The point of public relations slogans like 'Support our troops' is that they don't mean anything... That's the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody's going to be against, and everybody's going to be for. Nobody knows what it means because it doesn't mean anything. Its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something: Do you support our policy? That's the one you're not allowed to talk about.
It takes the death of a Marine or a soldier, or the deaths of four Green Berets who lost their lives in Niger. It requires the unnecessary deaths of young men before we pay attention to our reckless and increasingly impotent military policies. When less than 1% of the country serves in the military, it seems natural to overlook the current rot and utter failure of our military strategies. Thank you for your service and support the troops bumper stickers will have to suffice.
With the recent lies and revisionism of Chief of Staff John Kelly, the stupidity of President Trump, and the militarism of our two previous Presidents we are in a linear march to endless war. Armistice Day created on November 11 1918, as a day of peace to end further wars. In 1954 it was renamed "Veterans Day" which is used overwhelmingly for military and public propaganda.
One suspects that Chief of Staff John Kelly's 10/19/17 press conference was going to address the unnecessary death of Sgt. LaDavid Johnson and deliver a heartfelt apology to his wife, Myeshisa. After an awful attempt at a condolence call by Kelly's boss President Trump, it was the least Kelly could do. Johnson's family and America also deserved an explanation for his death. And not to mention why there are close to 6,000 U.S. troops in at least 49 countries in Africa. But Kelly, in all his glory, had other plans.
Kelly- sounding every bit like the "you know what's wrong with America today?" pissed off uncle at the holiday dinner- attacked the character of Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. She has a long, proud history of accomplishments, dedication, and results in the 24th District of Florida she represents. But Kelly decided to make a story up
and in the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, talked about how.. she took care of her constituents because she got the money, and she just called up President Obama, and on that phone call, he gave the money — the $20 million... And she sat down, and we were stunned. Stunned that she had done it.'"
Kelly's work of fiction and lies exposed by a SunSentinel video as evidence to destroy his false claims. It is hard to understand the motivation for Kelly's disturbing diatribe. The fact is that Kelly has a history of making absurd and creepy statements explained in great detail by Jon Schwarz at The Intercept. Furthermore, Kelly wrongly named one of the two agents' memories dedicated to the new FBI building. Kelly said his name was Duke; it is not. His name is Jerry L. Dove. Also, Kelly claimed the agents died in a "firefight in Miami against drug traffickers" they did not. They were killed in a gun battle with bank robbers.
The recent deaths in Niger are linked to the deceit and military misadventures under presidents George W. Bush and Barrack Obama. They were the pretexts for more foreign policy blunders under a chickenhawk residing in the oval office. President Trump will live his military wet dreams through the intellectually stunted and the magnificently ignorant Generals like John Kelly surrounding him. The art of deception and the propaganda created by elected officials, the Pentagon, and a cheerleader press push the lies we consume obediently.
There is significant soft glove treatment of Kelly, Trump, Obama, and George W. Bush when it comes to questioning their military decisions- whether in the media or on blog sites. Kelly gets treated with the reverence due to his military service, which has become America's new religion. Trump was considered "presidential" firing rockets on Syria. On MSNBC Brian Williams had an on-air orgasm over it.
President Bush illegally invaded Afghanistan and launched America's most protracted war. Bush, who headed an administration that engaged in torture, rendition, displacement, and violent murder. George W. Bush's administration, including Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfield, was nothing less than a modern-day Murder Inc. Apparently, for Democrats, all is forgiven.
President Obama fared no better, and yes, given a shitty hand. But his decision for a troop surge in Iraq, his wretched adoption of the drone program, targeted killings, and the drone assassination of a sixteen-year-old American boy Abdulrahman Alwaki (Trump killed his eight-year-old sister in a drone attack earlier this year). Furthermore, Barrack Obama's legacy included the bombing of seven predominately Muslim countries (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan). One can notice many of the refugees coming to America are departing from the ones just mentioned: that we have destroyed and littered with bloody corpses.
The recent act of political violence in the killing of eight people in New York will be used to keep the drumbeats of war pounding. John Kass wrote that combating the spread of Sharia (?) in stopping terrorist attacks. Kass even cites Andrew McCarthy, whose extremist views are beyond disturbing. It doesn't cross either one of the sophisticated thinking minds of Kass or McCarthy that perhaps invading, bombing, and murdering the children in Muslim countries may be a cause.
Kass also references female mutilation as a Muslim issue. I invite Kass to show me the Surah it is mentioned in but he won't: because it is not in The Quran. Furthermore, his reference to anti-Islamic puppet Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a questionable source at best. I recommend Max Blumenthal's piece exposing her lack of credibility. A cheerleader press that is not adversarial to power becomes complacent in the lies given to us.
Veterans for Peace invites us to remember today as Armistice Day. The cost of war has been excruciatingly painful in dollars and lives. To borrow from Veteran and war resister Matthew Hoh: wage peace.
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