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September 20, 2010

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To the editor:

The recent reports of remarkable success of our rocket attacks on Pakistan make me downright proud of our military industrial complex.

During the Vietnam war the massive bombing of North Vietnam and Cambodia (the latter was sort of not our enemy) was reported to kill only bad Vietnamese and, presumably, Cambodians. The bombs somehow avoided innocent civilians — women and children and the elderly. Or come to think of it, I believe they finally decided there were no innocent civilians so it was OK either way.

Anyway, my point is that our new rockets fired from drones are much more accurate in picking out Taliban or al-Qaeda or even ordinary out-of-work farmers who signed on to work for the bad guys. Our rockets must have some sort of radar that makes them avoid the same innocent civilians who were killed in that other war. The very few that we kill who actually are not fighting against us are called “collateral damage” — like broken windows or teapots. We learned a lot in Iraq about how to kill only people who deserve to be killed, or who picked the wrong side to join, but, after all, war without collateral damage would not be much of a war.

We all can be proud that this is being done with our tax money and in our name, and we ourselves can take credit for the results. In any case, we will have to live with the results.

Comments

grammaddy 4 years, 2 months ago

Don't glorify it, War is wrong. Period. You should hope that we would evolve past physical violence.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 2 months ago

I did some thinking and perhaps you are right grammaddy; if we hadn't fought the Revolutionary war we could have been part of the British Commonwealth, and had a Union Jack instead of 50 stars on our flag. Even if we hadn't fought the Civil war, perhaps the south would have eventually realized that slavery was wrong. Then there is WWII, if everyone had left Hitler alone he very well may have stopped when all of europe was part of Germany. Would he really have tried to take the United States too? Doubt it. Who do we think we are, standing in the way of communism in Korea and Vietnam? Maybe Mr. Obama would be willing to make us like Switzerland and we could have a policy of neutrality. When Iran develops a nuclear bomb, we are neutral; even if those ICBMs are pointed at us. The USA should take the lead; completely disarm.

cato_the_elder 4 years, 2 months ago

"Glorify it?" Grammaddy, you need to read the letter again. It was written by one of your own ilk.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 2 months ago

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notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

War is hell. If it wasn't, we'd probably have more of them, with not much of a reason to try to avoid them.

Jimo 4 years, 2 months ago

Government can't do anything right - every Republican knows this - with the exception of bombs, which work wonders.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

War works for war profiteers subsidized with billions of our tax dollars which quickly becomes trillions of tax dollars once the near 40,000 disabled vets begin collecting enough disability to raise their families and put their families through college.

Then comes the hundreds of thousands of innocent men,women and children who get killed by drones,missles,automatic guns and depleted uranium poisoning. What an image for the USA and what an image of the USA it creates in the minds of those impacted .

Hmmmmmmmmmm

War has seldom been the answer...

The S&L scandal is by no means the only incident of questionable, and actually illegal, financial activity that the Bush family has been involved in. The line of questionable, illegal, and unethical businesses practices goes back at least to Prescott Bush Sr., George Bush Sr.’s father. Prescott Bush was a Senator from 1952 – 1963. Previous to his time as a Senator Prescott was a banker and businessman.

Prior to the American entry into WWII Prescott Bush was director of Union Banking Corporation. Union Banking Corporation helped to finance Hitler’s regime. The Concentration Camps of Nazi Germany were labor camps that the Nazis used to make products for their regime as well as for sale to raise money. Prescott profited directly from the Auschwitz labor camp.

In 1942, after Hitler declared war on America the United States government seized the Union Banking Corporation under the Trading with the Enemy Act as a front operation that was supporting the Nazis. Much of the profits from the operation were already pocketed by Prescott however, and $1.5 million was put in a trust fund for George Bush Sr.

For more on Prescott Bush's ties to the Nazis see:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1312540,00.html

War profiteers create wars it seems.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 2 months ago

Psssst, merrill, 1942 was a long time ago. You should think about taking this post out of your usual rotation and retiring it.

jafs 4 years, 2 months ago

You don't care that Bush's father made millions financing the Nazis?

And left $1.5 million for Bush with some of his profits from that?

Richard Payton 4 years, 2 months ago

No mention of the citizens being used as shields by the Taliban. No mention of the kids left orphaned by the Taliban left to starve. How the writer just wants to blame the WAR MACHINE of the USA.

cato_the_elder 4 years, 2 months ago

No, DPL, I was only attempting to alert Grammaddy to the fact that he had apparently misunderstood the letter. Of course, people of his and your ilk often misunderstand very simple things.

QuinnSutore 4 years, 2 months ago

War kills people.

Terrorist attacks kill people.

One or the other. I'd rather it be them than us.

Yeah I could live in a cutesy world where money grew on trees and nobody ever had to do a day of work and we could all kiss and make up. Unfortunately, I happen to live in this real world, where the economy's been trashed, the working class are weighted down by freeloaders with their hands out, and we have wackjobs with C4 vests planning impromptu fireworks shows.

You can crank your John Lennon and imagine all the people living life in peace. Meanwhile our soldiers will be out there protecting peace here in the real world.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 2 months ago

Translation: When the going gets tough, the tough bomb babies.

Kyle Reed 4 years, 2 months ago

Using your handy dandy "I'm an ultra liberal named Sally" translator, yes that is exactly how it would translate. Those of us in the real world however know exactly what QuinnSutore meant.

jafs 4 years, 2 months ago

Wars protect peace sounds a lot like a slogan from 1984.

uncleandyt 4 years, 2 months ago

War IS terror. Them IS us. Money sort of does grow on trees for the wasty frauding abusers who got huge contracts to not do a day of work. Our soldiers are creating new enemies ("wackjobs") while protecting profits for the weightiest of freeloaders. You can crank your John Ashcroft as loud as you like, it will never make sense.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

The USA war machine should not be there. The white house lied.

A flamboyant war against a small group of terrorists was never the answer. The flamboyant war was a result of Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld and General Hayden of NSA headquarters dropping the ball. Yes they paid no attention and the terrorists pulled off an extraordinary plan getting 4 large passenger jets under their command all in a matter of few hours.

How did they know 9/11/01 was the day?

This flamboyant war is all about distraction to cover massive neglect of duties. Which allowed a small group of terrorists to pull off an intricate plan. These terrorists lived a few blocks from NSA headquarters which was a known factor. These known terrorists also learned to fly in Florida. What was the Bush/Cheney admin doing?

The USA GOVERNMENT has no right to kill thousands of innocent men,women and children anywhere on the planet!

jafs 4 years, 2 months ago

Yes.

It seems there is little interest in how the attacks could and should have been prevented, which would have been far better than anything we can do now.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 2 months ago

Eat Predator Death, Islamofacists. Any time you are not in a cave, the USAF could be tracking you. If you run, you'll just die tired.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 2 months ago

In the Old Testament the kings almost always fought with their army. I wounder what difference it would make if the people who decide who we go to war with actually have to be involved in the combat themselves?

jafs 4 years, 2 months ago

That's a great point!

I think it would make a tremendous difference - far fewer wars.

uncleandyt 4 years, 2 months ago

On We stupidly march, feeling free to decide which reports of our wars to accept and reject. When the communists of Afghanistan attacked the good people of Kansas, we were left with one option, Tax cuts for the rich. Soon we discovered another option, Torture of suspected evil-doers. We, through our great goodness, have earned unlimited options. We imported many sturdy tables from Scandinavia upon which to lay out our options. We had no option but to keep some of our options secret. Word secretly leaked from Official sources on condition of anonymity that some of our secret options were robust. When the Conservative regime of Iraq made it obvious that they were located right next to Iran, we were left with one option, Sell nukes to India. On We march, comfortably to our couches, snacking on poison, laughing at all those stupid people who don't know what's really happening, scoffing at the smarty-pants egg-head book readers who won't stop spreading their jealous lies. Everyone knows that sources of information have a liberal bias. We are left with one option, Fox News must expand its operation through mergers and acquisitions, if We want any chance at winning these wars and the next ones. We are proud Barbarians !! congratulations

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