A Condensed Version of: Properties of Empire by Garet Garrett.
Compiled and Edited by Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume
Part IV. 1952.
The Pentagon is the symbol of this ascendancy. It was built during World War II and, from the beginning, was never considered “temporary housing” such as was built during World War I. In other words, it was built with perpetual war in mind.
Global strategy is conceived in the Pentagon. But, exactly what it is or how they arrive at the estimates of what it will cost, nobody knows. Any information that might be forthcoming is only what the military wishes to be divulged. The rest is “classified” and even Congress itself can not access it.
Exactly how and when this nation was legally converted into a garrison state for perpetual war and the civilian mind surrendered to the military mind is in the Congressional Record (Nos. 167,168 and 170, September 10,11 and 13,1951).
Garrett then proceeds to summarize the closing debate that took place on “Department of Defense Appropriations, 1952” (pgs 142-147). He details how all opposition to that appropriations bill was systematically beat down and the bill was passed.
In the end, not a single vote was cast against the bill. The entire Senate had said, in effect: “Who are we to question the judgment of the military mind?” The intimidation of the civilian mind was complete.
A few days earlier Congress passed a bill authorizing a construction of secret overseas bases. Of these, Senator Russell, of the Armed Forces Committee, said: “These projects are highly classified. The committee inquired into them as best we could…).” The phrase “as best we could” made it obvious that the civilian mind no longer governed.
From that point on, the moment anyone criticizes or expresses any sort of doubt about the amount of money the military requests, it is immediately implied that he is in some way giving aid and comfort to the enemy.
But, General MacArthur himself said: “Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the application of external force is pure nonsense….Indeed, it is a part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear. While such an economy may produce a sense of seeming prosperity for the moment, it rests on an illusionary foundation of complete unreliability and renders among our political leaders almost a greater fear of peace than is their fear of war.”
Interpretation: War is an instrument of domestic policy—just another control mechanism where military expenditures are increased or decreased as central planners decide that the economy needs a little more or a little less inflation (but never any deflation). An Executive Government in control of the economy has a vested interest in inflation. Thus it naturally follows that it will have a proprietary interest in perpetual war.
A Republic can put its armor on and take it off because, for it, war is only an interlude. However, an Empire must wear its armor perpetually. Furthermore, war is strictly a military business. All it requires from civilians it acquiescence, exertion and loyalty.
To be continued:
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