Trump takes on the military-industrial complex

What did Frank Zappa mean when he said “Government is just the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex”? Barack Obama knows because despite his Nobel Peace Prize, he’s caused more wars than any other other US president in trying to fulfil that role.

Zappa was referring to how succeeding presidents and politicos have just been the tools of a gargantuan fire-breathing dragon to which maidens must be sacrificed on a regular basis. The “maiden” is not a Greek mythological one but, in this metaphor, refers to the West’s military conflicts that for the past 60-odd years have largely been caused by the very agencies to which we pay our taxes to keep us safe from war and terrorism.

It is the intelligence agencies themselves –  such as MI5, MI6 and the CIA – as an integral part of the whole behemothic military-industrial complex that’s causing what tame puppet politicians euphemistically call ‘strategic tension’ across the world, from terrorist attacks in the streets of Europe to all-out war in the Middle East, Africa and the Ukraine.


The story about the West’s military-industrial complex is a classic Wag the Dog tale of a titanic, over-wheening and parasitic succubus that has splintered into a multitude of intelligence fiefdoms – some under governmental aegis, some privately-run – that are often not only at war with various countries, but sometimes, terrifyingly, with each other. The “teeth-to-tail” ratio of this insatiable rogue leviathan is about 20:1 – meaning that for every American soldier fighting in the field there are roughly 20 bureaucrats holding down desk jobs back at home.

The purpose of all this global mayhem is dual: it’s partly to keep their R&D departments in the business of designing ever-more deadly, mass extinction-level weapons, and it’s also to render ordinary citizens into a perpetual state of terror, to make them amenable to a post-democratic, tyrannical regime to “keep them safe” under a one world government.


This shocking state of affairs has only managed to evolve because successive US presidents, in the recent past, have all been puppets of the military-industrial complex and have therefore been in no position to reform it.

For instance, there’s the famous story about President Dwight Eisenhower demanding to know what was going on at the Area 51 military base, in the Fifties, and threatening to invade with the First Army of Colorado. He must have eventually backed down because no such invasion took place. Instead, a mythology was created to encourage those living near the base to believe they were seeing UFOs when they were in fact viewing advanced aircraft prototypes overhead, such as drones.

President Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States

In 1961, Eisenhower said in his farewell address:

“… this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

So I think it’s about time for that ‘alert and knowledgeable citizenry’ to make its voice heard because, since Eisenhower, no US president has dared to take on the military-industrial complex – well, that is, until now. It appears that into this minefield has strode a modern-day Perseus who is threatening to hold up the head of the Medusa, to turn the whole lot to stone.

President Elect Trump has been tweeting his growing impatience with the CIA’s allegations – with no evidence, let alone proof – of President Putin hacking the election, and he has been supporting Julian Assange in his claim that the Wikileaks source for the Democratic Party’s emails was not Russian.

A few days ago, Trump tweeted: “Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’—why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!”

However, Trump is threatening now to go further than just tweeting. He is apparently considering a clear-out of the intelligence agencies – not just because of ‘the Russians did it’ scam, but also over its many intelligence “failures”, such as the false claims of weapons of mass destruction, which led to the invasion of Iraq in 2002.

“The view from the Trump team is that the intelligence world is becoming completely politicised,” said a source close to the Trump transition team. “They all need to be slimmed down. The focus will be on restructuring the agencies and how they interact.”

But as one un-named Washington official put it:

“It’s appalling! No president has ever taken on the CIA and come out looking good.”

He must have been referring to former president John F Kennedy who once expressed a desire that the CIA be shattered into a million pieces and blown to the winds. Instead, it was he who got blown away.

However, one can almost hear Trump as Pinocchio singing: “Got no strings to tie me down!”.

Meanwhile, the puppet Obama is using the CIA’s accusation of Putin’s hacking as an excuse to mass troops on the borders of Russia, in the hope of starting World War 3, which would put paid to any hopes of trimming the personnel, aspirations and budget of the military-industrial dragon for the foreseeable future.

See how this works now!

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Thanks to Zero Hedge for additional reporting.