The War Machine Loves Veterans Day

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Parades, ceremonies and speeches give a focus to the individuals who fight, sacrifice and die while diverting attention away from those who mold the policies of war and who use the soldiers as pawns of profit.

Even in the midst of tragedy and death, Obama doesn’t miss an opportunity to repeat the lie of our permanent wars. From his memorial speech at Fort Hood…

“These are trying times for our country. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, the same extremists who killed nearly 3,000 Americans continue to endanger America, our allies, and innocent Afghans and Pakistanis. In Iraq, we are working to bring a war to a successful end, as there are still those who would deny the Iraqi people the future that Americans and Iraqis have sacrificed so much for.” {more}

The same extremists….yes, they are still in power and right in our midst.

Our government kills and maims our own troops and for what? To catch a dead man, Bin Laden? Or to keep that drug money from Afghan poppy fields flowing into Wall Street banks and to position American bases around the Caspian Basin so we can steal their oil and natural gas and to surround Israel’s ‘existential’ enemy, Iran with American forces. {more – Greg Bacon}

The plunder of Iraq’s Oil – “US oil companies are starting to prepare for the day when they may get a chance to work in one of the world’s most oil-rich countries.”

Having drowned the Iraqi people in blood, the American financial and corporate oligarchy now believes that day has finally arrived. While US corporations are not the sole beneficiaries of the contracts, there is no question who has the final say over Iraq’s oil. With huge military bases in the country and a Baghdad regime tied to Washington, the US is positioned to dictate terms to its European and Asian rivals and, amid rising great powers tensions, to wield the threat of cutting off oil supplies—a longstanding tenet of American strategic policy. {more – James Cogan via The Peoples Voice}

In unconventional warfare, manipulated beliefs are used to displace inconvenient facts. When waging war by way of deception, false beliefs are an oft-deployed weapon. {more – Jeff Gates}

Assassinations, false flags, torture, the use of the American military as patsies and the role of the media as manipulators of truth is the rule, not the exception. From Vietnam to today our soldiers die, innocent civilians die, the rich get richer, the number of poor increases day by day and the lies of war are neverending.

Happy Veterans Day America.


Increase and Replenish the Supply or Resist the Lies

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Only Decisive Force Can Prevail in Afghanistan

KABUL 9/15/09 — An improvised bomb attack killed two U.S. service members Monday in southern Afghanistan where U.S. and NATO troops have stepped up their operations against insurgents in recent months, NATO said.

Also in the south, a British soldier was killed in an attack on a foot patrol and another NATO service member died in a blast Sunday, NATO and British officials said Monday. {more}

As of Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at least 752 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department.

Besides the possibility of dying or being maimed, service members have no rights.
Vaccinations against the H1N1 flu virus will be mandatory for all uniformed personnel.

The Growing Problem in Afghanistan – Ron Paul

WASHINGTONPresident Obama rejected comparisons on Monday between the war in Afghanistan and the conflict in Vietnam a generation ago, but he expressed concern about “the dangers of overreach” and pledged a full debate before making further decisions on strategy.

The similarities are the dead.

Fort Bragg paratrooper dies in Afghanistan

Juden was proud to be a sniper, his family said.

One thing that can be done is to fight against the recruitment of kids to die for the lies.

To Youth in High School Now:

What are you going to stand for? As school starts back up, look around at the world that our generation is going to inherit.

Over 1 million Iraqis are dead in the war, and 5 million have been forced to leave their homes. Despite President Obama’s promise to remove US troops, he’s calling them advisors while leaving them in Iraq. The war in Afghanistan, which we’re told is the “good war” where the “real” terrorists are, is going into its ninth year. It’s based on lies, just like the war in Iraq. What the United States is doing there is horrible and brutal, torturing people and bombing civilians while they sleep, just like the war in Iraq.

Is this OK because Obama — and not Bush — is in charge?

Obama sent 21,000 more troops to kill and die in Afghanistan, and plans to increase the size of the military by 92,000. Where are these soldiers going to come from? They are your classmates and friends, your brothers and sisters.

This is why the military recruiters are everywhere these days – at school in the cafeteria, on college campuses, at the mall, in the video games and the TV commercials… lying and trying to suck youth into fighting their wars. They roll up in their Hummers talking about strength and discipline, about how the military will give you a “life with a purpose”. But what kind of purpose?

You can kill and torture innocent people – and probably ruin your own life because of what you’ve seen and done – for an empire that causes misery for the planet, or… you can be about putting an end to all that and creating a better world.

Imagine if school administrations and teachers didn’t allow recruiters onto campus. Imagine if students looked at recruiters as the predators they are and no longer considered the Army a legitimate “career option.” We need a culture of defiance and resistance to military recruiters in high schools across the country.

Don’t be fooled! These wars are just as bad under President Obama as they were under George Bush. This culture of resistance needs to start October 6!

No matter where you are, you have a voice! Whether we resist military recruiters has everything to do with the future we’ll get. {more – Oct. 6 – the Eighth Anniversary of the Start of the U.S. War in Afghanistan}

Obama and NATO’s ‘good war’

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“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Local Afghani people bury their villagers killed in a NATO air strike, in a mass grave near Kunduz, Afghanistan.

We occupy, we kill, we lie. The US and their allies in murder slide further into the abyss of being the terrorists that we propose to be fighting against.

This is what we do. “We” allow it to continue.

The Afghan village devastated by NATO strike on ‘Taliban’

Yet Another Airstrike Massacre in Afghanistn

The Big Lie of Hiroshima

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"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom." - Thomas Paine, "Common Sense," 1776

Garden at Hiroshima – art by Standish Backus

Growing up in the aftermath of World War II, we heard many stories of both the glories and tragedies of what later came to be called ‘the good war.’

My father served in the Army Air Force in England and France, had some close calls but came back in good health.

He returned home on the Queen Elizabeth, in I think July of ’45, landing in New York. The troops were told not to get too comfortable as they would probably be redeployed to the Pacific to try and finish up the war with Japan.

Of course that never happened. We dropped the ‘big one’ on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Japan soon surrendered.

The horrors of the atomic bombs were shown on TV and in books and magazines in the late 50’s, early 60’s and I remember asking questions about the use of these weapons. By that time the ‘big lie’ was integrated firmly into the society and I was told….

“Why, if those bombs had not been used, daddy would have gone to the Pacific theater and might not have made it back. If he didn’t, you would never have been born.”

That logic seemed to have worked and it was many years later that even the hint of something different than the bombs were for ‘ending the war’ became known. Things that our school textbooks and teachers never told us because as we all know now…the victors write the history.

The big lie of Hiroshima is just one of many in the big lies of war.

Those lies continue right up to this very moment.

Hiroshima Didn’t Have to Happen

Sixty four years ago this month, we became the first and only nation to use nuclear weapons in warfare. The world was told that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified in order to bring a swift end to the war without a costly and bloody invasion of Japan's home islands. This, to put it charitably, was a lie. No less an authority than General Dwight Eisenhower has stated unequivocally: "It wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing."

Yet millions of Americans still believe what they were told in August of 1945, well before the experience of being regularly deceived by our government became commonplace. As we saw with the controversies surrounding the 50th anniversary exhibition at the Smithsonian, many are outraged by anyone who agrees with Eisenhower's views. But Eisenhower was hardly alone at the time.

President Truman's top military advisors were virtually unanimous in their belief that the atomic bombs were not needed to end the war without an invasion: Generals MacArthur, Clarke, Bonesteel and Marshall of the Army; Admirals Leahy, Nimitz, Halsey, Wagner and Radford of the Navy; and Generals Arnold, Eaker, LeMay, Spaatz and Chennault of the Air Force. (Comments from each of these men can be found at, in an extended discussion of Gar Alperovitz' book The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, the most extensive examination of the new evidence in this case.)

The military leaders knew, as most civilians and soldiers did not, that Japan's military situation was completely hopeless. We controlled both her seas and her skies with impunity. The war would be over long before an invasion could be mounted. Eisenhower also knew what some of his fellow generals did not: that for over a year we had been intercepting Japanese diplomatic cables seeking surrender. Dozens of such messages have now been declassified. This cable traffic became more frequent and more desperate in the final weeks of the war. By then it was clear that the Japanese Emperor and even elements of her military were committed to surrender. And there is now no doubt that President Truman knew this when he made the decision to use nuclear weapons. We have a diary entry in his own
handwriting concerning the "cable from Jap Emperor asking for peace."

There was only one condition. Japan was asking for the same terms on which the war was later settled: that she be allowed to retain her Emperor. Truman's political advisors told him that even a hint that we would agree to this, even a private assurance, would be likely to bring the war to an end. But Truman not only refused to offer such assurances, he explicitly removed them from the statement issued at the Potsdam summit in July, knowing full well that this would prolong the war. He waited long months until the atomic bomb was available, without pursuing other avenues to peace. Far from saving lives, the nuclear option caused more soldiers to die in a war that was essentially over.

Why did Harry Truman do this? The available evidence in the historical record indicates that Truman and his closest advisor, Secretary of State James Byrnes, felt that nuclear weapons would give America unchallenged military power. They were looking ahead to the Cold War; they believed that demonstrating our willingness to use such weapons would make the Russians "more manageable" in the postwar period. Other advisors warned that this would lead to a costly nuclear arms race. But Truman and Byrnes chose to believe General Groves, leader of the Manhattan Project, who predicted that it would be twenty years before another nation could develop nuclear arms.

This, of course, was one of history's greatest miscalculations. They could not definitively foresee what we know now: that their decision is still killing the children of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in their fifties and sixties; that we would spend trillions of dollars in a needless arms race; that thousands of patriotic soldiers and atomic workers would be sickened and killed by the careless use of nuclear power; that island nations of the South Pacific would be destroyed in our quest for nuclear supremacy; or that we would lose a good measure of our democracy in assuming a permanent war footing and adopting extraconstitutional measures in the name of national security.

It is their responsibility nonetheless, and it is our legacy. Because of geostrategic political calculations, our government chose to use nuclear weapons without warning, against a civilian target, and without first pursuing any other method of achieving Japan's surrender. Rather than justifying it by invoking revenge for Pearl Harbor or other Japanese atrocities; rather than expressing a triumphalist joy for the lives saved in an invasion that never would have occurred; we should unflinchingly recall this anniversary with humility and sorrow.
Mark Zepezauer

Also see: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Worst single terror attacks in history