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American warmongers’ fatal conceit: The massive insecurity behind their calls for blood

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  • The neoconservative "do something" crowd are really "Know Nothings" -- and fatally misread the decade after 9/11
  • Forgetting Cheney’s Legacy of Lies

Elias Isquith, Salon

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Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 | In the inaugural post for his new blog at the Intercept, former Washington Post reporter and Huffington Post bureau chief Dan Froomkin makes an argument that is pretty widely held by opponents of the post-9/11 national security state, but still deserves our closer inspection. If we take a hard look at Froomkin’s idea, we’ll find that while it carries with it elements of truth, it ultimately misses something fundamental about the character of the United States — something that explains our political class’s overheated rhetoric about ISIS, and why truly ending the war on terror will be harder than many of us once believed. 

First, though, let’s look at Froomkin’s argument, which goes more or less like this: Due to weakness or villainy, President Obama has continued many of the anti-terrorism policies embraced by his predecessor, policies that are the result an understandably traumatized people’s desire for safety in the wake of the September 11 attacks, and which are themselves an unethical break from tradition. As Froomkin puts it, Bush’s “extremist assault on civil liberties, human rights and other core American values” was supposed to be “an aberration” in U.S. history, but instead has been “institutionalized” under Obama. 

Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpgElias Isquith is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on politics. 

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Forgetting Cheney’s Legacy of Lies, Ray McGovern, Consortium News

  • The neocons – aided by their “liberal interventionist” allies and the U.S. mainstream media – are building new “group thinks” on the Middle East and Ukraine with many Americans having forgotten how they were duped into war a dozen years ago.
  • What To Do About ISIS

 

Forgetting Cheney’s Legacy of Lies

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  • The neocons – aided by their “liberal interventionist” allies and the U.S. mainstream media – are building new “group thinks” on the Middle East and Ukraine with many Americans having forgotten how they were duped into war a dozen years ago.
  • What To Do About ISIS

Ray McGovern, Consortium News

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August 27, 2014 | As the world marks the centennial of World War I, the guns of August are again being oiled by comfortable politicians and the fawning corporate media, both bereft of any sense of history. And that includes much more recent history, namely the deceitful campaign that ended up bringing destruction to Iraq and widened conflict throughout the Middle East. That campaign went into high gear 12 years ago with a preview in late August before the full-scale rollout in September.

On Aug. 26, 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney – who remains something of a folk hero on Fox News – formally launched the lies leading to the U.S.-UK attack on Iraq seven months later. And on Aug. 30, 2013, another late-summer pitch was made for war on Syria, which came within 20 hours of a major U.S. aerial assault after Secretary of State John Kerry claimed falsely – no fewer than 35 times – to “know” that the Syrian government was responsible for using sarin nerve gas in an attack outside Damascus on Aug. 21, 2013.

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. In the Sixties he served as an infantry/intelligence officer and then became a CIA analyst for the next 27 years. He is on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

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What To Do About ISIS, David Swanson, World Beyond War

  • The first thing to do differently going forward: stop bombing nations into ruins, and stop shipping weapons into the area you’ve left in chaos.  
  • Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed

 

100 Years of Homeless Veterans

Armistice Day had to be expanded to include those slaughtered in WW2, Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, and countless other minor U.S. “incursions.”

Jeff Dietrich, Catholic Agitator 

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Front-Cover-Poppy-August-2014.jpgAugust, 2014 | They were street-dirty, with long stringy hair and grease-stained clothes in the way that men are who live on the streets, drink too much cheap wine, and rarely have the opportunity to bathe.

As a small child, they frightened and repulsed me; I held my mother’s hand more tightly whenever I passed one of them resting his legless stumps on a makeshift wooden platform with roller skates nailed underneath, pushing himself along the sidewalk with dirty leather- gloved hands. Mostly they sold the daily newspaper, the Newport News Tribune. However, on Armistice Day, they sold the small red paper poppies, a memorial to the millions of soldiers who died in WW1 and were buried in Flanders Field. They cost only a nickel and my mother always bought one and pinned it on her blouse above her breast. The legless grease-stained veterans of that war were there to frighten small children and remind us all about the senseless slaughter, of barbed wire, open trenches, and the corpses strewn across stretches of “no mans land” in what was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.”

Jeff Dietrich, an editor of the Catholic Agitator,  is the author of Broken and Shared: Food, Dignity and the Poor on Los Angeles' Skid Row. He lives in solidarity with the poor at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker on Skid Row.

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