Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Gooooood Morning, Iraaaaaaaaaaq!
How bizarre. Is there no end to the gullibility of We the People? Really?
Hermann Goering stated the following during the Nuremberg Trials:
"Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY." (emphasis added)
"...drag the people along...", indeed. Apparently it's especially easy in the USA.
Some observations and questions for the Oligarchs in DC---
1. Syria is in a civil war. Iraq is in a civil war. Vietnam was in a civil war. Do you really expect us to believe that you haven't learned the lessons of Vietnam? Of course there are differences amongst these wars, but the similarities ---especially with Iraq and Vietnam--- are very significant.
2. After more than a decade of "training Iraqi troops" & police, we're back there ONLY to do that again. Are we supposed to believe that? What happens if & when Iraqi troops on the ground can't ever complete the job of defending their country?
3. Several U.S. transnational oil companies currently are operating in Northern Iraq (Kurdistan), but that has little or nothing to do with the current escalation of U.S. involvement. Do you really expect us to believe that?
4. "There are no combat troops in Iraq...only trainers and advisors." Really? ALL troops are potential combat troops.
5. What happens when one or more of these "trainers" gets killed by a mortar round, or a suicide bomber, or a roadside bomb, or a rifle bullet? Will that be an excuse for even more U.S. involvement? And then more?
6. After you "degrade" or "suppress" or defeat ISIS, do you think they might simply fade back into the woodwork only to reappear later...again and again? If you recognize that, is that a dandy excuse for Perpetual War?
7. I missed it. When/where was it that the Constitution allowed Congress to abrogate its war-making authority...and that became the purview of the President? Exactly in which clause in the Supreme Law of the Land is that found? I've studied the Constitution for over half a century, and I can't find that clause.
8. Are the War Contractors (facetiously named "Defense" contractors) happy with the almost 800 U.S. air strikes and the recent doubling down of U.S. troops in Iraq? Perhaps they need more.
9. How many innocent civilians have been killed or maimed by our strikes lately?
10. What happens if a U.S. plane gets shot down? Will that be an excuse for even more U.S. involvement? And then more?
11. Are you aware that in the last few years 8,000 (probably more) combat vets per year have committed suicide either during or after their service? [That means more have died by suicide than by combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.]
12. Do you really believe that we don't know that all this actually is about Transnational BIG Business? You're not fooling many of us. How could you? It's right out in the open. For the most part, you don't even try to hide it.
There is a better way. Oligarchs can be peacefully dethroned. Step One: stop drinking the Propaganda Kool Aid. Keep in mind that with Neoimperialism and Neoliberalism, Oligarchs don't have to permanently occupy a land in order to control the government of that land. If you haven't yet, please read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins and Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill...both New York Times bestsellers...or search for those fellows on YouTube. You'll get an education on the phony politics of today.
Not just my opinion. Be Well