Another Memorial Day is upon us, and the public will again be subject to an intense media competition of effusive praise for everything military. This adulation is seriously and dangerously misplaced because it rests on false assumptions about the nature of the United States. From its destruction of indigenous peoples to the recent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as current threats to Venezuela and Iran, the U.S. has proven itself an aggressive force dominated by the interests of an economic elite with the military as the ultimate enforcer.
After a very brief period of reflection following the obviously immoral war in Vietnam, the U.S. is back to status quo ante in which media praise for everything military has been an effective tool for suppressing dissent about what it actually does. We never stop hearing about the military's service, but there are no hard questions about what or whose purposes are being served.
Liberals often talk of their wish to cut the military budget, but they do not dare question the underlying assumptions about what the military does in the world.
As a veteran, I do not want anyone honoring my so-called service. My response to my draft notice in 1970 was an act of cowardice, not heroism. In spite of the current propaganda blitz, nothing has changed. There is no war that is not a lie.