Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
Dec. 14, 2009

Chris Hedges

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I have spent enough time inside the American military to have tasted its dark brutality, frequent incompetence and profligate ability to waste human lives and taxpayer dollars. The deviousness and stupidity of generals, the absurdity of most war plans and the pathological addiction to violence—which is the only language most who command our armed forces are able to understand—make the American military the gravest threat to our anemic democracy, especially as we head toward economic collapse.

Barack Obama, who is as mesmerized by the red, white and blue bunting draped around our vast killing machine as the press, the two main political parties and our entertainment industry, will not halt our doomed imperial projects or renege on the $1 trillion in defense-related spending that is hollowing out the country from the inside. A plague of unchecked militarism has seeped outward from the Pentagon since the end of World War II and is now sucking our marrow dry. It is a familiar disease in imperial empires. We are in the terminal stage. We spend more on our military—half of all discretionary spending—than all of the other countries on Earth combined, although we face no explicit threat.


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Mike Gravel at the Emergency Anit-Escalation Rally DEC 12 at White House

December 13, 2009

Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has written nine books, including Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).

from the archives:

End the U.S. Wars Rally: Ralph Nader: Dubya and Obama are “a Seamless Transition” on the War

End the U.S. Wars Rally: Chris Hedges: We Live in a Time of Radical Evil!

End the U.S. Wars Rally: Cynthia McKinney: President Obama, Stop Bankrupting our Nation!

End the U.S. Wars Rally: Dennis Kucinich: These Wars Are Corrupting…our Nation!

On Day One (video; National Initiative)

The National Initiative for Democracy (video)

Mike Gravel: Please donate to support NI4D on November 10th

9 thoughts on “Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War by Chris Hedges

  1. The US has been disturbing the shit since the end of the 1800s, so why be surprised now? The Monroe Doctrine got it all wrong…it isn’t ‘America for the Americans’, no…it is ‘the entire world for Americans’.

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  3. It is at least clear to me that our President understands the intractable situations in which our world and the United States are sometimes confronted. I feel this country is blessed with a leader who is not a warrior and war hawk, and pragmatically understands that a more attainable peace is not based on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions. After all, the attainment of peace is a process.

    With all due respect for Chris Hedges’s and Mike Gravel’s antiwar stance, nevertheless, articles of this ilk do nothing to ameliorate our real world situation nor do they beneficially contribute in anyway to the conversation or advancement of a lasting peace.

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  5. Mike Gravel is a treasure. We should have elected this man to the highest office. He really is able to cut throuygh all the bs and tell it like it is. The Demo’s should be ashamed of themselves for banning him from debates,just as they forced out all people with real anti war philosophies and intentions. We the American people are the big losers here because the majority rules and the majority is ignorant….so ignorant.

    • Thanks, William. That’s one of the reasons I could not support, nor vote for Obama (the banning of candidates in the “debates” and also the total shut-out of the Third Party candidates).

  6. I wonder if Obama has any capacity to see himself as an ordinary human being. Is he, as Mike Gravel suggests, in love with his own ‘success story’? There are fairy tales about becoming enchanted. Rallies like this one will crack the mirror into which Obama may be peering.

    Maybe Obama is trying to “walk on water,” really believing he can be “everybody’s hero”….and subsequently, pleasing no one and changing nothing.

    just musing,

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