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Military-Industrial Complex Indulges in “Planned Parenthood”

Conservative U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is touting an ad opposing Planned Parenthood. He’s asking you to join him. In the ad, he states flatly:

Congress should renew efforts to fully defund Planned Parenthood to ensure its morally bankrupt business receives not one penny of taxpayer money.

Join the fight if you proudly stand on the side of life and remain committed to fighting for all innocent life to be valued and protected under the laws of this nation.

So — speaking of the laws of this nation and valuing and protecting all innocent life — how does Cruz’s defunding argument stand up when we look at America’s unconstitutional, undeclared endless wars, and how the military-industrial complex uses them for indulging in its own destructive planned parenthood?


Child at World War I gravestone.

The United States tragically sees over 460,000 of its military actives and veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This leads to young men and women suffering handicapped lives, and estimated suicide rates among veterans ranging from 5,000 a year to 8,000 annually.  That shockingly averages out from 14 to a high of 22 servicepersons a day. Fourteen to 22 Americans a day killing themselves. No longer with hope for a life, love, marriage, a family. And parents, spouses and children of these young service people having their lives devastated.

The military-industrial complex knows this reality. It has these facts built into its research and statistics. Isn’t that planned parenthood?

Take the second Iraq War (we’re now involved in a third) from 2003-2011. The U.S. Defense Department and other sources show over 4,400 Americans died. The military-industrial complex knew Americans would die. Never to form families or rejoin their spouses and children. Isn’t that planned parenthood?

In that second Iraq War, the military-industrial complex knew innocent Iraqi civilians would die. In all wars the highest casualties are among innocent civilians. Congressional research shows that 66,000 Iraqi civilians died. Never to have families or continue life with families; in fact, in some cases the loss of entire families. Isn’t that planned parenthood?

How about the United States’ drone warfare? Our drones have killed innocent citizens in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and beyond. Isn’t that planned parenthood? Our drones hunted down and killed (instead of capturing and trying in court) an American citizen and then his teenage son, also an American citizen, in separate attacks. Certainly that’s planned parenthood.

We could give you statistics like this for each unconstitutional, undeclared American war, including our current Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syrian involvement; and past aggressions in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya. And our current supplying weapons and intelligence to Saudi Arabia’s barbaric slaughter of innocent Yemeni citizens. All a part of the military-industrial complex’s indulgence in lethal planned parenthood. But you get the idea.

Still, we need to point out that the United States is the major supplier of war weaponry to the rest of the world. We are, indeed, the major indulgers in global destructive planned parenthood.

Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler in Marine Corps uniform. timeline date: 1/16/1919, 1/24/1924, 12/5/1933

Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler

We’ve written before about “War is a Racket,” the speech then book by the multi-decorated U.S. Marine Brigadier General Smedley Butler. You can read that here.

You’d think Sen. Cruz and his exceptionalist cronies in Washington — caring so much about “all innocent life to be valued and protected under the laws of this nation” — would want to end taxpayers’ dollars going toward our unconstitutional, undeclared, endless wars, and halt the selling of deadly war weapons worldwide. You’d think they’d want to end the racket.

But the reality is they don’t care. They won’t end it. In fact, in Washington, they’re upping the destructive ante. We recently wrote for The Clyde Fitch Report a column discussing the Obama Administration’s plan to spend $1 trillion over 30 years to rebuild the U.S.’s nuclear arsenal. Russia has responded to that by increasing its nuclear arsenal with 40 missiles which can penetrate nuclear defenses. And China has announced it’s also increasing its nuclear deterrent defense, in response to U.S. saber-rattling. Our column was headlined “Nukebuild: This Will Not End Well”.

But, of course, a nuclear war would be the ultimate indulgence in planned parenthood.

Roger Armbrust

Roger Armbrust's articles and columns have covered labor and management, Congressional legislation, and federal court cases, including appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. He formerly served as national news editor of Back Stage in New York City, where he also taught a professional writing course at New York University. His recent book of sonnets -- oh, touch me there: Love Sonnets -- is available from Amazon and other book sites. He is an associate curator of The Clyde Fitch Report. He is also co-founder and co-curator of reality: a world of views.

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