On one hand

On one hand

On one hand we are building super stealth aircraft and ships that might be detected and defeated by much simpler and cheaper counter measures such as drones and up-graded Exocet Missiles that sunk a lot of British ships in the Falklands War. At the same time we are trying to build counter measures to defeat ICBMs from North Korea or not often mentioned lately Russia. Its like the Cold War didn’t prove that Mutually Assured Destruction by ICBMs, bombers and subs (MAD) didn’t work for 44 years.

We feared Iraq, who had no nukes and I have heard the threat of nukes from Iran for decades.

One common ingredient in all these efforts is the humongous amount of our tax dollars poured into these projects. Many of these projects are super secret so we only hear about them if revealed as spectacular failures. Check this one: http://graphics.latimes.com/missile-defense/

Should we consider instead looking for dirty bombs in freight containers and airfreight? Would we be any more successful than keeping out drugs and illegal aliens?

Les

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Stampede Again

Stampede

Are we being stampeded into a war with Iran? Why did we send an aircraft carrier to “Off the Coast of Yemen”? Iran is an ally of Russia. What if Russia sent an aircraft carrier off the coast of Panama, Hawaii, The Philippians or Israel? How would we react?

I thought that we were trying to come to an agreement with Iran about nuclear weapons. What kind of a signal does sending an aircraft carrier have next door to a nation you are trying to negotiate a treaty / agreement with?

I keep thinking about the run up to the Iraq War, or WW I or WW II or most wars in history. “They are about attack us” or “They are massing on our border” or “We have to stop them before it is too late” (preventative war),

We hear today that Iran is harboring / supporting terrorists or supplying them weapons. Who is the biggest weapons exporter and dealer in history? Pogo had the answer.

A friend just heard someone recommend turning Iran into sand with nukes. Iran happens to be an ally of Russia. What if someone proposed nuking any one of our allies? How would we react?

It looks to me that the inmates have escaped the asylum and are trying to run our country.

Les

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Nixon went to Mao

Nixon went to Mao

Nixon bowed deeply to Mao in common respect. And Mao said something like, ”OK we be friends now.”

Obama bows to the King of Saudi Arabia in common respect and is barbequed by his critics.

Reagan went to Gorbachev and ended the Cold War but we kept building weapons. And we have been building bases and NATO allies all around Russia against the agreement.

Now our first black President tries to make peace with Iran and he is attacked for it by his day-one critics and some of our supposed allies are trying to scuttle the attempt.

So much for diplomacy.

Les

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TPP, an element of military dominance?

TPP, an element of military dominance?

We all realize that economic sanctions are a weapon of war. Remember Madeleine Albright’s 1996 comment in that the killing of 500 thousand Iraqi children by economic  sanctions was “worth it”. But the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the proposed “trade agreement” among the US, South America and East Asia? A weapon of war? That is the view of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. ABC News reported on Apr. 6, 2015 that he considers this agreement as important to him as another aircraft carrier.

Put aside for the moment his apparent desire for another aircraft carrier and the battle group it would require, why would he think that the TPP is equivalent to one of the most powerful weapons systems of the American Empire? Why would he feel the need to lobby for a trade agreement? Is the TPP another element of US military dominance?

Many of the countries that are negotiating to join with the US in this agreement are on record as resenting, to put it mildly, US military dominance. Should not Mr. Carter’s comment alert them to look a little harder at the details of this most secret treaty cementing corporate dominance and economic control? Is enforcing dominance what US military might is all about anyway?

No Bull Bill

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Lockheed Martin Profits

Marillyn Hewson, the CEO of Lockheed Martin, had an “earnings call” with a Deutsche Bank analyst Myles Walton last Jan. during which she commented that the unrest in the Mideast and also in the Pacific (among N. Korea, Japan and China) was a “growth opportunity” for her company. Lockheed Martin, this country’s biggest war munitions profiteer, views “instability” and “volatility” as a growth opportunity. This is logical considering the recently accepted conventional wisdom from a compliant mass media that war profiteering is not only acceptable, it is desireable. Source:

http://seekingalpha.com/article/2855516-lockheed-martins-lmt-ceo-marillyn-hewson-on-q4-2014-results-earnings-call-transcript?page=5&p=qanda&l=last

This situation does not sit well in my heart. I think about the people that are most effected in these “growth opportunity” lands and how much say they have in controlling the explosives that may soon may be falling out of the sky disrupting, to say the least, their lives. Do they condone the dividends that Lockheed Martin shareholders will be enriched with? They don’t have any say, they are just on the receiving end of a product.

Is not something fundamentally wrong with a system that apparently views conflict and violence with an opportunity for big profits? Have not human beings developed systems and techniques for resolving disputes and differences without resorting to blowing each other up? Should we not put as much time, energy and money behind educating and facilitating people to solve disputes peacefully?

Mother Earth is being wounded by a thousand cuts every day. We as conscious beings must do more to protect her, and ultimately us, from the inevitable disaster that will envelop our country as we tacitly approve profiting from war and destruction.

No Bull Bill

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Safety and Fear

Safety and Fear

Does the largest military in history make us safer?

Or does it challenge other nations to protect themselves with bigger militaries too?

We can spout that, “they hate our democracy” when in fact they may just be afraid of us because what we have done to other nations we have had an issue with.

Shouldn’t Russia be afraid of us because we have surrounded them with US and NATO bases right up to their borders? (Against mutual agreements.)

Do other nations remember that we have toppled a lot of dictators and democratically elected leaders alike, some who were formerly our friends?

Or how about the nations that we have attacked who did not attack us? Native Americans, Cuba, Granada (the island), Mexico, Spain, Tripoli, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Fiji, Samoa, China, Argentina, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay, Paraguay, Formosa, Colombia, Hawaii, Korea, Egypt, Haiti, Chile, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Morocco and Turkey

Do some of our friends taint our respectability? Saudi Arabia, Bautista, Marcos, The Shah, Rhea, Noriega (yes, he was our friend once as was Saddam), Chiang, Botha, Trujillo, Samoza, Pinochet, Diem, Smith, Botha, Salazar, Selassie, ………

Les

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Judith Miller

Judith Miller

Last night I heard Judith Miller on Bill Maher explain that the Iraq War was just one big mistake because of bad intelligence. Oh?

Judith Miller was the New York Times source of information about the danger of Iraq following 9-11. I have heard many other claims that many Middle East experts told the Bush administration that Saddam had no WMDs but the experts were ignored. Remember Joe Wilson and the Yellow Cake? (I met Joe and Valerie) Remember hearing Saddam and 9-11 in the same sentence over and over? Remember “6 days, 6 weeks, 6 months at the very most”? Hans Blix and the IAEA were ignored. The actual use for the high strength aluminum tubes was distorted. Colin Powell was pressured to lie before the UN.

The plans for this war were spelled out in the “Plan For A New American Century” (PNAC) back in 1996. Bill Clinton was pressured by the PNAC group to attack Iraq but he refused. Then the PNAC group took over the administration with the Supreme Court selection of G.W. Bush as president.

Today I have a few questions.

Is Judith Miller trying to justify her role of getting the public to support the Iraq War as just as someone else’s mistake?

Is she part of a bigger plan to justify the war as just a big intelligence mistake?

Did anyone pay for her to write her book?

Google: “Intelligence failure and Iraq War”. Read both sides of the arguments and make your own conclusions. I am biased.

Les

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