Interesting how there is such an uproar about WikiLeaks and Sgt. Manning. As with the Pentagon Papers of the early 70s, sets of documents, incriminating in their content, are portrayed as Top Secret. Hogwash! To reveal a certain mindset, or how the perpetrators conduct a War ( just add the word Crimes to it ) should not in itself be labeled as ‘ State Secrets ‘ . No, as with the 2007 video of the Apache helicopter attack on innocent Iraqi civilians ( including two young children ) by US military personnel……. Truth Is Truth! Yet, the outrage by many of our elected officials ( John McCain comes to mind first ) and the Obama administration is hypocrisy taken to another level.
I ask all decent and well intentioned of my brethren: Where was the outrage when we finally found out, factually, that the Bush & Cheney crew lied, distorted and cherry picked intelligence to justify their phony war on Iraq? How many young American troops are dead or maimed for life because of those lies and half truths? Factor by a thousand times how many Iraqi civilians faced a similar fate. Yet, no outrage by Mr. McCain or even Mr. Obama…… Who, by the way, as Senator Obama, continued to vote more funds for the Iraq occupation. Bottom line: Cheney and his little puppet George Junior, along with Rummy and Condi, Colly, and Paulie and Perley, Gonzo and Bibey and Bolton and all those Brits and….. Whomever else mislead and deceived We The Peoples of the world…. Should be indicted for Treason & then War Crimes!
A final hypocrisy to the Nth Degree was the ( so called ) Bank Bailout. If you owned a business, and you screw around and scam etc, would the Feds bail you out? No, as your place was sinking into bankruptcy, the sharks would encircle. Finally, you would take the best offer ( if any at all ) with ‘ hat in hand ‘ and go home. ‘ Oh ‘ , they tell you, ‘ But a crisis like the banking one would tear down our whole economic system…. We had to save them, to save America! ‘ Hogwash! Uncle Sam should have simply sat down with those failing con men and play ‘ Let’s make a deal ‘ . Assets would have been sold at fire sale prices with the government taking receivership of those institutions. Instead of an 800 billion dollar bailout, this approach would have been much more frugal and effective. Then, when the time was ripe, the Feds could have sold those companies to the highest bidder. Just as with claiming racehorses, there would have been a shake to see who got the deal….. That is how many bidders there would have been.
Wake up, fellow Americans, and shame these hypocrites for who and what they really are!
Philip A. Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn NYC longshoremen. He is an activist leader and free lance columnist. Since the 2000 elections, he has written over 150 columns, many posted on various sites worldwide. Recently, he is finding a home at www.dandelionsalad.wordpress.com, or at his own blog at www.opensalon.com. Philip can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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