Masters of War

The cat and mouse game is over, and the cat has pounced.

I am not a pacifist, but in my lifetime the US has not engaged in a war I could approve of.  On the barest pretexts we have invaded Panama, bombed Serbia, and destroyed Iraq.  I don't know what the civilian death toll of our military adventures would add up to.  I know I don't have enough time to count that high.  So, when I heard of the bi-partisan consensus of political thugs in Congress, all voicing their condemnation of the thug Putin, I have to reach for the Emetrol.

This is my initial reaction, and as the day goes on, I hope to add a few paragraphs.


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Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is president of the Fleming Foundation. He is the author of six books, including The Morality of Everyday Life and The Politics of Human Nature, as well as many articles and columns for newspapers, magazines,and learned journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Greek from the College of Charleston. He served as editor of Chronicles: a Magazine of American Culture from 1984 to 2015 and president of The Rockford Institute from 1997-2014. In a previous life he taught classics at several colleges and served as a school headmaster in South Carolina

8 Responses

  1. James D. says:

    As the powers that be wind down their scamdemic they need another way to scare and distract the sheeple. Another war is just what the doctor ordered. Scare the people, turn over some inventory, make a couple trillion for big corp, and kill some deplorables.

  2. Harry Colin says:

    Absolutely on point, Dr. Fleming. Pointless wars for the benefit of a few, the sorrow of many and the death of many more. In addition to the civilian casualties, we need to understand that since our Gulf Wars we’ve lost four more troops to suicide for every one killed in action.

  3. Vince Cornell says:

    I feel like the plural isn’t accurate. On this side of the Atlantic I think “Bumbling Heartless Fools of War” is more accurate.

    From Putin’s perspective, perhaps he’ll never have an opportunity like this again. His chief opponents are incompetent, befuddled, economically weak, morally confused, and thoroughly inept and laughable on the global stage. It’s now or never for him.

    But this is why, coming from a military family and having served 5 years in the Navy myself I actively discourage my boys from even considering military service.

  4. Michael Strenk says:

    Sometimes, Dr. Fleming, a good purge is what’s needed, but the gorge that needs to be purged resides largely in Washington D.C., but the beast has subsidiary rumens on Wall St., in Silicon Valley and Hollywood. What we need here is an emetic.

    Look for the Western Nazi’s to start appearing in airports all over Europe and America sucking their thumbs. They were all in on torch-light processions and cavorting with braided and bodacious Banderist broads, but when it comes to getting hurt…

    Where do you all think they’ll shift the Mujaheddin to next? Kazakhstan seems to be out as a destination at this point. Maybe Putin has been dotting his i’s and crossing his t’s for some time.

  5. theAlabamian says:

    Interesting society, tear down monuments to men who defended their homeland against invasion and tyranny but celebrate imperial wars and put monuments up everywhere. Make sure you thank a mercenary for making good federal taxpayer money on imperial pursuits because he might think he’s protecting you. Joining the imperial military has more perks and pay than ever. A civilian Confederate who if he survived might have came home to near nothing….don’t dare celebrate his sacrifice.

  6. theAlabamian says:

    *instead of “civilian…probably should have stated citizen soldier, versus career loafers off taxpayers.

  7. Dom says:

    Maybe the President will declare that Russia is an idea and the whole thing will just go away.

  8. Frank DeRienzo says:

    I cannot watch the so-called news. It has been all lies my entire life. The programed kaleidoscopic world-picture however is unavoidable. My neighbor came over yesterday parroting the Ukraine narrative. I open a browser – any browser and the splash screen inevitably includes projectile vomit straight from the stomach of the neocon cabal. Among many embarrassing Facebook posts I just read of the weakness of Biden juxtaposed against the strength of Trump who presumably would have kept Putin at bay. And on it goes. They had to dumb down and corrupt wills for centuries to bring us to this pusillanimous point of blind unquestioning uncritical acceptance.