Dear Veterans: Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice. Your willingness to die protecting our country is truly heroic. And since you have been wounded and killed and lost years of your life fighting illegal wars of aggression for the past 60 years, your country owes you much much more than an apology.
Certainly, I’m sorry, will not due for those 50,000 who still have boots on the ground in Iraq if they make it out alive to become Veterans. Particularly since the U.S. is prepared to ditch the 2011 deadline to leave Iraq.
What a President lied to the American people about the intentions of our military? I don’t believe it the next thing you are going to tell me is that Santa Claus is not –Oh no. Don’t do that to me. Not so close to the holidays.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday-
Wait a second. Robert Gates was the Defense Secretary under Bush. And Bush is a war criminal. Hope and change swept into Washington. Perhaps I am reading an old newspaper article as the source for my story today.
Is it possible that Barack Obama retained the same Secretary of Defense that was implementing the Bush Doctrine? The illegal wars of aggression that violate the U.S. Constitution, the UN Charter and laws of basic human decency?
This is supposed to be the mutha fucken change I can believe in?
Okay, so U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates indicated to reporters yesterday that the US is preparing to scrap a 2011 deadline for withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq, and will instead prepare for an indefinite military occupation of the oil-rich country.
It would be easy, and correct of course, to characterize the claim that Obama achieved his campaign promise to end the war in Iraq a complete bamboozlement of the American citizens. Such hyperbole, such shock and awe over the fact that a sitting president is lying to you about the objectives and length of military operations that he wants to send our men and women to die for glosses over the even more disturbing fact that any cursory examination of U.S. history teaches us: Lying to you about war is just what presidents do. The philosophy underscoring these lies goes all the way back to Plato, who argued, that that mythmaking and lies told by the ruling class were needed in order ensure a stable society.
In this sense it is true, the unwashed masses would probably revolt if they came to believe that the myths that were sold to them as reasons to go to war were all lies and instead we went to war to maintain a system where wealth is greedily guarded by less than 1% of the population. Where we can spend 200 million dollars a day- not on a Presidential trip to India, but on the expanded war in Afghanistan.
And where the total cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars since 2001 now exceed 1.1 Trillion. Imagine, spending 1.1 trillion while we have record foreclosures and a real unemployment rate near 20% and we still have nearly 60 million Americans without healthcare.
And money is the least of it.
Our soldiers are killed. Sustain life long injuries and have displaced, injured and killed enough Iraqis to border on Genocide.
What would the great unwashed masses do if they knew it was all for a lie?
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