"Rose Covered Glasses" is a serious essay, satire and photo-poetry commentary from a group of US Military Veterans in Minnesota.
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In the last 14 years the US has reacted to the 911 tragedy by creating a behemoth machine that: Knows Only Killing
This outrageous explosion of watch listing—of monitoring people
and racking and stacking them on lists, assigning them numbers…
assigning them death sentences without notice, on a worldwide
battlefield—it was, from the very first instance, wrong,” the source of
the documents told the Intercept. “We’re allowing this to happen. And by
‘we,’ I mean every American citizen who has access to this information
now, but continues to do nothing about it.”
Our government has not
considered the risks, the indigenous cultural impact, the expense and the
sacrifices required to sustain the nation building that must occur after we
invade countries in pursuit of perceived enemies and place the burden of
governance on military personnel who are not equipped to deal with it or manage USAID
contractors who have profit motives in mind and corruption as a regular practice.
of our military actions over the last two decades in the Middle East
could in no way have predicted the splintered, irrational,
“Turn-Your-Back-And-You-Have-Two-New-Enemies”, scenario the US faces
look back over our shoulder, examining cause and effect relationships along the
road is in order.
This ubiquitous connectivity among devices and
objects — what we now call the "Internet of Things" — would allow them to
collect performance data to help design new weapons, monitor equipment
remotely, and realize myriad other benefits. The risks were less
That strategy has spread huge vulnerabilities across the Defense
Department, its networks, and much of what the defense industry has
spent the last several decades creating.
Defies Financial Control With Dire Consequences for the Nation’s Economic Future
A law passed in 1994 initially set the deadline for 1997, but the
Pentagon’s books were in such disarray that it blew past that date.
Then, in 2010, Congress told the Pentagon to comply by 2017.
The next year, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pledged that the
department would by 2014 be ready for a partial account of its finances –
a much less detailed accounting than requested of the military services
— but the department missed that deadline too. Pentagon Remains Stubbornly Unable To Account for Its Billions
The Above Machine Cannot and Will Not Continue. The debt is too great a burden for generations of tax payers. It is too risky in terms of technology that has fallen fall into enemy hands, either through the "Internet of Things" or by blunders in export management. It will be replaced by domestic and foreign relations programs that emphasize global human progress and economic development in lieu of threats. The result will rely on uplifting, cooperative efforts among nations in lieu of killing. The globe has become too small to operate the Military Industrial Machine and the resources that have fueled it will be redirected. There simply is no other way. The change will be brought about in the following manner: Facing geopolitical and economic realities, stopping war interventions and investing in relationships within and without our country by offering mutual collaboration. Ceasing to dwell on threat and building long term infrastructure, education and international development. The threats will melt away. Investingfor the long term at the stock holder, company and national levels based on a strategy dealing with both present day and long term challenges in education, communication and society value transitions. Electing a Congress and an Administration that knows how to strike a balance between long and short term actions. Letting them know what we think regularly by communicating with them. Knowing that most cultures and societies in upheaval today are watching our national model and choosing whether to support it, ignore it or attack it. The Dire Necessity for U.S. Long Term Strategic Vision