A good piece by Lee Camp. Trump v Military Industry
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“This is not a column defending Donald Trump.
Across my career I have said more positive words about the scolex family of intestinal tapeworms than I have said about Donald Trump. (Scolex have been shown to read more.)
No, this is a column about context. When the New York Times reports that anonymous sources from the intelligence community say Russia paid Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers, context is very important.
Some of that context is that Mike Pompeo said, “I was the CIA director – We lied, we cheated, we stole. We had entire training courses.” So we know for certain that US intelligence agencies lie to you and me. We saw it with WMD, and we might be seeing it again now. ”
July 5, 2020 at 6:10 PM #333618peacecorpsParticipant
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, and that’s impressive since Obama dropped more bombs than ever before.”
I don’t know if this assessment includes all the American-made bombs dropped on Yemen since ‘we’ are not technically the ones dropping them. In any case, Trump can stop the bombing anywhere and at any time that he wants.
Since he successfully promoted the HUUUUGE increase in defense spending and has proven to be a great salesman for our military hardware to other countries, the MIC is happy with him.
If he REALLY wanted HUUUUGE peace in Syria, Korea, … I bet the MIC would say, “This guy is the best president we have ever had. Our sales and profits are soaring, taxes and regulations are falling, unions are dying. What’s not to like? We will give him peace in Syria and Korea (imagine the planes and bombs we can sell Israel and South Korea to ‘defend’ themselves) if it helps him get re-elected. We don’t want this guy to leave.”
I know he likes to alternately play the roles of the aggressive international bully and the aggrieved ‘populist’ victim of an evil establishment Deep State. If he were doing what Bernie would do – cutting military spending, reducing/stopping the bombing, negotiating (not breaking) international agreements, etc. – then I would put some credence into the sincerity of his efforts to create peace in parts of the world – while he bullies and bombs the rest of it.
“This is not a column defending Donald Trump.” And I am not a fan of Covid-19 (even while it valiantly battles Dr. Fauci and the ‘Medical Deep State). 🙂
They are called 'human' rights not "if politicians do not feel threatened" rights. Many politicians see national sovereignty/security as more important because they protect their power and wealth. Human rights often do just the opposite.
National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not resolved with more national sovereignty.
July 5, 2020 at 6:48 PM #333627Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Or either major political party, for that matter.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman
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