According to the Washington Post today, President Barack Obama is going to announce tonight that he is going to send another 34,000 troops to Afghanistan. This means that he is going to follow in the steps of Alexander the Great, the British Empire and the Soviet Union. I don’t feel that I should add that the aforementioned entities were all soundly defeated, but I will. It appears that some in Washington need reminding.
The trouble with Afghanistan, from a military point of view, is that the country is roughly the size of Texas, with naturally occurring bunkers in the mountainous regions which, unfortunately for us, take up most of the country. Another problem in Afghanistan is that the people there will turn a blind eye to anything that the Taliban stands for, as long as they aren’t foreigners. It seems that the people in that country don’t appreciate foreigners. That could explain why the country has never been effectively occupied…ever.
The truth that most people realize but can’t openly talk about is that America has seen better days and that the system of capitalism has long outlived its usefulness. The last part of that sentence, that capitalism has outlived its usefulness, is thoroughly the fault of the capitalists themselves.
I recently paid my dues and joined the Socialist Party USA. Why did I do this? It’s pretty easy to figure out. I don’t believe that this nation has ever been threatened by those that control the government and Wall Street as it is today. We are all at the mercy of the credit card companies that convinced the Federal government to amend the bankruptcy laws so that people facing destitution still must pay off their credit cards. The pharmaceutical industry charges up to and above 2000% for brand name medicines that have no generic equivalent. The bankers on Wall Street have raped the taxpayer upwards of 7 billion dollars that cannot be accounted for by the Inspector General of the New York Federal Reserve Board in testimony this week. In fact, the Fed has not even investigated where this money went!
The system of capitalism is strongest in America. The Unions have had their best days and are no longer effective. The people have been trained to accept what the employers give them. Ronald Reagan was the one that broke the back of the labor unions, and they have never recovered. The disparity between the rich and the poor has never been as great as it is now. The middle class is practically non-existent. In today’s America the younger citizen’s cannot blithely accept that they will be as well-off as their parents. In fact, just the opposite is true. Many parents are working multiple jobs just to maintain their standard of living.
I wanted to scream when I woke up to the news the other day that Obama had won the Nobel Peace prize. I shouldn’t have been surprised, not much in this world makes much sense anyway. Look at it this way, most of the self-righteous people that protest abortions because it kills defenseless babies in the womb think nothing of supporting a war where Israel kills women, children and babies in Gaza. I guess as long as they have already been born and can feel the flesh being burned off their bones makes it all right.
Of course there are those that will label me an Obama hater because I don’t believe he should win a peace prize. Just because he spends a trillion dollars for the armed forces and lusts after tanks, guns, planes, bombs and bullets along with advanced nuclear weapons shouldn’t disqualify him. After all, these procurements are to insure peace not to foster war. We are the United States, right? Sometimes what appears to mean one thing means exactly the opposite. Here is a good example:
Does anyone really think that a continued U.S. and NATO presence will actually achieve anything significant in Afghanistan? Will an additional 40,000 soldiers defeat the Taliban or will it only lead to more American deaths? It seems that a continued presence in that war-torn nation will only bring grief and death while U.S. and NATO troops continue to try and reign in the Taliban, which can only be compared to the debacle in Vietnam, where trying to track down the Viet Cong and the NVA could only be compared to trying to herd thousands of cats.
I believe that General McCrystal believes that the Taliban can be defeated but at what cost? We have yet to see a plan that will accomplish this. The situation in that mountainous land where the Taliban appear, kill a few soldiers and damage military equipment and then disappear is shockingly reminiscent of the situation in Vietnam. Peak US strength in Vietnam in April, 1969 was 543.400. We lost that war. We also tried to win “The hearts and minds” of the people in that war and we never succeeded. Will we repeat the same behavior in Afghanistan and expect different results?
Anyone with a modicum of sense knows what this post is about. We all feel a bit angry with Iran for running a clandestine nuclear facility. If you took this issue and didn’t involve anything else into it, sure, tight sanctions may be just what are needed. It’s unfortunate that our government works that way. We see the United States, time after time, reacting to world events instead of looking at the big picture. Reacting to events leaves us being wrapped around the axle every time. Too many crises will leave us little time to forge ahead with our own agenda, whatever that may be.
An American Writer and Veteran Speaks Out Against American Lies
By Timothy V. Gatto
Published by The Oliver Arts & Open Press
Tim Gatto is a rising voice in the Liberal Left and is destined to become a major thorn in the side of the Republican Fascist Right Wing. In his first of three books, From Complicity To Contempt, Gatto calls a spade a spade – and then he shows you how to use it to dig the truth out of NeoCon Lies.
In this collection of articles, written from August 2005, to January 2007, we see the evolution of a man, a man who served his country for nearly 21 years in the United States Army – including the last few years as an Army recruiter. We learn how that recruitment came to trouble him as young people signed up for what would become a seemingly endless series of wars. And where were the money, and the motivation, for these wars coming from?
I never thought I would see the President of the United States respond to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. To tell you the truth, I had thought liberalism had already been embalmed and buried when JFK and RFK were shot. Sure the Democrats tried to ensure that liberals believed that they were still part of the Democrats agenda, but in all actuality, they haven’t been included for quite some time. The last years under Bush, it was almost impossible to find a liberal Democrat. Idiots like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Rielly and Michael Savage castigated liberals to the point where they behaved as if they belonged in the closet!
I have a dog named Mackie. The reason that I mention him is that Mackie, like most dogs that are only half-trained to walk on a leash, never moves in a straight direction. That’s why my wife and I measure his walks in “Mackie-miles”.
It seems like the American people like to get to their destination not by the shortest route; instead they too, walk in “Mackie-miles”. It seems that we meander and circle about, a railroad car that has no tracks, going to and fro as the circumstances dictate. We don’t act, we react. I’m not talking about the American government; I’m talking about the American people. The American government has no problem acting on its biggest wet dreams. Install more troops in Afghanistan, bring more mercenaries to Iraq and Afghanistan, provoke Russia and keep the military industrial complex humming are just a few of their goals.
I was making a guest appearance on a radio show trying to promote my new book From Complicity to Contempt the other day, when a listener called the show and insisted that Russia was the aggressor in the Russo-Georgian War of last year. I had written an article after the brief flare-up https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2008/08/17/commonsense-and-the-russo-georgian-war-by-timothy-v-gatto/ and to this day it was Georgia that started things there by launching an artillery barrage on the South Ossetia capitol. The listener believed that Russia had wanted the war and that Georgia was the “victim” of Russian aggression.
I attended a town hall meeting in Greenville today. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) was the speaker. The subject of this particular meeting was health care and particularly President Obama’s plan. I expected to hear my Senator’s views and some suggestions from the people attending, what I didn’t expect was to hear however, was the good Senator bashing the President and the Democrats for almost an hour.
I realize that the Republicans don’t have much support in the Senate, but I don’t see how distorting the entire debate on health care in South Carolina will help the government come to some sort of compromise that will help to insure the 47 million people that currently have no health insurance. In fact, I don’t see either party working in the best interests of the American citizen. What I see is a fractured, broken political system that seems to be working not for the best interests of the people, but for the insurance companies.
The health care debacle has gone exactly the way I pictured it would. It seems that every day that passes brings with it a new concession to the insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry and the health providers. It probably would have been a less painful experience if the government just would have asked these interests to build a health care plan with no governmental interference. There is no doubt in my mind that we would have gotten essentially the same plan.
President Obama claims that “pressure” has forced him to reconsider the “public option”. I’d like to know exactly what pressures have made him rethink that strategy. Obviously the pressure must be coming from inside the Democratic Party because Republicans have no power. I wish he would let us in on exactly who is exerting this pressure. Maybe it is time Americans found out the truth about the Democrats and the Republicans. Let them see that they work to protect and enhance corporate power.
I have said many times that you don’t have to be a genius or really intelligent to figure out what game the political parties and the administration is playing in Washington. The only prerequisite that is needed is for you to pay attention. Keeping your eye on everything that is being said, but more than that… what is being done. We as Americans have entered the nefarious world of “double-speak”. Now, more than ever, the novel by Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, should be read by anyone who cares what is happening to this nation. If you have read it once, by all means, read it again.
The Senators, Congressmen and the administration, say one thing, and do the exact opposite. Today I was in a McDonalds with my wife and there was a sign taped to the front counter. On that sign was a proclamation that they = “E-Verify” employees. Being inquisitive in nature, I got down on one knee to see exactly what e-verification was. There, on top of the message, were the logos for Social Security and Homeland Defense. It seems that McDonald’s when processing new hires, sends the applicant’s Social Security number to the Social Security Administration, and just to be sure they are not hiring anyone that is a “terrorist” or on the terrorist watch list, they also send the Social Security number to Homeland Security. It’s a good thing; I don’t want a “terrorist” flipping my burgers!
I wrote a small article yesterday about an e-mail I had received from Commondreams.org. The article begged the question of why didn’t the staff at Commondreams.org understand what and who Barack Obama was before now? This thought led me to wonder if any of the so-called “progressive” journalists ever bothered to vet Barack Obama? When I say “vet”, I’m bringing up the question of whether they actually checked his political history or even bothered to see what corporate entities were paying for his campaign? As journalists, wouldn’t you expect that these writers would have investigated Barack Obama before they started to write of his “glorious” exploits?
I know that most “progressive” writers studied McCain and Sarah Palin’s backgrounds. There wasn’t much that the GOP couldn’t hide from them. What I can’t understand to this day, is why weren’t Obama’s corporate ties brought to the fore? This is particularly apt after the discoveries that were brought out about Goldman-Sachs. They just happened to be one of the largest bankrollers for the future president. I wrote about it several times. You would believe that some astute so-called “journalist” would have taken the hint from me and pulled up opensecrets.org, The Center for Responsive Politics site that tracks campaign donations. The information is still there to see, that is, if anyone is at all interested. Just by following his biggest contributors, you could see what direction Obama was going to take. Here are eleven of his largest contributors, just in case going to opensecrets.org is just too much to ask of you;