IN 2011, already fighting three wars in the Middle East,2 America decided to open military operations in Moammar Qaddafi’s Libya. The move was opposed by the leaders of the professional military, the secretary of defense, and the director of central intelligence. But other leaders of the national security team, led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN ambassador Susan Rice, and presidential adviser Samantha Power, supported the concept.
The operation launched against Qaddafi had been approved by the UN Security Council for purposes of protecting the civilian populace from an impending massacre at the hands of their arguably unstable dictator. American, French, and British forces together with other allies were, in theory, engaged in a protective operation. Their military activities, however, soon grew and turned to the offensive: President Obama had determined that the only way to protect the Libyans was to overthrow their government—regime change. ( Based on lies and propaganda as egregious as that used by Wilson’s Creel Committee to fan the flames of War in 1917)
Yet the decision to enter into hostilities in Libya drew a collective shrug from American voters. This contrast shows how issues surrounding the use of force abroad are fading from our nation’s democratic agenda.
===Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Warfare (Horton, Scott)
We have become accustomed to a perpetual state of war. The propaganda and brainwashing undertaken by the total War and Surveillance State has succeeded in destroying our empathy for others, at least those not chosen by the State for its ends and inured us to the deaths of millions.
The unfortunate progression of this civilizational decay is that a War State always turns inward and eats the flesh of its own citizenry. We are played the fool, which unfortunately, after generations of state controlled education intended to create placid, malleable ignorance, the American people seem to play all to satisfactorily
Conflicts that involve lower-profile military engagement are managed by largely anonymous national security elites. Some of them stream across the media stage as talking heads. Others remain unknown to the public while influencing the figures in the executive who increasingly make all the decisions. This includes the nation’s national security elite—figures who occupy key decision- and policy-making positions in agencies charged with the nation’s defense, like the Pentagon, the CIA, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the NSA, which is emerging from obscurity as a result of scandalous disclosures—as well as dozens of others, particularly in the area of intelligence gathering and analysis.
==Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Warfare (Horton, Scott)
Private military and security companies (PMSCs) have been exploiting conflict and instability in war-torn regions whilst making gargantuan profits for the least 15 years – and they’ve only increased in numbers … Hundreds of new companies have been established in the last few years alone … “The UK is an important hub for the PMSC industry.
At the height of the occupation, around 60 British companies operated in Iraq. Now there are hundreds of British PMSCs operating in areas of conflict around the globe, working to secure government and corporate presence against a range of ‘threats’ …” – Sputnik News
According to various reports, London is becoming the center of private militia activity. Mercenaries and weapons are flooding into a city that increasingly offers private military employment as well as involvement with black-market activities.The implication is that the West’s most powerful city is being put on a war footing by the private interests. The US is on a similar war footing, as sociopolitical messaging continues to emphasize the US wars abroad and the dangers of “terrorism” at home.