Lies, Damn Lies, and What We’ve Been Told About Afghanistan, by David Swanson

Lies

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Aug. 17, 2021
August 18, 2021

It’s far from the longest U.S. war. There was no peace before or after it. There is no after it until they end it — and bombing has always been most of what it is. It has had nothing to do with opposing terrorism. It has been a one-sided slaughter, a mass killing over two decades by a single invading army and air force dragging along token mascots from dozens of vassal states. After 20 years Afghanistan was one of the worst places to be on Earth, and the Earth as a whole was a worse place to be — the rule of law, the state of nature, the refugee crises, the spread of terrorism, the militarization of governments all worsened. Then the Taliban took over.

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Afghan Lesson For Uncle Sam’s Running Dogs, by Finian Cunningham + Afghanistan: Who’s to Blame and What Next?

Stop the Wars! End The Afghan War Honk for Peace

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, August 15, 2021
August 17, 2021

Afghanistan is the most glaring proof of the American treachery. It’s a cautionary tale for others who incredibly still seem trusting in hitching their wagon to a U.S. alliance.

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Kabul has Fallen, by Kenn Orphan + U.S.-backed Afghan Government Surrenders to the Taliban

Protest against U.S military interventions and endless U.S. wars, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 8, 2016

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 16, 2021

“The Taliban is not the North Vietnamese army. There’s gonna be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy of the United States from Afghanistan.” — US President Biden, July 2021

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Chris Hedges and Danny Sjursen: The Historical Myths About World War II

24th Panzer Division in Stalingrad

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 14, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the historical myths about World War II with Danny Sjursen, Retired US Army Major, author and historian.

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Hiroshima Is A Lie, by David Swanson

"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 5, 2021

In 2015, Alice Sabatini was an 18-year-old contestant in the Miss Italia contest in Italy. She was asked what epoch of the past she would have liked to live in. She replied: WWII. Her explanation was that her text books go on and on about it, so she’d like to actually see it, and she wouldn’t have to fight in it, because only men did that. This led to a great deal of mockery. Did she want to be bombed or starved or sent to a concentration camp? What was she, stupid? Somebody photoshopped her into a picture with Mussolini and Hitler. Somebody made an image of a sunbather viewing troops rushing onto a beach.[i]

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Chris Hedges and Jesselyn Radack: Whistleblower Daniel Hale

Protesting Drones at Obama's Inauguration

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 29, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks with Jesselyn Radack, lawyer for US intelligence whistleblower Daniel Hale.

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Chris Hedges: We Know the Truth about Drones Because of the Courage of Daniel Hale

Drone

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 27, 2021

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and host of RT’s On Contact, Chris Hedges, discusses the case of US intelligence whistleblower Daniel Hale, as well as America’s drone massacres and how these turned the Muslim world against the United States.

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David Swanson: It’s Absolute Hypocrisy

Message to and from Obama

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 26, 2021
July 27, 2021

“There’s no growing threat or shrinking threat or threat of any sort from anywhere on earth to the US military.” — David Swanson

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Congress-Pentagon Flap Over Critical Race Theory: A Job for Critical War Theory, by David Swanson

No more war

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 22, 2021
July 25, 2021

That the United States has always been so deeply afflicted with structural and cultural racism that it sometimes goes unnoticed and needs to be addressed is hardly disputable. Who is anybody kidding? Have you seen U.S. history? Have you seen the United States?

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US Cyber Warmongering, by Finian Cunningham

Einsen und Nullen - Symbolbild

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, July 20, 2021
July 21, 2021

Western allegations that China is conducting massive cyber attacks are a frame-up. Not only that but the real perpetrators of cybercrimes are the accusers in what is classic self-projection of guilt.

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Four Major Reasons Why Thanking People For Wars Is Not A Path To Saving Lives, by David Swanson

Four Major Reasons Why Thanking People For Wars Is Not A Path To Saving Lives, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 13, 2021
July 16, 2021

If I were to just read the admirable recent study of U.S. military suicides from the Costs of War Project, my inclination would immediately be to join with President Biden and start proclaiming the war on Afghanistan a success, or with Obama in announcing that the Korean War was a success after all, or with the general U.S. establishment in declaring all wars a noble “service” of some sort. One of the factors that the study suggests may contribute to suicides among recent veterans of U.S. wars is the failure of the rest of us to declare the abominations they’ve taken part in to have been worthwhile. If people are going to refrain from killing themselves if we just pretend to find their wars heroic and glorious, it seems the least we can do, and really not much at all to ask for.

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Biden Defends Ending a War He’s Not Fully Ending, by David Swanson

Stop the Wars! Oct. 5, 2011

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 8, 2021
July 9, 2021

It’s been a dream of peace-loving people everywhere for over 20 years now for a U.S. government to end a war and to speak in support of having done so. Sadly, Biden is only partially ending one of the endless wars, none of the others having yet been fully ended either, and his remarks on Thursday were too glorifying of war to be of much use in the cause of abolishing it.

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Rivera Sun’s The Way Between, by David Swanson

The Way Between by Rivera Sun

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 6, 2021
July 7, 2021

For decades I — and, no doubt, everybody else who points out the power and effectiveness of nonviolent action — have had the endlessly recurring experience of being asked “But shouldn’t people defend themselves with wars rather than do nothing?”

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The Fourth is an Annual Day of Collective Amnesia, by Kenn Orphan

Lies

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
July 5, 2021

“​Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” — Albert Einstein

“Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.” — Arundhati Roy

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Put Away The Flags, by Howard Zinn

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published July 3, 2010
July 4, 2021

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

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