"The president would like everyone to salute and obey," argues The American Conservative's Ted Galen Carpenter — Enlisting America. The author argues that "the president’s crude invocations of a military template and his call for American society to conform to that ideal do more than just underscore his authoritarian personality," but "reflect a much deeper problem since his strategy is designed to exploit a growing tendency in American culture to worship the military and martial values—especially the emphasis on unity, order, and decisive action."
Antiwar.com's Stephan Salisbury notes that the "homeland security state" has spawned "a bleak domestic no man’s land marked by tanks and drones, robot bomb detectors, grenade launchers, tasers, and most of all, interlinked video surveillance cameras and information databases growing quietly on unobtrusive server farms everywhere" — Weaponizing the Body Politic. "The chances of an American dying in a terrorist incident in a given year are 1 in 3.5 million. To reduce that risk, to make something minuscule even more minuscule, what has the nation spent? What has it cost us?"
Labels: America the Beautiful, Terrorism, The Military-Industrial Complex, Tyranny