With the British leaving the European Union, and the Brexit Project going ahead full speed some are wondering how will it affect NATO? Rest assured people the military alliance is not going away anytime soon, if ever.
There will always be a NATO as long as there is a United States of America. There will always be a NATO as long as there’s a Russian Federation. Should Putin resolve to return his billions in hidden wealth and provide the funds to charity, and becomes a pacifist dedicated to the teachings of Jesus Christ it will have no bearing on the current military deployment. The U. S. in particular must have at all times an enemy, or an adversary or an opponent. It is just plain good common sense for the nation’s economy, for business, for corporations, and for the giant Media composed largely of pandering mercenary “Pressitutes.”
The same goes for Asia. If the China President XI Jinping became a peaceful Buddhist and reduced his military budget by 50% over-night, the U. S. would continue to dictate and support military alliances with at least 15 participating Asian regional countries. There would be no change-up.
Unless the U. S. has substantial, consistent, economic progress at home to occupy ourselves we must have an adversary to energize the World’s Number One Superpower Nation. That’s us. The more dangerous the adversary the better to keep us rolling. It is a must, a necessity, that maintains economic stability. We don’t covet a recession nor a depression with the possibility of riotus dangerous unemployed people on the streets. A nation’s system must keep people working, moving, preferably on low wages, but employed.
National defense is therefore a big business and absorbs significant human and natural resources in almost every country in the world: Count the Defense Department employees alone, the soldier members, contractors and their bureaucracies. Add intelligence agencies, 16, which interconnect with other Federal departments to keep America tiptop safe. Inclusive is Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, and don’t forget the Eisenhower tag, the whole ball of wax, The Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex.’ It all comes to a grand total of a trillion dollars each and every year. And, by the way, don’t forget those folksy consuming prosperous towns and cities surrounding military camps and facilities, they count too. It’s quite a pile of money for the economy…. and for Jobs.
Heaven forbid should peace break out a couple million jobs would be forsaken almost immediately. Where would the unemployed go? We have reached the age of servitude, of retail, wholesale, service companies, waiters, cooks, cashiers, drivers, maids, and in the offing are robotics. (I have read 09% of American jobs today are candidates for replacement by robots) For those who are brainy and may look askance at those common mondain jobs, Artificial Intelligence is right around the corner. Your day is coming too, but later.
Without adversaries, whom we challenge as they at time do us, we would have another Great Recession or a 1930’s Depression lasting for at least a decade, or more likely permanently. The unemployed and underemployed would be wandering the streets and boulevards of our cities New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit and Cleveland poorly pensioned with fewer government entitlements. Many will be disoriented, discontent, embittered, hating the rich one percent of the one perce while thinking or planning upheaval or organizing revolution. Those new unwashed would be baffled, perplexed, frustrate and embittered of course. However, do not be overly concerned it may never happen because as you may know it’s just too darn difficult, too hard, to buy a gun in the United States.
All the Best.
Post script: Readers forgive me. I apologize for being gloomy. I’m writing of an imperfect world of which we are existentially a part, and unfortunately I can’t see it any other way. As the great philosopher Plato once said: ‘Only the dead have seen the last of war.’ It’s in our genes.