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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Serving image of Empire “profoundly disturbing” U.S. aggression devastating soldiers, civilians ─ Fetzer

Child death
U.S. war on terror
Afghanistan/Pakistan border
Global stretch: astonishing child deaths, 1.4 million “demoralized” 
U.S. "war on terror"
Editing, excerpt by
Carolyn Bennett

U.S. Army – 182 suicides
U.S. Marines Corps – 48 suicides
U.S. Navy – 60 suicides
U.S. Air Force – 59 suicides

Framing numbers ─ U.S. Troops stationed abroad

The U.S. military includes only about 3 million personnel distributed over five services -- the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and, taken separately, the Marine Corps, which is now part of the Navy.

Pakistan soldier deaths
U.S. war on terror
U.S. soldier deaths
U.S. war on terror
Roughly half of the 3 million make up a reserve force, says former U.S. Marine James Fetzer. This does not mean, he says, that reservists are called into active duty; but publishing the staggering figure of 1.4 million is an indication of ongoing efforts "to fulfill Neo-cons’ conception of an American Empire worldwide."

Pentagon figures show that about 1.4 million soldiers are currently on active duty around the world and of this number, about 200,000 (or one fifth), crossing continents, have placed their boots on the soil of at least 150 countries. The deployed troops have been found to be “grossly demoralized by the kinds of activities they are engaged in.”

Human costs, heavy burden
Suicide Bomb

American forces performing aggressive actions ─ invasions and occupation, the killing of many innocent men, women and children, many deaths resulting from the U.S. government’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or extrajudicial killer drones) ─ is deeply troubling for American soldiers themselves.

In the first nine months of the past year, compared with 222 who died in alleged combat incidents ─ 247 U.S. military personnel took their own lives.

James Fetzer spoke yesterday with Press TV.

self-inflicted death
A retired University of Minnesota Duluth philosophy professor, James Henry Fetzer has written on the philosophy of science and on the theoretical foundations of computer science, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science. Two of his most recent books were on the evolution of intelligence and philosophical aspects of ‘the Christian Right's crusade against science.’

The former Marine Corps officer (b. December 6, 1940, in Pasadena, California) has been described as a ‘conspiracy theorist.’

Fetzer terms the global deployment of U.S. military, the framing of numbers in service to Empire, the use of remote, extrajudicial warfare and human costs across the board a “profoundly disturbing situation.”

Sources and notes

“U.S. soldiers becoming grossly demoralized: James Fetzer” Interview with James Fetzer,  February 23, 2013, http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/02/23/290478/us-soldiers-are-grossly-demoralized

See also

“Will Sen. Lindsey Graham Be The Next Republican To Face A Primary Challenger?”(Tamara Keith), February 23, 2013, http://keranews.org/post/will-sen-lindsey-graham-be-next-republican-face-primary-challenger

It seems Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has done his best in recent weeks to get as much ink as possible, talking about things that play well with the conservatives in his home state of South Carolina, like Benghazi and gun rights.  Graham also held up the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary to get more answers about what happened in Benghazi, even as he admitted Hagel had nothing to do with it. But his opposition might have more to do with home state politics than the nomination itself.”

“U.S. Military suicides continue to climb, reaching record in 2012” (Truther reported January 16, 2013), http://www.fourwinds10.net/siterun_data/health/intentional_death/news.php?q=1358623283

“The U.S. Military’s suicide rate grew a startling 15 percent in 2012. … Suicide now accounts for more deaths of U.S. soldiers than battlefield conflict. U.S. military suicide rate 2012:

U.S. Army – 182 suicides
U.S. Marines Corps – 48 suicides
U.S. Navy – 60 suicides
U.S. Air Force – 59 suicides


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