Welcome to the National Security State of 2015

Re-Posted from TomDispatch.com | by Tom Engelhart

This is a great, eye-opening post. It pulls together all the links as to how Washington has, over the past 50 years, perpetuated such a militarized economy based on American insecurity. Even more daunting, it will be almost impossible to turn it around.

<snip>

Official Washington has, that is, invented a system so dumb, so extreme, so fundamentalist, and so deeply entrenched in our world that changing it will surely prove a stunningly difficult task.

Welcome to the new world of American insecurity and to the nightmarish inheritance we are preparing for our children and grandchildren.

A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity
Welcome to the National Security State of 2015
By Tom Engelhardt

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175939/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_feeling_insecure_in_2015/#more

Empire’s Age-Old Aim: Wealth and Power

Dick And Lynne Cheney Participate In Book Discussion In Washington

Repost from Huffington Post |

Finally someone says it like it is reference Dick “the Devil” Cheney…

snip//

“Cheney even models Leopold: never in the dangerous fray himself (five draft deferments, e.g.), a master of bureaucratic manipulation and intrigue, in love to a fault with secrecy, willing to undertake any crime under the sun so long as it leads to profit, deeply relishing every moment of evil he is able to engineer, and a master of masking it all through adroit, politically-attuned public relations aimed at people too stupid to question him — all while paying absolutely no attention to what his past clearly demonstrates he has done, thus thoroughly frustrating the decent folks all around him.”

Read the whole article below…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-b-wilkerson/dick-cheney-wealth-and-power_b_5545433.html

Sorry, George W. Bush, but this whole mess is still your fault

This is a great article by Paul Rosenberg at Salon.com on the Iraq war and who is really responsible… “This is a must read!”

snip//

GOP wants to pin Iraq on Barack Obama. Perhaps they need a simple refresher in the real history of the last decade.

Like clockwork, the Republican noise machine is blaming Barack Obama for the crisis in Iraq. And like clockwork, they’ve got everything wrong again.

The man to blame for what’s happening in Iraq is not President Obama — it’s President Bush.

Contrary to Tony Blair’s latest protestations, the U.S./U.K. invasion of Iraq — under deliberately fraudulent pretenses – had a great deal to do with enabling the current emergence of a Sunni terrorist military power in Iraq, but it goes much deeper than that. The recent success of ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — is exactly what Osama bin Laden had hoped that the 9/11 attacks would lead to. And thanks to Bush’s spectacularly foolish responses, bin Laden’s dream has come true.

Read the rest of the article...

http://www.salon.com/2014/06/16/sorry_george_w_bush_but_this_whole_mess_is_still_your_fault/

Absolutely Nothing

Great article by Jim Wright at StoneKettle.com on the Iraq war and the war-drums that are being beat to return… “This is a must read!”

snip//

They had no idea what we were fighting for, those saber-rattling Chicken Hawks, the cowardly connected wealthy weasels who’d managed to avoid serving in their own war, who kept their children out of uniform, but just couldn’t wait to send us into one of their own making. They sent us off with parades and marching bands and cheering crowds … and brought the bodies home in secret, hidden away from the TV cameras and the public.

They had no plan and no idea what we were dying for, but they assured us what the war wasn’t about – it wasn’t about religion.

Oh no, sir, we weren’t fighting to eradicate Muslims, it wasn’t about Islam.

The Evangelical Christian religious extremists who started this war told us it wasn’t about religion.

Heh heh, riiiiiight. And Vietnam was really about containing communism. Sure.

Click here to read the whole article:

http://www.stonekettle.com/2014/06/absolutely-nothing.html