Tuesday, April 26, 2011

'Pentagon tops US security threats list'

Source: Press TV

The cash stripped US starts to doubt its extravagant military spending as analysts launch a rare criticism of the army as a budget cancer is threatening the country's security.

“America's military has become the biggest threat to US security,” says Rob Kall, executive editor and publisher of OpEdNews.com, in an article published recently.

Kall calls on the attention of US leaders -- both military and civilian -- to the military's failure in its foremost mission, which is making the US more secure, and to the threat that it poses to “American security, the American way of life and even America's future.”

The author argues that the 700 military bases the US has across the world not only do not help the country's security, but also impair its economy, weaken its currency and mar the maintenance of vital infrastructure in the States.

The article goes on to highlight the growing, unprecedented anti-US sentiment across the world as the sole fruit of the Washington-led wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

"We have fallen into a terrible trap, doing exactly what [al-Qaeda leader] Osama Bin Laden wanted us to do," the article cited US Congressman Ron Paul as saying on CNN.

It also criticizes the CIA and FBI as agencies with the least accountability despite the “incredible” funding from drug and arms sale operations, which mostly go unreported, noting the massive military intelligence operations “are even more unaccountable.”

Kall describes as “understandable” the US presidents' fears that prevent them from standing up to the military due to the “institutionalized vote theft” in the country and the rule of multinational corporations, seeking more oil, access to shipping routes, minerals or trade opportunities.

“Traditionally, challenges to the military are greeted with accusations of being unpatriotic,” Kall reminds, but calls for a change in the language as “the US military is no longer serving the needs of the American people.”

“It is serving and has long been serving the needs of the multinational corporations -- the same ones that cut jobs in the US by 2.9 million in the past decade, while increasing non-US jobs by 2.4 million,” he said, citing figures from The Wall Street Journal.

“The US military is the number one threat to US security,” he concludes, blaming the problem on Pentagon leaders that have turned the US defense power into “a cancerous monster that is totally unaccountable and out of control.”

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