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February 16, 2009

New Tomdispatch


An American Foreign Legion
Is the U.S. Military Now an Imperial Police Force?

By William Astore

A leaner, meaner, higher tech force -- that was what George W. Bush and his Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld promised to transform the American military into. Instead, they came close to turning it into a foreign legion. Foreign as in being constantly deployed overseas on imperial errands; foreign as in being ever more reliant on private military contractors; foreign as in being increasingly segregated from the elites that profit most from its actions, yet serve the least in its ranks.

Now would be a good time for President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to begin to reclaim that military for its proper purpose: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Now would be a good time to ask exactly why, and for whom, our troops are currently fighting and dying in the urban jungles of Iraq and the hostile hills of Afghanistan.

The rest.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at February 16, 2009 09:23 AM

I don't recall who originated that "Simple Answers to Simple Questions" meme — or even if it is a meme — but anyway:

Q. Is the U.S. military now an imperial police force?

A. Yes.

Posted by: Cloud at February 16, 2009 01:23 PM

I think it actually was snappy answers to stupid questions, and that it was a feature in MAD magazine. To which I might add.

Q. Is the U.S. military now an imperial police force?

A. No, it's an imperial mercenary force of looters and pillagers along the lines of the Ottoman Bashi-Bazouks.

Posted by: En Ming Hee at February 17, 2009 03:36 AM