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Vietnam Was No Mistake — It Was a War Crime

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  • Marciano makes it clear the schools need to offer children very different role models. He has written an outstanding book that demonstrates how vital it is that we consider how we interpret the recent past in order to make decisions about the present. Those who endured the trauma of war must be given the support necessary to return to normal civilian life, but they should not be used as exemplars to encourage others to go off, endure similar horrors, and kill and die.
  • This is a book that must be read by a wide audience—activists, educators, historians, sociologists political economists and concerned citizens

Yale Mangrass, LA Progressive / Vietnam Full Sisclosure

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August 29, 2016 | John Marciano has written an absolutely essential book to counter the prevailing myth that the American invasion of Vietnam must be commemorated as a “noble cause” of which all Americans need to be proud. We should not question that everyone who crossed the Pacific to kill and die there, as the embodiment of all that is great about America, has to be honored for their patriotic dedication and sacrifice. At least since Vietnam, if not much earlier, joining the military has been called “service,” a selfless act for a higher good.

We know it is good because the United States is the incarnation of the greatest good in the history of the planet.

Marciano points out that the call for honoring participants in the war does not include the hundreds of thousands who protested in opposition, who struggled to stop the carnage and the atrocities. They are ignored, if not condemned. Calls for “supporting the troops” did not mean bring them home to safety where they would be rescued from trauma and possible death for a meaningless cause, which may be considered a war crime. The victims cannot be allowed to die in vain. They must be not denied victory. The way to guarantee they do not die in vain is to have more die in vain. Marciano observes that Reagan, one of the presidents who shouted most loudly for honoring the troops and the veterans, suspended hiring in the veterans “Readjustment Counseling Program” and disbanded “all Vietnam veteran outreach programs, including an employment-training program for disabled veterans.”

Yale Mangrass is a Chancellor Professor of Sociology/Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and the co-author with Charles Derber of Bully Nation: How the American Establishment Creates a Bullying Society

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The One Trillion Dollar War with Absolutely Nothing to Show for it.

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  • What could have been done with one trillion dollars? How about infrastructure, how about Single Payer health care for all, how about free college for all? When Democrats, Republicans, and corporate media say such things are not affordable, they are lying. Easily affordable if we stopped our worldwide wars. All other major nations have these things; they can afford them because they don't just do war.
  • What fools we are.

Joseph Clifford, OpEdNews

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8/19/2016 | We have become so accustomed to war we don't even bother to discuss it anymore. The war in Afghanistan has dragged on for almost 15 years, and it is no longer mentioned or discussed on corporate news.

The clown show, sometimes called a presidential race, has been reduced to two candidates, both of whom are hated by the voting public, and neither has raised the issue of Afghanistan once. The candidates have not been asked about it, and neither has spoken about it. It is the silent war that appears to be never ending, but just because it is not discussed does not mean you are not paying for it.

So far the tab is one trillion dollars and rising every day. 

Joseph Clifford lives in Rhode Island (RI) and has written a regular column for an online newspaper and has contributed many articles to various RI newspapers. His articles deal almost exclusively with American Foreign policy.

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The Tragedy of the American Military

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  • The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win.
  • Related: Liberal Antiwar Activism is the Problem

James Fallows, the Atlantic

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The part of the speech intended to get coverage was Obama’s rationale for re-engaging the United States in Iraq, more than a decade after it first invaded and following the long and painful effort to extricate itself. This was big enough news that many cable channels covered the speech live. I watched it on an overhead TV while I sat waiting for a flight at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. When Obama got to the section of his speech announcing whether he planned to commit U.S. troops in Iraq (at the time, he didn’t), I noticed that many people in the terminal shifted their attention briefly to the TV. As soon as that was over, they went back to their smartphones and their laptops and their Cinnabons as the president droned on.

James Fallows is a national correspondent for the Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne.

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Related:

Liberal Antiwar Activism is the Problem, Vincent Emanuele, Counterpunch

“Liberalism itself has failed, and for a pretty good reason. It has been too often compromised by the people who represented it.”  ― Hunter S. Thompson

 

Photographer Documents The Lesser-Known Victims Of Gun Violence — Those Who Survived

Kathy Shorr’s “Shot” chronicles the physical and emotional scars of gun violence across the United States.

Priscilla Frank, the Huffington Post

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08/03/2016 | Karina was standing with friends outside her Aurora, Colorado, high school when she was shot. The unintended victim of a drive-by shooting, Karina had to become a wheelchair user at 16 years old. 

Stories like Karina’s are as horrific as they are commonplace. Homes, schools, movie theaters, nightclubs, religious centers, small businesses and city streets — there are virtually no places on American soil safe from the possibility of gun violence

Priscilla Frank, Arts Writer, the Huffington Post

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“The Khans’ Grief Is Being Used by a Party That Is Treacherous”

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  • “What Trump says is rhetorically belligerent. But what Clinton and the Democrats actually did, it killed people. Why was the Khans’ son in Iraq?” --Cindy Sheehan
  • Will the Democrats fail the Khan family the way they failed Cindy Sheehan?

Brendan James, Slate

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Aug. 2 2016 | One after another, reporters and pundits, hacks and flacks all began circulating George W. Bush’s response from more than a decade ago to the protest of a dead soldier’s parent. It was a lesson in manners for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who had just attacked Khizr and Ghazala Khan, themselves the parents of a dead soldier, for having denounced the candidate as an unpatriotic bigot at the Democratic National Convention. “Compare Trump to Bush addressing Cindy Sheehan,” tweeted a Daily Beast editor, echoing dozens of others.

Cindy Sheehan’s son was killed in the same war that later took the life of the Khans’ son, and like them, Sheehan in 2005 was both a living rebuke to the Republican Party’s vision and an asset to the Democrats in their mission to take back the House. A California soccer mom turned anti-war activist, Sheehan had set up camp outside of Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, where she’d planned to stay until Bush had granted her a meeting.

Brendan James is a freelance writer living in New York. He's written for the Guardian, Newsweek, Vice, and Salon. He also produces the podcast Chapo Trap House. 

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Obama's Last Chance On Nuclear Weapons

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  • Presisdent Obama: Leave a Positive Legacy Toward Nuclear Abolition.
  • President Obama has a little over five months to not only fulfill his Prague speech but to live up to his Nobel Peace Prize. Use our prewritten letter to pressure the White House to take compelling action towards a world free of nuclear weapons

Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action 

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Founded on this issue nearly 60 years ago, our expectations were set high in 2009 when Obama gave his historic Prague speech where he stated his “commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” He took an important step by negotiating and pushing Senate ratification of New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) with Russia, which, among other important steps, reduced nuclear missile launchers by half and cut strategically deployed warheads by 10%. Obama also made us safer by holding four international Nuclear Security Summits to secure nuclear materials. Even with these positive steps, the Obama administration has set forth plans to completely upgrade the U.S. nuclear weapons program at a cost of $1 trillion dollars over 30 years.

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Paul Kawika Martin: Senior Director, Policy and Political Affairs, Peace Action

P.S. We know that President Obama is deliberating his last actions on nuclear weapons. Take the quick action of sending this prewritten letter asking for powerful policy changes towards nuclear abolition. After sending, please forward this important email to your family, friends and colleagues.

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