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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Benjamin Franklin reportedly said that “(t)here never was a good war or a bad peace.”

For hegemon USA and its imperial partners, it’s the other way around.

Throughout most of the post-WW II period, the US has been permanently at war on invented enemies by hot and/or other means.

Its dominant hardliners consider peace, stability, cooperative relations with other countries and compliance with the rule of law a threat to US national security.

The same goes for its establishment media.

They never met a US preemptive war against invented enemies they didn’t wholeheartedly endorse and cheerlead.

When the US goes to war or plans one, they operate as virtual Pentagon press agents — complicit in US high crimes of war and against humanity by their actions.

On April 30, US war secretary General Lloyd Austin defied reality. 

Falsely calling hegemon USA “democra(tic),” a nation “committed to a more open, peaceful, and just world,” he ignored its permanent war agenda.

Ongoing in multiple theaters, it rages against invented enemies by hot and/or other means.

As Iraq and CENTCOM commander earlier, Austin called mass slaughtering of Iraqis US “valor.”

“The Times They are A-Changing,” noted Bob Dylan earlier.

The same holds for Austin, saying “the way we’ll fight the next major war is going to look very different from the way we fought the last ones.”

US warmaking since WW II ended was unrelated to “defend(ing) the nation,” as Austin falsely claimed.

Looking ahead to future ones, “we need to understand faster, decide faster, and act faster,” he said.

All things warmaking have nothing to do with “keep(ing) the US secure across all five domains of potential conflict—not just air, land, and sea but also space and cyberspace.”

Calling “deterrence…the cornerstone of America’s defense,” Austin failed to explain that its only enemies are invented.

No real ones existed since WW II ended almost 76 years ago.

Yet the US has been and continues to be perpetually at war since attacking nonbelligerent North Korea in June 1950 — raping and destroying the country, massacring millions of its people, perhaps yearning for a second time around.

America’s only adversaries since 1945 were invented because no real ones existed to the present day.

None today seek “to blunt our edge.”

All nations on the US target list for regime change seek peace and cooperative relations with Washington, the West, and other countries.

They abhor war and only use arms in self-defense, their UN Charter right — in stark contrast to US forever wars against nonbelligerent nations threatening no one.

Austin got things backwards, falsely claiming “diplomacy must come first, and the use of force must be a very last resort (sic)” — knowing it’s the other way around on the world stage to perpetuate endless US wars and occupations.

What Austin called “thinking differently” is all about devising new ways to smash nations unwilling to sell their soul to a higher power in Washington.

“(A)gression” is how the US and its imperial partners operate, not countries on their target list for smashing.

What Austin called operating by “a rules-based international order” are US rules other nations are ordered to obey or be targeted for regime change.

Austin is involved in plotting future US preemptive wars against invented enemies.

As a warrior, he relishes war and abhors peace.

Who’s on the Biden regime’s target list for him to attack next?

How many more nations do they want smashed?

How many more trillions of dollars do they intend pouring down a black hole of waste, fraud and abuse for militarism, the Pentagon’s expanding empire of bases and warmaking on invented enemies — while vital homeland needs go begging?

Do dominant US hardliners have attacking Russia and China in mind?

Will their rage to own planet earth destroy it?

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“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”


Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.