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Does Any Institution In America Function? Oh, And Happy Friday The 13th! (December 9, 2019)

Posted in Academia, Banks and Banking System, Congress, Democrats, Federal Courts, Federal Reserve, Institutions, Jurisprudence Award, Kleptocracy, Law, Medicine, MIC, MICAC, Military, MSM, Noble Prize in Jurisprudence, Pushitzer, Pushitzer Prize In Commentary, Republicans, Supreme Court on December 9, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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J          “I need one more day.”

. . .

K          “You don’t have to name three, just nominate one.”

J          “One institution after the other after the other after the other after the other after the other after the other has failed and continues to fail.  And that is even after lowering the standards to the point that the bar is on the floor.  One more day, I need.”

. . .

K          “The legal system at every level is a fraud and a racket.  We live in a country with many, many, many rules and many, many, many laws, but we do not live in a country that believes in or adheres to the rule of law.  There is no law, there is only ideology.”

J          “The medical and health care / sick careless system is a racket and a fraud.  I drive by the health insurance company skyscraper and reflect that not one person in the monolith has ever applied a band aid to a patient.  There is no care, there is only profitability.”

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K          “The economic system is rigged at every step and turn to loot every last dollar from the people for the benefit of the Kleptocrats.  What is the end game for the expendable consumers who soon will have nothing left to bleed?”

J          “The MSM media is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kleptocrats.  The message is tightly controlled by obedient droves of stenographers.  As a first step, everyone should skip ‘The Wall Street Journal’ and jump over to ‘Wall Street On Parade’ produced by Pam Martens and Russ Martens.”

K          “Academia is a substantially owned subsidiary of the Kleptocrats.  The message on the critical issues is also controlled and shaped by the corporate sponsors.  The campus buildings are all named for brigands; their kids and grandkids are admitted to skip the classes conducted in the namesake halls.  The hallowed halls are hollow holes.  The MIC is now expanded to include Congress and Academia in the MICAC.”

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K          “Every agency from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) – in the air and on the sea – is corrupt and incompetent.  Regulatory capture exists at just about every regulatory agency.”

J          “Furlough the ‘L’ out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (B“L”S).  To determine the real rates of unemployment, a citizen must search in the shadows at “Shadow Government Statistics” prepared and analyzed by the dedicated and informed John Williams.”

K          “And then there is the Federal Reserve.  Probably no other institution, less one and perhaps two, has inflicted more grief and despair on the ordinary citizen with less publicity and notoriety than the Federal Reserve.”

J          “And related agencies such as the Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) are pernicious because they fool the citizen into believing that someone is watching out for him or her.”

K          “And the Department of Defense (DoD) exists primarily to spend money, drop bombs, and kill people but not to provide for the common defense.”

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J          “The CIA and the FBI are a threat to every citizen at home and abroad and now may be affiliated with and advancing the interests of one political party.”

K          “The police in every burg and borough are paramilitary forces occupying the city and the county and the country.  Very few understand that the real Occupy movement in America grinds on.”

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K          “Even many of the vaunted NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) surreptitiously serve the government’s interests.  The  Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is a front for the MICAC and shielded by the MSM that advances the propaganda.”

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J          “Local EMTs and fire departments are generally contributing to the public good.”

. . .

J          “The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is a credit worthy institution administering its duties dutifully.”

K          “Despite unrelenting opposition from the White House, Republicans and industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doing what it can to reduce the plundering and the pummeling of the Planet.” 

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K          “The ACLU is fighting the good fight.”

J          “Planned Parenthood is improving our plight.”

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[See “Journalist:  Newsweek Suppressed OPCW Scandal And Threatened Me With Legal Action” and other articles in “caitlinjohnstone.com” by Caitlin Johnstone, the 2019 recipient of the Pushitzer Prize In Commentary, dated December 8, 2019 and the discussion of e-con-omics in “Against Economics” in “The New York Review of Books” by David Graeber dated December 5, 2019.]

[See the e-commentary at “Here Comes Da Judge; Dere Goes Da Justice (August 31, 2015)”, “The FBI File:  The American Imprimatur Of Success (January 18, 2016)”, “Suing Law Schools; Suing Gun Makers.  Oh, And Happy Law Day! (April 30, 2018)” and “Clinton, Inc., Trump, Inc., Bush, Inc., Kennedy, Inc., O’Bama, Inc. (October 24, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”  Eric Hoffer

America is a racket not a republic.

“If the misery of the poor not be caused by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.”  Charles Darwin 

There is nothing you can do to make any material change of any kind in any way today.

“Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.”  Arthur Ashe

Guitar / Drum ; Dove / Hawk ; Pax / War. Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 27, 2019)

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Military, Vietnam, War on May 27, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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The Flag (May 31, 2010)

Time To Talk:  Hear The Guitar (December 9, 2013)

The Drums of War (February 20, 2012)

Intended Consequences In Iraq (August 3, 2015)

World Trade Center Building 7 And The AIA (May 18, 2015)

Giuliani – Draft Dodger And Chickenhawk (March 3, 2015)

Iraq:  Right On Track (June 16, 2014)

Bulk Collection Of Telephony Data.  Again. (December 16, 2013)

“Iraq” Is Arabic For “Vietnam” (March 18, 2013)

Iraq:  AGFPT.  Iran:  AGFPT II? (January 2, 2012)

Iraq:  Shock and Awe; Shocking and Awful (September 6, 2010)*

Shop While They Drop – The $2.99 Sacrifice (May 7, 2007)

Gettysburg and Iraq (October 30, 2006)

Staying the Collision Course In Iraq and The Mid-East (September 25, 2006)

Still Off Course (September 18, 2006)

The Virtues of an Iraqi Civil War (April 17, 2006)

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[See the essay and commentary titled “War and Young Americans” in “The Automatic Earth” by Raul Ilargi Meijer with pieces by Sara A. Carter and Caitlin Johnstone, the recipient of the 2019 Pushitzer Prize in Commentary, and others including the powerful words of many vets dated May 26, 2019.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Respect the troops

“Iraq” Is Arabic For “Vietnam” (March 18, 2013); “Iran” is Persian for “Vietnam”

Guitar / Drum ; Dove / Hawk; Pax / War

The United States Military Is A Communist Organization.  Thank God.  Oh, And Happy Armistice Day!  (November 12, 2018)

Posted in Military, War on November 12, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?”

J          “According to the DD 214, from August 7, 1996 to March 16, 2004.  Proudly and with distinction.  And one is never an ‘ex’ Marine, one is always a ‘former’ Marine.”

. . .

K          “They focus on the unit not the individual.”

J          “They work an extra half hour to complete the mission without spending an hour and a half completing paperwork seeking two hours of comp time.”

K          “They provide a single payer health care system collectively without bankrupting the individual while providing a basic human right.”

J          “They do not try to distinguish themselves with expensive threads.  Their uniforms are . . . uniform.”

K          “They do not try to distinguish themselves with elaborate bouffants.  They do sport crew cuts and everyone in the crew works together to make the cut.”

J          “They do distinguish themselves by distinguishing themselves.”

K          “They do get the job done.”

. . .

K          “In theory, the military is subordinate to civilian control.”

J          “In practice, for my entire life, the civilian controllers have needlessly killed and maimed the courageous and patriotic kids in the American military in unnecessary and illegal wars of aggression calculated and designed to create chaos and instability throughout the world.”

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[The political events of the past week must stew and gestate and percolate for another week.]

[Savor the speech by Jim Lehrer at the dedication ceremony for the National Museum of the Marine Corps on November 10, 2006 and note his reference to the greatest Marine of all time, Smedley Butler.]

[See the e-commentary at “Vet’s Day; Slavery And Due Process (November 12, 2007)” and “Smedley And Ernest On Our Friend ‘War’; The ‘Racket’ Continues (September 7, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Semper fi

Gung-ho 

Third Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2018 (April 16, 2018)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Journalism, Military, Newspapers, Press/Media, Pulitzer, Pushitzer, Wall Street, War, War and Wall Street Party on April 16, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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            “The envelope please.  . . .  This year’s Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is awarded to . . . Danny Sjursen for trenchant insights provided by a patriot who spent time in the trenches.  Author of Ghost Riders of Baghdad:  Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge, the active duty major contributes incisively to the discussion of American foreign policy and military affairs and the physical and psychological consequences of war.”

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And a tip of the hat to the U.S. Department of Defense that allows an active duty military officer to comment freely on important public issues.

[Please send nominations for the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary for 2019 and a supporting letter by January 25, 2019 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

[See the e-commentary at “Pulitzers Are Pro-War?  Pressing The Pushitzers (April 22, 2013)”, “First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016)”, “Second Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2017 (April 10, 2017)”, “Smedley And Ernest On Our Friend ‘War’, The ‘Racket’ Continues (September 7, 2015)”, “A War On War? (May 30, 2016)”, “Seriously Sizing Up Syria Seizing Up (October 12, 2015)”, “The Drums of War (February 20, 2012)”, “Syria: Gas and Fog (August 26, 2013)”, “Time To Talk:  Hear The Guitar (December 9, 2013)” and “The Percolating Middle East (February 22, 2016)”.]

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Bumper stickers of the week:

For good and honest stuff

Dissent is patriotic

Reinstate The Draft; Reduce The Demand For War (Somewhat). Oh, And Happy Veterans Day! (November 6, 2017)

Posted in Bush, CIA, Clinton, Democrats, Draft, Military, Republicans, Romney, Trumpi, War, War and Wall Street Party on November 6, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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J          “It is a real head-scratcher.  Democrats such as J. Kennedy, G. McGovern, A. Gore, J. Kerry, M. Cleland, J. Webb and J. Kerry are decorated war veterans who question America’s pursuit of unending war all over the globe all the time.  Republicans such as G. Bush, R. Cheney, R. Giuliani, J. Ashcroft, J. Bolton, M. Romney and D. Trumpi are craven draft dodgers who fledged into chickenhawks and favor and savor sending other people’s kids off to die in useless wars that advance their economic interests.” 

K          “Life in America.  And death in America.  Have you noticed that the warring class who use other people’s money to take money from other people also take other people’s kids to take other people’s lives in their wars?”

J          “That makes lots of money for them from other people’s money and from other people’s lives and liberty.”

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J          “G. Bush the Senior did serve with courage and distinction in World War II, although he surely oversaw and directed some dastardly things when he headed the C.I.A.”

K          “B. Clinton did not serve with courage and distinction.”

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K          “R.O.T.C. programs were banned from some hip and profitable colleges.  The programs should be welcomed because they provide opportunity and possibility.  Let the individual decide.”

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J          “In the early 1970’s, the Draft became an inconvenient nuisance for the well-connected such as George B., Richard “Dick” C., Rudolph G., John A., John B., Mittens R., Donaldo T and . . . B. Clinton.  Dodging the Draft required pulling strings with the local draft board to get a deferment or hiding in the state national guard or fleeing to Europe or faking a hang nail.  In response, many corporate think tanks, some owned by their parents, started thinking of a scheme to keep their kids out of tanks and in the corporations.  The answer was to end the formal Draft now, release their kids from the duties of citizenship and  . . . impose economic indentured servitude on the underclass.  That changed the incentive structure for war.”

K          “Without the pressure from those who are in an economic position to put pressure on the system, the ‘demand’ for war is greater than optimal or efficient in a society.”

J          “The powerful and well-connected will find a way to shelter their offspring in comfortable billets and avoid uncomfortable bullets.  However, the social benefit from increasing the cost of dodging the drafting is desirable.” 

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[See “The Deep Unfairness of America’s All-Volunteer Force” in “The American Conservative” by Dennis Laich and Lawrence Wilkerson dated October 16, 2017, “The Moral Case for Draft Resistance” in “The New York Times” by Michael Stewart Foley dated October 17, 2017 and “How the Draft Reshaped America” in “The New York Times” by Amy J. Rutenberg dated October 6, 2017.]

[See the e-commentary at “Smedley And Ernest On Our Friend ‘War’; The ‘Racket’ Continues (September 7, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

November 8 – One year ago

November 11 – Veterans Day

Draft beer not boys and members of the ruling class

Charlottesville . . . Chancellorsville? (August 14, 2017)

Posted in Economics, Education, Military, Race, Schooling, Schooling Industrial Complex, Trumpi on August 14, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Hate may abate, but it will never sate.”

J          “Despite what is in the Constitution, hate is in our constitution.”

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K          “Academia is one of the battlefields.  Education is part of the solution and may impart some tolerance and understanding.” 

J          “At core, the battle is economic.  To make it, one must be schooled.  Those not making it need to blame someone or something else for their circumstances.”

K          “Tolerance and understanding are easier to swallow if one also has some chow to swallow.”

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K          “Two of the racist rabble rousers were schooled at the University that is still addressing and assessing its racist history.”

J          “So much for schooling.  Schooling can only do so much.”

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J          “At Chancellorsville, Lee divided his armies.  In the Charlottesville campaign, Lee’s contemporary clans united their armies under the sham pretense of protecting his statue.”

K          “Scrutinize the flags, banners and gonfalons carried by the goons.  The White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, Freikorps and other malcontents and discontents are mobilized and mobilizing for an uncivil war.”

J          “And awaiting the spark.  Donaldo Trumpi as President is doing nothing to provide them with economic opportunity and everything as the ‘Dog-Whistler In Chief’ to promote the conflict.”

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J          “What heroes should we celebrate to replace Fort Benning and Fort Bragg?”

K          “Fort E. Shinseki and Fort S. Butler?”

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K          “And yet we as a society must do everything reasonable to promote and foster the right of peaceful assembly – even for the goons – subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions.”

J          “But they were not assembling themselves, they were intimidating others.  And the authorities knew what would erupt when the two groups were allowed to collide.”

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[This week, consider considering the e-commentary at “Rerouting History (February 15, 2016)”, “The Confederate Flag:  What Does It Mean To You? (July 6, 2015)”, “Celebrate Virginia’s ‘Celebrate Slavery Month’ (April 12, 2010)”, “King Daze (January 20, 2014)” “Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013)” and Brown Is The New Black (February 18, 2008)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Remove the statues; end the idolatry

Combatting Women? (August 8, 2016)

Posted in Military, War on August 8, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The Marine Corps has undertaken objective studies of women in combat units that raise troubling concerns.  I believe that women should stay in traditional roles such as neurosurgery, cultural anthropology, astrophysics, structural engineering, civil rights lawyering, contemporary architectural design, commercial aviation, Avant Gard poetry, hedge fund management, motorcycle racing, concert pianisting, home building, home making, Maker-ing, sports, politics, entertainment, putting everything on the line, etc. but not be deployed to the front line.”

J          “You do know that that opinion is not allowed.” 

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J          “Is that because they are smarter?”

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[See the article and the related articles at Marine Corps Release Results Of Study On Women In Combat Units.”]

[See the e-commentary at “The Endless War On Women . . . By American Warriors (July 22, 2013).”]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Semper fi (to what?)

Ali (June 6, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Courts, FBI, Judiciary, Justice, Military, Newspapers, NSA, On [Traits/Characteristics], Race, Religion, Society, Sports, Supreme Court, Vietnam, War on June 6, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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3          “Some individuals are known by their first names.  Attila, Twiggy, Cher, Oprah.  ‘Ali’ was his brand after he rejected the name he was branded with at birth.”

5          “Yet the name he repudiated – Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. – reeks of royalty and speaks respect.  Sounds like the name of someone who would sport a repp tie, but he had to elude those who wanted to place a noose around his neck.”

3          “And then he made them place a few medals around his neck.  Have you noted that one hundred percent of those who insist on calling him ‘Cassius Clay’ despise him and despise Blacks.”

5          “Life provides so many revealing tells.”

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5          “Rare is the young American who musters the poise, focus and conviction to change name and religion when the change will be universally and publicly excoriated.”

3          “And then when they tried to muster him into the military and threatened him with conviction, he confronted them with his convictions.”

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5          “The Associated Press photograph of him sporting a tasteful, conservative suit and tie while being escorted through a gauntlet of uniformed soldiers from an armed forces examining station in Houston, Texas after refusing to join the Army is a powerful tableau of conscience confronting power.”

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3          “When his legal case went to the Supreme Court, the Court went to unprecedented lengths and widths and heights and bent over backwards and forwards and sidewards to exonerate him without creating a precedent that would apply to anyone else.  Rare if not unique justice for a rare if not unique man.  If everyone else in America could receive just one one hundredth the judicial attention he received, we would live in a just Republic.”

5          “Courts usually bend over backwards and forwards and sidewards to uphold whatever the government inflicts on an individual.”

3          “In a just Republic, other young men, black and white, etc., would and should be able to cite Clay [(, also known as Muhammad Ali)] v. United States, 403 U.S. 698 (1971), to object to participation in an unconscionable war.”

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5          “In a secret operation code-named “Minaret”, the National Security Agency monitored the communications of Ali and others and provided information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

3          “The time-honored way that America celebrates its heroes.”

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5          “At the time, I was told that we were born to be outwardly reserved and yet inwardly confident.  Ali, I was told, was born into circumstances that forced him to exude bravado because he spoke for millions of oppressed and suppressed people.”

3          “So he may have been too humble and reserved under the circumstances?”

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5          “Unlike most, he had swift hands; like all, he had clay feet.  We can properly eulogize him properly yet not canonize him unequivocally.”

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[See the e-commentary at “The FBI File:  The American Imprimatur Of Success (January 18, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“I am America.  I am the part you won’t recognize.  But get used to me.  Black, confident, cocky.  My name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.”

“War is against the teachings of the Qur’an.  I’m not trying to dodge the draft.  We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger.  We don’t take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers.”

“Keep asking me, no matter how long,
On the war in Vietnam, 
I sing this song:
I ain’t got no quarrel with no Viet Cong.”

“Man, I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong.”

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?      No, I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over.      This is the day when such evils must come to an end.  I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars.  But I have said it once and I will say it again.  The real enemy of my people is here.      I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.  If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow.      I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs.  So I’ll go to jail, so what?  We’ve been in jail for 400 years.”

“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America.  And shoot them for what?  They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father…  Shoot them for what?  How can I shoot them poor people?  Just take me to jail.”

“At home I am a nice guy, but I don’t want the world to know.  Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.”

 

A War On War? (May 30, 2016)

Posted in Military, War on May 30, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “We have prosecuted the War on Drugs and the War on Crime and the War on Women and the War on Terror and the War on Poverty and the War on Religion, but not the War on War.”

J          “And we have lost every one of the Wars except the War on Women.  War is a drug.  The resources committed to the War on Drugs should be deployed to fight the War on the Drug known as War.”

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K          “What we must consider is a Peace on War.  However, the Military-Congressional-Industrial-Complex makes too much money on War.  The only viable resolution may be a thoughtful and thought-provoking compromise.  The U.S. government must agree to buy one hundred billion dollars of war toys a month and then pile them up in the desert and blow them up.  Rinse and repeat.”

J          “Hard on the desert.  Yet selling the movie rights could partially fund the undertaking.”

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[See the e-commentary at “The Flag May 31, 2010)” and “O’Bama Revisited (January 17, 2011)” for a note on Eisenhower’s warning.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.”  David Friedman

“To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.”  Winston Churchill

I grew up in a rough neighborhood . . . Vietnam

Smedley And Ernest On Our Friend “War”; The “Racket” Continues (September 7, 2015)

Posted in Banks and Banking System, Book Reference, Magazine Reference, Military, Oil, Wall Street, War on September 7, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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_          “Four score years ago this month, the world of arts and letters and the world awoke to a pair of trenchant commentaries on our friend ‘War’ written by two scholars who had spent time in the trenches and developed the ‘street cred’ to command attention and respect.  Smedley D. Butler was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history who also should have won a Nobel Peace Prize.  Ernest Hemingway wrote stuff.  We should listen.”

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[See the e-commentary presented on a prior Memorial Day on this Labor Day at In Memoriam (May 26, 2014).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers.  In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.  I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914.  I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in.  I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.  I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902–1912.  I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916.  I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903.  In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.  Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints.  The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts.  I operated on three continents.”  Smedley D. Butler in a poem in the September 1935 issue of the magazine “Common Sense” that later become an overlooked classic. 

“They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.  But in modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying.  You will die like a dog for no good reason. . . .  The only way to combat the murder that is war is to show the dirty combinations that make it and the criminals and swine that hope for it and the idiotic way they run it when they get it so that an honest man will distrust it as he would a racket and refuse to be enslaved into it.”  Ernest Hemingway in “Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Letter,” in a September 1935 issue of the magazine “Esquire”.