Real power rests with the corporations
Power does not rest with the electorate. It does not reside with either of the two major political parties.
Power rests with corporations.
And corporations gain very lucrative profits from war, even wars we have no chance of winning.
The effort to return the US Congress to Democratic control in 2006 and end the war in Iraq became another sad lesson in incredulity. The Democratic Party, once in the majority, funded and expanded the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And Barack Obama in 2008 proved to be yet another advertising gimmick for the corporate and military elite. Either you are against war or you are not. Either you stand for something or you do not.
We are spending, much of it through the accumulation of debt, nearly a trillion dollars a year to pay for these wars. We drive up the deficits to wage war while we have more than 30 million people unemployed, some 40 million people living in poverty and tens of millions more in a category euphemistically called “near poverty.”
The profits of weapons manufacturers and private contractors have quadrupled since the invasion of Afghanistan. But the cost for corporate greed has been chronic and long-term unemployment and underemployment and the slashing of federal and state services.
The corporations, no matter how badly the wars are going, make huge profits from the conflicts. They have no interest in turning off their money-making machine. And the mandarins in Congress and the White House, along with their court jesters on the television news shows, cynically “feel our pain” and sell us out for bundles of corporate cash.
[Chris Hedges writing in TruthDig]