Last week we witnessed another act in the traveling George Bush Dog and Pony Show.
Two Bush administration lackeys, U.S. Army General David Petreus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, were the center-ring attraction at a performance of the greatest comedy show on earth the congressional circus. Unable to sustain a desired momentum for his killing campaign in Iraq, which is costing the taxpayers of the United States $122,820.00 a minute or $7.4 Million dollars an hour, the president was forced to trot out his ace sycophants to woo and deceive the people and the congress with more of the same old administration exaggerations and foolishly false contentions that we are winning the war. Here is the sad part everybody knows; and facts are abundant to prove it, that this most shameful military incursion in the nation’s history is a total disaster. In truth it is and always was an unrighteous war that is guaranteed to pull the country down militarily, economically and ethically, one has to question if it is at all possible for this nation to sink any lower ethically, the media knows this as does the majority of the people yet they follow the lies of the administration like stink follows a skunk.
I would imagine that George Bush gives thanks every day that the people of this nation have a propensity to readily believe the lies of his administration and to be easily deceived. And so it was more of the same this week No sooner had George’s carefully selected protagonists left the stage, and the congress had lowered the circus tent and packed it away for another day, than the media was busy pounding the airwaves with the joyous news that things in Iraq were not nearly so bad as it seemed, this despite the fact that U.S. casualties continue to climb at an accelerated rate and that one million Iraqi civilians have been killed since the inception of the Bush Administration’s alleged war for democracy. The handpicked, by GWB, Iraqi puppet government huffily denies these casualty statistics, and maintains that only a mere 650,000 to 750,000 of their people have been killed. Gee-whiz, what a relief everybody should now feel so much better about old George’s war.
In truth the fact of the matter is that George Bush is desperate to keep the war active so that he can keep the troops, battle groups and machinery of war in place in the middle-east for another of his preemptive strikes, this time against Iran. One undeclared war follows another it is only necessary that the aggression be rationalized by lies and half-truths. Adolph Hitler invented the tactics that George Bush employs so well today. I’m convinced that the president reasons why not since no one with the authority or the courage to do so has seized his criminal behind and tossed him into the clink where he rightfully belongs. It is a strange land, is it not? The entire country was bent out of shape (rightfully so) when Bill Clinton lied about having sex with an intern, but no one seems to care much about the fact that George Bush lies serially and boldly about a war that has cost the country dearly in the terms of lives, credibility and money.
This whole staged Petraeus/Crocker episode brought to mind an old song by country singer Bobby Bare about the witch, Marie Laveau who was able to do a little magic to banish those who crossed her in ways that provoked her. It seems that George Bush, like the bent and bony witch of Bare’s song, possesses these same mystical occultist qualities. When confronted by those who oppose his unconstitutional and dictatorial activities he “does a little magic, shakes a little sand, makes a million lies and puts them in our hands, and whoooeeee, Another foe done gone.”
This week an article was emailed to me, which was written by Michael Gaddy the title of which was “Worshipping the State: Why They Die” I am continually enlightened by articles not authored by me, but that I sincerely wish that I had written. However, I also sincerely doubt that I could have expressed myself so eloquently and with such great feeling and passion as did Mr. Gaddy. Nevertheless I resolved to pick up on the theme of the article and express some personal thoughts on his subject, which was the subservience of our military to a criminal regime that has stolen the sovereignty of the people and set the nation up for disaster. Mr. Gaddy has written that our military swears allegiance to the Constitution, but disregards the obligation thereto and instead panders to a governmental criminal enterprise. I seriously urge readers to use the link to read the article. Mr. Gaddy makes no bones about the undeniable fact that George Bush and his fascist cronies have dismantled the Bill of Rights, sacked the Constitution, nullified the guarantee against illegal imprisonment provided by Habeas Corpus and effectively invalidated states rights. In my words, not his, we are now a nation of regimented automons programmed to subservience to a fascist state and controlled and enslaved by the soulless national socialistic leaders thereof.
Many will greet Mr. Gaddy’s article, and mine, with a completely closed mind. The reason for that is that we no longer function as freethinking individuals in this country. To do so is to be labeled as a subversive or a traitor – a traitor to whom? To whom should we give our allegiance? To a government staffed by lying criminals who rule the people by intimidation and by the instilling of fear? I think not. Patriotism is not about serving a government; it is about serving the people in a selfless and meaningful way.
Today we no longer have an armed force that is comprised of citizen soldiers who do their duty in response to threats to the homeland and then return to civilian society once the threat has been terminated by their dedicated service. Those who now serve in the military no longer represent or defend the freedoms of the people as citizen soldiers; they are instead beholden only to a totalitarian collective. The armed services are comprised of volunteers who have been indoctrinated to believe that their service and their allegiance is to the state, right or wrong. One is forced to ask, is it honorable to render allegiance and give service to a state that is pursuing objectives that are contrary to the principles of justice and law, and are of an outright criminal nature?
Those who are totally honest will concede that Iraq had not a thing to do with 9-11, and all, but the absolutely deceived, also know that there were no weapons of mass destruction or any intent by Saddam Hussein’s government to attack the United States. We were lied to and subjected to a steady stream of contrived myths (outright lies) that were designed to instill a false belief that the United States was under the threat of an imminent attack by Iraq. These mythical creations were designed to lead the sheep of the nation into support for an undeclared and illegal war. There was no declaration of war only a resolution by a deceived and compliant congress that allowed, by their pusillanimity, the Bush administration to pursue an outright war of aggression, a war entirely without a just cause.
We will lose this war just as we lost the Vietnam War. When we fight just wars and follow constitutional mandates in regard to pursuing active involvement in a conflict we have the satisfaction of knowing that we are superior to our enemies in regard to moral principles and are more likely to be on the winning side. It is the belligerent bullies – aggressors – of the world that fall by the sword. Those who continually beat the drum for preemptive wars, regardless of a lack outright provocation, make me sick. They are no less criminal in nature than a gangster who murders one who he believes, without reason, may come after him. A preemptive strike today is no less damnable, unequivocally detestable and morally wrong than it was at Pearl Harbor. We will pay the price for our belligerent aggressiveness. Whatsoever a nation sows so shall it reap. In plain terms, what goes around comes around. We are about to learn a lesson that so many nations have learned before us. To defend our nation is morally just, to assault another without reasonable cause is morally reprehensible.
Jim Schwiesow is a retired sheriff with 46 years of law enforcement service. He served with the Unites States Army with the occupation forces in post war Berlin, Germany, and has a total of nine years of military service, which includes six years in the U.S. Army Reserve.
His law enforcement service includes: three years in the military police, fifteen years as an Iowa municipal police officer, and twenty-eight years as the duly elected sheriff of Sioux County, Iowa.
Jim has written a number of articles, which have been published in various professional law enforcement journals.
He can be reached at email@example.com
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