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johnaa
Advisor

Stars & Stripes, US needs to exit, stop mindless killing in ME

http://www.stripes.com/opinion/u-s-needs-fast-exit-to-stop-mindless-killing-in-middle-east-1.201423                                                    

snip-  More than 60 percent of Americans want out of Afghanistan.  Even at the peak of the anti-Vietnam War movement, after a majority had turned  against the war, there were still a large number of citizens who believed in the  war and its official justifications. Today, as my colleague Robert Naiman of  Just Foreign Policy notes, “Western leaders have largely given up trying to  explain or justify why Western troops are still in Afghanistan and why they are  still killing and being killed.” -

 

   snip-Besides the fact that the war was launched on the basis of  lies, it is hard to see how anyone could excuse this crime even in retrospect.  As the revolution in Egypt showed, people can get rid of their own dictators;  foreign intervention is much more likely to create or vastly expand a bloody  civil war.                                                                    

    Meanwhile, U.S. drone strikes carried out “secretly” by the  CIA are becoming institutionalized, widening the so-called “war on terror” to  more countries, in addition to the hundreds of strikes already carried out in  Pakistan. These attacks, which have killed hundreds of civilians and have even  targeted rescue workers, are each day making more people want to kill Americans.                                                                             

   Our country and our media have too much reverence for the  U.S. military and the CIA, which are not making us safer but rather helping to  create new threats                                                                

    As The Washington Post reports, some of our generals have an  “array of perquisites befitting a billionaire, including executive jets,  palatial homes, drivers, security guards.”                                                        

    Even worse, many officers later join the boards and executive  suites of military contractors, where they rake in millions making corporations  such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman  richer at taxpayer expense, and sometimes promoting war itself on the network  news.                                                            

     Our military-industrial complex is as corrupt and rotten as  any institution of America’s broken democracy, and more deadly than most in its  consequences.                                                                       

    We need to end this war in Afghanistan and other operations  in the Middle East and elsewhere that are making Americans less secure and  recruiting new enemies daily. Then we can focus on fixing our broken economy at  home.

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gough whitlam
Senior Contributor

Re: Stars & Stripes, US needs to exit, stop mindless killing in ME

Even worse, many officers later join the boards and executive  suites of military contractors, where they rake in millions making corporations  such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman  richer at taxpayer expense, and sometimes promoting war itself on the network  news.   

 

John - that has got to be an echo.  The one instance which comes to mind is how GWB handed the health and drug companies 800 billion in his dying days.  Most of the guys who orchestrated that retired to the private companies, of course, at the taxpayers expense.  Why was their deathly silence on that?  Why are you broadcasting this now?

johnaa
Advisor

Re: Stars & Stripes, US needs to exit, stop mindless killing in ME

  Why was their deathly silence on that?  Why are you broadcasting this now?    You can answer your own loaded questions, that way you will get the ones you want.

 

  Goughy, There is no difference between Ds & Rs  they are all feeding off the same prey, the "Black Fellow" is no better than the white criminals.   GROW UP !!    Did you read about Ol' Honest Abe?    He and his henchmen in Congress give away land and money to the Rail road builders then he bought land in the route.  Then US Grant spent about every evening in bars with crocks who waited for him in the lobby, it's been going on since governments where on the family/tribal stage.  .

 

 

 

 

 

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