I became politically aware after the corrupt 2000 election, so when 9/11 happened I paid close attention to what our government decided to do in the aftermath.
Remember "We are all Americans now" and the entire world showered us with love and support?
Then they started talking about the fucking "Axis of Evil" and how we just had to get Iraq and I went to myself "WTF? The White House, particularly Dick Cheney, fucking manufactured and stove-piped MUCH OF THE "INTELLIGENCE" that justified the invasion.
935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of Americas Moral Integrity by Charles Lewis, one of many books that tells the real story about "getting those (IRAQ) bastards that did this to us".
We had the good will of the world behind us, and these greedy evil mf'ers used 9-11 as a pretext to invade a country that had nothing to do with 9-11 what so ever.
They squandered the goodwill of the world and produced a immense tragedy that diminished America's moral stature in the world for generations. I mean, we fucking tortured people and that was official policy straight from the White House. (And Jeb suggests he would do it again!) This was the first time since George Washington we tortured as official government policy and is a moral stain on our character FOREVER. We can never again claim the moral high ground on the world stage as we did the same despicable things the despots throughout the ages have done. Like they were saying to themselves, "well we really fucked up "keeping the country safe" with 9/11 on our watch, so we have to show the word we're really bad ass mf'ers and we'll take out any middle eastern country that even looks at us funny."
I went to a town hall meeting hosted by my Congressman John Larson BEFORE THE WAR in West Hartford and stood up and told him I'd prefer the Mafia in the White House, because they are more honorable people than the GWB crew.
I went to the first anti-war protest of my life in January DC 2013 because I knew the whole deal was bogus. I'm just an average internet user. If I had it figured out, shame on all the pols in the Washington bubble that got it wrong, probably as a matter of political expediency and lack of moral courage. Any pol still serving that voted in favor of the IWR should have to pay a heavy political price for getting it so wrong and causing over a decade of wasting trillions of tax dollars and human misery with absolutely no upside I can see!
It will amaze me for the rest of my life that they managed to pull off "the worst foreign policy decision in a generation" (Nice euphemism for war crimes and treason. And others consider it the worst in all of American history!) They knew exactly what they were doing and swept together enough bogus and manufactured intelligence to save us from "the smoking gun that may come in the form of a mushroom cloud". The crowning example was Cheney's minions feeding Judy Miller from the NY Times bogus and somewhat classified info and then going on MTP and saying he could now speak about it because its in the paper. Well, sure, pal, you put it there!
If we had the Democracy we think we have, and for some reason are so proud of, then the entire GWB White House of 2002-2008 should be spending the rest of their lives in solitary confinement.
Lastly, who benefited from the Iraq Invasion? I don't even know who got all the oil, but I would say the military-industrial-congressional-surveillance-complex and all the people in government that hate our Constitution were the only winners. One hell of a cost in human misery and moral standing just so a handful of excessively wealthy psychopath fat cats can enjoy a few more yachts, private jets, vacation homes and gold chains for themselves.
something like: "you little coward. If you are a Patriot you will come back to America and subject yourself to our criminal justice system. You will get a fair trial before the US government forces you to spend the rest of your life in solitary confinement."
The Obama administration has prosecuted more whistle blowers than all previous administrations combined! Better to be banished from your country of origin, but still free, instead of enduring the corrupt system of our utterly unjust and draconian legal system.
But, we have two America's now and Edward is not a member of the "PTB club" and won't get a soft sentence like Gen. Petreaus. They'll dungeon him like Chelsea Manning or the innocents in Guantanamo that have been imprisoned without charge for over ten years.
Between this and Bernie our national conversation is now vectoring towards important things like issues and whether we still want to at least pretend America is still a Democracy.
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We need a revolution to rid almost all of our Institutions of the rampant corruption that's been corroding our Democracy. Hillary will certainly never bite the corrupt hands that have fed her for most of her political career.
I'll fight against her hard in the primaries and I would of course vote for her if she was the nominee.
And another thing is the bush-clinton-bush-obama-clinton dynasty thing. Seems like more dynasty than democracy to me? But I do wonder if I'd feel the same if Hillary handled herself and believed in the things Eleanor Roosevelt did, when Hil was Bill's first lady. In other words, I could stomach a dynasty a lot more if Hillary was a career liberal and walked the walk as a liberal for her public life. You could transplant Jamie Dimon's soul into Hillary and nobody would notice the difference.
Now that his entire body of journalism work will be scrutinized aggressively by his hypocritical retarded-with-respect-to-their-critical-thinking-abilities news peers;
It will be interesting to see just how much of a propaganda parrot Williams was in the greatest abdication of Constitutional responsibility the U.S. press has been party to since perhaps WW2?
The entire main stream media is as culpable in the War Crimes and Acts of Treason of the against-international-law-illegal-invasion-of-Iraq as the entire 2001-2008 GW Bush Administration.
"If the president does it, it's not illegal", to quote Nixon. Talk about an out of control military industrial congressional surveillance war profiteering government! The creeping totalitarianism of the United States and replacement of Democracy with Oligarchy is really getting out of hand.
Considering our countries trajectory has parallels with the rise of Nazi Germany in the thirties*, shouldn't all American citizens be utterly bat shit about our current completely corrupted and perverse state of affairs? I mean fake wars created expressly for turning tax dollars and shock and awe mass murder into even more money for Oligarchs are something a healthy democratic Society would not tolerate. Same with grotesque medieval for profit prisons, which are simply a modern form of slavery, which we used to be morally against as a country and we sacrificed a half million souls in part to end slavery in our Civil War. Fortunately, our propaganda apparatus, as owned by our Oligarchs, has had about 150 years to improve on the technology of "public relations", so most American's will remain utterly oblivious to the magnitude of injustice that is our current totalitarian fascist police state. And it's preposterous to consider we would have the stuff to conduct a full blown civil war to end the prison industrial complex. Most Americans are fearful and propagandized into complete misinformed ignorance and just love themselves the security of our law and order system. Take my Constitutional Rights, please. Just keep me safe from terrorists. Phil Gramm was a hero in error when he said we're a nation of cry babies. Hopefully the next time Wall Street Gamblers wreck the economy so bad, there will be criminal prosecutions instead of no strings attached, sure, keep giving yourselves seven figure bonuses, taxpayer funded bailouts. No matter how unseemly it is.
* isn't there some truism that once you invoke a Nazi analogy you have lost your argument or are engaging in cheap base debating styles? Are we headed down the 30's path of the Nazi's? Or is it more of the Oligarchy orgies of the Roaring Twenties or The Gilded Age and age of Robber Barons? If you know and respect history, we've gone through this before and a good understanding of history will help our country go back to the core values of Democracy and the most honorable hopes of our founding Fathers for the Country they created to escape tyranny, so we could enjoy some life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
An anchor embellishing what was already a very dangerous helicopter trip is what gets our MSM's panties in a bunch?
And now the MSM is ganging up on him for this?
And this same media catapulted the propaganda in support of the treasonous war crime of an invasion of Iraq?
The American cognitive dissonance about the GW Bush years - that his administration deliberately lied us into war, is now considered NO BIG DEAL? There can be few things a President can do that's more treasonous than deliberately starting a war based on bullshit!
The entire 2003 White House staff should be tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Waging an aggressive invasion of a sovereign country on the basis of BIG LIES is one of the biggest shames of our nation since at least Viet Nam. We put people in jail for life for an ounce of pot. Surely if there was justice then the whole lot of them should spend the rest of their lives in prison. They are responsibly for the deaths of say, a half million people, and their cluster fuck of a completely corrupt war profiteer orgy of incompetence would not be allowed to stand in a decent and just world.
The continued MSM herd persecution of Williams for merely exaggerating his experience in an obviously risky and dangerous situation will be seen by many as the ultimate in down the rabbit hole hypocrisy. But, then again, nobody got prosecuted for our official torture programs, EXCEPT for poor John Kiriakou , who DID NOT COMMIT THE CRIMES, BUT, RATHER, blew the whistle. It's not the wrong doing that will get you. That's not a problem. It's exposing the wrongdoing that will get you jailed!
These are preposterous and utterly unjust times! And I think we as a country are tired of seeing absolutely no justice for the criminal psychopaths in charge of everything important in the world today.
Thanks, Jon. Any coverage that keeps the GWB war lies in the national conversation is to be commended!
I'm not a rabid Bob Seger fan, but he is an artist that marks the decades of my life with his music since Rambling Gambling Man in the mid 60's.
I hears this song on little steven in sirius a few days ago and two things struck me;
1. His message in this song is strong and vibrant and urgent
2. He released a new album after a decade?
As a progressive liberal Democratic semi-activist, I strive to determine the ROOT CAUSE of why things are the way they are and why things are not the way they could be in a humanistic civilized cant we all get along planet.
I consider the ROOT CAUSE to be the accelerating manifestation of Oligarchy infesting our government and many parts of the planet.
And the future of the planet is being driven over a cliff by a very very small group of greedy sociopaths that are determined to extract every last drop of oil possible before we move on to clean renewable energy. These people are throwing the future of the entire planet under the bus in the name of merely becoming even more overly rich and powerful than they already are. The future of humanity vs. a few more private jets and car elevators - I'll take the bling please. Ending the world as we know it is a small price to pay for all my yachts and power and vacation mansions and servants.
And with somebody as established and mainstream as Seger singing about this I think is substantial - almost a tipping point. I think his music cuts across all socioeconomic barriers - conservatives and bikers and young and old and liberals and straights all like Bob. He's as unpolarizing as you can get.
I've heard recently the rate of species extinction in the present is greater than it was when the dinosaurs suffered mass extinction. That is mind blowing. It's also mind blowing that there is an urgent worldwide need to create a a worldwide environmental Manhattan project that enlists all the resources our entire planet can muster up to just say no to global climate change. I amazed that THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT is in full view of all of us and we chose collectively to ignore it. If there is any recorded history of humanity possible in a hundred years, I don't think what humanity is doing right now will be looked at kindly.
Interesting how much is both wrong and right with this article. He ponders an estimated 20,000 dead!
It's very eerie how he foretold exactly what the USA and GWB would do after the attack.
"The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now -- with somebody -- and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives."
And this from The Onion on GWB's January 2001 Inauguration is even more prescient;
Don't mean to hijack, I've loved HST since the early 70's. His insights and understanding of politicians, especially about Nixon, is remarkable in it's accuracy.
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