The United States’ use of mercenaries is unprecedented in scope for a major power in modern times, and further weakens a decaying empire. Unable to defeat the resistance in two of the poorest nations on the planet, America increasingly depends on high-paid killers-for-profit to man the battlements. In Iraq, where the U.S. is reluctantly making an exit, “President Obama plans to substitute outgoing U.S. troops with mercenaries.” The same may happen, soon, in Afghanistan.
Story goes that Nixon made a late night surprise visit to the students camped out at the Lincoln Memorial in 1970. This was at the height of the Vietnam War, as tens of thousands of young folks descended upon the Capitol to protest. This bothered Nixon so much that he had trouble sleeping. Thus, early in the AM he went without security to converse with the protesters. During discourse with a group of them, one female student asked him ‘Why don’t you just stop the war? ‘Nixon proceeded, like the lawyer he was, to make a case for his reluctance to just end it. In his spiel to her, he defined the Military Industrial Complex and the wars it conducts as A Beast. He told her it was not so easy to harness this beast. She looked at him and replied, staring right into his eyes: ‘You really can’t stop it even if you wanted to! ‘
“We vow not to support President Barack Obama for renomination for another term in office, and to actively seek to impede his war policies unless and until he reverses them,” says a petition signed by hundreds of social activists. But the baton of progressive political and moral leadership may be passing from Black America, dominated by a venal misleadership class that refuses to actively oppose President Obama’s wars.
Excerpt from: The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century
As Tunisia’s government collapsed under the protests of its citizens, in part spurred on by dramatically increasing food prices, with protests spreading to more countries in the region and around the world, this excerpt from the most recent publication by Global Research, “The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century,” provides an insight into the background of the current crisis: