I keep hearing people described as
That’s not quite accurate.
Millions of people came out to
protest the Iraq War and millions
more have taken to the streets
to protest corporate criminality.
Neo-Con War Addiction Threatens Our Future by Ron Paul… “According to Kristol, the troubles that have befallen us in the 20th century have all been the result of these periodic bouts of war-weariness”
William Kristol knows what is wrong with the United States. As he wrote recently in the flagship magazine of the neo-conservatives, the Weekly Standard, the problem with the US is that we seem to have lost our appetite for war. According to Kristol, the troubles that have befallen us in the 20th century have all been the result of these periodic bouts of war-weariness, a kind of virus that we catch from time to time.
He claims because of the US “drawdown” in Europe after World War II, Stalin subjugated Eastern Europe. Because of war weariness the United States stopped bombing Southeast Asia in the 1970s, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. War weariness through the 1990s led to Rwanda, Milosevic, and the rise of the Taliban. It was our fault for not fighting on! According to Kristol, our failure to act as the policeman of the world is why we were attacked on September 11, 2001. Of the 1990s, he wrote, “[t]hat decade of not policing the world ended with 9/11.”
That revisionism is too much even for fellow neo-conservatives like Paul Wolfowitz to swallow. In a 2003 interview, Wolfowitz admitted that it was the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia that led to the growth of al-Qaeda:
The 22-Year Bush War of Aggression on Iraq… “a President Ron Paul have handled the collapse of the Soviet Union? Given that any threats or perceived threats from overseas had vanished overnight, Ron Paul would have closed all the overseas U.S. military bases that existed then, including all the European and Asian bases and other foreign U.S. governmental apparatus. He would have brought all U.S. troops home, and many of them…” by Scott Lazarowitz
In January 1991, then-President George H.W. Bush started the war on Iraq, and imposed sanctions and no-fly zones, which were continued by President Bill Clinton throughout the 1990s. By 2001, hundreds of thousands of civilian Iraqi deaths were wrought by the U.S. government and the UN, and there was widespread anti-American anger felt by many in the Middle East.
Here is a brief review of what led up to the elder President Bush’s 1991 war on Iraq:
In 1990, Iraq and its leader, Saddam Hussein, were engaged in disputes with Kuwait. Iraq believed that Kuwait was siphoning Iraq’s oil via horizontal drilling, and Iraq also believed that Kuwait’s own oil production was above OPEC quotas which allegedly effected in lower oil profits for Iraq.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
What hapened to the Mayans?
Where are the ReBloggers when You need them?
Thank you to the “Likers” but you are NOT Bloggers!
Iraq War Hero With Brain Injury Is First Man Charged Under NY Safe Act (Video)… “Benjamin M. Wassell, an Iraq War hero who, despite a traumatic brain injury from an improvised explosive device that destroyed his vehicle back in 2006, was able to lead other wounded Marines through a minefield to safety, was the first person charged in violation of the New York State Safe Act.”
Gateway Pundit ^ | March 21, 2013 | Jim Hoft
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:13:28 PM by 2ndDivisionVet
Benjamin M. Wassell, an Iraq War hero who, despite a traumatic brain injury from an improvised explosive device that destroyed his vehicle back in 2006, was able to lead other wounded Marines through a minefield to safety, was the first person charged in violation of the New York State Safe Act.
(VIDEO AT LINK)
Iraq War hero Benjamin Wassell faces seven years in prison for the violation.
Wassell pleaded not guilty today. Guns.com reported:
Benjamin M. Wassell, an Iraq War veteran, was charged with twice selling newly banned military-style ‘assault’ weapons and standard-capacity magazines to an undercover police officer as part of a sting operation conducted by State Police and the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Buffalo News reported.
Security: In addition to stockpiling over a billion bullets and thousands of semiautomatic weapons the feds would deny U.S. citizens, the vehicle of choice for fighting the counterinsurgency war in Iraq is appearing on U.S. streets.
The sequestration question du jour is why the Department of Homeland Security, busy releasing hundreds, if not thousands, of deportable and detained illegal aliens due to budget constraints, is buying several thousand Mine Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) vehicles?
And just who are they intended to be used against?
The View from Abroad
The World is not Billy Bob’s Rib Pit
March 10, 2013
TSA I bet this won’t surprise you.
The United States is the most hated country in the world, followed closely by Israel, and then by nobody. Wny? Why not Ecuador? China? Russia? East Timor? The hostility puzzles many Americans, who genuinely believe their country to be a force for good, a pillar of democracy, a defender of human rights.
To the rest of the world, none of this is even close.
If you have lived abroad, as so very few Americans have, the explanation for the hatred is obvious: Meddling. Relentless, prideful, uncomprehending meddling, frequently military, often with horrendous death tolls.
Americans, adroitly managed by a controlled press, historically illiterate, incurious, decreasingly educated, either have never heard of the American behavior that angers others, or believe it to have been inspired by virtuous motives.
t’s a developing pattern of this Obama White House.
This is the fourth senior officer Obama has forced from the country’s service.
All four were tied somehow to the Afghanistan mess that Obama has long argued was the most important war. Each departure was staged as a resignation. They were usually tied to some personal indiscretions to save face for Obama, who would know of indiscretions as a product of the corrupt Chicago Democrat machine.
In early 2008, it was reported that a low-level employee at Analysis Corporation, a State Department contracted company that processed and stored passport records, had breached Barack Obama’s passport file on three different occasions.
The incident was reported to simply be mischief, and the employee involved was reprimanded. We would later find out that John Brennan, then-advisor on intelligence and foreign policy to the Obama campaign, headed the company.
After Barack Obama won the election, the issue was quietly forgotten.
Obama, a radical leftist ideologue—anti-military, anti-war, and anti-torture—proceeded on Day One to surround himself with far left ideologues.
So it was odd when Obama put John Brennan at the top of the list for CIA chief.
The sniper was gunned down by former Marine Eddie Routh at a Texas shooting range while Kyle was attempting to help Routh overcome his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from service in the war in Iraq. Paul’s comment on Twitter was as follows: “Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.’ Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense”
Some are smugly pointing out that this disorder can be treated by repeating the trauma-inducing phenomenon under controlled conditions, thus making a shooting range a plausible site to attempt to aid someone with PTSD. Of course, it is not this part of Paul’s Twitter comment that is being criticized as “appalling”–it’s the part of the statement that says “Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.’”
The Assasination of Top Sniper American SEAL Chris Kyle
Asian Week ^ | February 8, 2013 | Arthur HuPosted on Friday, February 08, 2013 2:44:21 AM by 2ndDivisionVet
All America needs is yet another unexplained lone gunman non-terrorist killing of American Hero Chris Kyle. He was America’s most celebrated sniper of the Afghanistan conflict described by wikipedia:a United States Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in American military history, with 160 confirmed kills out of 255 claimed kills
At the age of 8, Kyle’s father taught him to shoot. As a youth, he trained as a bronco rider for the rodeo, which he gave up after a serious injury to his arm.
He had intended to volunteer and enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was recruited by the U.S. Army, but eventually enlisted with the U.S. Navy.
Kyle served four tours in the second Iraq war, and was awarded the Bronze and Silver Star medals multiple times. Iraqi insurgents dubbed him the “Devil of Ramadi” and offered an increasing bounty for his head. He was shot twice, and was involved in six IEDattacks. Kyle separated from the U.S. Navy with an honorable discharge in 2009 to spend time with his family.
He remained in the spotlight during retirement, and wrote a New York Times bestselling autobiography, American Sniper.–snip–Sarah Palin, God bless her was one of the first political figures to mourn Kyle.
You’re better off reading the transcript at Newsbusters than watching the clip, which, for some reason, excludes two of Matthews’s references to “flashbacks.” Halfway through it, I thought he was using “flashback” and “nightmare” as some sort of extremely ill-advised metaphor for what McCain was feeling yesterday while interrogating Hagel. Tasteless, yes, but just a metaphor. Quote:
A resentment not against the North Vietnamese who imprisoned and toured him all those years, not against George W. Bush and his political henchmen who tried to stain McCain’s reputation back in 2000, but against a guy who fought against fear and rallied against wounds just like he did in the same army of America’s long nightmare in Vietnam, Chuck Hagel. A nightmare by the way whose flashbacks must haunt still the mind and heart of John Sidney McCain.
The Most Important Amendment……. (“Hint: None of them start “Thou shalt not …” Rather they tend to start “The Government (or Congress) shalt not …” Keep that in mind.”)
We all know the term “The Bill of Rights” which are the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution although few of us (including me) could name them.
Hint: None of them start “Thou shalt not …” Rather they tend to start “The Government (or Congress) shalt not …” Keep that in mind.
The First Amendment is a catch-all of rights upon which the Congress may not trample: It protects an individual’s freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press, as well as the right to assemble and to petition the government.
The American press corps is very, very focused on the First Amendment and will go to great lengths to make sure that right is not diminished.
Exclusive – Dershowitz: ‘I Will Testify Against Hagel’ on Iran
Breitbart.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
Prof. Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School is a legendary defense lawyer, and the country’s foremost pro-Israel advocate. He is also a steadfast supporter of President Barack Obama. Breitbart News spoke to him in an exclusive interview today about the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as Secretary of Defense.
Sen. Hagel is controversial for his views on Israel, the Iraq War, Iran, and gays, among other issues. Dershowitz had, prior to Hagel’s nomination, urged President Obama publicly not to appoint Hagel to the position.
A Duty to Disobey All Unlawful Orders… (“During the Iran-Contra hearings of 1987, Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, a decorated World War II veteran and hero, told Lt. Col. Oliver North that North was breaking his oath when he blindly followed the commands of Ronald Reagan. As Inouye stated, “The uniform code makes it abundantly clear that it must be the Lawful orders of a superior officer. In fact it says…”) » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
…..During the Iran-Contra hearings of 1987, Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, a decorated World War II veteran and hero, told Lt. Col. Oliver North that North was breaking his oath when he blindly followed the commands of Ronald Reagan. As Inouye stated, “The uniform code makes it abundantly clear that it must be the Lawful orders of a superior officer. In fact it says, ‘Members of the military have an obligation to disobey unlawful orders.’
This principle was considered so important that we-we, the government of the United States, proposed that it be internationally applied in the Nuremberg trials.” (Bill Moyers, “The Secret Government”, Seven Locks Press; also in the PBS 1987 documentary, “The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis”)
Silver Star Families of America Update on Lance Corporal Hammar… (Re Marine Chained To Bunk – Mexican Jail)
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A new picture was released today that shows Lance Corporal Hammar chained to his bed. According to the United States Consulate in Matamoros Hammar was removed from the general population into an administrative area with little security. Their solution was to use restraints.
After the family complained the restraints were removed and have not been replaced.
According to the U.S. Consulate the picture was taken in September before the complaint was filed. He was visited by the Consulate on 13 December.
(Promised to keep you all updated)
A Marine who was killed after his unconscious body fell on a live grenade during the Iraq War will not receive a posthumous Medal of Honor, it was revealed today. Sgt Rafael Peralta was 25 years old when he fell on the grenade in Fallouja, Iraq in 2004.
Though he perished, his body shielded other American soldiers and saved the lives of other Marines.
Obama Silent As Marine Is Chained To Bed In Mexican Jail On Trumped Up Charges... ("once a Marine, always a Marine")
Former United States Marine (once a Marine, always a Marine) and Iraq War Veteran Jon Hammar endured much in his tour in the streets of Fallujah, but now he spends most of his time chained to a bed in a Mexican jail on trumped up gun charges that could result in twelve years in jail. Not surprisingly his former commander-in-chief…
Obama Silent As Marine Is Chained To Bed In Mexican Jail On Trumped Up Charges… (“once a Marine, always a Marine”)
Former United States Marine (once a Marine, always a Marine) and Iraq War Veteran Jon Hammar endured much in his tour in the streets of Fallujah, but now he spends most of his time chained to a bed in a Mexican jail on trumped up gun charges that could result in twelve years in jail. Not surprisingly his former commander-in-chief Barack Obama has been absolutely silent on the matter, even though he was arrested on August 13. Didn’t anyone tell you this?
Hammar took to Mexico with a friend to surf, as it was the only thing that seemed to ease his mind following his service in Iraq. He is now within walking distance of the U.S. border, but sadly does not possess the freedom to do so.
During the Iran-Contra hearings of 1987, Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, a decorated World War II veteran and hero, told Lt. Col. Oliver North that North was breaking his oath when he blindly followed the commands of Ronald Reagan. As Inouye stated, “The uniform code makes it abundantly clear that it must be the Lawful orders of a superior officer. In fact it says, ‘Members of the military have an obligation to disobey unlawful orders.’ This principle was considered so important that we-we, the government of the United States, proposed that it be internationally applied in the Nuremberg trials.” (Bill Moyers, “The Secret Government”, Seven Locks Press; also in the PBS 1987 documentary, “The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis”)
Senator Inouye was referring to the Nuremberg trials in the post WW II era, when the U.S. tried Nazi war criminals and did not allow them to use the reason or excuse that they were only “following orders” as a defense for their war crimes which resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent men, women, and children. “In 1953, the Department of Defense adopted the principles of the Nuremberg Code as official policy” of the United States. (Hasting Center Report, March-April 1991)
Ron Paul has been a Congressman from Texas for 20 years. He has been running for President as a Republican. The Republican establishment despises him because he has been against the Iraq invasion from the beginning.
It’s hard to put into words what Ron Paul means to me. In fact, it seems a little strange that someone who I do not know on a personal level has had such a big impact on my life. I guess the best place to start is from the beginning.
Back in college I was your typical neoconservative. I was a pro-war Republican who also gave passing, lackadaisical support to limited government and reducing spending. But limited government didn’t have much true meaning to me back then. It meant simply this: support reducing spending only to the extent that it can be used to criticize the Democrats and promote the Republican Party and its agenda. That’s a pretty shallow understanding, but it’s an understanding that had a firm grip on my mind back in those days. I was even the chairman of the College Republicans at my university! I’d bought into the whole canard hook, line, and sinker.
A NEW “KING GEORGE”July 24 2007 at 9:34 AMNo score for this post GyG Login Dick GainesForum Ownerfrom IP address18.104.22.168A New “King George”July 22, 2007The Nation
by Bob Johnson
When George W. Bush and his neoconservative advisers decided to start the unnecessary war in Iraq to remove Saddam, which was done primarily to stop Saddam from paying $25,000.00 to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers who bombed Israel, Bush and his cohorts opened up the entire nation of Iraq to al-Qaeda. It allowed al-Qaeda in Iraq to be firmly established for the first time ever. And it lead to the deaths of thousands of Americans and over 100,000 Iraqis.
It has been called one of America’s “whitest big cities” – with 66 percent of residents describing themselves as non-Hispanic white in the 2010 census – but it is not immune to black-mob attacks on a pregnant woman, veterans, the elderly, young people, homosexuals, Asians and others.Seattle has “fewer problems with racism than other cities,” said the blog So Seattle. “Ethnic tensions … seem less tangible.”
The past two weeks has seen an increasing media interest in America’s use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), better known as drones.
Medea Benjamin, writing in the Information Clearing House asks “Will Americans Speak Out Against Obama’s Drone Warfare?”
While Army Sgt. Matthew Corrigan was sound asleep inside his Northwest D.C. home, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) was preparing to launch a full-scale invasion of his home. SWAT and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams spent four hours readying the assault on the English basement apartment in the middle of the snowstorm of the century.
What Did We Learn From Israel’s Sneak Attack on the U.S.S. Liberty?
Israeli Company Has FAA Permission to Fly Drones in U.S. Airspace!
The “U.S.” House of Representatives Again Promotes Israel Over America
Saturday, May 26th, 2012 | Posted by Bob Johnson
What Did We Learn From Israel’s Sneak Attack on the U.S.S. Liberty?
Memorial Day is to honor the American military and in particular those members of the military who’ve died or were wounded in battle.
USS Liberty after Israeli sneak attack
The U.S.S. Liberty after the Israeli sneak attack which murdered 34 Americans and wounded 174 others.
There are 33 American military members and one American civilian contractor who died terrifying horrific deaths and 174 Americans who were horribly wounded due to Israel’s sneak attack on the virtually unarmed American intelligence ship the U.S.S. Liberty on June 8, 1967. These dead and wounded men were deemed useless to the U.S. political whores in Washington. That is why the cowardly war-mongering Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, after ordering American fighter jets that were on their way to save the Americans on the U.S.S. Liberty from their Jewish butchers back to their carriers said, “President [Lyndon] Johnson is not going to go to war or embarrass an American ally over a few sailors.”
The debate over the Iraq War that was held in the United Nations, and in academic and foreign policy circles, could be broken down as the question whether it was Iraq or the United States that was the rogue nation. On the one hand, Iraq had defied multiple UN resolutions, but so had the United States. Iraq had gone rogue, but, by talking about a unilateral invasion, so had the United States, and, in the moral calculus of the international community, all that mattered was being a team player.
By Judi McLeod Sunday, May 20, 2012
Act 1 of the completely orchestrated Tragedy, known by its insiders as the Re-Election of Barack Hussein Obama, is currently underway in Chicago.
Activists of many causes are on a roll with their top dog already in the White House and able to spend $1 billion on a comeback, planning of which precedes 2008.
Their latest media-hyped stunt to call off the cops, with its blatant attempt to make it appear as if Obama is on the ‘Other Side’ should be up for an Oscar.
“We are holding you, President Obama and Mayor (Rahm) Emanuel personally responsible for any violence,” said lead NATO protester Andy Thayer. “If you value the election this November, you’ll tell your officers to stand down.” (FoxNews.com, May 20, 2012).
Mack McDowell likes to spend time at the local knife and gun show “drooling over firearms,” as he puts it. Retired after 30 years in the U.S. Army, he has lined his study with books on war, framed battalion patches from his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, a John Wayne poster, and an 1861 Springfield rifle from an ancestor who fought in the Civil War.
But when it comes to the 2012 presidential election, Master Sergeant McDowell is no hawk.
By Captain Eric H. May, Ghost Troop CO
False Flags are a standard stratagem, particularly in democracies, in which it’s necessary to create consensus before waging war. Prior to the Spanish-American War in 1898, the explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor propelled the American people into an imperial affray — much as 9/11 did a century later, instigating invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Half a dozen headlines describe our situation, in which a false flag attack, blamed on Iran, may well pull us into our third post-9/11 Mid East war:
U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba: In 1962 the Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed a multi-faceted false flag operation to JFK. (ABC, 2001)
New revelations in attack on American spy ship: LBJ helped a 1967 Israeli false flag attack against the USS Liberty, intended to draw the U.S. into its Six-Day War. (Chicago Tribune, 2007)
White Man’s Burden: American Jews were instrumental in leading the U.S. into the Iraq War, according to Jewish writer Ari Shavit. (Haaretz, 2003)
“9/11 Was Good For Us.” — The Case Against Israel: Israeli fingerprints are all over 9/11, according to U.S. investigators who say that their hands are tied and their voices are silenced. (Veterans Today, 2007)
Israeli military ready for action in Iran: military: “We are ready for action,” said Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz said. He added that Israeli covert actions around the globe had gone up by “tens of per cent, even more,” and that almost not a moment went by without Israel taking action somewhere in the world. (Times LIVE, April 22, 2012)
Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. –Aristotle
I don’t believe in conspiracy theories. However I do believe in conspiracies.
All that’s necessary is to have two or more conspirators conspiring to do something–anything–together.
This includes every imaginable conspiracy, from a couple of kids conspiring to tease other kids, to thieves planning a robbery, to countries creating coalitions against other countries.
Usually conspiracies come out of situations where the facts are known to few and the conspirators remain hidden.
Presently there’s a conspiracy among those creating propaganda for bombing Iran. These war hawk politicians in both the U S and Israel use misinterpreted intelligence and incredulous rationales to argue that Iran should be bombed because they are working toward developing nuclear power.
It’s not enough that Iran doesn’t have nuclear weapons. According to Israeli hawks, Iran must not be allowed to work in the direction of developing nuclear weapons.
That argument is currently too weak to garner enough support from the American public to go into another costly war, primarily because it doesn’t create enough fear.
A conspirator who wanted to see that ingredient added would find a way to create fear in the American public.
Old tricks like those employed to create fear leading to the Iraq war won’t work. No one will easily buy the argument that another Islamic country has WMDs.
Even if fear for Israel is strong enough to make an argument for them, the stock of Israeli nuclear weapons convinces anyone with half a brain that they can defend themselves.
End the All-Volunteer Force? End the Stranglehold of the National Security Elite! | William M. Arkin Online
End the All-Volunteer Force? End the Stranglehold of the National Security Elite!Posted on April 22, 2012 | Leave a commentTom Ricks is a keen observer of the military, but his op-ed proposing to scrap the all-volunteer military, no matter how clever his reasoning, is dead wrong.
“Our relatively small and highly adept military has made it all too easy for our nation to go to war — and to ignore the consequences,” Ricks argues.If we had a draft, Ricks says, public opinion might have prevented us from going to war in Iraq, and if we returned to conscription, “the people” would again be reconnected with the armed services.Captive inside the Beltway and surrounded by military friends and colleagues and national security wonks, I can imagine that the world looks this way to my old friend Ricks; but he is wrong about the military, wrong about Iraq, wrong about the people, and wrong about the solution.
The military – our military – doesn’t need a draft, and the notion that hundreds of thousands of young men and women being drafted would help or that they would be drafted so that we can create a coherent national security policy, repair our broken political systems and end a new class structure in our society, is ludicrous.
First, technology has forever changed the face of war. Boots, and boots on the ground, might be a central component for demonstrating some kind of tangible political commitment behind all of our impetuous military interventions, but increasing the quantity of people available in uniform has little to do with the central military task:
The Duty of the Military in a Militarized Empire (“The military needs to refuse unlawful orders by standing down and stand up for a constitutional republic.”)| Veterans Today
by Sartre Batr
Those who serve in the military are in a difficult position. The oath taken by enlistees states, “I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
The internal conflict between supporting and defending the Constitution and obeying orders is at the heart of the dilemma of honor and duty. Those who accept that the Presidential chain of command is by nature constitutional; lack a proper understanding of history and professes an even greater ignorance of current affairs.
Ever since Congress abrogated their lawful war power authority to declare war, the military industrial complex has embarked on a path of global empire. The consequences of such un-American internationalist imperialism have turned the country into a hollow shell of a once great nation. NeoCons and their liberal cousin counterparts champion perpetual interventionism and continuous oversea deployment, deny this stark reality.
False flag operations used as incessant excuses to expand the permanent war machine, demean and ultimately will destroy the moral purpose of our country. Propaganda and disinformation used to spread the jingoism fever infects the body politics. Those who remember the disgusting treatment, upon the separation from service, of Viet Nam draftees welcome the positive homage of recent military personnel.
However, there is an attitude that challenges all the flag waving and medal awards. Gary D. Barnett presents a viewpoint that is not shared by most military brass. Mr. Barnett writes in Thank You for Your Service? No Thanks!
“What service is actually being praised by those conditioned to say these empty words? Why are they thanking and praising nearly every soldier they see?
Is it because hatred of the U.S. is increasing, and new enemies are being created in the Middle East and all around the rest of the world?
Is it because thousands and thousands of innocent people are being killed now in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and many more are being threatened?
Is it because 20,000,000 to 30,000,000 foreigners, mostly innocent civilians, have died just since World War II due to U.S. interference and war?
Is it because indefinite detention without due process, torture, assassination, and rendition are now common and accepted practices?
Is it because suicide rates among American soldiers have increased 80% since the Iraq War began?
Is it because mental problems now send more military personnel to the hospital than any other cause?
Is it because destruction and separation of military families is rampant?
Is it because civil liberties have all but disappeared due to so-called terrorism legislation? (terror legislation would be more accurate)
If the Iraq war is over and the Afghan war is winding down, what is prompting the remorseless expansion of the Pentagon’s vast network of overseas military bases?Veteran foreign affairs journalist Eric Walberg says the bases are the modern version of colonies. The U.S. has a whopping 1,100 of them in 63 countries so they’re the preferred method by which the Pentagon seeks to dominate the planet.
That’s why President George W. Bush could tell an Abu Dahbi audience on Jan. 13, 2008, “The United States has no desire for territory.” It doesn’t need any more. The Pentagon’s real estate holdings include 52,000 buildings on gazillions of acres on bases around the world. It already is in a position to intimidate or attack virtually every country with overwhelming firepower, including nuclear weapons.Since 9/11 alone, the Pentagon has put up new military bases in Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar and Bahrain.
Many others, however, remain secret even though area residents are only too familiar with them and the hazards they bring, Walberg reports in his book “Postmodern Imperialism”Clarity Press. The U.S. still operates 268 bases in Germany, 124 in Japan, and—60 years after the end of the Korean War—87 bases in South Korea.
“The U.S. military is keen on establishing military bases in every nation, and new NATO members in Eastern Europe top the list,” writes Lt. Col. Carlton Myer, a former U.S. Marine Corps officer who has made a study of the issue for his G2mil.com web site. He notes that the Czech Republic, recalling the unwanted Soviet presence, rejected a strong push during the Bush administration to build a base on their soil. “Attempts to establish a base in Poland are ongoing, using the bogus ‘missile defense’ sales strategy. That ruse was recently tried on the new NATO nation of Romania. It agreed to an American ‘missile defense’ base and the U.S. military has begun construction of a new permanent military base at Deveselu airbase, near Caracal, Romania.”
By J.B. Williams
April 5, 2012
The entire civilized world knows that Barack Hussein Obama is the most anti-American resident in the history of White House residents, so much so, that people all over the globe watch in disbelief as the American people fail to confront the most glaring modern threat to freedom and liberty, as they focus only upon their insignificant individual agendas.
For two centuries, America has been the beacon of hope for people all around the world, that they too would one day live in freedom, sooner or later freed by the example set by Americans, who have never known anything but freedom.
Today, they watch in horror as the freest most prosperous people on earth shrink from their duty to protect freedom and liberty for their own posterity, knowing full well that if America is no longer free, no place on earth will be free.
Images of General McArthur and John Wayne play over and over again in their heads, and with amazement, the world wonders what happened to those kinds of Americans. I too wonder…
This successor to the Andy Rooney curmudgeon institution is hardly a clarion voice of time-honored conservatives. So too, with a little investigation into Newt Gingrich you will see that the former Speaker is no true conservative.
His rhetoric at times can seem appealing, but strip away the high tone platitudes and you are left with the assertions of an opportunist and a New World Order proponent.Regretfully, many political neophytes who view themselves as being conservative in their viewpoints lack sufficient understanding in the meaning of the ideology and the history of the movement. The Reagan dictum “Trust but Verify” certainly applies to candidates seeking public office. Also, the average armchair observer lacks the activism to engage in the down and dirty trench warfare of party politics.
Lastly, few devote the necessary energy and time doing the homework needed to vet candidates properly.So if you do anything to prepare yourself to cast a ballot, when it comes to understanding the Real Newt Gingrich, take the time to view the excellent You Tube from John F. McManus.
Perry: Obama cares more about politics than U.S. troops
CNN ^ | 28th December 2011 | Peter Hamby
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 9:46:15 AM by shield
Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry accused Barack Obama of caring more about politics than American troops on Wednesday, blasting the president for not planning a major parade to welcome home soldiers from the war in Iraq.
The last combat troops left the country last week, after nearly nine years of fighting.
“This president wouldn’t welcome home our many heroes with a simple parade in their honor,” the Republican presidential candidate told a packed house at The Machine Shed restaurant in Urbandale.
From the remorseless liars that brought America into the Iraq War, have kept the US mired in Afghanistan for now over a decade, oversaw the genocide in Libyawrought by NATO-backed Al Qaeda terrorists, and are attempting to incite war with both Syria and Iran, comes a frothing, if not entirely elementary attack against one of the few obstacles that stands in their way of perpetual war fought at America’s expense but for their personal gain.
That obstacle is Ron Paul and the Constitutional reawakening he has spurred.
Iran’s president never physically threatened Israel.
All of Iran’s nuclear material is fully accounted for peaceful and legal use for energy and medicine.
Our soldiers, government employees, and citizens who operate under good faith have been duped with the above “Big Lies” that are easily proven but difficult to embrace from cognitive dissonance.
When the facts are so clear, the obvious conclusion any rational citizen must make is that the US has planned and is considering a false flag attack to use a dirty or nuclear bomb, blame Iran, and finalize their Middle East tyrannical policy of domination.
The solution is to arrest and prosecute the obvious criminals in areas of war policy and corporate media that lie in provable commission and omission to continue US CRIMINAL wars.
US war laws explained, why Afghanistan and Iraq wars are unlawful, how to end them
Are US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan well-intended mistakes? What we now know from the evidence
A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Open proposal for US revolution: end unlawful wars, criminal economics (4-part series)
Occupy This: US History exposes the 1%’s crimes then and now (6-part series
Special preface to my friends in the military, law enforcement and intelligence and other government servants: You are sworn to defend and uphold the Constitution, and the facts below may help you do so.
We’ve been told that “9/11 changed everything” and that we’re living in “a post-911 world”.
We’ve been told that what our government is doing now has been rendered necessary by the urgent post-9/11 threat from terrorists.
In reality, however, virtually everything happening now was planned before 9/11. Please see for yourself:
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Jose Guerena Ortiz was sleeping after an exhausting 12-hour night shift at a copper mine. His wife, Vanessa, had begun breakfast. Their 4-year-old son, Joel, asked to watch cartoons.
An ordinary morning was unfolding in the middle-class Tucson neighborhood — until an armored vehicle pulled into the family’s driveway and men wearing heavy body armor and helmets climbed out, weapons ready.
They were a sheriff’s department SWAT team who had come to execute a search warrant. But Vanessa Guerena insisted she had no idea, when she heard a “boom” and saw a dark-suited man pass by a window, that it was police outside her home. She shook her husband awake and told him someone was firing a gun outside.
Not Photoshopped: Beam of Light Shines on Fallen Soldier’s Miracle Dog (incredible)
ABC News ^ | 11-24-11 | Kimberly Launier
Posted on Sunday, November 27, 2011 3:06:21 AM by STARWISE
Sometimes when Rhonda hugged Hero she would softly pet her face and coo, “Justin, are you in there?” It was Rhonda’s gentle way of remembering their son and his last living connection to Hero. At one point, Hero wandered off and took a stroll in the backyard. All of a sudden, the clouds broke and a light began to solidify in a beam directly down on Hero — a kind of vertical halo.
Beam Of Light Shines On Fallen Soldier’s Miracle Dog
ABC News ^ | 11/24/2011 | Kimberly Launier
Posted on Friday, November 25, 2011 3:14:33 AM by Just4Him
It was an overcast day in Newport, N.H., when a simple “20/20″ shoot turned into something that made me wonder about life after death.
We elect representatives to do the job of making decisions. When these chicken s**t, power hungry jerks decide making the right decision might be tough, or even cost them (what they think is their lifetime appointment) their job, they run out and give their authority, which we bestowed upon them through virtue of our sacred vote, to a corrupt panel of highly paid insiders.
Paul says president needs to get congressional approval before attacking Iran
The Daily Caller ^ | November 12, 2011 | Will Rahn
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011 8:15:53 AM by Colonel Kangaroo
Ron Paul, the outspoken libertarian congressman and Republican presidential candidate from Texas, disagreed with his fellow GOP hopefuls on the issue of Iranian nuclear weapons at the CBS/National Journal debate on Saturday.
While Paul refused to rule out the possibility of war with Iran, he insisted a war would not be worthwhile and that the president should go to Congress before launching any military action.
“The only way you would do that is you would have to go to the Congress,” he said. “We as commander in chief aren’t making the decision to go to war. The old fashioned way, the Constitution, you go to the Congress and find out if our national security is threatened and I’m afraid what’s going on right now is similar to the war propaganda that went on against Iraq.”
Paul went on to say that he considered the Iraq War a “tragedy.”
Calif. Mayor Chooses Occupy Rally Over Veterans Day Memorial
The Blaze ^ | Movember 11, 2011 | Madeleine Morgenstern
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 3:46:30 PM by yoe
The mayor of Richmond, Calif. plans to skip her city’s Veterans Day memorial events to attend an Occupy rally, a choice that’s prompting anger and criticism.
Iraq is now lost, and it’s Obama’s fault
Posted on Saturday, November 05, 2011 10:29:03 PM by boatbums
Barack Obama was a principled opponent of the Iraq War from its beginning. But when he became president in January 2009, he was handed a war that was won. The surge had succeeded. Al-Qaida in Iraq had been routed, driven to humiliating defeat by an Anbar Awakening of Sunnis fighting side-by-side with the infidel Americans. Even more remarkably, the Shiite militias had been taken down, with American backing, by the forces of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. They crushed the Sadr militias from Basra to Sadr City.
Iraq War Veteran Injured at OWS Oakland Founder of IHateTheMarineCorps.com
Posted on Friday, October 28, 2011 10:42:28 AM by Minus_The_Bear
Scott Olsen is the Marine Corps veteran critically injured at Occupy Oakland Tuesday night, during a confrontation between the protesters and the police. The latest news is good: his condition has been upgraded from critical to fair and he is apparently conscious and able to respond to doctors and family members. I sincerely wish him a full recovery, and I also hope that a proper investigation is conducted to determine whether police misconduct is responsible for his injuries.
But I ran across something this evening that may add a new dimension to this story. It has been widely reported that Olsen is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. But apparently his opposition to the U.S. military and the Marine Corps in which he served runs a little deeper.
The site is no longer live, but Olsen was the founder of IHateTheMarineCorps.com, a private user forum apparently dedicated to bashing the Marine Corps. (click to enlarge)
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