Standing Army

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Standing Army
Current mood:  discontent
Category: News and Politics

We now have a standing army according to this article. We will have 20,000 troops deployed within our borders by 2011.  This scares me.  The article says we will have the standing military to better respond to impending terrorist attacks.  Maybe so, but the government just keeps on growing, doesn’t it? The sad thing is this happened under so-called conservative, George W. and not Obama!

Another, much more foreboding reason was suggested by this article. It states, “The contention that the troops will merely help “recovery efforts” after a major catastrophe is contradicted by the fact that Northcom itself, in a September 8 Army Times article, said the first wave of the deployment would be aimed at tackling “civil unrest and crowd control”.”

The “civil unrest and crowd control” part is what scares me, perhaps even more than upcoming terrorist attacks. The economy continues to collapse. This Citigroup article touches on this, stating:

“The world is not going back to normal… It will either work leading to inflation shock, or it will not work because too much damage has already been done, and we will see continued financial deterioration, causing further economic deterioration… (continues)

“This will lead to political instability. We are already seeing countries on the periphery of Europe under severe stress. Some leaders are now at record levels of unpopularity. There is a risk of domestic unrest, starting with strikes because people are feeling disenfranchised.”

So, is the standing army to help with terrorist attacks? Or is there something the government isn’t telling us? Do they know just how bad our economy will get? Are they predicting a total collapse, leading to super inflation, food/energy shortages, rioting etc? Who, exactly, will the standing army be protecting?

One final question: Am I making sense here, or should I just put my tinfoil hat back on?

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