Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Military Industrial Complex


That term, coined by President Eisenhower, refers generally to the outflow of money, contracts, and other resources that flow from the United States government including all its branches into all things military. It refers to the structure that provides an overwhelmingly favorable source of financial and political support for all things connected to the military. It requires roughly half of the entire budget each and every year. And woven into that large piece of the budget is much waste, many weapons than are unnecessary, unexplainable overruns, and billions, and yes I said billions, of dollars that are legally clandestine and are spent on projects of which there is no open description to say nothing of any oversight. Yes, the military has at its disposal billions upon billions of budgetary dollars that can be spent anyway it wishes without explanation or even public exposure. They are usually labeled with code in the budget.

And let me also reveal to you the offensive underbelly of the military under the guise of war. When you are engaged in a war, and when that term is used, the end justifies the means is a basic tactic for process, action, and discretionary spending. In short, the military can and does do almost anything they want in a war. The boundaries disappear and the most rabid hawks within the military quickly gain a more pronounced voice that can be at least marginalized during times of peace. But make no mistake that even in times of relative peace there still lives an atmosphere of fear, doomsday\rhetoric, and unreasonable suspicion concerning the past, present, and especially the future. The military basically sees threats under every tree and every bush around the world, and the assessments of the military capabilities of enemy nations are usually blown way out of proportion. (I.e. Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.)

This ultimately leads to all sorts of unwarranted fears and unneeded military projects. And the tentacles of this military complex run through many states which enjoy generous military awards which provide many jobs. This kind of relationship has been symbiotic for many years, and in times of war it has no boundaries. The waste and needless redundancy is breathtaking, however it usually remains hidden from the taxpayer’s eyes. It is the leviathan of all leviathans in America.

But I wish to draw your attention to something more sinister, if that is actually possible. But even as I zero in on something specific, let it be known that the entire military industrial complex is fraught with all kinds of questionable ethics, outright theft, and cronyism at its very best. And thousands of lobbyists like predators live and breathe in Washington just to gain some leverage which ultimately will garner funds. It is quite the spectacle and it reveals the worst about a democracy.

During these times of war companies make tens of billions of dollars while individuals make billions. To say that there is an ounce of frugality being practiced is laughable considering the wonton spending on any and all things requested. The payoffs, the underhanded agreements, the hidden money, and the general money changing atmosphere is astonishing. And hundreds of politicians from the President on down profit from war. It is called profiteering and it goes on unabated. Ultimately there will be warehouses full of unneeded items while bank accounts balloon.

There is no sign of frugality and spending knows no limits. This is to say nothing of how the war is prosecuted and the many wasted bombings and vehicle migrations and many other useless adventures. I am only referring to the backdoor profits. And even when certain elected politicians must temporarily resign from certain company posts, after they leave politics there awaits for them a Disneyland of financial opportunity based in no small part on their friendly handouts to certain companies. It is a slick system where one hand washes the other, and since the public’s attention is diverted with fear and a natural and understandable concern for the well being of the soldiers, it almost seems criminal to question anything.

Even if you removed the killing and the violence, the entire system brims with financial mismanagement and avenues wherein money changes hands with no accountability. And even in times of peace there are always well paid companies diligently working on bigger and better weapons in order to convince the already convinced of their dire necessity in this dangerous world. And the award process is also a -playground for financial manipulation and political promises. When there are three companies presenting prototypes for a certain fighter jet, and when they come from three different states, then the politicians from the individual states will support the home team as well as use all kinds of promises to convince their political brethren to support their states offer.

But just a cursory investigation on the dealing with the security firm named Blackwater back then in Iraq would be an eye opener. The entire “war thing” is big business and comes with a plethora of underhanded dealings and agreements. The cover-ups are many and the over runs are legendary. The whole thing stinks and makes a mockery of fairness and equality. Those in power and already positioned financially make handsome profits.

Now all this financial skullduggery occurs while men and women on both sides are being killed and maimed. Could there be anything more unseemly and immoral? And yet the overwhelming majority of people who call themselves evangelicals espouse it almost without question. And when put to the test most would object more to the financial dealings than the killings themselves. The culture has anestitized the church and fed the church their own brand of morality. And most of the church marches in lock step with the culture and the necessity and normalcy of patriotism and nationalism. It almost never occurs to anyone that perhaps we are walking in a semi-conscious state that keeps us from a genuine obedience to the teachings of Jesus.

And the military industrial complex presents an incredible image of just how far we have strayed form the simplicity that is in Christ. To find another cultural expression that is more immoral in practice and in implementation is very difficult if not impossible. And it is all done with taxpayer money. It is profiteering at its finest and since it operates under the guise of necessary protection, and since it uses the bravery of men and women as cover, it operates almost with reckless abandon.

But we have not learned such from Christ. I know, this is just another issue that seems fanatical and way out of the mainstream, and you know what, it is. War is not the way of Jesus. Think and pray about it.


Diane said...

I don't believe there is a pro-war argument to be found in the New Testament.

Anonymous said...

Dear Thomas: No, you are not discerning the issue rightly. Jesus triumphed by pouring Himself out, by going down. Jesus won by "losing" in the eyes of everything the world assumes. Jesus did not "fight" nor "war" and rebuked Peter in the Garden about that very issue. Jesus is the Lamb Who silently layed His life down. Therein is His victory! Not by might nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord. The Holy Spirit is meek, humble, self-sacrificing. Scripture teaches that the righteousness of God CANNOT be accomplished by men's anger. God alone brings His victory when we follow the Lamb to the slaughter if that be His direction. The wisdom of God is contrary to all the wisdom of the world. The battle belongs to the Lord. We, like our Shepherd, are sheep before wolves in this world. Scripture teaches that CURSED is the man who trusts in the arm (strenght) of flesh. That some trust in chariots and some in horses (military might) but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God.

Warring to attempt to accomplish "righteousness" is man usurping the crown rights of Jesus which He will carry out at His Second Coming. He poured out His sinless life for the whole world and He alone is worthy to judge it. We have no ministry of judgment, only of reconciliation at this point in history.

We love you, Brother Thomas. Stay around and prayerfully read these blogs and the New Testament.

With sisterly affection, Victoria

jerry mcfarland said...

I must agree with you Bro Rick... war is not of Jesus.

And to all others who continue to look back to the Old Testament...

We are told in Hebrews 1 that GOD worked in many different methods in times past (OT)but has in these last days chosen to speak to us through His Son, Jesus. Therefore, it doesn't matter how many "righteous wars" were fought prior to Calvary; GOD is not telling us to do that anymore.

It's all a racket and part of the deception of Satan. We - the Body of Christ - must come out & separate ourselves from Babylon/USA/Nationalism. We must heed the voice of our King and not Ceasar.

Bro Rick - I enjoy your posts very much. Keep up the input and shake us.

jerry mcfarland

Anonymous said...

Jerry, thank you for bringing our attention to the God-breathed Scriptures of Hebrews 1. My translation reads, "...but in these last days God has spoken to us IN His Son." In everything Jesus is, was, did , said, taught. "His final Word was Jesus, He needed no other one" wrote a contemporary songwriter.

You address the fact that much of today's evangelical "doctrine" actually misunderstands the relationship of the Old Testament and the New, of law, nature of the covenant, faith, and grace. They preach Moses in many ways, not Jesus. You cannot biblically apply what the theocracy of Israel was commanded to do with what nations of this world's systems or the Church are to do; and the Lord's ecclesia are NOT part of this world's nations. Don't confuse America as being God's theocracy or with the Kingdom.

Thomas, I agree--you are correct that the Lord uses nations and their warrings for His ends and purposes. However, nations and the people in them that spill blood will be punished in due time as well. But we elect are no longer "of" those Babylonian nations and should not partake of their ways.

I appreciate you all and our discussion. I submit this as food for thought--not meaning to be know-it-all-ish.
Needing grace, Victoria

Thomas said...

Dear Everyone,

Some of you have disagreed with what I wrote and some say I lack discernment, that's fine. What I wrote is not from me but from scripture and can be found in scripture, all of it.

I can say this, if Jesus/God is not of war then He should apologize to Satan for declaring war against him in Genesis 3:14-15, He should apologize to Death when He conquered Death on the cross, that was a war.

If He is not for war then perhaps He should not return to set up His Kingdom on earth and not fight the battle of Armageddon.

"We" are not to fight the physical war but He told us to fight the spiritual war against Powers, Principalities and forces of darkness. He will fight the physical war which is why He says "vengeance is Mine".

So to say Jesus is not for war is an inaccurate statement and should only be rephrased as I originally posted, that war is "a way" of Jesus to accomplish His end result, victory over Satan, Death, Hell and all who oppose Him.

Jesus is no longer that meek, mild baby in the manger anymore, He is not a 60's harmony all Love and no war guy. He is returning with anger in His face, eyes of fire, lightning coming out of His fingers and a two edged sword coming out of His mouth. He's angry and warring against His creation that has rejected Him and at the same time filled with sorrow.

I think we are all approaching the same conclusions just at different levels and should try to see where the others are coming from with patients and grace. The Lord Bless you!

Rick Frueh said...

The old testament is filled with mystery as it concerns how Jehovah operated. But in these last days, and in the New Covenant, we are to follow Jesus. yes, He is coming again with violence, but we are to follow His example on the cross. He could have called legions of angels, but He did not. If violence is now the way of Jesus, then we should send guns to our Chinese brethren so they can overthrow the government and release the thousands of believers languishing in prison.
You cannot love your ebemies, and you cannot turn the other cheek, while your killing your enemies. There will come a time for vengeance, however that is God's doing not ours. We are called tom give our lives for the gospel as did all the disciples and as did the realy church which rejected violence. The way of Jesus in this age of gospel grace is the message of the cross. Violence came into the church through Constantine, until then believers were peaceful even unto death.

Anonymous said...

Thomas, when Jesus returns, it's not to set up an earthly kingdom. The kingdom of God is within is spiritual. We are living in the kingdom now..if we are born again.
Luke 17:20,21 and when he was demanded of the pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said: The kingdom of God cometh not with observation, neither shall they say lo here, or lo there, for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
John 19:36 My kingdom is not of this world, if my kingdom was of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Jesus finished His work on this earth at the cross and by His resurrection.
John 17:4,5 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gaveth me to do. And now O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self, with the glory I had with thee before the world was.

When Jesus returns, it's to gather together in one, all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth (Ephesians 1:10). At the end Jesus delivers up the kingdom to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24). Then comes the white throne judgment (Rev 20: 11-15)and then a new heavens and a new earth where only righteous dwells.

I see the battle of armegeddon as the spiritual battle going on in believers between the flesh and the spirit. Living in the flesh, doing our own will or surrendering our will to God, taking up our cross, denying ourselves and following Jesus...a battle between truth and lies..the battle for our very souls. The temple of God is within us and Who is sitting in our temple?

Anonymous said...

Thomas, again I agree with you--and with Scripture--that Jesus will return and will execute vengeance on His enemies, and will war against the antichrist forces, when the age of grace is over. Your second post is more clear on what you are saying and I think you're correct.
I make the distinction that until He returns at the sound of the trumpet, we his disciples do not fight with physical violence.
It is good that we discuss and "iron sharpens iron." With affection, Victoria

Thomas said...

Anonymous 2:00pm,

Your interpretation of scripture mirrors that of Jehovah witnesses are you a JW?

Your interpretation of the scriptures is GREATLY FLAWED and friend you need a serious verse by verse Bible teacher.

I am not trying to embarrass or put you down, just pointing out that just about everything you said was either taken out of context of flat out inaccurate and unscriptural. What Bible are you reading from ?

I am surprised nobody else has commented on this.