Are You Proud of Your Country? I'm Not
By Timothy V. Gatto
This article has been torturing me for the last five years. I know I should have written it a long time ago, but either the World situation wasn't right, or I was was daunted by the thought of writing this narrative that I knew would bea task that I didn't really want to start. I take the blame for not writing this sooner, but we are all human and beset by inadequacy.
I have been writing for at least seven years now about our nation. I have alluded to some of the things I'm going to mention in this article. I haven't been completely remiss, but the situation our nation is faced with deserves more that writing about it's evils. We must start with how this nation got the way it has become.
Most people know about the Eisenhower goodbye speech when he warned about the Military-Industrial-Complex. The truth of the matter was that he was a day late and a dollar short. The real truth was that the Pentagon and the defense contractor already were calling the shots in Washington. Ike only wanted to secure his place in history by seeming to be against it. In reality, he allowed them to co-opt the government of the United States. I'm sure he didn't do it willingly but the forces around him were much too persuasive and had too much power.
When John F. Kennedy was elected, he and his brother Robert saw what they were up against. They played the game for a few months until The Bay of Pigs Invasion started to take fruit. Kennedy wanted no part of that invasion and let his opinion known. The CIA and the Pentagon went ahead with preparations anyway. This was an act of treason, but since it was the CIA and the Pentagon, who do you pick to stand charges and would the American people, scared out of their wits about the Soviet Union be silent?
The CIA and the Pentagon launched the Bay of Pigs. They needed Presidential authority to launch American air strikes in support of the rebels. To his credit, the President refused. This was one decision that he had power over.
The CIA never forgot this. In Dallas they exacted their revenge. The President was killed and a more compliant President was sworn in. One who knew how Washington worked. He realized that American steel was overpriced and American good were losing ground to overseas makers that could make the cheaper. He needed an industry that would put people to work, and since we were still on a war economy since the end of World War II, why not ratchet up the hostilities in Southeast Asia?
One thing LBJ didn't count on was the will of the Vietnamese and the backlash against the war here in the United States that was initially started by draft age Americans. When he used the false-flag operation in the Gulf of Tonkin, not many people in the peace movement took it seriously,I was in the peace movement and the idea that North Vietnamese would attack a Destroyer was a little outlandish.
I must say that LBJ suffered through that war. Westmorland just released his memoirs and he articulated that in the last three years, he knew the war in Vietnam was a lost cause. This was at the height of American casualties coming back in body bags. So much for an honest government. Too many people were making money on that war, and it wasn't us.
Near the end of the war, I was in the Army (in fact through most of the war), I went to a class at electronic warfare at Fort Bliss and I saw a Top Secret videotape of soldiers refusing to go out on patrol because they didn't want to be the last guys to die in that war. I always though Vietnam was my war, I was soon to find out that there were more coming. The Military Industrial Complex needs war to stay in business and the leaders through fear are only happy to oblige them.
During the period after the Vietnam war, after Nixon made the defense contractors rich with the blood of our young men, there were other World hotspots. Those that kowtowed to the American line got M-16's and U.S. War products. Those that fought against American-backed juntas used AK-47's. It's no wonder than that the AK-47 is the most produced rifle in the world.
In Central and Latin America we overthrew governments almost on a monthly basis. We supported right wing fascists that played along with the Washington line. If we couldn't overthrow the governments that didn't toe the line, the International Monetary Fund made loans to these countries that they could never pay back, so we nationalized their industries for American gain. Read "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins. This former employee blows the lid of the practices of the U.S. Controlled IMF.
The government wasn't content to foment revolutions and wars overseas. In the United State they opened The War on Drugs. They poured billions of dollars into the guise of fighting drug use in the United States. This money was used by police forces not only for drug interdiction, but to militarize the police forces around the nation. Drug money, boats and automobiles and houses are confiscated by the different police forces and sold at auction to finance their departments. It's a never-ending cycle.
One of the most heinous acts that the government has indulged in is the selling of spare parts for F-14's to Iran for large suns of money' Ollie North, one of the conspirators then used the money to buy cocaine to be made into crack and sold in the inner cities so that the proceeds could be used to funnel the money to the Contras, the army fighting Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas. The crack epidemic never went away, families are destroyed because of something our government initiated. Now instead of government planes landing in places like Charlotte Airport in Florida among other places, the drug cartels run the show. Just think how many Americans are behind bars for possession of crack cocaine. Thank the U.S. Government.
I'm not going to go in to 9-11. We all have our theories about that. There is only one thing I want to add. When a planes transponder is shut off, it sticks out like a sore thumb. I know this from 12 years in Air Defense. When a planes transponder is on, it emits a half circle around the blip. When it's turned off, it registers a full circle. Think about that.