The place said to be the origin of Man will also see the death of Man. Why nobody is looking at this little problem we like to call the Mideast and Persia is a complete mystery to me. The beginning of the end started with the overthrow of the Shah of Iran in 1978. That was a debacle that thoroughly embarrassed the United States, and has led to a constant stream of overt and covert missions to retrieve the face we lost. Our presence in the Mideast has nothing to do with oil. It has nothing to do with nation building, or democracy. It has everything to do with revenge. The United States Government is Hell bent on turning the Mideast upside-down and inside-out for taking over our Embassy in Tehran and holding most of the Staff hostage for a year and a half.
There has always been talk of America’s envy of Mideast oil. The word on the street after freeing Kuwait was that the U.S. would benefit by receiving more oil at a lower price. That didn’t happen, did it? So, we went back and took down Iraq with the promise that Iraqi oil would completely pay for our military expedition. That didn’t quite happen either, did it?
I suppose that our incursion into Afghanistan will be paid for by the opium production that is alive and well in that Country. Well, you know that isn’t going to happen.
Has anyone ever thought about just how much money the United States has dropped in this Region? I did a little looking into that question, and the numbers might keep you up at night. How does $6,509,500,000.00 sound [$6.510 trillion] since 1980? That’s a lot of Doe-Ray-Me, if you know what I mean. This money is given freely to Countries whose citizens have an annual per capita income of $500.00 dollars (if that).I won’t even begin to tell you what we could have done with that money here at home. If you ponder the situation for a while, you’ll come up with some pretty good ideas of your own.
Obviously, there is nothing we can do about all this spilled milk. That milk is firmly entrenched in the bank accounts of every Sheikh who ever rode a camel, or drove a Rolls Royce. It’s all tucked away in places nobody, especially us, can get at. So kiss it goodbye; chalk it up to experience, and hope we don’t keep doing the same thing decade in and decade out. Oh, but wait, we are doing the same thing, even as I write this. You see, the American political thought process is totally devoid of one thing; thought. We the people keep electing morons to do our biding. These morons are easily spun around and paid off by those lovely 1%-ers we have all grown to admire so much. What are they paid off to do? You guessed it! Our elected officials are paid to do the biding of their financial benefactors who, for the most part, own most of the Nation’s wealth, and intend to own it all in the not so distant future.
You may ask, “Why would anyone, in their right mind, want to tell our government to pour all those trillions of taxpayers’ dollars into an obvious “money pit’ in the Mideast?” The answer is fairly simple and is becoming clearer every day. If the 1% get the 99% to throw their money away, then the 99% won’t have any money left. When this happens, our Federal, State and Local governments go belly up, as in bankrupt, for lack of a tax base. Meanwhile, the 1% is skimming off the top of all these tax dollars and hoarding cash offshore in tax havens. When the time comes, and it will, the 1% will buy this Country back for pennies on the dollar. Don’t worry about Sharia Law blanketing the Nation, or the Western World, for that matter. The only religion will be that of the corporation. The only way to put bread on your table will be to cow-tow to the corporation. In essence, the corporation will attempt to rule the World, but not until another one of our military expeditions has been undertaken to avenge those poor souls who had to endure captivity in the heat and sweat of Iran.
The end result of this will most likely be Armageddon. In its attempt to find the face it lost in 1978, the United States will find itself staring down the barrels of the Russian and the Chinese Military, and this time someone will blink.
$409.5 billion / 1980-2010 in foreign aid; $3.7 trillion for three major military efforts and $1.6 trillion for five minor military efforts / $800 billion for logistical aid to Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in their little skirmishes. [Huffington Post, Forbes Magazine, U.S. State Department, Government Accounting Office, Rand Corp.]