When did the US go wrong?
I've been talking to history scholars and people who just through the "rough and tumble" of life, have asked the question, "Why?"
So many people have their own opinions. Many that study history, and talk about it, say some amazingly similar things.
If I were a blogger in the time of Abraham Lincoln, and there was the internet, I probably wouldn't be typing this now. Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus and maybe 30,000 (some say only 13,000) or so journalists, concerned citizens, and "Big Mouths" were hauled off to prison to be held as political prisoners. Many disappeared, never to be heard from again. I guess Abraham Lincoln didn't have much respect for the First Amendment. If Lincoln, a lawyer, was the ultimate propagandist, subjugating the masses to be used as tools of war and for profit, maybe the rumor of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin studying Lincoln's methods, reading what he wrote, and even having a prominent picture of Lincoln adorning their offices or desk, maybe the rumor is fact.
The American Government gained strength, centrally, and was a whore for power after Lincoln's reign. What do the international bankers, drug lords, and powerful families have to do with what happened then and what is happening now? Well, study history, read, and maybe you'll be enlightened.
Why did the US invade Korea in 1871?
What did the US have to with the invasion of Egypt in 1882?
The British Invasion of Egypt, 1882
Whose side is the CIA on? Has the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA, taken over the American Government financed with heroin and crack cocaine? Why was Barry Seal killed? Was it to cover up the drug trafficking of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush? Operation Amadeus, Pegasus, and Watchtower?
GNN Report: CIA and drugs
The Mafia, The CIA, &
The Vatican's Intelligence Apparatus
Gary Webb on C.I.A. Trafficking of Cocaine
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Gary Webb is the San Jose Mercury News journalist that was run out of his job and blacklisted from the industry for daring to report what he found out. "Dark Alliance"
The US government didn't deny the stories, it would be known that they were lying. Plants in liberal news organizations were used to confuse the issue.
The CIA and Crack Cocaine
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In tribute to the late investigative reporter Gary Webb. Irrefutable evidence that the the US government was responsible for the catastrophic crack cocaine epidemic. Also features Freeway Rick and US Senator John Kerry.
CIA, Drugs and The US Economy
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How the US economy and foreign policy benefits from the global drugs trade.
CIA Torture Jet crashed with 4 Tons of COCAINE
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A Gulfstream II jet that crash landed in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in late September bearing a load of nearly four tons of cocaine. This particular Gulfstream II (tail number N987SA), was used between 2003 and 2005 by the CIA for at least three trips between the U.S. east coast and Guantanamo Bay — home to the infamous "terrorist" prison camp — according to a number of press reports.
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[click here] for the text of Steven G. Erickson's complaint emailed to Connecticut legislators today.
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From the Kenny's Sideshow blog:
The concept of secession may be in its infancy but it is a message to be added to the mix. Coming from an unlikely source, Time covers the Vermont anti-empire movement. Although it's a fair article, don't underestimate the MSM to not have an agenda behind the news. After all, it was Time that named the criminal Ben Bernanke as 'Person of the Year.'
Excerpts from The Secessionist Campaign for the Republic of Vermont.
On Jan. 15, in the state capital of Montpelier, nine candidates for statewide office gathered in a tiny room at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, to announce they wanted a divorce from the United States of America. "For the first time in over 150 years, secession and political independence from the U.S. will be front and center in a statewide New England political campaign," said Thomas Naylor, 73, one of the leaders of the campaign. A former Duke University economics professor, Naylor heads up the Second Vermont Republic, which he describes as "left-libertarian, anti-big government, anti-empire, antiwar, with small is beautiful as our guiding philosophy." The group advocates the peaceful secession of Vermont. [more]
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Why Is America In So Many Wars?
America is “a nation that seeks war” and if it doesn’t change it could end up destroying itself, a law school dean warns.
Given all the wars the United States has waged, “It is preposterous but true that we do not see ourselves as a nation that seeks war,” writes Lawrence Velvel, dean of the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover. “We see ourselves as a peace loving nation” and th More..at message is constantly drummed into the public by government and media.
Since World War Two, an indisputably necessary conflict, Velvel points out the U.S. has fought the Korean War, the Viet Nam War, secret wars in Laos and Cambodia, the First Gulf War, Afghanistan, and the Second Gulf War in Iraq. It has also invaded, bombed or “quarantined” Panama, Grenada, Cuba, Haiti, Somalia, the Sudan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia and Libya, and has “declared” a global war on terrorists.
“If the United States were a man instead of a country, we would say he must be schizophrenic, or at minimum deeply mentally disturbed, to believe he is peace loving in the face of a record like this,” Velvel writes in “The Long Term View,” a journal of informed opinion published by his law school.
Velvel further notes the U.S. today spends more on military than perhaps all the rest of the world put together and definitely more than the next 21 highest-spending nations combined, including China, Russia, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Israel.
Not only do Americans always appear to be at war but they believe they fight only in good causes, he writes. “We believe we at all times fight only to do God’s work, and that we therefore have to fight or democracy, freedom, and economic affluence will be lost,” Velvel writes. He says truth cannot be permitted to intrude “because it would destroy our self image.”
“Certainly much of the rest of the world—probably most of the rest of the world—does not see us as peaceloving.” Gulf War II, Velvel notes, is having the opposite impact on public opinion the U.S. intended. “It has caused Muslims—the Arab ’street,’ in particular—to hate our guts even more than they already did.”
Among the reasons USA fights so often, Velvel writes, are economic imperialism, a desire to remain preeminent, the glorification of war by the media, hubris, the stupidity of the nation’s leaders and the failure to prosecute them for their war crimes, and the inability to learn from past errors.
Writing of economic imperialism, Velvel reminds that in 1898 Americans realized the nation’s capacity to produce had outrun the domestic market’s capacity to consume and that a vibrant economy required overseas markets and coaling stations for the Navy warships that would protect overseas trade. “Nothing has really changed, except that today we call it globalization and defend it as bringing wealth to all when in fact it has worsened the dire poverty of many.”
Gulf War I, he writes, “was fought for oil, not to stop tyranny despite President Bush 1’s lying efforts to portray it as a fight for freedom in Kuwait—which is at best an autocracy.”
Velvel judges that many, if not most, Americans “are loathe to admit that we are an imperialist power, but it inarguably has been true since 1898. (Year of the Spanish-American War.)”
He goes on to warn that, “It is only we, not any enemy, who are going to end up crippling our own country through constant warfare if we do not get off the warmongering kick we have been on for at least 100 years.” Velvel quotes President Lincoln’s words on the subject that, “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”
Author Velvel says the idea that the U.S. favors war too much and engages in military action too much does not mean that he is a pacifist. “It (this article) is based not on a view that we must never kill anyone, but rather on the view that we too often choose to kill people—far too many people—and that we do so for insufficient reasons, with far too few good results and, too often, very bad results.”