Sunday, May 25, 2008

Much to remember and think about, again, this Memorial Day

Pap attack from around a year ago or so...

Cheney's Iran War

Is Bush and his Neoconservative string-pullers really planning to misuse the military of the United States for their own benefit once again by attacking Iran? Are they really going to do it? Is it time to do the next ‘protect America now or we’ll all die war’. I hope there is enough resistance among the upper brass that he won't be able to pull it off, but Bush has demonstrated a willingness and a knack for purging those who not only stand in his way but just merely disagree with him. That causes me to question whether there is anyone left with enough strength to halt such a foolish act as embroiling the nation in a third front in the Middle East before Inauguration Day.

Webb: ‘People In The Administration’ Would Like To Strike Iran Before Leaving Office»

It's important to remember that these guys have strong fascist leanings with a greater desire, despite their rhetoric to the contrary, for a strong authoritarian centralized government around themselves than a true love for our historic democratic roots. They are more concerned with the strength and profitability of the international corporations loyal to them and vice-versa than the health of America.


Our great military all the way down to, the National Guard, has been run-down, depleted and abused for the benefit of their dirty little oil war. Neocon loyalists, such as Representative Duncan Hunter, love to claim there are plenty of extra troops within the Navy and Air Force to bolster troop levels for any military adventurism in Iran. While I can't speak to the Navy I suspect it would be a similarly disastrous affect on them as it would be for the Air Force. I wonder just how many non-combat trained technicians can be removed before readiness is seriously hampered. How long before the planes won't fly, communications is disrupted and weapons systems become inoperable?

They have shown a great disregard for our professional all volunteer force through stop loss, extended Iraq stays, frequent deployments with little down time between, lack of respect for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, substandard care for the injured and permanently disabled, engaging in the immoral act of torture and illegal mistreatment during confinement of those labeled enemy combatants which endangers the well being of all in uniform, rejecting a GI Bill so they can get a good education and even denying a raise during these inflationary times to help their sacrificing families at home.

from The Nation...
McCain Sells Out Vets
VA Secretary: Vets’ Concerns About PTSD Are ‘Overblown’

GOP - Bad for the Military

They have demonstrated over and over again through their lies and misplaced priorities that their oil war and profiteering is more important than the health of our nation or the constitutional laws of the United States. Fear of the legitimate threat of terrorism from extreme elements around the world is allowing us to be weak on protecting our most cherished gift we possess as Americans; our freedoms as set forth in our constitution and its amendments. We’re allowing ourselves to be taken advantage of by those who would desire to see our freedoms lessened for their own lustful purposes. For the first time in our history we are in a period of retreat from civil rights and the respect for the dignity of humanity. The Constitution and Bill of Rights is under assault from this administration.

path to dictatorship

All of us vets took this oath. We stood side by side with one another in a variety of times and circumstances and proudly raised our hands to this simple affirmation of duty and allegiance.

"I, { }, do solemnly swear, (or affirm), that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."

How can we who have taken this oath so easily surrender to those who are using this nation for their own gain. We may have differing opinions about the poor use of troops in Iraq but when it comes to defending the constitution of this great land there can be no divisions. We are a democratic republic nation of laws; not men. There is no way any of you can be true to this oath and approve of the recent unconstitutional activities of this Neocon absorbed administration.

Because of our administration encouraged fear we have ignored the fact that we were attacked by a group of predominately Saudi Arabian men on 9-11. Bush and his cohorts decided to lead the nation away from those who attacked us. Instead we’ve been duped into raging war against a tactic. An unending war against a nameless and faceless foe called ‘terrorist’. This fear was used as a method against the American public as an excuse for an ill-advised war of choice and subsequent bloody occupation with troops stuck in the middle of a multi-faceted civil war in Iraq.


Exclusive: McClellan whacks Bush, White House

The Taliban is regaining strength in Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden is still free and in charge of Al Qaeda which is gaining strength and free reign in western Pakistan and throughout western Africa. We can’t do anything substantial to curtail their growth because we are bogged down in Iraq while seriously running down the morale and readiness of our military.

Our continuing occupation of Iraq is harming us while allowing Al Qaeda to grow in organization, strength and territory to be able to set up training camps along with a platform to attack us.

So now along the Afghanistan and Pakistan border, where we should have had a strong presence for several years, the training camps are back in business. It was just such a training camp from the same region the 9-11 attacks were planned and launched from.

And now, they want us to believe and trust them, again.

Keith Olbermann & Rachel Maddow*Repub Spintel for Iran War*

The Bush administration is using the turmoil in occupied Iraq to manufacture reasons to ignore diplomacy, as they did before the Iraq war, in order to ‘shock and awe’ bomb Iran. I’m greatly concerned that given the Bush administration's abysmal track record on world diplomacy any war like action in Iran will blow up in their faces bringing great harm not only to the innocent men, women, and children in Iran but also to our nation.

Conyers Tells White House Iran Attack = Impeachment

Will they be igniting the spark, similar to the flash that lit WWI, which causes nations to divvy up sides for another world war?

Will the world view us as the aggressors and retaliate economically if not militarily against our interests?
Bush/McCain Insane on Iran

Someone once said that the next world war would be fought with modern weapons including nukes; the next war after that would be fought with sticks and stones.

End this illegal occupation.

Restore constitutional order.
No Iran war.
Impeach the president/vice-president.
And under no circumstance let McCain be president.

from the mouths of conservatives themselves....

McCain = War

please watch this excellent essay from Thom Hartmann...

When Democracy Failed

read along...
Published on Sunday, March 16, 2003 by
When Democracy Failed: The Warnings of History
by Thom Hartmann


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