Drudging Our Way to War

“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.  The means of defence [against] foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.  Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended.” – James Madison at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia June 26, 1787.

Who would dispute the reality that is the American Empire?  The standing military force and overgrown Executive are here today, playing policeman on at least 700 bases in 135 countries.  How did a constitutionally limited government designed to protect the public trust become a fiend for global hegemony?  If you don’t know the answer yet, re-read James Madison’s words on war.

The American Empire, with its challenger Iran, is currently constructing a case for the next war with the stakes getting higher and higher with every Fox News Channel headlines of “Iran Nuke Program” and “Iranian Nuclear Threat.”  These programs are usually preceded by publication arms of European or Israeli State war propagandists, better known to Americans as “think tanks.”  Deception runs so deep in mainstream news that the politicians need not be pressed to make the case themselves but to delegate all granted authority to “the experts.”  If people only knew the truth then the media would no longer be of use to either them or the politicians.  But that would mean people reading more, and are they reading this?  No, you are.

It is going too far to suggest that proponents of war against Iran do not read.  Exactly what they are reading is what matters.  The worst “informed” among us are the ones who read no news below the headlines, particularly on the Drudge Report, and consider themselves untainted by the “Lame Stream Media.”  Take for example 3 headlines on Drudge Report, the 73rd most visited website in the U.S., this past weekend February 3-5.

“Iranian warships dock at Saudi port”

That is the Drudge headline and this is the story.  It’s a relative non-event and the Iranian regime is touting its “power” for 70 days by making a round trip out to one of Saudi Arabia’s city ports.  This “warship” is a 207 meter ship powered by steam turbines, 2 boilers and 1 shaft giving it a speed of 26,870 shp (20,037 kW), 21 knots (39 km/h).  In 2011, the USS Enterprise, a 342 meter nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was in the Persian Gulf.  The difference is Iran has big worthless ships and the U.S. has ginormous technologically advanced ships and even guided missile cruisers and destroyers coming along for the ride too.  This headline, reposted by Drudge Report from Breitbart, is an invented story about “warships” to grab the attention of the reader while the naval exercise from Iran was played off by them as a proof of power to their peasants.

“…mass producing cruise missile that could reach America”

Visitors of the Drudge Report saw that headline and this is the story. And also this story. Production has begun on “a short-range, anti-ship cruise missile capable of destroying small- and medium-sized targets with high precision.” What about the whole reaching America part? Well, it’s made up. Moshe Yaalon, vice prime minister and minister of strategic affairs, exaggerated the stakes just as Iranian officials do when they claim they can fire a missile into Israel. Yaalon called Iran “a nightmare for the free world” and then he said Israel is the “little Satan,” while America is “the larger Satan” to Iran. This is the kind of propaganda you get from the war mongers who can’t even face the facts in their own government’s intelligence agencies’ conclusions with regards to Iran’s nuclear program. Over and over again it is reaffirmed that the Iranian regime has maintained the non-diversion of enriched uranium. Unfortunately, the truth doesn’t always come in headline form. But, oh wait, there’s more.

“Iran warns world of coming ‘great event’…

That is what visitors to Drudge Report read and this is the story. The link goes to World Net Daily, so basically the Islamic New World Califate is coming according to the Ayatollah of Iran. Yeah, yeah political speeches are popular in America too.

Americans are bombarded with this insane depiction constantly and what’s worse, I repeat, the people who believe these headlines from Drudge Report even feel they’re getting correct information outside the TV networks and newspapers. But of course, on Iran it’s all the same everywhere, just catered to various demographic sensibilities.

Now, the good news is that even some in the Obama Administration, as deadly as it is, are cautious on the war with Iran or even assisting Israel in the plan. But this is an election year and the electorate is afraid and angry as ever. War is coming not only in the eyes of those who seek to profit from it, but just as much so in the eyes of passive self-affirming readers of arguably the most influential news blog in American politics.

Seeing as Drudge serves a conservative viewpoint, it is ironic that conservatives will be made into fools if the war is carried out. In their imagined crusade against tyranny, they forget the words of James Madison on “the instruments of tyranny at home.” To be sure, even if the war does not break out, the lead up to it is exactly what Madison warned against, a perceived foreign threat used to usurp more executive control.

Jason Rink is the Editor-in-Chief of The Liberty Voice. Executive Director of the Foundation for a Free Society. He is the producer and director of Nullification: The Rightful Remedy, and the author of “Ron Paul: Father of the Tea Party” the biography of Congressman Ron Paul. See more of his work at his writing at JasonRink.com and his film production work at FoundationMedia.org.


  1. Bob Marshall

    February 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    http://www.addictedtowar.com Every citizen should visit this site. The book is free to read on this site complete with illustrated pages.

  2. RobertNroland

    February 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Hitler crushed first the labor unions. Big business praised Hitler to put organized workers *in their place*. The most secret meetings were with indsutrial leaders funding Hitler*s rise to power. Feb 20 1933 at Goering*s Reichstag Palace Germany*s leading magnates came, Krupp, the munitions king, Bosch and Schuizler of I.G. Farben, Voegler head ot Untied Steel. Goering declared if Hiter iwould be elected March fifth it would be the last one for the next ten years, possibly for the next hundred years. The assembled industrialists responded enthusiastically to the end of the infernal elections and of democracy. The passed-hat collected three million marks. The Enabling Act of March 23 (titled, *Law for Removing the Distress of People and Reich*) took all power of legislation, control of budgets, approval of treaties, took power of approval of constitutional amendments away from Parliment. i.e., it ended the German Republic, and made Hitler dictator of Germany. It was the Enabling Act alone which formed the legal basis for Hitler*s dictatorship. The american *War Powers Act* did precisely the same thing, making Bush-Cheney the dictaror of the United States of America.
    *The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich*, Shirer (Worldwide best selling classic) p. 189-190, 198-199. ISBN 0-671-72868-7 (pbk)
    President Eisenhoer warned about the industrial-military complex.

  3. Edward G. Nilges

    April 27, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Grow up. The problem is that we’re getting dragged into a war by Israel, not a standing military force. Madison RAISED military force to fight the War of 1812 despite massive opposition to that war based in Federalist New England.

    The only countries with significant military establishments that were “standing” in peacetime at the time Madison wrote the above were nations that found themselves at war more often than not: Britain, France, Prussia and Spain. The rest had decorative palace guards.

    But a major reason Madison wrote the Federalist along with Jay and Hamilton was the lack of a credible standing military force and the lack of means of the United States to raise ad hoc forces (the two abilities effectively the same).

    Britain had undertook in 1783 under the Treaty of Paris to vacate Detroit and it had not done so since under the Articles of Confederation neither a standing force nor the taxation power to raise an ad hoc force existed.

    Barbary corsairs had not molested Colonial American shipping prior to 1776 for the rulers of the Barbary States on the northern coast of Africa had treated with the British and agreed not to molest her trade including colonial trade. But by 1790 United States merchant ships could not enter the Mediterranean Sea.

    And as a result of the Constitution, the United States did acquire, in miniature, a standing force in peacetime. At a minimum then, and given the threat from Somali pirates, today, a nation needs to ensure free passage for its merchant shipping and to protect its coasts against evasion and (if its revenue comes from tariffs as was the case for the USA at that time) smuggling.

    Historically illiterate fantasizing about Liberty would NOT be admired by the Founding Fathers.

    Crack a book.

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