[ neat … … like in ‘Starship Troopers’ … ]
We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year.
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands more Afghans and Pakistani civilians have been killed.
Millions have been driven into squalid displacement and refugee camps.
Thousands of our own soldiers and Marines have died or been crippled physically and psychologically.
We sustain these wars, which have no real popular support, by borrowing trillions of dollars that can never be repaid, even as we close schools, states go into bankruptcy, social services are cut, our infrastructure crumbles, tens of millions of Americans are reduced to poverty, and real unemployment approaches 17 percent.
Collective, suicidal inertia rolls us forward toward national insolvency and the collapse of empire.