I posted this essay about a year & a half ago. It's still brutally relevant today, especially with the NeoCons in the current Administration--- Bolton, Pompeo, Pence and the like ---up to their usual Warmongering.
"As I look back on my 33 years of service in the Marines---from Second Lieutenant to Major-General---I realize that I've been nothing but a thug for Bankers and Big Corporations." ~ General Smedley Butler
See brainyquote.com for more quotes by General Butler.
Only people who don't know what's going on still believe that our brave & well-meaning military folks are fighting for freedom, democracy, etc. In actual fact, they are the unwitting enforcement arm of our Fed Reserve Bank and other Western World Mega Banks, as well as other major Corporations whose leaders believe they are the real rulers of the world. Butler clearly pointed that out in his book, War is a Racket.
Now (& for some time) that both Repubs & Dems in DC pretty much ignore and/or violate key parts of the U.S. Constitution, the Corporatists are free to complete their establishment of Global Private Rule. Public Governments still will exist, but only as window dressing. By the way, none of this is a "grand conspiracy"; to the Powers-That-Be, it's simply "good business practice" and "the best thing for the world". It's also important to grasp the fact that Corporatists are NOT Free Market Capitalists; instead, they are Fascists. The very last thing they want is a Free Market. They prefer a series of Monopolies supported by their puppet governments.
To those who believe Trump is fighting all this, and is the champion of the Common Man, you are sadly mistaken. Trump is the quintessential elitist, Corporatist, Establishment, Crony Capitalist...the worst kind of capitalist. He's a serial liar, a Super-Rich snob, a gaslighter, and doesn't care at all about the bottom 90-99% of the USA's citizens. He's just telling you what he thinks you want to hear. His whole history proves all the above. Study it, and then you'll see. A good start is the documentary, "Meet the Trumps: from Immigrant to President"; it can be found online.
Not only my opinion. Be Well
p.s. I'm an Army Vet and a gun owner. Not only Vets, but ALL of us need to wake up to the fact that War (especially the current & recent ones) is not about "spreading democracy". Instead, it's about economics and finance. The main beneficiaries of it are Mega Corporations, especially Mega Banks.