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Military-industrial complex helms US

By ZHANG ZHOUXIANG | China Daily | Updated: 2023-02-03 08:00
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The US Capitol building is seen in Washington, D.C., the United States, Nov. 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

It seems that there are still wise people in the United States.

For example, anti-war activist Jimmy Dore, who, commenting on US Air Force General Mike Minihan's prediction about "a war with China in 2025", said: "Your enemy is not China or Russia. Your enemy is the military industrial complex fleecing this country to the tunes of hundreds of billions and trillions of dollars."

That comment shows that the wise in the US know clearly that it is the industrial-military complex that threatens US citizens with fears of a non-existent war, takes taxpayers' money and sends young men and women to battlefields on foreign soil.

The wise also know that the annual military budget of $800 billion serves no one but the arms dealers. It is the rich and the powerful who manufacture weapons, sell them to certain regions in the world and make money out of blood.

The wise people in the US know who their enemies and friends are. Sadly, these people do not happen to be on Capitol Hill, in the White House, or in the Pentagon. Or maybe they are not allowed to be. After all, the military-industrial complex in the US provides, directly or indirectly, about a quarter of the nation's jobs; maintains business relations with about 30 percent of the nation's companies; and wields enormous influence.

It is so powerful that even former US president Donald Trump, who tried to cut military spending, ended up raising it to almost $750 billion. President Joe Biden raised it further, to over $800 billion. Arms sales and blaming China might be the only two things the two parties in the US see eye to eye on.

In the interests of the military-industrial complex, the US needs to create an enemy where there is none, and China is No 1 on that imagined list, which is why General Minihan predicted the war in 2025.

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