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The Military Truth website is dedicated to bringing you the facts about military recruitment. If you are considering joining the armed forces, please review the information on our site about military recruitment. Your local recruiting office will not tell you these things. Get the truth about all branches (we don’t use the word ‘service’). Use militarytruth.org to formulate your questions and see what your recruiting office will confirm or deny. Then you can make a better-informed decision as you decide for yourself what you want to do.
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Why Can’t the World’s Best Military Win Its Wars?
“Americans need to rethink war and look honestly at ourselves and our friends.”
“Nine-tenths of the way to the year 2020, U.S. soldiers, with all of their firepower and technology, have not achieved anything close to total dominance on the battlefields where they have been engaged.”
“… after Vietnam you’d think military professionals and the rest of us wouldn’t have gone on as long as we did in subsequent conflicts without realizing that America’s very idea of war in these last decades needs reexamination and so do the stories U.S. commanders keep telling themselves, their superiors, and the rest of us about our accomplishments and our allies’ capabilities.”
The Soldier’s Tale — “There are always young men and women ardent for glory, seduced by the power to inflict violence and naive enough to die for the merchants of death.” (includes an explanation of Pat Tillman’s death) (PDF file, 381 Kb)
A New World is Dawning and the US Will No Longer Lead It (PDF file, 680 Kb)
Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction by the U.S.
As U.S. citizens, we often think of ourselves as belonging to a high-road nation, one dedicated to “doing the right thing,” whatever that might be. Additionally, while one might think that global superpower status should also denote a degree of “high road” morality, particularly because we are “citizens of the United States of America” and that we are looking out for and guarding against the Saddam Husseins of the world, this is simply not true.
Reality, however, is not quite as simplistic. In looking at weapon systems that can be easily classified as weapons of mass destruction and at our country’s position on the manufacture and use of these weapons, it becomes quite apparent that, no matter which political party is “in charge” in Washington, the manufacture, sale and even the use of these weapons is heavily protected by the powers that be in our government. Eisenhower’s famous lines about the military-industrial complex in his farewell address has proven to be very true. And General Smedley D. Butler’s 20-20 hindsight from 1935 (War is a Racket) observations about U.S. wars in which he had participated as being for economic reasons, not ideologies, have apparently not changed since his time.
So, what are these so-called Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)?
The links below will automatically download PDF files you can read at your convenience, noting the commonality with other topics on this website. And realize that in joining the military you typically have little choice in what ‘career’ field you’d be placed in…whether it is conventional munitions or dealing with a field on the ‘fringes’ of morality and international legality. Notice your ‘contract’ and that “the needs of the government” come first, your desires typically a distant last.
- Nuclear WMD, including a personal near miss (PDF file, 196 K)
- Depleted Uranium (PDF file, 166 K)
- Biological Weapons (PDF file, 7.8 M)
- Chemical Warfare, i.e., Poison Gas (PDF file, 117 K)
- Land Mines and Cluster bombs (PDF file, 180K)
- Napalm Bombs and Flame Throwers (PDF file, 178 K)
- The Smart Weapons Fallacy (PDF file, 98 K)
- White Phosphorus Munitions (PDF file, 118 K)
- Agent Orange (PDF file, 198 K)
- Lazy Dog Projectiles (PDF file, 206 K)
Putting American global dominance in perspective, American imperialism, as depicted in these non-MSM articles, has brought out the best in globally-inspiring ideals, the worst in behavior (but typical of imperialism, with a dominant military), with a typical ‘decay from within’ scenario, driven by the tRump administration.
Unlike the sensation seeking so-called “reporters” that got tRump elected, the articles in this section were written independent of Main Stream Media (MSM) controls but also independent of each other. However, they all point to the same hidden-from-public-view problem of the Grand-Canyon-wide gap between America’s highly commendable, spiritually-oriented ideals and actual practices around the globe in the name of “defense.” These authors all point, individually and independently, to the old adage that “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely,” and the U.S. has been THE absolute global power since WWII.
- The World Will Not Mourn the Decline of U.S. Hegemony (PDF file, 153 K)
- Preserving the Positive Legacy of an Empire in Decline
- The fatal expense of American imperialism (PDF file, 103 K)
- The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People (PDF file, 143 K)
- American Interference in Foreign Affairs (PDF file, 285 K) –
- American Military Intervention – A User’s Guide, May 2, 1996 (PDF file, 3M)
“Does it really matter any longer what leader is in charge of the United States? Has there even been a president dedicated to living in peace with the world since that country was founded? Not one. It is long past time to ask why this or that American regime wants war here, there and everywhere. The problem lies much deeper in the American psychology; for we can say that nations have a psychology, a manner of general behaviour and thinking, arising from their history and culture. I will leave that for political philosophers, sociologists and psychologists to examine but the existential fact is the world is faced with a threat to its survival and that threat is the United States of America.” ~ Christopher Black, an international criminal lawyer based in Toronto. This quote appeared in his article, “American Aggression: A Threat To The World.”
- American Aggression – Foreign Regime Interventions (PDF file, 637 K)
- Is this the Beginning of the End? (PDF file, 169 K)
In the section below you will find more information with these links to pages on this website and to topics on our blog:
- Learning To Kill
- American Imperialism & Aggression
- Advice from Veterans
- America's Defense Spending
- Child Soldiers
- Women in the Military
- Religion in the Military
- Various Medical Experiments
- Break The CIA, by an ex-CIA former Presidential briefer
Could You be a Conscientious Objector (CO)?
Yes, draft registration requirements are still on the books! Men 18 through 25 years of age (despite the fact that medical science has confirmed the brain has yet to reach full growth at this age) are REQUIRED by law (within 30 days of their 18th birthday) to register with the selective service system. In a hawk-driven government, it is easy to re-start that process (PDF File, 36 K), so… (Read More in this post)
Before You Enlist
Before you enlist, remember that the President of the United States would be your Commander In Chief and you would be, by the contract you sign, required to “obey all lawful orders” of those above you. Now, if you’re a typical high school graduate without an advanced law degree how do you know what is lawful and what is not? Just think of having to carry out the orders of someone of Trump’s obviously low caliber. If that in itself doesn’t make you think again, then read on.
Oh, the military hierarchy would know and not allow “unlawful” orders to be passed on? Better think again after going through much of what we present to you on this site. America has TREMENDOUSLY positive ideals which are presented to our citizenry and the rest of the world but, throughout our history (a history not taught in our schools), human, non-idealistic practices have made us into a global imperialistic power.
Back to the “military would intervene” concept. Yes, there is that possibility, that enough high-ranking officers within the Department of “Defense” (as it is now officially called, instead of the original and more accurate Department of War) have retained their innate sense of right and wrong after a career of military politics, but how many? A quick personal story:
As a second Lt (a ‘mustang,’ as the Army and Marines call it… being ‘demoted’ from SSgt to 2Lt as a result of an MS in aerospace engineering) and stationed at Wright Patterson AFB near Dayton, OH, I had a one-day assignment to the clothing design unit stationed there (I don’t remember the official name) where all new and special uniforms are designed for the Air Force. I was assigned to model a uniform to which they had affixed a one-star general’s rank and supporting medals. Of course pilot’s wings were included because you DO NOT get to that rank in the USAF without being ‘rated!’ (The other military branches also have their own ‘ring pass not’ criteria.) The ONE exception I saw was a one-star general who was trotted out during my USAF officer training as an exception. However, checking his bio, he had joined the USAF after earning an engineering PhD from MIT (HUH?).
Going to the Officer’s Club for lunch, there was one REAL colonel glancing very closely at my real name tag, the star on my shoulders and the ‘medals’ I’d supposedly ‘acquired.’ He finally got up the courage to ask me when I’d ‘made rank.’ Apparently (as an example of the political aspects of military promotions), as he explained with relief, he tracked the names and bios of his ‘competition’ for one-star rank and couldn’t ‘place’ my real name anywhere in that group, past or present…is that how he spent his time?
What Does This Mean For You?
Politics in the commissioned officer military is just as important for advancement as it is in the ‘outside/civilian’ world. Ergo, follow the orders, whatever they may be, or play the politics. In the enlisted ranks, technical-level tests (particularly in the Navy and USAF), achievements, and education—as well as some politics—are keys to advancement.
Also, know that the nature of warfare is constantly changing. From the guerilla warfare our farmer-soldiers used against the British and German forces in our own Revolution and which was successfully used against us in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan to the drones and Special Forces assassination squads we use today, the nature, technology and practice of killing others is constantly changing (i.e. becoming increasingly efficient). What hasn’t changed, long before and since then, is what Major General Smedley Butler wrote about back in the 1930s in his book, “War Is A Racket.” (Links to post with downloadable version of Butler’s book)
Understand, as you choose to browse among the categories offered, we cannot include all the references we’ve used through the years simply because there are FAR too many and there simply isn’t enough room. However, here is one brief yet important article you really should read from our sister site, light-path-resources.org, whether you are deciding whether or not to enlist or you already have: A Spiritual Directive, Avoid Giving Away Your Spiritual Power.
First Hand Accounts
To get some first-hand accounts of a soldier’s life in Iraq and Afghanistan, look up milblogging.com. No direct link because it has been taken over by the DoD, just as many references to similar blogs about nuclear accidents/incidents such as I experienced. Here is the most recent snapshot of the site available at the Internet Archive. For a time the author had a Twitter account, which has also been taken over by the military itself, but there is much from it also available through the Internet Archive.