Protecting “National Interests”?

We hear much about United States military intervention in the Middle East in mainstream media and just about everywhere else. But what about the rest of the world? Where do we learn about US military adventurism in Africa?

Nick Turse provides a glimpse into a new meaning of “Darkest Africa:”

DoD works closely with the Intel Community, Inter-Agency, and the [National Security Council] to continuously monitor threats to U.S. interests; and when required, identifies, tracks, and presents options to mitigate threats to U.S. persons overseas.”

Source: In Mali and Rest of Africa, the U.S. Military Fights a Hidden War

In 1984, George Orwell described a society that was constantly told they were in perpetual war with other nations. The names of their enemies changed from year to year, but the propaganda and control of information was constant and totalitarian.

“The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.” George Orwell, 1984

Despite the popular theme of “Big Brother is Watching You!” 1984 was not just about a surveillance state. It was about control of information as the key to controlling thought and controlling the people.

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” George Orwell, 1984

Thought control need not be as blatant as the Ministry of Truth, the memory hole or revisions of history. It could the result of rapidly changing technology, increased personal distractions, popular media self-censorship subliminal propaganda, aka advertising.

In this case, covert actions by the United States are carried on under the cover of overt actions by the United States. When the public becomes aware of military and security estate interventions in other countries, the focus of covert activity has already shifted elsewhere.

What do we do when our government foists “regime change” on other countries without our knowledge and consent, or the consent of the vicitms? Whose interests are being served when the United States military complex is protecting our “national interests”?

Who benefits and who pays?


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