November 28, 2013
"We ask for peace and justice from all nations; and we will remain uprightly neutral in fact." --Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 1806. ME 11:111
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Being with my family in No. California, turkey and all the trimmings. A day America has celebrated since the pilgrims who celebrated their first harvest, the ''First Thanksgiving in 1621. We all are thankful for things that affect us and our families.
So, what do I mean about being thankful today for war, killing, destruction and murder?
How many millions of turkeys and all the trimmings today are paid for with profits from the endless, unconstitutional, grotesque invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan and U.S. sanctioned murders in Pakistan by drones? Not a very pleasant subject to interfere with football games, pumpkin pie and the grand kids running around the house, but it needs to be said.
TRILLIONS of BORROWED dollars stolen from we the people to support invasions of foreign countries trying to kill an ideology, not an army. The "war on terror" based on lies, lies and more lies sold to the American people at a moment in time, September 11, 2001, when our nation was at its most vulnerable.
Iraq was destined to be picked off a long time ago. The way to do it was to convince the American people Iraq was a threat to America and when that didn't work, resort to justifying invasion as a "war of liberation."
March 20, 2004: President justifies U.S. war of 'liberation.' "There are still violent thugs and murderers in Iraq, and we're dealing with them," Bush said. "But no one can argue that the Iraqi people would be better off with the thugs and murderers back in the palaces. Who would prefer that Saddam's torture chambers still be open? Who would wish that more mass graves were still being filled? Who would begrudge the Iraqi people their long- awaited liberation?"
Really? 5.1 MILLION Iraq's are now displaced in their own country or are refugees abroad. Estimates are more than one million dead since the yippy-kay-yay cowboy, George Bush, Jr., decided to invade that country. Recall the vomit spewed by former SOS, Mad Madeleine Albright during a 60 Minute interview:
Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: "We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?"
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price--we think the price is worth it."
Somehow I doubt the parents of those children think it was worth it. The people of Iraq and Afghanistan don't hate us because of our freedom, they hate us for invading their countries and the wholesale slaughter of men, women and children who have nothing to do with foreign policy or terrorism.
"Long awaited liberation," Mr. Bush? After killing a million or more human beings and destroying their countries, the US has liberated their population? Let me provide a bit of history here: Seven times the U.S. government has engaged in unconstitutional nation building - Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, East Timor and Liberia. EVERY time it's been a monumental failure just as Iraq and Afghanistan will be down the road. The U.S. Constitution does not authorize Congress to steal from the people's treasury to reconstruct or rebuild any foreign country.
From author Jeri Lynn Ball, a superb writer and thorough researcher:
"In Stalin's Russia, notes Mikhail Heller, enemies were blamed for everything; they were used to justify the invasion of Czechoslovakia (1968), the invasion of Afghanistan in 1980, and so on. The Soviet Communists were thus able to manipulate Soviet citizens into supporting government hunts for "terrorists," "traitors," and spies, for "liberation wars" for humanity.
"Using Marxist-Leninist strategies, the Russian, Chinese, and U.S. ruling elites have sought to frighten Americans and other populations with the specter of ruthless mass terror. They have created enemies and blamed them for everything including terrorist acts. They have used them ...to manipulate Americans into supporting government hunts for "traitors," "terrorists," and these never ending "wars of national liberation." Their aim is to manipulate whole populations into supporting "wars of national liberation" and achieving not only the sovietization of "liberated" underdeveloped countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq, but also the full altruization and sovietization of the United States and other Western nations."
"Our" government created and groomed "terrorists" like Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. When the time came, "our" government turned the tables and went after them with the might of our military while feeding the masses reprehensible lie after lie after lie.
War is business and business has been booming since before 9/11 when Bush, Sr., began the toxic 'Persian Gulf War' - something George Washington warned about with words of wisdom:
"The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none; or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.
"Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people under an efficient government. the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.
"Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice? "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it; for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing infidelity to existing engagements. I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. I repeat it, therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But, in my opinion, it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them."
So long ago. Long before all that black gold in the Middle East became coveted by America instead of using our own natural resources (like ANWR) and promoting - instead of making illegal - industrialized hemp.,  We have to remember the underbelly was simply one more step to enforcing a world government. From the lips of one of the most inept useful fools ever to hold public office, Joe Biden. Old Joe gave a speech titled ‘On the Threshold of the New World Order: The Wilsonian Vision and American Foreign Policy in the 1900s and Beyond," addressed to the U.S. Senate, Washington, DC, June 29, June 30 and July 1, 1992:
"Two years ago, an act of aggression by an Arab despot against a tiny Arab sheikdom led the president of the U.S. [Bush, Sr.] to invoke a magisterial phrase. He spoke, in rare visionary terms, of a "New World Order" in which wrongs would be put right through collective action...."One may surmise that the President did not follow through with the concept of a New World Order because he had not thought it through - just as the Administration has consistently lacked any guiding principle that would give coherence to its policy towards Iraq.
"An America Ready for Renewal and Change. To be more than merely utopian, the American agenda for a New World Order must not only aspire to realistic goals internationally, it must be grounded in the only feasible foundation for the foreign policy of our democracy: a sound base of public support."
While the figures are a year old, one can see just how much of an impact the military/industrial complex has on the economy:
"The Department of Defense is the single largest employer in the United States, with 1.4 million uniformed personnel on active duty, and more than 700,000 full-time civilians. The defense industry, meanwhile, is believed to employ another 3 million people, either directly or indirectly.
"What's more, these are high paying jobs. In 2010, when the average worker in the United States earned $44,400 in wages and benefits, the average within the aerospace and defense industry was $80,100, according to a study by the consulting firm Deloitte. And 80 percent of that industry's revenue comes from the government. "This, in a nutshell," explains Veronique de Rugy in the January 2013 issue of Reason magazine, "is why it's so hard to cut government spending in general and military spending in particular." "Nearly everyone knows someone who gets paid by the Pentagon.
"The defense contractors hire lobbyists and PR firms to pitch their case to those who don't; they spent $60 million on lobbying in 2011, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics."
The "war on terror" has been a golden cash cow for defense contractors like Halliburton: Cheney's Halliburton Made $39.5 BILLION on Iraq War. Stolen from you and me. Every penny borrowed since OUR treasury has been overdrawn trillions for decades. Every one of those paychecks drips with the blood of innocents.
"The business of war is profitable. In 2011, the 100 largest contractors sold $410 billion in arms and military services. Just 10 of those companies sold over $208 billion. Based on a list of the top 100 arms-producing and military services companies in 2011 compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 companies with the most military sales worldwide.
"These companies have benefited tremendously from the growth in military spending in the U.S., which by far has the largest military budget in the world. In 2000, the U.S. defense budget was approximately $312 billion. By 2011, the figure had grown to $712 billion. Arm sales grew alongside general defense spending growth. SIPRI noted that between 2002 and 2011, arms sales among the top 100 companies grew by 51%."
And what has it bought us besides hatred from around the world? Killing our own soldiers from the use of depleted uranium: Depleted Uranium Shells Used by U.S. Military Worse Than Nuclear Weapons. If you can stomach the photos, see what "our" government has done in our name:
Destroying countless cities and towns in Iraq and Afghanistan and then raping you, me, our children and grand children in unconstitutional, unpayable debt to rebuild what we blow to hell. In just Iraq: Hundreds of thousands of our military injured; 320,000 with brain injuries, close to 8,000 dead. A February 2013 report showed a jump of suicides to 22 per day. Our soldiers being given massive amounts of drugs and going berzerk when they come home. Disabled soldiers by the tens of thousands who will need intense medical treatment for the rest of their lives.
For what? For what I ask you? To continue going door to door in those countries looking for "insurgents" while our troops guard poppy fields? Do watch this 4 minute video. For what? To continue borrowing tens of billions of dollars to fight an ideology, not an army?
CIA’s “Founding” of Al Qaeda Documented
The Muslim Terrorist Apparatus was Created by US Intelligence as a Geopolitical Weapon
Le Nouvel Observateur’s Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski
Let me tell you how one paycheck from a defense contractor employee supports a local economy: Mr. Johnson deposits his paycheck in his local bank. Banks are a business, so Mr. Johnson's check supports that bank and its employees. Mr. Johnson might buy a ticket to the Dallas Cowboys game which supports, besides the tv crews and players, the local venders who sell and work in the stadiums. The company that does grounds upkeep. Mr. Johnson pays a gardener or membership to a gym. That gym might have fruit drink vendors inside. Mrs. Johnson buys groceries with that paycheck, takes clothes to the cleaners, buys clothes for the kiddies, weekly dinner out night and all the different ways a family spends income. The same applies to the thousands of lobbyists who buy the favors of the hookers in the Outlaw Congress. All supporting local small businesses, the backbone of America's economy.
Multiply that by active duty military, all the defense contractors in this country, their hundreds of thousands of employees and lobbyists. All those paychecks feeding the economy. All those paychecks from war, killing, destruction and murder by drones. Add it all up into the trillions. A huge chunk of the economy.
Oh, it's easy to rationalize those paychecks under the category of patriotism, protecting our freedom or "Would you rather fight them there or here?" Propaganda along with reminders of 9/11 when necessary.
It doesn't change the fact that with America's dead economy, those war paychecks are critical for spending. That turkey dinner today paid for with war profits is obscene, but no one wants to talk about it. Those on the receiving end don't want to be reminded of the real cost of that paycheck and I'm sorry I have to write this column.
But, I would ask the people of this country: Aren't you sick and tired of war, killing, destruction and murdering innocent men, women and children with drones? Has the story of '2 US soldiers killed today in Afghanistan' become so common, you tune it out? Or those who operate drones killing women and children calling the kills "bug splats" (In the US, mass child killings are tragedies. In Pakistan, mere bug splats) become so common, you tune it out?
Hell, aren't the people on this earth tired of all the wars, killing, destruction and misery from geopolitical games by the global elite who lust for power over our lives for their own personal financial gain? Because that's what all these wars are about. Power and greed. Created by evil people while we the common folk around the world pay the price in blood and money.
When are the people in this country going to stop reelecting the same war mongers who feed them lies and classic propaganda to support the endless occupations of countries like Iraq and Afghanistan? When are the people in this country going to stop believing the lies and stop supporting more death and destruction? Most won't because out of sight, out of mind. Just like the paycheck that provided the Thanksgiving feast on the table today from war profits.
The Proper Role of America's Military is to defend our shores. That's not isolationism, it's what our military is for - not what we've seen for the past 12 years and in so many undeclared "wars" over the decades.
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In closing, I'm sure Mr. Johnson, the fictitious defense contractor employee I mention above is a nice man with a nice family just trying to put food on the table for his family. But, it's not about that, it's about undeclared wars under false pretenses bankrupting our country while enriching a certain sector and the global elites. Because war, killing, destruction has become so profitable, all who get their paycheck from being part of them don't want it to go away for obvious reasons. But, does that justify the enormous cost in human lives (here and the Middle East) and money?
Instead of our country being a self-sustaining, self-reliant, independent producing country for all our needs, war, killing and destruction now props up the dying economy. Perhaps this sounds pretty harsh, especially on Thanksgiving, but it is the reality of war profits and it's time Americans are reminded of the cost.
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Devvy Kidd authored the booklets, Why A Bankrupt America and Blind Loyalty; 2 million copies sold. Devvy appears on radio shows all over the country. She left the Republican Party in 1996 and has been an independent voter ever since. Devvy isn't left, right or in the middle; she is a constitutionalist who believes in the supreme law of the land, not some political party. Devvy is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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