As of the moment I write this, my Southern California home region is awaiting a week-long dousing by Mother Nature. To put it into some kind of a perspective for those of you who have never experienced the Pineapple Express, a one-hit-wonder named Albert Hammond wrote a song entitled "It Never Rains in Southern California," later covered by Barry Manilow if you're into his music.
Contained in the chorus are the following lines:
It never rains in California
But girl, don't they warn ya
It pours, man it pours.
He isn't kidding. It can and does happen. It's about to happen.
We are told by the Weather Service that we can expect up to eight inches of rain in Downtown Los Angeles and a foot or more in the mountains over the next seven days. What this will produce is a lot of entertainment for the disaster ghouls who are getting a little bored with the Haitian earthquake. This storm is likely to affect Hollywood lib'ruls, who will lose their multimillion-dollar Malibu mansions as the ground beneath them collapses from the water. You will get to see just as many conservative Orange County Republicans who live out the same foolish residential fantasies as their much-maligned political rivals up the coast suffer similar consequences from their ill-considered vanity. You might even get to see some serious flooding inland, which tends not to happen very often. It will affect the non-rich, and just might remind you of Haiti – and of New Orleans. So stock up the beer supply, pop a mound of corn, and settle in for real reality television! Eat your heart out, Jeff Zucker!
I don't provide this entertainment report about the coming weather on a political page unless there is a connection. The connection is: this nation is facing away from the approach of metaphorical storms which will cause as much havoc (allowing for variances equaling orders of magnitude) as either the Haitian Earthquake or The Great Southern California Flush.
The United States is so deep in debt that there is a realistic expectation that it can never be fully repaid. But the biggest single expenditure of the government -the military budget- isn't about to be touched, for it is needed to conquer the rest of the world and put it all under our national control for the benefit of the overt owners of the government – the private commercial sector (see: "health care reform" if you have doubts). Everything else is subject to curtailment or elimination in order to facilitate this insane goal. You ARE expendable in this effort.
But while the American armor appears to be strong and shiny on the outside, the inner portion suffers from malevolent neglect. Our industrial base -vital to any nation at war- has been shipped across indefensible oceans, something that isn't a good idea as our military planners should have learned from our successful submarine warfare against Japan in WWII. Despite the much-vaunted abilities of the US Navy, they were seriously surprised by an undetected Chinese sub surfacing about one mile away from a US carrier -a guaranteed kill, according to experts- during the conduct of an anti-submarine exercise which should have detected it. This incident tells us two things: We cannot protect our lines of supply. We cannot protect our means to wage war, much less ourselves. Imagine if real terrorists started flying into Detroit! No one will be able to save you from that.
Another vital item necessary to conduct global war is money. This nation is broke. The entire economic output of the US — estimated as of the end of the third quarter of 2009 at $14,242.1 billion — wouldn't completely cover the amount of money that has been promised to back up the Wall Street banks which put the world's economy on the skids. The Federal Reserve admits to some $2 trillion being supplied to the banks by the taxpayers, but we don't really know because they won't reveal the true numbers. MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan claimed on his 1/15/10 episode that the amount promised to the banks is closer to $24 trillion. That would put the GDP at only about 60% of the amount promised to the banks. Or, every dollar generated by the US economy for almost two years is now seen by the Wall Street banks as promised to them. Who cares if you eat! There are executive bonuses to be paid lest we lose their talents to competitors! You are expendable in this effort!
It isn't that simple, however, for we officially already owe over $12 trillion to various nations and private entities for our governmental and private sector debt. Of this, about $3 trillion is owed by the government. Of this, about 24% is owed to China, and another 20% is owed to Japan. Both nations are in the middle of adjusting their banking policies, and are expected to tighten their lending standards. Chinese banks have already been ordered to increase their reserves, which means they have fewer funds available to buy little things like US Treasury Bills. Japan is worrying about slipping back into the recession they endured for over 15 years due to their fiscal imprudence – a path the US seems intent on following. They aren't going to have much to invest in US debt.
We won't go into the amount of debt that is held by other economic rivals. I think the point of how vulnerable the US economy is to foreign action to be clear. You can't be protected from that probability.
Just like our ocean supply lines being indefensible, what are we to do if our international
enablers creditors stop funding our wars of conquest due to domestic necessity, if not political disapproval? We could print money like it is going out of style, but that didn't work for Weimar Germany nor later for Zimbabwe. Eventually, Israeli Arms, Beretta, and the National Armory of Taiwan will hesitate to accept greenbacks for cases of 7.62mm full metal jackets, and domestic sources already struggle to catch up to the relatively small emergency orders placed by the Pentagon. How does one wage war with unloaded weapons? You might begin by looking at Chinese swarm tactics during the Korean War international police action. You are expendable in that effort!
There is an important lesson that the most ardent American GI Joe wannabee needs to understand: John Wayne is dead. We no longer have the means to wage war with impunity. That ability has been sold out to the lowest bidder to ensure the maximum profit by those who need defending the most – the corporate sector. Those foreign banks who now control the purse strings will at some point become less willing to tolerate our excesses, and could very well cut off their contribution to our ongoing pursuit to satisfy our blood lust. It may well prove to be in the interests of their own survival to do so. You are expendable in that effort.
That is when the storm hits, for Our Wasteful American Way of Life will be threatened. We Americans would rather fight than switch – no matter how good for us switching would be. We just won't have much to fight with, and a lot to fight against. We can't go on pissing on the world and expect them to do our bidding when it's becoming clear to them that we have had our day as King of the Hill. They are all getting ready for the time when we get challenged for the lead. Are we?
If one were a student of Sun-Tzu, one would realize just how foolish our warrior leaders are. But who is the bigger fool? The one who makes foolish war plans ensuring eventual defeat, or the fool who follows him blindly?
I guess we get to provide the answer to that with our future. You are expendable in that effort.