In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published 14 novels and he is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Vonnegut attended Cornell University, as part of his training, he studied mechanical engineering at Carnegie Institute of Technology and the University of Tennessee. He was then deployed to Europe to fight in World War II and he was interned in Dresden and survived the Allied bombing of the city by taking refuge in a meat locker of the slaughterhouse where he was imprisoned. After the war, Vonnegut married Jane Marie Cox, with whom he had three children and he later adopted his sisters three sons, after she died of cancer and her husband died in a train accident.
That great transfer of wealth helps explain how the gap between rich and poor in America has become an ever widening canyon. Corporations bring home the bacon, soldiers only medals.
His urinary system was in shreds. His testicles were destroyed. What kind of nation and what kind of people promote such insanity, even glorifying current wars in the hopes that more war can prosecuted?
After reading They Were Soldiers, which is a book about the fate of male and female soldiers who return home broken, mangled and raped, the realization strikes that without perpetual overt and covert war, the American system of governance—as it is now practiced—would collapse.
That is a frightening thought. They, according to one US Army official interviewed by Jones, are con-artists and hucksters. They prey upon youth. According to Jones, one veteran of the Iraq war campaign asked himself: Why did I like carrying an M? I waited in line with the others in Basic Training like it was Christmas morning…I was elated to receive the famous M All the movies and video games never showed me what it truly was.
During my time in the Army I finally understood what a rifle was all about. I loved carrying a rifle…After a while it is fused into my skin, bones character and soul…I came from an average all-American family.
My mom is a schoolteacher. Our walls are filled with weddings. I open doors for little old ladies…If I am a normal middle-class kid, then something is wrong.
Loves to Hate Women After so many years of war, American culture is arguably borderline paranoiac, if not outright. Jones points out in her book that the USA is the only culture-nation in the world always looking for a fight.
American culture—particularly those who make up the elite class—stinks of irresponsibility and non-accountability. Who in the USA stood accountable for the intelligence failures of ? How about the senseless blunder of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars?
Then there is the Benghazi Massacre, the Great Recession ofthe ruse of health care for all pushed by the Obama administration and its corporate sponsors. And yet they promote themselves to higher ranks even though lives and wars are lost. They are re-elected again and again for taking America to ruin.
The soldiers return with nearly no support base to traumatize families and communities, sometimes by murdering relatives or strangers. Women are the target of much of this aggression which displays itself before the homicide takes place.
Real men slap women around seems to be the unwritten rule in the military ranks. In another instance the US military tried to downplay a string of murders perpetrated by soldiers stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Something happened through their life cycle that might have contributed to this. Sometimes the military dumps the injured men and women quickly back into civilian care before they can complete a process that qualifies them for government benefits.
Mostly, benefits or not, they end up with a cart full of prescriptions ranging from Zoloft to Oxycontin prescribed by government contracted doctors in the Veterans Administration and assorted medical facilities on US military bases around the world.
Pharmaceutical corporations know that perpetual war and the propaganda of fear are great for business. They always want more. The dynamic is always toward growth, toward more reach and more power.
Returning soldiers are subject to its will too. They must be silenced. Instead she had spoken of feeling a kind of moral revulsion from life in the US after seeing how people in the rest of the world live.
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