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By godistwaddle, June 1, 2009 at 9:06 am Link to this comment
Be the first folks on the block
To have your boy come home in a box.
Country Joe MacDonald
By purplewolf, May 26, 2009 at 8:32 am Link to this comment
Thanks to the Team America World Police attitude of this government/war industrial complex and for the continual outsourcing of our jobs to other countries, our people have few options left for earning a living except to join one of the armed forces in this never ending war machine. America spends more money each year than all the other countries of the world combined on war, yet cuts funding for everything else a healthy society needs. By keeping our people dumb and controllable, it is easier to waste our money and effort fighting imaginary enemies in every corner of the universe rather than toward something more constructive.
No doubt the caskets are outsourced and made in China, Mexico or India, anywhere but here.
By NYCartist, May 26, 2009 at 8:27 am Link to this comment
Well, kid’s not stupid, though, so ....I’d suggest the photo of his father (or her father) holding a model coffin for when kid grows up, not the kid.
By blogdog, May 26, 2009 at 12:42 am Link to this comment
NY Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/20/world/asia/20ammo.html?_r=2&hp;
By C. J. CHIVERS
Published: May 19, 2009
KABUL — Insurgents in Afghanistan, fighting from some of the poorest and most remote regions on earth, have managed for years to maintain an intensive guerrilla war against materially superior American and Afghan forces.
Chivers goes on to question…
The presence of this ammunition among the dead in the Korangal Valley, an area of often fierce fighting near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan, strongly suggests that munitions procured by the Pentagon have leaked from Afghan forces for use against American troops
Think again Mr. Chivers…
A blatant example of media distortion is the so-called “blowback” thesis: “intelligence assets” are said to “have gone against their sponsors”; “what we’ve created blows back in our face.“1 In a twisted logic, the US government and the CIA are portrayed as the ill-fated victims:
The sophisticated methods taught to the Mujahideen, and the thousands of tons of arms supplied to them by the US - and Britain - are now tormenting the West in the phenomenon known as `blowback’, whereby a policy strategy rebounds on its own devisers.
The US media, nonetheless, concedes that “the Taliban’s coming to power [in 1995] is partly the outcome of the U.S. support of the Mujahideen, the radical Islamic group, in the 1980s in the war against the Soviet Union”.3 But it also readily dismisses its own factual statements and concludes in chorus, that the CIA had been tricked by a deceitful Osama. It’s like “a son going against his father”.
The “blowback” thesis is a fabrication. The evidence amply confirms that the CIA never severed its ties to the “Islamic Militant Network”. Since the end of the Cold War, these covert intelligence links have not only been maintained, they have in become increasingly sophisticated.
New undercover initiatives financed by the Golden Crescent drug trade were set in motion in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Balkans. Pakistan’s military and intelligence apparatus (controlled by the CIA) essentially “served as a catalyst for the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of six new Muslim republics in Central Asia.” - http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO110A.html
By rockinrobin, May 25, 2009 at 8:42 pm Link to this comment
Rumsfeld, main author of ‘we are a force for good” fabricated to mislead & deceive the public: it’s all about PUBLIC PERCEPTION & is based on MISUSE of the MEDIA as was used in HITLERS day; to PREVENT the PUBLIC from knowing what was REALLY going on; Pakistan army paid $1b to CREATE and TRAIN a TALIBAN; per Sara C, living in Afghan for decades; “total surprise” to Americans (where do u THINK they got the $1b from????) are AMERICANS THAT *%$# /DUMB? Trillions & trillions of dollars go into the pockets of political figures: from WAR; Monsanto, the most evil company in the world works hand n hand with them: white phosphorus is used on innocents, there WERE no links with Al Queda in Iraq; the USA SET UP Saddam Hussain & TOLD him what to do; so he could overthrow the Gov of Iran & they set up the SHAH; WW11 was deliberately PROVOCKED and SET UP & FED THE INFO per Congressional records for the Japanese to attack us at Pearl Harbor; Pentagon behind 9/11; to “unite” the people & attack Iraq whom the politicians had decided to do in 1996; they get trillions of dollars in their pockets; we get dead sons, fathers, sisters, mothers; “all in the “name” of defending our country. Returning alive minus eyes, limbs, called 9 times a day demanding repayment for failure to fullfil contracts by CHINESE. THANK YOUR GOVERMENT! The word HONOR does NOT FIT in their mouths: no conscience, no virtue, and they are known as “baby killers” world wide. Oh, and Somalia who has been on their “to do” list: the PIRATES are PAID by WEALTHY BUSINESS MEN: guess who?” LOOK to the POLITICIANS in the USA folks.
By KDelphi, May 25, 2009 at 10:55 am Link to this comment
Watching all this glorification of death today, I am too sad to laugh at anything.
By octopus, May 25, 2009 at 8:24 am Link to this comment
War is a marketplace, a business opportunity, a stimulus package prosecuted by Armed Forces in the service of Corporate Agendas. War is only made possible by the Blood Sacrifices of those who buy into the disingenuous justifications for it. It is the forceful prosecution of the Profit Motive cloaked in feel-good morality and illusions of Glory. Construct an Enemy then Kill It…over and over again….
We as a Nation, and those who are considering a Career in Bloodletting, should question our history as the planets greatest promoters of warfare in all of history. Why have we REALLY gone to War ALL THOSE TIMES?
Go ahead and peak behind the Curtain.
Observe the Great and Powerful OZ for what it is….then give it the Finger !
By everynobody, May 25, 2009 at 6:53 am Link to this comment
Who controls the past,
controls the future;
who controls the present,
controls the past.
War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.
As Team America would say, “Fuck Yeah!”
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