Saturday, March 17, 2007

support our troops

David Michael Green's excellent analysis of patriotism and this administration's bogus support of the troops at Common Dreams.

". . . Of course, that could never happen here. Not now. Surely our young (and, in this war, not so young) soldiers are never called upon to fight in the interests of elites, interests so nefarious that they would have to be hidden under stacks of lies concerning national security threats, and behind a barrage of patriotic platitudes. Surely America’s bravest are never treated as expendable cannon fodder by leaders who could care less about their welfare. Surely they’re not trotted off the war like so many Iranian children, clutching a plastic key to heaven in one hand, and a fairytale of how much they’re truly valued in the other. . . .

"Major General Smedley Butler (who knew firsthand whereof he spoke, having served, by his own assessment, as a high-ranked military lackey doing the dirty work for corporate robber-barons in Latin America) nailed it when he said, 'War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.'"

Bringing them home is the best support we can give the troops. It is the greatest act of patriotism to get them out of this disaster.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Rachel C Miller said...

Interesting views.

March 17, 2007 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Tater said...

Is Rachel commenting on you or the quote? Anywho-right on soul sister. Bring em fucking home NOW! Interesting to note that the Bush family has extensive financial ties to Sunni Muslims, and we are now comtemplating invading the Shi'ite stronghold of Iran. Blood money avarice, power rapaciousness, and utter stupidity. How does one start a ground roots petition for impeachment that will reach congress?

March 17, 2007 8:15 PM  
Blogger dusty said...

I totally agree with Mr. Green. Bring our brothers and sisters home NOW! We are ruining an entire generation once again..will we as a nation ever learn?

March 18, 2007 3:09 PM  

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