Who is the enemy part 2
Way back in the first cold war era when I was a kid growing up on military bases — I quickly learned that the military considers ALL civilians the enemy or the potential enemy. (Part 1 of Who is the enemy). For anyone who has been following the Bradley Manning military trial, even on a causal basis, you can’t help but notice that the journalists attending and reporting on the trials are being treated as if they were the enemy. Journalists who have never been exposed to the military paranoia are getting a rare view of what the military culture really is. But then this trial is a military circus, kangaroo court where the outcome has always been known.
We the people are the enemy — the military has distrusted “we the people” since at least the cold war era — if not before. The US Constitution is not observed nor respect on military bases — contrary to what the military PR liars might say.
NSA is a military operation — and they don’t have a “real” enemy so they are spending billions of tax payer’s dollars to spy on tax payers.
Did anyone notice the news that 0bama is trying to rehabilitate American’s role in the Vietnam war? If the past is behind us and now we need to move forward excuse for not trying Bush/Cheney and company for war crimes etc. is truth, then why go back to a war that America lost. As far as I can tell most Americans have moved forward — the only ones who are trying to lie about the outcome are the high ranking military officers. Could this be the smoking gun of who or what is behind the oozing coup that so many observers are seeing? In this matter Obama seems to be the puppet. Personally I don’t think he gives a damn one way or the other. Someone wrote a speech and he read the teleprompter.
The new wars were supposed to cure the Vietnam Syndrome — that public reluctance to support mass murder for no good reason. The Pentagon is now turning to the source of the disease. The war in most need of beautification for Americans, the military has decided, is the war the Vietnamese call the American War.
Most people in the United States have no idea that this was, like all other recent U.S. wars, a one-sided slaughter — in this case, of 3.8 million Vietnamese men, women, and children. But most Americans know the war was awful, even on the side of the aggressor. The Vietnam Syndrome (popular opposition to wars) still frightens war makers.
Obama is usually opposed to any “looking backwards,” as doing so might involve prosecuting criminals for their crimes. But, making a big exception, he is dumping 65 million of our dollars into prettying up the war on Vietnam.
We the people, a majority of us, were (eventually) opposed to the Vietnam war. I lived on base during the early years of the Vietnam War and my dad was on an air craft carrier in Vietnam territorial waters during part of that war. He came home knowing that the military brass and politicians were lying about that war. I went to college with Vietnam Vets were protesting the war — because they saw the truth and were sickened by the lies and what was being done in our name.
Pacifists and anyone opposed to that war were the enemy (of the military industrial complex). Under Nixon the spying on American citizens was unprecedented until the NSA Bush/Obama era. However, NSA spying began back in the day when GW Bush and Obama were still doing drugs (both self admitted former druggies, pot at least). The war on drugs was started by Nixon. That war has put millions of Americans in jail — which is a huge expense to the American Tax Payers.
In June 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a critical report on the War on Drugs, declaring “The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and years after President Nixon launched the US government’s war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed.” The report was criticized by organizations that oppose a general legalization of drugs.
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According to a 2008 study published by Harvard economist Jeffrey A. Miron, the annual savings on enforcement and incarceration costs from the legalization of drugs would amount to roughly $41.3 billion, with $25.7 billion being saved among the states and over $15.6 billion accrued for the federal government. Miron further estimated at least $46.7 billion in tax revenue based on rates comparable to those on tobacco and alcohol ($8.7 billion frommarijuana, $32.6 billion from cocaine and heroin, remainder from other drugs).
The USA, land of the FREE, has the highest prison population in the world. Go USA — yea team!
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