The Military Prism

To understand why we view events through a military prism, one should know that anytime the attempt to offer an opinion on current events is attempted, biases are at work. It is important to recognize human beings make assumptions and are swayed by biases.
Our bias is tilted towards emphasizing the understanding of the true source of POWER. It matters not, whether that power is restricted, or unrestricted. Power over human still POWER. Aggressive human beings seek power. Accordingly, most assumptions and biases regarding POWER affect our views of human history. Perhaps above all other biases (and we have others that are less significant), our primary bias is that we see both history and current events through a military prism.
What does this mean?
It means we recognize that those who win the military competitions in human history, have the greatest influence on how events sequence themselves. It also means the historians collecting their paychecks signed by the winners, are the one who actually write the most widely accepted versions of history.
This logical reality runs parallel with recorded human history. It does not matter if we are evaluating the Babylonians, the Romans, Ghengis Khan, Alexander the Great, Attila the Hun, Charlemagne, The Ming and Qing Dynasties, Napoleon, Frederick the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, The House of Bourbon, The Hapsburgs, or others who remain prominent. These historic figures, commanded winning armies. Though some on the list above lived thousands of years ago, they still have much in common with George Washington, Andrew Jackson, U.S. Grant, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The binding threads of all those mentioned above are their involvement as either civilian generals and/or military generals over the course of human history.
Simply put, while it is true that not all generals become presidents, emperors, or prime ministers, it is true that all national leaders are in effect, generals, for they either act as generals through their appointments of those who do act as generals.
We find it curious that ambitious civilian politicians, who have the power to appoint military generals, also behave like generals themselves. and also encounter many of the same conflicts as military generals. This is true because in a very real sense, politics is warfare. As such, winning politicians are those with great battle plans, superior execution, and a disdain for their competitors......just like military generals.
We also find it interesting that there are amazing paradoxes in civilian America. The largest three cloud computing providers in the United States all competed for the enormous $10 billion Jedi contract with the U.S. military.
Oddly, and naively, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google all feature corporate cultures that abhor all things military. So much is this the case, that executives at all three companies admitted struggling to identify sufficient numbers of employees with any enthusiasm whatsoever for working on this decidedly military contract/project.
Most certainly this astonishing situation is a testament to the failure of America’s education system. Teaching students about the fundamental truth of the importance of the military, as this idea applies to the protection of valued American freedoms, has become a 21st Century anachronism. Though the importance of a strong military applies to most of human history, it has become almost taboo in the space known as "progressive America," also known as "public education."
Regardless of American public education’s desperately clueless agenda, the fundamental truth is this: We Americans, will through our votes, tender significant control over our lives to civilian generals and their military appointees. And if the people we elect, fail in the area of national defense, control of our futures will fall into the hands of someone else’s civilian and military generals.
The importance of this either/or trap cannot be overstated.
As such, we prefer to not dwell on whether this sudden change in a timeless circumstance, is either good or bad. Instead, we will remain focused on the reality of its truth.



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