Thursday, July 30, 2015

Not in our name!

Do you remember . . .

when we were out buying goods and services, per W's instructions, to defeat the evildoers . . . 

and while we were participating in strengthening American commerce we were warned that weapons of mass destruction were minutes away from annihilating our capitalist country . . . 

and how the Duck and Cover safety program was superseded by the United States Department of Homeland Security color-coded Terrorism Advisory System . . .   

and how the color-coded system offered no advice, not even crawl under a table to avoid nuclear fallout? 

Do you remember . . . 

how the USA Patriot Act (which is an acronym for: Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act) quick stepped through congress . . . 

and when criticized, the congressional defense was that they did not read the bill? 

"We don't read most of the bills. Do you really know what that would entail if we read every bill that we passed?" Rep. Conyers

Do you remember . . . 

how we were going to be greeted as liberators as we sowed the seeds of freedom . . . 

and how well it worked in the current military boondoggle not to mention the success in other US military engagements?

I was wonder what our political and military leaders remember . . . 

"The reality was that I had sent American troops into combat based in large part on intelligence that proved false … No one was more shocked or angry than I was when we didn’t find the weapons. I had a sickening feeling every time I thought about it. I still do." 
George W Bush, The Decider and 43rd President of the United States.

"We failed to draw Congress and the American people into a full and frank discussion and debate of the pros and cons of a large-scale military involvement … before we initiated the action." 
- Robert Strange McNamara, Secretary of Defense under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and responsible for escalating the United States involvement in the Vietnam War.

Response to comments made by Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld advocating an attack on Iraq.

"What the hell, what are these guys thinking about? Can’t you get these guys back in the box?" 

- General Colin Powell, United States Secretary of State, serving under U.S. President George W. Bush, National Security Advisor, Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"It’s not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true." 
- Henry Kissinger, National Security Advisor and concurrently Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. 

"The wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy," 
- General Omar Bradley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs responding during Congressional testimony to the Korean War.

"Simply because you do not have evidence that something exists does not mean that you have evidence that it doesn't exist." 

- Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford and under President George W. Bush. 

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