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The goal of U.S. foreign policy is to support the military-industrial complex through 'interminable war,' reveals former Bush official

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(NaturalNews) In the manner of government propaganda and doublespeak contained in George Orwell's classic novel 1984, which envisioned the rise of an all-powerful, all-knowing central government, a former Bush official revealed recently that all war is peace and endless war is stability.

As reported by Zero Hedge, retired U.S. Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson said in a recent interview that the main "purpose" today of American foreign policy "is to support the complex that we have created in the national security state that is fueled, funded and powered by interminable war."

Yes, that classic "military-industrial complex" that President Dwight D. Eisenhower, one of our finest and most successful Army generals, warned Americans about during his final State of the Union Address on Jan. 17, 1961.

Empire: This is all about power

In his interview, Wilkerson – former national security advisor to the Reagan Administration and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell who became a vociferous critic of the Iraq War – discusses honestly his thoughts about what our country has become, exposing what he views as unfixable corruption inside the establishment, as well as the corporate interests that are consuming once-earnest politicians and driving American foreign policy.

When asked if U.S. foreign policy has been based on unselfish humanitarian motives, Wilkerson replied, "It's never been about altruism. It's about sheer power, and lately it's not even been about a realistic application of that sheer power.

"It's been, more or less, so failed in its overall general aspects that it has diminished our real power in the world, and this is what concerns me mostly because history demonstrates that this is what empires do when they get ready to collapse. They begin to be so zealous of their own power and its expansion that they actually decrease their power and it becomes inevitable that they cease to exist or exist in the same form they did when they were an empire."

Wilkerson went on to explain that, after World War II the U.S. engaged the Soviet Union in the Cold War and, in the process, built the massive national security state with its resultant industrial infrastructure that now consumes nearly $600 billion a year, a figure that lawmakers from both parties are continually attempting to expand. The vast military-industrial complex also includes nearly 1,000 locations around the world where the U.S. has some sort of military presence – expensive, yes, but also serves to continually feed into the notion that the national security state must not only continue to exist but also grow in power.

'We're in real trouble right now'

The expenditures required to maintain the presence of empire have also been astronomical, and a large part of why the country has a massive debt nearing $19 trillion (or well over $100 trillion, if you count unfunded liabilities), the most ever in the history of an empire, Wilkerson said.

"This is a situation that is unsustainable, but it has come to a point where the power structure, which I would define as both the financial apparatus that this empire has generated and the economic aspects of it, which are less and less industrialized and productive, therefore – a real economy, in other words – and more and more played with money, and interest on money, and capital in general," he said.

"We're in real trouble right now because of what this empire has generated," he continued, "because of the incentives and motivations of it, and because it's basically run by about 1 percent of the people, if not fewer in this country," which is "essentially a plutocracy."

"Its unconscionable," and "it's not sustainable," Wilkerson noted.

He also pointed out that there is a mainstream media element factored into the perpetual feeding of the military-industrial complex – specifically, that retired high-ranking military officers receive big salaries from the news networks to serve as "experts" who basically promote bigger defense budgets and expansion of the national security state.

"This ship is sinking," Wilkerson noted.

The full approximately 25-minute interview is about as good a lesson as you'll get regarding the inner workings of the modern American empire and how and why it is crumbling. Click here or watch it below.





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