Unbelievable

I asked in a previous post if Washington DC is even capable of learning from past mistakes.  Apparently it can’t, or the Neocons who run the foreign policy (war all the time) never look back, and all of their past nonsense is relegated to the memory hole without nary a thought as they march merrily on to more and bigger blunders.

Putin saved Obama’s face by giving him an out from his “red” line on Syria.  Good thing, too as the American public let it be known load and clear that they were sick and tired of blowing hundreds of billions that we don’t have on wars of choice.  In fact, when was the last time this country engaged in a war of necessity, and not choice??  My guess–the revolution.  Every thing else has been a choice dictated by the bankers,  military supply chain, and, apparently a national (political) proclivity towards aggressive bullying of lesser folk.

Read David Stockman’s talk on the economic history of the last 100 years

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/03/david-stockman/the-warfare-state%E2%80%A8-rules-the-us/

and it is obvious that our unnecessary entrance into WWl  created all sorts of world wide economic disruptions that continued right on through the second World War, and are continuing because of repeated policies today

Well, putting that aside and moving on towards the topic at hand, after a small mention of the Iranian “peace plan” that too many stupid people want to fail since we need to aggress there too for no other reason than we want to.  Again that word choice is the operative term.  And since when do we let a foreign country dictate our policy??? Should not the acceptance of lobby money (read BRIBE) to influence votes be a crime??  And accepting that money from a foreign source (Israel) to vote in the best interest of that county rather than the best interest of the people of this country seems to me to be treason at the highest levels of government.

And now we arrive at the world today, which is dangerously close to becoming a world like we have never witnessed before.  I have written previously about John Kerry’s habit of using Orwellian “new speak”–up is down, black is white etc.  Well the fool out did himself this time when in reference to Russia taking exception to the USG sponsored coup in the Ukraine by calling dibs on Crimea, he had the gall to say that nations do not invade other sovereign nations on the basis of false accusations and national interests.  Can his memory be that short that he has no recollection of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria (support only–so far), let alone the travesty he tossed his ill-begotten medals  of “valor” over a fence in protest of.  The man has absolutely no business being the face out front of our foreign policy, and now he keeps poking the bear (along with his fearless leader) in a place dangerously close to the bears den.  Never, ever learning from mistakes.

Now Putin is certainly no saint–but then no government leader is.  But, in my opinion, he has more of a claim on Crimea than we do.  First, Crimea was part of Russia for a couple of hundred years (a long time in that part of the world for any area to be part of a country), until in 1954 a drunk Khrushchev magnanimously gave it to his home land —the Ukraine .  Second, Russia does in fact have a lease on the navel facilities at Sevastopol and it is their only warm water port (Is that the reason for our outrage–Ukraine, including Crimea, was to gently fall into the sphere of NATO which in turn would close the Russian Navy off from the Black Sea???)  And third, his response is to an illegal and violent coup that ousted a democratically elected constitutional government (now isn’t that familiar), that put a lot of ethnic Russians in jeopardy.

Admittedly, that government was a group of corrupt, pro Russia, thugs that the Ukrainian people suffered under, but then so was  the group of pro western thugs that previously governed and were ousted through the election process, and now have returned via a coup.  Isn’t it ironic (some would say hypocritical) for the biggest backer (in words only!!!) of democracy to come squarely down on the side of the coup perpetrators and against the over thrown democracy once again.  And to deny the validity of the Crimean referendum in which the people of that place voted overwhelmingly for a return to the arms of mother Russia–democracy in action—in order to keep them part of something they don’t want is down right obscene. In fact, we are denying the Crimean people the basic, god given rights that Jefferson so elegantly wrote of in the declaration of 1776. Any talk of national sovereignty being violated is just so much bullshit, since the international (political) borders in that part of the world shift like sand in the Sahara, and it is only a claimed violation of international law when others do what we do with impunity (can anyone say Kosovo???)

We have been pushing on the bear by breaking agreements made to keep Nato out of the Eastern block nations in exchange for a peaceful reunification of Germany and the dissolution of the USSR.  We keep crowding the bear by moving Nato, and missile “defense” closer and closer to the very borders of Russia itself.  We can’t seem to mind our own business (or quite possibly we believe it is all our business), and this attack on the bear, essentially in it’s lair, could be more of a mouthful than we can chew.

And the neocons march blissfully onward, without so much as a backwards glance, towards that mythical world of one (the USG) government.  Disaster, defeat, economic ruin no matter–we are the chosen ones–destined to rule (ruin) the world.

JVC

 

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DeJa Vu–all over again

That’s a quote from my favorite “yogi”, and it sure is applicable to where we seem to be right now.   It’s like being stuck in a time warp, and we are right back to 02-03 and the lead up to that other little war that bit us on the ass so hard.  Does Washington never learn anything from it’s past MISTAKES??

So now we have Obombya wanting to set the cruse missiles  loose on Syria because someone let some saran gas get out of hand.  Of course, it had to be the EVIL DICTATOR Assad since those jolly Al-Nuesra rebels we fund, and who were caught with that very same gas in Turkey couldn’t possible have been the agents behind the release.  Guess they were too busy eating hearts and lungs to have the time to attack another group of civilians.

Kerry (the late lamented anti-war hero) is gung ho for the attack, and he assures us that the indisputable evidence is in hand–just don’t ask to see it unless you want to be re-directed to U-TUBE.  I guess he thinks too many “dancing with the stars” contests have passed since poor Collen Powell’s embarrassment in front of the world at the UN for us to remember that there is always indisputable evidence — since our government is in the business of fabricating what they think they need to sway the gullible public.

On the other hand, there is some credible reporting from the scene that the rebels themselves “accidentally” set off the gas bomb that had been given them by our buddies the Saudis –you remember the home country of almost all the,  9-11 terrorists–who neglected to provide any operating instructions with the bombs.  See:

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/09/01/which-syrian-chemical-attack-account-is-more-credible/

for a non MSM accounting of what happened in the eyes of and from the mouths of those on the street when it did.  The article also points out the obvious lack of reality in our “official” version such as Cui Bono–who benefits.

It certainly would not be Assad and his forces since it had already been established that there was a “RED LINE”  However, the rebels also knew of said “RED LINE” , and since they have been recently getting their ass kicked by the government and pro-Assad forces, they desperately  need some help from the good old USA.

One might ask why we would be so anxious to stick our nose where it has no business being.  Well, it seems that since the end of WWII, that’s where it has always been stuck.  I’m thinking  that part of the world got sick and tired of it long ago, and I’m also thinking the good folks of this country have also had their fill.

Bottom line–it is time for our government to start thinking about the real consequences of our aggressive behavior, not just the “pie-in-the-sky” hopes our adventures are  (for public consumption anyway) based on.  It is time for us to stop feeding the insatiable beast that rules in DC, reel in our massive and growing empire of ultimate self destruction, and start using our vast resources for the benefit of the people here at home for a change.

If only!!!

JVC

terrorism???

I didn’t want to let this anniversary pass without comment—that is the 68th anniversary of the single most obscene and pointless example of state sponsored terrorism ever perpetuated on humanity.  On August 6, 1945 the United States of America dropped a bomb so devastating on the non-military town of Hiroshima, Japan; followed 3 days later by another over Nagasaki.  The claim, cemented in history, that the action was necessary to end the war (WWII) and save many American lives was in fact an outright lie—Japan was in the process of negotiating surrender terms, and the war was, in effect, already over when the bombs were dropped.  The reaction across America, and the rest of a war weary world was one of horror that the US military would use such a powerful and destructive weapon for no strategic purpose against what were primarily civilian populations—killing tens of thousands of Japanize women and children.

Now committing acts of terror against women and children—civilian populations– has a long and honorable history by the United States.  The Europeans who first settled on his continent (both in the north and the south) had no qualms when it came to killing entire villages and communities of the native population.  Lincoln essentially made it part of the US military strategy when he sent Sherman on his scorched earth march across Georgia, and another similar campaign down through the Shenandoah valley of central Virginia.  As weapon technology grew stronger, the number of dead from these terror attacks grew larger and larger.  The fire bombings of Dresden, and Tokyo were attacks meant to put the fear of god into the survivor’s hearts, and completely demoralize the civilian population in hopes of political change within their respective governments.  We also used terror campaigns against civilian populations in Vietnam, sponsored the rightwing death squads so common in Central America during the 70’s and 80’s, and destroyed the civilian infrastructure in Iraq in 91, leading to the deaths of some 100,000 children from disease contributed to by a lack of clean water, and embargoed medicine.

Now, we make war against and financially (and militarily) support the same terrorist organizations, depending on where they are located and who they are fighting at the time.  Today, it is Al Qaeda that is our “enemy” in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but our ally in the US backed revolutions in Libya, and currently Syria.  And, we have developed the ultimate terror weapon—the unmanned drone which can unleash death and destruction anywhere, anytime against anyone.

One cannot imagine how upsetting it is to realize that the United States I learned about in school was at best a myth, but more likely an outright lie.  Seem that the country that I love has been the biggest threat to world peace because of a government that is only responsible to the military – industrial complex and the big banks.  Or have I repeated myself???

Hypocracy at the highest level

Well it seems that Ed Snowden has finally been granted asylum in Russia, and has at long last gotten out of the Moscow airport.  I’m happy for him and wish him well.  We need more like him; otherwise we would never know what our government is up to. (Generally speaking, that would be NO GOOD)  However, it seems that a good number of folks in “high places” are pissed as hell, and are threatening Russia with all sorts of dire consequences for their humanitarian action.  You would think that Snowden had assassinated the president and his entire cabinet instead of just embarrassing them with his disclosure of their massive, illegal, unconstitutional snooping into the affairs of—most everybody.

Listen to some of the major idiots on Capitol Hill, like John McCain, and Lindsey Graham, and you would think that Russia’s decision to not extradite Snowden (we don’t have an extradition treaty with them anyway) was essentially an act of war.  Isn’t it time that these asshole blowhards are put out to pasture where they can’t keep doing damage to our country’s reputation.  What is it with the electorate here anyway when congress has less than a 20% approval rating, but an 80% re-election rate? Just demonstrates just how healthy a democracy we have when the odds are so stacked against any challenger, let alone an out sider.  Hell, all most of these guys (and gals) do is start raising money for their re-election campaign the day after the previous election is over.  They don’t give a damn for the people who keep putting them back in office.

So, Snowden, who has not been indicted of any crime—not even officially charged with any crime (and shouldn’t be in my opinion), and Washington acts like he is number one on the most wanted list, and they want to make an international incident out of Russia’s decision.  On the other hand, there is a little matter of some 27 CIA operatives who have not only been charged with a major crime (kidnapping, and rendering to Egypt an innocent Muslim clergyman), but tried in absentia and found guilty in an Italian court.  Our government has ignored any and every request by the Italian government to extradite these men and women to Italy to serve their sentences, and even made sure Panama, when one of those criminals was arrested there recently had the agent flown to the US before Italy could make an extradition request for him. Seems that our government won’t take a chance on any of its operatives speaking out in a court of law about all the illegal and just plain immoral actions our government has been engaged in for many years now.

Is it any wonder why our government is losing its good standing within the world community??  We claim to be fighting a war on terror, but we are, with our drones and black ops and multiple wars of aggression, the biggest sponsor of terrorism out there.  We claim that we want to bring democracy to all those backward parts of the world, and to make the world safe for democracy, but our covert actions meant to over throw democratically elected governments that don’t fit our agendas gives lie to those statements.  We claim to be ally to many western governments, but recent disclosures just prove that we just manipulate and use those other governments to our own ends.

A playground bully can only buy friends for so long until even they get tired of his constant bullshit, and take him down.  If our government doesn’t wise up soon, it will be us against the rest of the world. Our ego, and hubris may think that’s alright, but it damn sure isn’t.  It is long past time for our government to grow up and start to play nice.

JVC

can you believe he said that???

What planet is John Kerry living on???   I understand that he made a statement today claiming that the Egyptian military did not take over the government—they were just re-establishing democracy.  Now, let me get this straight—the military arrests the duly elected president, replaces him with their choice of “civilian” leader, and say that they plan on new elections sometime in the next year.  What about this is not taking over, and not trampling all over what was billed as a new democratic beginning for Egypt only a year or so ago.  I suppose this is the “new speak” in which black is white, wrong is right, and the sun rises in the west.

I’m thinking that Morsi was starting to be worrisome to the powers that be, which in this case would be Israel, and their puppet, the great US of A.  Seems that the new Egyptian president, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, wasn’t willing to play ball with Israel in the same way our previous bought and paid for dictator did.  Can’t be having that sort of nonsense now, can we??  So—our CIA once again organizes protests and demonstrations and then has the Egyptian military pull of a coup d’état, and claim they were merely “re-establishing” democracy.

Now we (the USA) have a long and honorable history of supporting democracy by arraigning for the over throw of democratically elected governments we thought were not in our best interest —  then replacing them with a “strong man” dictatorship we could depend on to bend his country to our will as long as the money kept flowing, or until the people of those countries had enough and kicked the dictator out, or we were no longer getting our due respect and the behavior we were paying for and kicked the dictator out ourselves.  The list is long and wide spread across the globe, and goes back to at least 1954 when our CIA engineered the coup in Iran, the blow back from which is still biting us on the ass.

Interestingly enough, getting the Egyptian military to do our bidding is not a problem, since it is a wholly owned subsidiary of the US government.  Of the 1.3 billion dollars we send to Egypt in an average year, more than a billion goes directly to the military.  Nice gig, eh??  Being an Egyptian general that is, while the average peasant in the country lives in abject poverty, one of the lowest standards of living in the entire mid-east.   Come to think of it, most of the money we send overseas is predominantly military in nature, and the attached strings amongst other things, make sure a sizable chunk of it comes back to our military/industrial complex—like the 3 F-16’s in the pipeline that couldn’t go to Egypt if what happened there was indeed a military coup.

Ah, the wonders of “new speak”

JVC

Racism as a governmental expedient

At my veterans group meeting today, the discussion got a little side tracked—as it often does—onto racism and prejudice.  I suppose that the recent goings on down in Florida had something to do with it even though the trial has been displaced on the news cycle by some English woman and her baby. (That didn’t come up at all—we might be a group of crazy old vets, but at least we still have some sane priorities.)  Anyway, one of the guys pointed out that it is not just white folk who are racist, that Blacks, and Hispanics, and all sorts of ethnic groups display their own racism.  It’s just in this country where that is never mentioned, and as prejudice as it might sound, it is only in this country where one group feels entitled to special treatment.  It got me to thinking back—I never remember having any prejudicial or racist thoughts growing up, and even through college, it was something that never entered my mind.  However, it was while in basic training that I became aware of racism and developed prejudice, not against a group, but a behavior.  It was, in fact some of the Black men—not all by any means—who were the ones using race as an advantage.  They were the guys who would jump the line at the mess hall, bully their way to the front, and use their blackness to demand and often get special treatment.  I witnessed this sort of behavior during my entire time in the military, and it is something I’ve remained aware of ever since.  It doesn’t stop, because our government has found it convenient to keep on promoting it.  Every official form I have ever filled out has the race question on it, and if in fact, a color blind society is the goal, there is no place for such questions.  I tend to check the box for other and write in HUMAN if possible.

This entire Zimmerman/Martin affair has clearly demonstrated just  how racist this country can still be, and in my opinion, it is people like Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, and yes even the current occupier of the white house, who are inciting the racism.   If they weren’t doing so, instead of trying to incite racial violence over something that was not racial to begin with, they would be speaking out about the black on black violence that is rampant in many communities, including the president’s home of Chicago where some 700 young black residents are killed each year by other young black residents, Where is their outrage—how many of those young people could be Obama’s son, or him 35 years ago??  Why aren’t Jackson, Sharpton and the justice department inciting protests (riots) about that???  Seems to me, the simple answer is THAT does not fit the progressive agenda which is not about helping the black community find some self-respect and responsibility for its own well-being at all, but rather using that divide to keep people in this country pitted against one another.  The same agenda is evident in the 2nd amendment fight, the welfare/warfare (liberal/conservative) divide, and god only knows how many other divides that our political actors promote.  Equality is the last thing the powers that be in this country want, whether it is economic, social, or justice.  It is just too important to keep people all worked up about something other than what is really going on behind the curtain.  And the mainstream media, instead of calling out the government on its excesses as was its role once upon a time, is now complicit in those very excesses.

Washington’s creed—we will keep enough of you fed with toxic processed “food”, with enough nonsense entertainment to keep your intentionally barely educated minds occupied, and in turn, you will keep us in office where we can continue to fatten our own accounts at your expense, and do whatever we want to dismantle the freedoms you once upon a time enjoyed.

Anyway, that’s the way it looks to me here on the Hunker Down.

JVC

federal law–breakers

Just wondering–how is it that the person who’s primary duty is to enforce the law of the land, can break so many of those laws with, seemingly, impunity.  And what is it with the people of this country, and their ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES letting him, and other high and mighty officials of the executive branch, get away with said lawlessness.  Of course, most of those ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, are rather good at bending the law themselves, and even more disturbing, passing laws that have drastic effect on John Q., that they conveniently exempt themselves from. 

The problems this country faces are not ever going to be addressed, let alone fixed, from the top down, so isn’t it about time we start fixing them from the bottom up.  We the people need to work our state legislatures, giving them the balls to go after Washington.  After all, it is the people, through their respective states that hold the power of consent when it comes to establishing the government, and we in theory can withdraw that consent at any time. (see the declaration of independence)  It is one of the founding principles of this country, and those founding principles should not be so easily forgotten by we the people, and ignored by the powers that think they rule us.. But since the federal government got involved so deeply with public education, founding principles don’t seem to have any place in the curriculum anymore.  More important to teach our children how to take a meaningless test, and not teach the powers of rational thought.  A thinking population is the worst enemy of the totalitarian state.

Anyway, what we need to do is get our respective states to call for a new constitutional convention at which we can address the obvious failures within the current one, and reign in an out of control government by re-enforcing our inalienable rights as pointed out in the Bill of Rights, and by adding a few more additional restrictions on the different branches of the federal government.  Admittedly, a lot of folks will get hurt if we limit the welfare state, and end the warfare state, but by doing nothing, the end result will be even more harmful to our population and our future.

Think about it.

JVC