In Woody Allen’s farce “Bananas,” he’s being air-dropped into a Central American banana republic to foment a revolution. On the plane are two CIA agents who say this time they’re backing both sides of the revolution to make sure America is on the winning side.
As usual in modern America, reality has overtaken farce. From Jason Ditz on Antiwar.com:
“between attacks on ISIS, Nusra, and Islamic Front fighters, and now the Assad government, the U.S. is fighting materially all of the combat forces inside Syria at the same time, even the ones that are aligned with their publicly stated goals.”
That’s four different sides the U.S. government is fighting, which means at the same time it’s also siding with the four different sides. It’s the fulfillment of much of the Neocons’ dream for the Middle East, and the world.
And it’s getting worse for America’s sons – and daughters – in uniform. The Wall Street Journal reported, “WASHINGTON—Top Pentagon officials testifying on Capitol Hill on Thursday outlined conditions that they said could prompt a recommendation for greater U.S. involvement in combat in Iraq.” It’s what during the Vietnam War was called “escalation.” Given we’re now at war with four sides, even “greater U.S. involvement” can be expected.
Ideally, the Neocons would want the U.S. to attack all 200 countries in the world, and the hundreds of factions in many of the countries. Doing so would require mobilization on the order of World War II, when 16 million Americans served in the military, two-thirds draftees.
This is 2014, so that number would be doubled with the higher population; then doubled again because now girls serve in combat with men. So the Neocons would draft or enlist 64 million Americans for their global jihad against everybody.
The economy would have to be locked down into “war socialism,” with all production for the war efforts, civilians drafted into war production, everything rationed and dissidents locked up in camps. It would be the ideal come true of the first Neocon, Trotsky.
That also would help Halliburton and other military-industrial-complex firms that have been struggling. The Journal also reported, “Halliburton Co. is in talks to buy Baker Hughes Inc., a deal that would help the big oil-field services companies contend with falling oil prices.”
Former Halliburton boss Dick Cheney no longer is vice president of the USA, but it’s still true, as Country Joe warbled, “There’s plenty good money to be made, supplyin’ the Army with the tools of the trade.”
John C. Seiler, Jr., writes from California.