Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Economic Advantage

Hillary Clinton noted in yesterday’s post, that when Trump was asked how he would stop the spread of global terrorism, he replied: “take the oil.”  Unfortunately, Hillary like most Americans find it very difficult to admit that our CIA and military have had a long history of stealing natural resources from other countries.

Marine Corps, Major General Smedley Butler, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor twice, spoke in 1933 at the VFW national convention.  He said: “A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people.  Only a small inside group knows what it is about.  It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.” 

In 1953, a CIA-backed coup against the democratically elected prime minister of Iran, Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh.  He had insisted on a 50/50 split of the oil profits with the the British owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.  The coup installed the Shah to power, and brought twenty-five years of tyranny and repression upon the Iranian people, which concluded with the Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolution.  That covert operation helped convince many people throughout the Islamic world that America was its mortal enemy.

Some of the Islamic extremists we are now fighting are the very group that we supported and subsidized throughout the 1980s in the name of fighting communism in Afghanistan.

Former senior member of our intelligence community, Michael Scheuer has two decades of experience in national security issues.  While with the CIA, he wrote "Imperial Hubris." under the pseudonym Anonymous.

Scheuer warned: “We must recognize that our invasion of Iraq was not preemptive; it was an avarice, premeditated, unprovoked war against a foe who posed no immediate threat but whose defeat did offer economic advantages.”


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