Self-destruction of the U.S. Military

February 14, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More

Ron Paul blames reckless warmongering on the staggering rates of drug abuse and suicide in the U.S. Military:

With regards to drug abuse, Paul explained, “The truth is, killing strangers in unconstitutional and senseless wars causes guilt to the participant no matter what kind of military indoctrination is attempted. Those afflicted may attempt to bury the pain in alcohol or drugs or other destructive behaviors, but we see that only leads to more problems. It may not be popular to point this out, but it goes against human nature to kill a fellow human being for retaliating against those who initiate a war of aggression on their soil.”

How much does the military medicate its personnel?

[I]n 2011, the Pentagon spent more on pharmaceutical drugs and injections than Black Hawk helicopters, Abrams tanks, Hercules C-130 cargo planes and Patriot missiles combined. Since 2002, the government has spent $5 billion on Lipitor, Plavix, Advair, Nexium and Singulair.” Schwartz also noted, ““The military spent at least $2.7 billion on antidepressants and more than $1.6 billion on opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and hydrocodone over the past decade.


Category: Warmongering

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Mike M. says:

    I think Ron Paul’s take on this is dead on, gets right down to the tough seed of the problem. The cognitive dissonance kicked up by killing perfect strangers in an uncertain environment, based on questionable motives, and contrary to all basic decent human instincts must be incredibly difficult for the troops to cope with. Just think about what’s happening in the poor muddled minds of the religious soldiers who have a God telling them “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and a commanding officer telling them “You Must Kill.” It’s a solid recipe for a psychotic breakdown.

    Instead of spending another 2.7 billion dollars on anti-depressants, the military should take a serious look into the use of MDMA to treat PTSD.

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