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February 7, 2013

Colonel says U.S. on verge of war

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NORMAN —

Wilkerson has since renounced his role in that debacle and has since been speaking and lecturing about the plutocrats and “military industrial congressional complex” that has taken over U.S. government and led to the recent wars this nation has been engaged in, much of them based on a need to control energy supplies.

“I’m not opposed to oil and I’m not opposed to gas and I’m not opposed to energy,” Wilkerson said. “But I am opposed to young Americans having to die for ill-advised actions that essentially are designed to do something about that, that could be done economically, financially, diplomatically, politically or otherwise and not with boots on the ground and not with boys and girls dying.”

Wilkerson asked rhetorically and who is doing the dying. Less than 1 percent of the population. And with the recent approval of women serving in the front lines, Wilkerson explained that the real reason is not an interest in “egalitarian instincts,” it is that the armed forces “can’t recruit enough men.”

As a result, the armed forces are strained to the limit and the top brass are looking at all options to keep warm bodies in their ranks as long as the U.S. government continues to engage our military in foreign wars — as we are with the ongoing “War on Terror.”

He said “women make the best soldiers.” Women come in way ahead of men on every level.

“But is that the way the country should be going? For those reasons?” he said.

The U.S. military is worn out, he said, and without a draft, their ranks will continue to be stretched to the limit.

“Thirteen years of war,” he said, “War that in most soldiers’, sailors’, Marines’ and Airmen’s eyes has led to almost no success ….” he said. “It will give you post-traumatic stress disorder. It will push suicide rates in the Army and Marine Corps to historical levels — levels we’ve never seen before.”

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