Sunday, September 8, 2013

Has It Been Twenty Years Already?

It seems pretty obvious to me that Nobel Peace Prize recipient, President Obama, has made up his mind and is going to "humanitarianly" bomb Syria, and probably lead America into another corporate-sponsored political war, regardless of what the vast majority of Americans want.

I mean, like who's going to stop him? The military has all of the flamethrowers and other weaponry to get what they want, and they can always find some marginalized rube in need of a job or some other mistakenly-patriotic citizen to carry out their dastardly deeds for them. The only thing we can control are our own individual actions.

Regardless, I'm writing this because I couldn't live with myself if I didn't try to warn young people of enlistment age beforehand not to let themselves get sucked into enabling these military-industrial-complex crimes. But all I could come up with is some douchebag statement like "Just Say No!".

So, I think I'll leave it to George Carlin, who described these political wars better than anyone else.


  1. Ken White from Popehat makes a strong argument for our Constitutional rights. I agree with him on this point.

    "I am the other because I believe a free person needs no excuse whatsoever to keep communications secret from the government, whether those communications are weighty or frivolous. I am the other because I believe the mantra "what do you have to hide" is a contemptible and un-American sentiment that fundamentally misconstrues the proper relationship between citizen and state."

    Read more at: NSA Codebreaking: I Am The Other

  2. This week marks the 40th anniversary of what’s known as the other 9/11: September 11, 1973, when a U.S.-backed military coup ousted Chile’s democratically elected president Salvador Allende and ushered in a 17-year repressive dictatorship led by General Augusto Pinochet.

    Read more at: 40 Years After Chile Coup, Family of Slain Singer Víctor Jara Sues Alleged Killer in U.S. Court

  3. Part 2 of Democracy Now!'s conversation on the 40th anniversary of the Chilean coup with Spanish lawyer Joan Garcés, a former personal adviser to ousted Chilean President Salvador Allende, and Peter Kornbluh, author of "The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability."

    The Pinochet File: How U.S. Politicians, Banks and Corporations Aided Chilean Coup, Dictatorship

  4. The United States is loosening controls over military exports, in a shift that former U.S. officials and human rights advocates say could increase the flow of American-made military parts to the world’s conflicts and make it harder to enforce arms sanctions.

    Current controls haven’t prevented the U.S. from dominating arms exports up to now: In 2011, the U.S. concluded $66 billion in arms sales agreements, nearly 80 percent of the global market. The State Department denied just one percent of arms export licenses between 2008 and 2010.

    Read more at - ProPublica: In Big Win for Defense Industry, Obama Rolls Back Limits on Arms Exports

  5. According to Democracy Now!, a new analysis in the journal PLOS Medicine says close to half a million people have died as a result of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

    Based on a survey of 2,000 Iraqi households, researchers estimated 405,000 people had died from the occupation, plus at least 55,000 more deaths missed because families had left Iraq. More than 60 percent of deaths were attributed to violence, with the rest stemming from the devastation of infrastructure and other war-related causes.

    Some earlier studies have put the toll of the Iraq invasion even higher. A 2006 report in The Lancet found 655,000 people died in the first 40 months of the war.

  6. Speaking of military-industrial-political complex crimes, the Public Accountability Initiative reports on conflicts of interest in the Syria debate with an analysis of the defense industry ties of experts and think tanks who commented on military intervention.

    Their key findings?

    The media debate surrounding the question of whether to launch a military attack on Syria in August and September of 2013 was dominated by defense industry-backed experts and think tanks. These individuals and organizations are linked to dozens of defense and intelligence contractors, defense-focused investment firms, and diplomatic consulting firms with strong defense ties, yet these business ties were rarely disclosed on air or in print.

    This report brings transparency to these largely undocumented and undisclosed connections.

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