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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Little Known Fact

"The United States is the sole country the old World Court [at the Hague] (which can try only nations, not individuals) ever condemned for terrorism--owing to the Reagan administration's covert action to destabilize and destroy the Sandinista government of Nicaragua in 1984."

Source: Chalmers Johnson, The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy and the End of the Republic (New York: Henry Holt, 2004), p. 75.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Colossal U.S. Failure in Afghanistan

Today's NYTimes online quotes U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan Richard C. Holbrooke saying that the U.S. has "wasted hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars" on a failed program to eradicate the cultivation of the poppy crop in that country and that the program was being discontinued in favor of planned efforts to stop shipments of heroin out of the country and to encourage farmers to grow alternative crops.

Question: Umm, after say $1 million was wasted, why didn't the planners stop the program then? Or after the essentially colossal sum of $10 million was wasted? Or $50 million. It took the loss of the incomprehensible amount of "hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars" for the architects of this policy to determine that their program wasn't working?

What kind of management system is that? Who was running the program, the Three Stooges? A deeply dysfunctional feedback system was in play. What does this suggest about other U.S. foreign policy initiatives? A defective policy presupposes defective thinking.

Who's in charge?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Loose Change 2nd Edition (Full)

Pinter, Iraq, 9/11 and the Duty of Patriotism

As reported in the Guardian, December 7, 2005, Harold Pinter stated in his Nobel acceptance speech (the entirety of which may be found below via YouTube):

"The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law."

One was unaware of any coverage of this speech by U.S. corporate media at the time the speech was given.

As to the need for a truth commission independent of the U.S. government to establish precisely what happened on 9/11, see the documentaries: Zeitgeist, 9/11 Mysteries, In Plane Sight, and Loose Change (the last viewable immediately above).

One calls attention to the evidence presented by these videos to help guard against the possibility that the U.S. might devolve into a dictatorship embracing all that is despicable and dehumanized about fascism, a dictatorship being a state governed by a supreme leader who is above the law (cf. torture, secret prisons, extraordinary rendition, suspension of due process and habeas corpus, private security forces, warrantless wiretapping, dissemination of misinformation via a complicit, weak-minded corporate media establishment, demagogic speeches), a fascist state one where the government engages in terrorism against its own citizens. It is the duty of U.S. patriots to call attention to abuses by government and disseminate information that will enable the average citizen to defend and uphold the U.S. Constitution. Complacency, or willful denial of incontrovertible evidence of government malfeasance, can lead only to ruin. The true patriot must be eternally vigilant and speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.