Archive for the War Category

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.”

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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.”

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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 

Plow Shares And Swords.  Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 28, 2018)

Posted in Draft, Hypocrisy, Iran, Iraq, Kleptocracy, Perjury, Perjury/Dishonesty, Security State, Society, Syria, Terrorism, Vietnam, War on May 28, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “A sword in one hand, a plow share in the other.”

J          “On this planet, you cannot carry one without the other.”

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K          “I’ll put down the plow and pick up the sword in defense of the village, but not based on a lie.”

J          “If not for lies, there would be far fewer wars.”

K          “They lied, kids died.”

J          “But not their kids.”

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[See the e-ssay titled “The Flag (May 31, 2010)” and the e-commentary at “In Memoriam (May 26, 2014)” and “Reinstate The Draft; Reduce The Demand For War (Somewhat). Oh, And Happy Veterans Day! (November 6, 2017)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:  [Big bumper]

When considering the reliability of information provided to you by the government of the United States of America, it is important that you recall and reflect:

They fibbed about Viet Nam.

They fibbed about Cambodia.

They fibbed about Laos.

They fibbed about Cuba.

They fibbed about El Salvador.

They fibbed about Nicaragua.

They fibbed about Guatemala.

They fibbed about Panama.

They fibbed about Honduras.                                                    

They fibbed about Venezuela.

They fibbed about Chile.

They fibbed about the Spanish American War.

They fibbed about the Mexican War.

They fibbed about Pearl Harbor.

They fibbed about 9/11.

They fibbed about Osama bin Laden.

They fibbed about Afghanistan.

They fibbed about Kuwait.

They fibbed about Iraq.

They fibbed about Saddam Hussein.

They fibbed about Libya.

They fibbed about Muammar Gaddafi.

They are fibbing about Yemen.

They are fibbing about Somalia.

They are fibbing about Sudan.

They are fibbing about Syria.

They are fibbing about Palestine.

They are fibbing about Iran.

They are fibbing about Ukraine.

They are fibbing about Niger.

They are fibbing about the War on Terror.

They are fibbing.

They do not seem to be telling the truth.

Things really did not turn out so super in Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Haiti, Bosnia, Serbia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria, but who is counting?

But who cares?

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

Terrorized By Trumpi’s Tariffs (March 5, 2018)

Posted in Automobiles/Automobile Industry, Banks and Banking System, Blue States / Red States, Currency, Kleptocracy, South, Tariffs, Trumpi, War on March 5, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “In his latest Twitter tantrum, Trumpi announced that he is going to terrorize the world with tariffs.”

J          “He is a twit.  Everyone but Trumpi knows that tariffs are tarrible.”

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K          “Trumpi may place tariffs on foreign cars.  The BMWs manufactured in the foreign country of South Carolina and the Volkswagens made in the foreign country of Tennessee and the Mercedes made in the foreign country of Alabama all will be tariffed.”

J          “The South is the New Germany.  Lindsay Graham is the Senator from South Carolina, New Germany.”

K          “The South is also the New Japan.  The Toyotas from the foreign country of Kentucky also will be tariffed.  Mitch McConnell is the Senator from Kentucky, New Japan.  Someone said that other countries may place a tariff on Kentucky bourbon.  That will get Mitch in a tither.”

J          “What if other nations boycott Harley-Davidson?  They are made in Paul Ryan country.”

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K          “Makes you wonder if most of the Red States are actually foreign countries.  We may soon need a passport to visit and transit.”

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J          “Tariffs are a toll that takes such a toll.”

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K          “A boycott of Harley-Davidson . . . now them is fighin’ words.  And that’s the problem.  A trade war often becomes a war war.”

J          “Trade wars often become currency wars.  Currency wars often become trade wars.  A currency war combined with a trade war almost always becomes a war war.”

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K          “Putin sent a message on March 1 to the U.S. that seems to have been lost in translation and buried in the cacophony of chaos.  If the U.S. attacks, Russia will respond.”

J          “No one is listening over the din.”

K          “No one is listening.  Too many hurricanes are hurling toward the house of cards.”

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[March 8 – International Women’s Day]

[See the e-commentary at “Bankruptcy Auto Companies (December 8, 2008)” on the auto industry in the South.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The chaos is getting even more chaotic.

Trade War -> Currency War; Currency War -> Trade War; Trade War + Currency War -> War War

The Unrelenting Daily Assaults, Year Two.  Oh, And Happy New Year! (January 1, 2018)

Posted in Kleptocracy, Noble Prize in Eco-nomics, Taxation, Trumpi, Wall Street, War on January 1, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “We embark on another year of unrelenting daily assaults, day in and day out, week in and week out, month in and month out.  A helve and trip hammer of travesties.”

J          “Everything that is decent, civil and moral is constantly crashed, condemned and carpet bombed.”

K          “With Trumpi now coronated the king of the Kleptocracy, the Kleptocrats are kings and in complete control of the Kleptocracy.”

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J          “The Nation’s Saltwater-Crocodile-In-Chief is presiding over the Swilling of the Swamp.”

K          “Donaldo Trumpi and his thugs are dismembering, disemboweling and dismantling the body politic.”

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J          “I have said before, however, that a desperately fragile system is nonetheless irrationally resilient.  Not yet.”

K          “This new year may just be the year of resolution.  There is no center; it cannot hold.  If he does not blow up the world first, Trumpi’s devastating destruction and the American Empire’s already inherent decline may pave the road to a rebuilt and downsized Republic.”

J          “A bad drunk must first hit rock bottom.  The drunk is still staggering.  This country was talking about repaving its roads as part of the redevelopment and rebirth.”

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K          “I resolve to revise and complete the ‘Manual For A Constitutional And Sustainable Post-Empire America’ as my project for the new year.”

J          “We need to maintain some record to guide us during the recovery and the rebuild.  A national road map to redemption.”

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[David B. Collum, the other David who provides a review of the events of the departing year, delivers his “2017 Year in Review” titled “Markets Fiddle While Rome Burns” available at Peak Prosperity.  John W. Whitehead, the recipient of the 2017 Noble Prize in Jurisprudence, offers a trenchant analysis of our circumstances in “Apocalypse Now:  2017 Was Another Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year” available at The Rutherford Institute.]

[See the e-commentary titled “The Drums of War (February 20, 2012)” presented at the outset of 2012, “‘Mericanize:  Monetize, Mechanize And Militarize (December 30, 2013)” presented at the outset of 2014, “Twenty Sixteen (January 4, 2016)” presented at the outset of 2016 and “Venturing A Few Unfounded And Unwarranted Predictions (July 13, 2015)” presented during the mid-year of 2015.] 

Bumper stickers of the week:

Have an exquisite new year

Repeal and Replace Trumpi

The Tax Deform Bill:  Making The Rich Richer And The Powerful Powerfuler

Tax Deform:  What happened to the post card tax return?

The Year of the Unreal to the Year of the Surreal

2018 – The Year of the Lizard, Act 2

 

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