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An army of none: The U.S. military is more powerful, less accountable and more dangerous than ever before. In the decades since the draft ended in 1973, a strange new military has emerged in the United States.

An army of none: The U.S. military is more powerful, less accountable and more dangerous than ever before

Think of it, if you will, as a post-democratic force that prides itself on its warrior ethos rather than the old-fashioned citizen-soldier ideal. As such, it’s a military increasingly divorced from the people, with a way of life ever more foreign to most Americans (adulatory as they may feel toward its troops). Abroad, it’s now regularly put to purposes foreign to any traditional idea of national defense. Open thread for night owls. Greider: Obsolete, triumphalist militarism is destroying America.

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Open thread for night owls. Greider: Obsolete, triumphalist militarism is destroying America

History tells us that what brought down mighty empires of the past was hubris—the confusion of weakness for strength. Might America be next? Cheerleaders insist that the United States is exempt from the lessons of history, but don’t count on it. Warrior Culture. The Pentagon has a well-documented history of seeking to influence entertainment that Hollywood produces so that negative portrayals of the United State military are not produced, but the NBC show “Stars Earn Stripes” takes the propagandistic efforts of the military-entertainment industrial complex to the next level.

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A 12-Step Program to Cure America of Its War Addiction. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here.

A 12-Step Program to Cure America of Its War Addiction

War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. When you define something as war, it dictates the use of the military (or militarized police forces, prisons, and other forms of coercion) as the primary instruments of policy. War, in short, is the great simplifier -- and it may even work when you’re fighting existential military threats (as in World War II). America’s Omnipresent War Ethos Consider the Afghan War -- not the one in the 1980s when Washington funneled money and arms to the fundamentalist Mujahideen to inflict on the Soviet Union a Vietnam-style quagmire, but the more recent phase that began soon after 9/11.

While the mindset of global war was gaining traction, the Bush administration launched its invasion of Iraq. Radical Islam has drawn strength from these American-led “wars.” Everything Is Jihad. Uncle Sam Paying Millions to NFL to Promote Warfare State. For those unaware, the National Football League operates as a type of legal monopoly thanks to a political situation so cozy it makes the cable companies and Big Pharma look like rogue enemies of the state.

Uncle Sam Paying Millions to NFL to Promote Warfare State

The NFL pays no taxes. Billionaires own all but one of these teams (the Green Bay Packers are owned by shareholders), and unlike with other sports, every NFL team makes a profit. The NFL itself is classified as a 501(c)6, much like your local Chamber of Commerce. Therefore, they don’t have to give the Capitol Hill mafia a cut of their income. You may expect, given the preferential treatment the NFL receives from Congress and their very close relationship with legislators, that a typical NFL game would include multiple appeals to emotion designed to make citizens love Big Brother.

How Hollywood War Porn Like 'American Sniper' Keeps Us Amped Up for War. Photo Credit: via YouTube.

How Hollywood War Porn Like 'American Sniper' Keeps Us Amped Up for War

We Are a Chickenhawk Nation, Blindly Worshiping the Military; Wasting Enormous Amounts on Useless Military Hardware. It’s common knowledge that the U.S. devotes more money to our defense budget than any other industrialized nation.

We Are a Chickenhawk Nation, Blindly Worshiping the Military; Wasting Enormous Amounts on Useless Military Hardware

But just how much we spend is remarkable. This year, we're on track to spend over $1 trillion on national security, after factoring in nuclear weapons funding, military pensions and “overseas contingency funds,” in addition to the Pentagon’s $580 billion operating budget. In total, this figure accounts for about 4 percent of the United States’ income—double what most other countries spend. Yet all of this budgetary bloat has done nothing to advance our strategic interests in countries like Syria and Iraq. Iraq vet: Chris Kyle is no hero — and neither is anyone else who served in ‘immoral’ war. Actor Bradley Cooper shown as Chris Kyle in a movie trailer for American Sniper (Screenshot) A former U.S.

Iraq vet: Chris Kyle is no hero — and neither is anyone else who served in ‘immoral’ war

Military-Entertainment-Industrial Complex Reinforces Warrior Culture. Secret History of G.I. Joe. War Is America's National Pastime. War Is America's National Pastime by Stephen Lendman America's national pastime isn't baseball.

War Is America's National Pastime

Souls Turned into Weapons. “During basic training, we are weaponized:our souls turned into weapons.”

Souls Turned into Weapons

Jacob George’s suicide last month — a few days after President Obama announced that the US was launching its war against ISIS — opens a deep, terrible hole in the national identity. George: singer, banjo player, poet, peace warrior, vet. He served three tours in Afghanistan. He brought the war home. Military Invasion of High School. October 31, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. “Will you please write me a letter of recommendation for the Navy, Ms.