Bush is a hero
UIDIOTRACEMAKEWO RLDPEACE

United States

#176196 Mar 23, 2014
"The American government could already be described as authoritarian... Due process of law and the right of habeas corpus, which for centuries have characterized the rule of law in democratic states, have been eliminated. At the discretion of the president, non-citizens and citizens alike may be classified as enemy combatants, picked up and held for an indeterminate period of time without access to counsel. A network of secret prisons and camps is being established both inside and outside of the United States. Paramilitary forces or private mercenary armies are being developed to make up for the inadequate numbers of the existing volunteer army. This is effectively resulting in the privatization of the US military."

William F. Pepper in his book "An Act of State: the Execution of Martin Luther King"
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United States

#176197 Mar 23, 2014
"War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder."

Alexander Berkman
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United States

#176198 Mar 23, 2014
"CEOs of most of the world's largest corporations daily make decisions that destroy the lives of many other human beings. Only about 1 to 3 percent of us are sociopaths - people who don't have normal human feelings and can easily go to sleep at night after having done horrific things. And of that 1 percent of sociopaths, there's probably only a fraction of a percent with a college education. And of that tiny fraction, there's an even tinier fraction that understands how business works, particularly within any specific industry. Thus there is such a shortage of people who can run modern monopolistic, destructive corporations that stockholders have to pay millions to get them to work. And being sociopaths, they gladly take the money without any thought to its social consequences."
Thom Hartman - American radio host, author, former psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and liberal political commentator.
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United States

#176199 Mar 23, 2014
"Why of course the people don't want war.Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ...Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."

Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II
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United States

#176200 Mar 23, 2014
"How dare Americans allow their government to cause such misery [in the world]."

Ramsey Clark, ex- US Marine, and Former United States Attorney General and human rights activist!
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United States

#176201 Mar 23, 2014
" With unfailing consistency, U.S. intervention has been on the side of the rich and powerful of various nations at the expense of the poor and needy. Rather than strengthening democracies, U.S. leaders have overthrown numerous democratically elected governments or other populist regimes in dozens of countries ... whenever these nations give evidence of putting the interests of their people ahead of the interests of multinational corporate interests. "

Michael Parenti, political scientist and author
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United States

#176202 Mar 23, 2014
" ... the CIA had been running thousands of operations over the years... there have been about 3,000 major covert operations and over 10,000 minor operations... all designed to disrupt, destabilize, or modify the activities of other countries... But they are all illegal and they all disrupt the normal functioning, often the democratic functioning, of other societies. They raise serious questions about the moral responsibility of the United States in the international society of nations. "

John Stockwell, ex-CIA official (from his books, speeches...)
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United States

#176203 Mar 23, 2014
UIDIOTRACEMAKEWORLDPEACE wrote:
"I spent 33 years in the Marines, most of my time being a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism... The general public shoulders the bill. This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones, Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations."
Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler
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Note he is agaisnt capitalism but Predatory capitalism/corporatism!
Correction!
he is NOT against Capitalism but only the Predatory capitalism/corporatism

“Custer @ LBH - Ooops”

Since: Nov 07

Bakersfield, CA

#176204 Mar 23, 2014
HipGnosis wrote:
<quoted text>
Simple question: Why? Why is it so god-awful important that President Obama or Bush "do something" about freeking Crimea OR Georgia? We've got no economic interest. We've got no strategic interest. We've got no leverage. We're not trading partners. We've got no "populations at risk". This is ground they've owned before. They have significant military investment there, not unlike our Guantanamo. There is a majority Russian population. Moscow didn't like the way local politics was leaning, so they moved to protect their interests. Gee whiz, it seems America has similar history in our own hemisphere. We're just not as out in the open about it, we prefer black ops and assassination. It's more gentlemanly that way, I guess.
<<GASP>> O--------M--------G!

Putin has already requested and received approval from his parliament to invade Ukraine for the purpose of "protecting the ethnic Russians living there." In Apr of 2005, he declared
the greatest catastrophe of the century was the dissolution of the former USSR. Has it not crossed your mind that this brutal thug may be out to restore [at least] some of those countries. He has a 3-year window to get that done, and he can use significant percentages
of ethnic Russians in Ukraine and in the Baltics as an excuse to invade for the purpose of "protecting his brother Russians".

Oh but there's MUCH more mr Gnosis. China has designs on Taiwan and a couple of islands currently belonging to the Japanese. No Korea is poised to invade So Korea, and Kim Jong Un would then be held up high, as the Korean leader solely responsible for reuniting Korea and able to do what his father was NEVER able to accomplish.

Iran is close to nuke capabilities, and is reportedly already able to deliver warheads regionally, including Israel. You think Israel will just stand by and do NOTHING?

Russia's been supplying weapons to his pal Bashar Assad in Syria, who is not only fighting his own people, but is in direct conflict with Turkey. The Turks just shot down a Syrian warplane near their border with Syria. These are just SOME of the hot spots in Eurasia and the Middle East.

It's not about what interests America has in Ukraine or any of the other hot spots. It's about these ruthless despots testing America's resolve, as I said a few days earlier. Now that Obama is perceived to be weak and naive, it may start with Ukraine, but we could be in serious danger of all he11 breaking loose, and nowhere to run.

Europe will hide in their houses, the UN will toss a few resolutions here and there, NATO forces will be greatly outnumbered and spread thin, and the US can't $$ afford to send our military to yet another warfront. Do you think your son is willing to let the bad guys take the upper hand, and destroy a great portion of the globe, that so many before fought to preserve?
UIDIOTRACEMAKEWO RLDPEACE

United States

#176205 Mar 23, 2014
" The propaganda system allows the U.S. Ieadership to commit crimes without limit and with no suggestion of misbehavior or criminality; in fact, major war criminals like Henry Kissinger appear regularly on TV to comment on the crimes of the derivative butchers. "

Edward Herman - American economist and media analyst with a specialty in corporate and regulatory issues as well as political economy
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United States

#176206 Mar 23, 2014
" The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them."

Harold Pinter, English dramatist
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United States

#176207 Mar 23, 2014
"War is caused by elites acting in what they take to be their own interests, institutional violence promulgated by ruling groups for personal gain."

The Nation magazine
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United States

#176208 Mar 23, 2014
" When I visited Auschwitz I was horrified. And when I visited Iraq, I thought to myself,'What will we tell our children in fifty years when they ask what we did when the people in Iraq were dying.'"

Mairead McGuire, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Northern Ireland
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United States

#176209 Mar 23, 2014
Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or "disappeared", at the hands of governments or armed political groups. More often than not, the United States shares the blame."

Amnesty International for World Human Rights
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United States

#176210 Mar 23, 2014
"Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane."

Howard Zinn, historian and author
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United States

#176211 Mar 23, 2014
" Coming to grips with these U.S./CIA activities in broad numbers and figuring out how many people have been killed in the jungles of Laos or the hills of Nicaragua is very difficult. But, adding them up as best we can, we come up with a figure of six million people killed-and this is a minimum figure. Included are: one million killed in the Korean War, two million killed in the Vietnam War, 800,000 killed in Indonesia, one million in Cambodia, 20,000 killed in Angola ... and 22,000 killed in Nicaragua. These people would not have died if U.S. tax dollars had not been spent by the CIA to inflame tensions, finance covert political and military activities and destabilize societies.

Certainly, there are other local, regional, national and international factors in many of these operations, but if the CIA were tried fairly in a U.S. court, under U.S. law, the principle of complicity, incitement, riot, and mayhem would clearly apply. In the United States, if you hire someone to commit a murder your sentence may be approximately the same as that of the murderer himself.

Who are these six million people we have killed in the interest of American national security? Conservatives tell us, "It's a dangerous world. Our enemies have to die so we can be safe and secure." Some of them say, "I'm sorry, but that's the way the world is. We have to accept this reality and defend ourselves, to make our nation safe and insure our way of life."

Since 1954, however, we have not parachuted teams into the Soviet Union - our number one enemy - to destabilize that country... Neither do we run these violent operations in England, France, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, or Switzerland. Since the mid-1950s they have all been conducted in Third World countries where governments do not have the power to force the United States to stop its brutal and destabilizing campaigns.

One might call this the "Third World War." It is a war that has been fought by the United States against the Third World. Others call it the Cold War and focus on the anti-Communist and anti-Soviet rationales, but the dead are not Soviets; they are people of the Third World. It might also be called the Forty-Year War, like the Thirty-Year and Hundred-Year Wars in Europe, for this one began when the CIA was founded in 1947 and continues today. Altogether, perhaps twenty million people died in the Cold War. As wars go, it has been the second or third most destructive of human life in all of history, after World War I and World War II.

The six million people the CIA has helped to kill are people of the Mitumba Mountains of the Congo, the jungles of Southeast Asia, and the hills of northern Nicaragua. They are people without ICBMs or armies or navies, incapable of doing physical damage to the United States the 22,000 killed in Nicaragua, for example, are not Russians; they are not Cuban soldiers or advisors; they are not even mostly Sandinistas. A majority are rag-poor peasants, including large numbers of women and children.

Communists? Hardly, since the dead Nicaraguans are predominantly Roman Catholics. Enemies of the United States? That description doesn't fit either, because the thousands of witnesses who have lived in Nicaraguan villages with the people since 1979 testify that the Nicaraguans are the warmest people on the face of the earth, that they love people from the United States, and they simply cannot understand why our leaders would want to spend $1 billion on a contra force designed to murder people and wreck the country."
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John Stockwell, exCIA (from his books, speeches..)
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United States

#176212 Mar 23, 2014
" With unfailing consistancy, U.S. intervention has been on the side of the rich and powerful of various nations at the expense of the poor and needy. Rather than strengthening democracies, U.S. leaders have overthrown numerous democratically elected governments or other populist regimes in dozens of countries ... whenever these nations give evidence of putting the interests of their people ahead of the interests of multinational corporate interests. "

Michael Parenti, political scientist and author
UIDIOTRACEMAKEWO RLDPEACE

United States

#176213 Mar 23, 2014
"Get some new lawyers"

US Secretary of State Madeline Albright to British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook when he told her
he was informed that the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia was illegal under international law
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United States

#176214 Mar 23, 2014
"What the United States has done to the country [Cambodia] is greater evil than we have done to any country in the world..."

California Congressman Pete McClosky following a visit to Cambodia in the 1970s

“Help Cecil Help!”

Since: Dec 06

Lafayette IN

#176215 Mar 23, 2014
bad bob wrote:
<quoted text>
<<GASP>> O--------M--------G!
Putin has already requested and received approval from his parliament to invade Ukraine for the purpose of "protecting the ethnic Russians living there." In Apr of 2005, he declared
the greatest catastrophe of the century was the dissolution of the former USSR. Has it not crossed your mind that this brutal thug may be out to restore [at least] some of those countries. He has a 3-year window to get that done, and he can use significant percentages
of ethnic Russians in Ukraine and in the Baltics as an excuse to invade for the purpose of "protecting his brother Russians".
Oh but there's MUCH more mr Gnosis. China has designs on Taiwan and a couple of islands currently belonging to the Japanese. No Korea is poised to invade So Korea, and Kim Jong Un would then be held up high, as the Korean leader solely responsible for reuniting Korea and able to do what his father was NEVER able to accomplish.
Iran is close to nuke capabilities, and is reportedly already able to deliver warheads regionally, including Israel. You think Israel will just stand by and do NOTHING?
Russia's been supplying weapons to his pal Bashar Assad in Syria, who is not only fighting his own people, but is in direct conflict with Turkey. The Turks just shot down a Syrian warplane near their border with Syria. These are just SOME of the hot spots in Eurasia and the Middle East.
It's not about what interests America has in Ukraine or any of the other hot spots. It's about these ruthless despots testing America's resolve, as I said a few days earlier. Now that Obama is perceived to be weak and naive, it may start with Ukraine, but we could be in serious danger of all he11 breaking loose, and nowhere to run.
Europe will hide in their houses, the UN will toss a few resolutions here and there, NATO forces will be greatly outnumbered and spread thin, and the US can't $$ afford to send our military to yet another warfront. Do you think your son is willing to let the bad guys take the upper hand, and destroy a great portion of the globe, that so many before fought to preserve?
And you think all this hell's going to break loose because Obama is President?

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