no third solution

Blogging about liberty, anarchy, economics and politics

Obama’s Kill List Reveals the “Anti-War” Left Are Fucking Poseurs

June 5th, 2012

As others have noted, during the Bush regime there was a popular anti-war sentiment among those in the “left” or “progressive” camps. Well they were all fucking poseurs hijacking an otherwise noble ideology.

From this faction, who I presume would gladly present Bush’s head on a pike, we have heard nary a peep since Obama took office, even though as David McElroy notes, Bush’s controversial drone program has been greatly expanded, and as highlighted by some propaganda-masquerading-as-news last week, the litmus test for whether a drone strike is justified essentially amounts to whether it killed anyone, since the newspeak definition of “militant” is circularly defined as anyone killed by a drone strike.

Barack Obama, mass murderer and war criminal

Barack Obama, mass murderer and war criminal

Napolitano comments on Obama’s secret kill list,

Since 9/11, the United States government has set up national security systems that function not under the Constitution, not under the Geneva Conventions, not under the rule of law, not under the rules of war, not under federal law, but under a new secret system crafted by the Bush administration and personally directed by Obama, the same Obama who condemned these rules as senator and then extended them as president

The silence now reveals all the anti-war rhetoric as nothing more than partisan pandering, proving beyond doubt that it was never really about being anti-war.

And proving that, in times of conflict all for-profit media is essentially state-run propaganda recyclers, our independent and unbiased news media continues to report on such “facts” e.g., : U.S. drone strikes kill at least 18 suspected militants in Pakistan.

US drone strikes stoke public anger in Pakistan

US drone strikes stoke public anger in Pakistan - via BBC

It would also be worth noting that “The Pakistani government and parliament have repeatedly asked the U.S. to stop the strikes,” including a summons of the US envoy to Pakistan. You bet your ass they’re pissed off. Wouldn’t you be?

If any country on earth launched UAVs to send missiles in to American households it would be considered an overt act of war and would be met by the full force & fury of the U.S. Military.

Double-standard much?

For Memorial Day: War is a Racket

May 26th, 2012

Formerly Decoration Day, the holiday was first observed after the Civil War as a way to remember the many who died in that conflict. It is not about celebrating soldiers, nor celebrating warfare, nor celebrating “America”. Memorial Day is about remembering the true costs of war, measured in “Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes.”

Smedley Darlington Bulter

General Smedley Butler, USMC retired

So in remembrance, this year I  highly recommend you read Smedley Butler’s “War is a Racket” (which is also available for free online, here). It is one of the best, and briefest anti-war pieces out there.

His short essay begins thusly:

War is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

Smedley Darlington Butler was a two-star general, and when he retired from the United States Marine Corps, he was he most decorated Marine in history.  He knew a thing or three about war, only it was not until later in life that he fully understood what a racket it is.

You can read Racket this afternoon, and in only a few hours you can learn the lessons of Butler’s entire lifetime.

I can think of no better way to honor their deaths by learning the mistakes of history and vowing never to repeat them; question anyone (politician, or otherwise) who is calling for more of them.

 

no third solution

Blogging about liberty, anarchy, economics and politics