“Beating back the commies” was a corporate headline, bought and paid for by the Rockefeller family. A communist was winning in a run-up to free elections for the leadership of Vietnam until Rockefeller, Standard Oil and Ike Eisenhower intervened to cancel the election and setup a puppet government for exactly long enough to do soundings in the gulf and find the oil deposits described by Mr. Hoover. That puppet government was collapsing before the end of 1963 when John Kennedy informed the National Security Council (NSC) we would be withdrawing. But after Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson ignored his edict, continue the war and in 1964 the nation of Vietnam was divided into North and South. We continued to suffer losses enforcing the regime setup in the South to defend French colonial holdings. But when Standard Oil’s work was complete in mapping the gulf we left. The war ended, the puppet regime was dissolved and the Vietnamese people, triumphant, took back their nation.
Macroeconomics and who owns or wants to seize natural resources are what determines the fate of this planet. These deep-pocket geopolitical machinations are the reason for economic warfare wrapped in jingoism. The “domino theory” is the tail wagging the dog.
It’s our job to track down the dog and and put a leash on it. Instead, we let out the dogs of war in unprovoked attacks against smaller and less powerful nations.
Which corporate candidate we “elect” and vote for in sham elections have little impact on these realities. Those who own the presses control the news. Corporations owning the planetary natural resources effectively control military assets and the economic destiny of the planet until some sort of revolutionary epiphany might occur.
Now instead of “beating back the commies…” the new scapegoats for endless war and exploitation are “terrorists.” So our leaders spend trillions of our dollars, killing millions and making new enemies overseas in dozens of expanding conflicts that do not make the front page. Nothing trickles down but blood. Lesser evil is absolutely evil.
We export terror, munitions and war to fund the nation. The blow-back is ISIS, ISIL, bankruptcy and infrastructure spiraling into a sad decline. Flogging the dead horse of wars for profit with expanding aggression in more than two dozen nations is over the top and nobody wants to talk about the bodies, victims, casualties or devastation.
We need to turn the page, shut down the wars and secure the peace. We can make demands and persuade our corporate partners to invest in rebuilding this nation to export knowledge, technology and peace. We had choices we could have made in November 2016, but the corporate press made it tough to find the courage to walk the talk and vote for peace and progress.
We can still build a future with Dr. Jill Stein, peace and The Green New Deal… But we are running out of time.