, its penchant for foreign interventions, and its contempt for (non-U.S.) borders and national sovereignty.

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[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

The US GovCorp is like any other. The bigger it gets, the worse the customer service gets, and the less control it has on its employees.