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

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Preemptive War


Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote "The Charge of the Light Brigade" to memorialize a tragic cavalry charge made in 1854. 

"Not tho' the soldier knew.  Some one had blunder'd: Their's not to make reply, Their's not to reason why, Their's but to do and die: Into the valley of Death"

We’re told that our young men and women have died for a noble causes, but what will be our next noble cause.  An honest answer to that question is that grief stricken parents must accept that children of the elite are not going to be making the supreme sacrifice, because they are not expendable.  Gold Star mothers are expected to graciously accept a neatly folded flag and quietly enduring lifelong grief.

Trump supporters and especially Gold Star mothers will be expected to conduct themselves as if they are in the military. "Their's not to make reply, Their's not to reason why" -- Their's but to demonstrate unwavering support for a blundering Commander-in- Chief.

Those who made the supreme sacrifice in Iraq never knew that their alleged noble cause was first revealed by Paul Wolfowitz a decade before 9/11.  Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy Wolfowitz were among 18 signatures on a letter to then President Clinton in 1998, which urged a preemptive war against Saddam Hussein.  Of the eighteen signers of that letter; eleven held posts in the Bush administration, when Iraq was invaded.  Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill confirmed that ten days after Bush's inauguration the focus at his first National Security Council meeting was war with Iraq.

The invasion of Iraq served to invite more terrorism and was an avarice, calculated, imperialistic plan to gain control of the world's second largest oil reserve.  Allowing our troops to be used as economic cannon fodder for multinational oil corporations is unconscionable.

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