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American Militarism is a very dangerous course for this country and something that Eisenhower, who knew something of military and war, feared and warned against. It is terribly unproductive, wasteful black hole of taxpayer dollars. It survives by creating enemies real and imagined and a cloak of secrecy that is decidedly undemocratic. I believe that Eisenhower recognized that militarism was the defining factor in Germany's history and the major factor in its destruction.

Under Bush this country seemed to be veering quite close to Fascism. Consider wiki's opening definition of the word:

Fascism, pronounced /ˈfæʃɪzəm/, comprises a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology[1][2][3][4] and a corporatist economic ideology.[5] Fascists believe that nations and/or races are in perpetual conflict whereby only the strong can survive by being healthy, vital, and by asserting themselves in conflict against the weak.[6] Fascists advocate the creation of a single-party state.[7] Fascist governments forbid and suppress criticism and opposition to the government and the fascist movement.[8] Fascism opposes class conflict, blames capitalist liberal democracies for its creation and communists for exploiting the concept.[9]

Sound familiar?

Now I would never say Bush was a fascist, as republicans and tea party people have called Obama but remember Karl Rove's "enduring Republican majority", permanent mobilization of the conservative base. A lofty dream of republicans to control all aspects of government from President down to the school councils.

A Corporatist government would have legislators under undue influence of industry and commerce to support "corporate-dominated globalization". Can anyone say K street or the World Trade Orgainization? In Italy Mussolini tried to get the Catholic Church to support him because Fascism requires social institutions to legitimize their policies, say like having Evangelists on your side. Reagan changed a military policy that required Military Chaplains to reflect the population of the soldiers, so if the military was 10% Jewish so were the Chaplains. Not any more, the majority are now Evangelists. Sing with me...Marching Christian Soldiers...

Fascism thrives under a state of constant conflict. Korea, Vietnam, Central America, Granada, Panama, Gulf War 1, Somalia, Gulf War 2 and Afghanistan. Not to mention US sponsored coups and revolutions. Commies, Socialists and Islamic fanatics are everywhere and hate us.

Suppression of criticism: Let's see, freedom fries, "Why do you hate America" line, Fox News, Military experts briefed by Rumsfeld appearing on television, controlling news from the battlefield, no coffins or military funerals filmed, Jessie Lynch, fake reporters in the White House briefing room, fake think tanks made up of lobbyists, direct payments to reporters, outing of Valarie Plane, have I missed some?

Lastly is Fascist opposition to class warfare. I love this one because it sounds so noble. Remember opposition to the "death tax". Class warfare. Opposition to tax breaks for the rich. Class Warfare. Welfare, Class Warfare. CEO paid too much. Class Warfare. On and on it goes.

The only only difference between Ministry of Truth and Washington and corporate PR is subtlety. Newspapers were once locally owned and controlled by law to prevent a monopoly of ideas or ideology. Now markets not only have one newspaper but the corporation also owns a the television and radio station.

Now this country is far from a fascist state but sometimes I wonder what systems our political leaders admire. Remember it is all about power and I believe many in power envy the idea of a enlightened benevolent dictator. Of course Ivan the Terrible was one of them.

P.J. Tobia

“Russia and the US can both agree to bomb the hell out of Afghanistan.”

I’m quite certain that there won’t be any bombing runs being flown through Russian airspace. I think the agreement allows NATO to fly supplies—some lethal, some not—over Russia. Maybe I misunderstood your intent, but I just thought I’d clarify.

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