Jeff J.

Jeff J.
Cattlearoma, New Mexico, USA
June 08
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A computer programmer who is no longer geeky enough to be interested in how software is constructed; I care more about what software can do for people; or even more about people, period. Mostly interested in the taboo subjects of religion and politics: religion as an atheist, and politics as a left-leaning Democrat. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Any work copied or excerpted under this license should be attributed to Jeffrey G. Johnson, and included with a link to this blog.

DECEMBER 24, 2011 4:45PM

Peace in the Season of Peace

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And in this season of good will and peace, here is a meditation on peace from a foreign policy perspective. 

And with Bill Evans thrown in how could you go wrong? 

Consider our ultimate entitlement system, whereby 99% relies on 1% to risk their lives and to give "the last full measure of devotion" to purchase a sense of security and well-being. The open questions are what portion of that security is imaginary, and what portion is real, and what portion is bought at the inflated price of squandering our righteous and moral values of justice and equality?

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if you are referring to the relative numbers of civilians vs. armed forces, perhaps you should think more deeply about the significance of a 'volunteer force,' and also about the significance of dispatching soldiers to foreign nations at the will of the president.

this situation has nothing to do with the defense of the nation, indeed, making other nations enraged with america has fatal consequences, as was seen on 9/11.

as for the soldiers, they sign up to kill at the will of politicians, a group of people currently at the bottom of the professional respect ladder. if driven to enlist by hunger, one can sympathize, but i suggest becoming a mugger would be a more respectable choice.
I was thinking along the lines of how "entitlement" is used: as a sneering jibe at those who are (supposedly) unwilling to contribute anything but readily prepared to benefit from the work of others. Entitlement is a right wing frame of the social safety net.

I was trying to turn that concept around to criticize hawkishness, those who are too ready to send soldiers to do battle in the name of security, when it is obvious to anyone who contemplates recent US military history, Vietnam and Iraq for example, we don't really get enhanced security from such ventures. What we get is a global extension of the palace guard protecting wealth and investment.

If you have read the link this should have been clear.