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Drone Wars, Kill Lists: A Dark, Deplorable Chapter in America's History

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This is not some kind of baseless warning. Check out link to an article by Nick Turse taken from tomdispatch.com about how drones are going to explode onto the world scene and create havoc and violence as never before seen. Right now we can't even begin to imagine what it's going to be like when these drones are commonly used by numerous nations of the world to settle serious disputes and threats.

 

As Turse points out, there are currently 50 nations that either have drones or are in the process of developing them. This is not rocket science and it will be very easy for any country to build drones by either developing or stealing the technology. Not long ago Iran came into possession of an American RQ-170 Sentinel drone and you can bet that they are in the process of reverse engineering, i.e., taking it apart and copying its design so that they can produce their own version.

 

One of these days soon the skies across many countries will be filled with drones from other countries, posing a danger to civilian populations and to the world's air traffic systems. Borders and airspace of countries will no longer mean anything as they will be violated on a constant basis. In the hands of terrorists these drones could be used over America, becoming an aerial version of IED's, Improvised Explosive Devices, used so successfully against U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

This entire scenario is being fueled by America's insatiable appetite for petroleum and its agenda to maintain control over the regions of the world that contain the greatest reserves.

There is no great secret to what this government's overall agenda and objectives are in this regard. This is a nation that represents a mere 5% of the world's population of over 7 billion people, but one that consumes 25% of its production of petroleum. It long ago decided that the only way to control these most critical resources is to establish and maintain a world network of military installations in the key regions of the world.

 

This, of course, is not the way to take this country into the future. If America was that bright shining star paving the way for the rest of the world, it would be leading the world in the development of all the many new sources of energy, especially solar power, the most powerful energy that man has ever known, one that if developed over a period of time, could provide an infinite supply of this nation's and the world's energy requirements. That would be the logical, rational way to proceed. But that's simply not happening.

 

This government, now totally under the control of Corporate America and the Military-Security Complex, has no intentions of doing what is best for this country and the world. It has only one interest and that is the generation of massive profits through constant wars. So, instead of looking to the future and using creativity and innovation to develop new sources of energy it's far easier to use massive military power to control existing supplies of petroleum. Is that's what called American exceptionalism at work?

 

The American people face a serious dilemma as we approach the upcoming 2012 presidential elections. Do they vote for President Obama, who has clearly shown that he doesn't have the strength, conviction, leadership skills and the passion to energize and utilize the power of the American people in changing the direction of this country - but who, instead, has chosen to use the power of his office in overly aggressive military actions that are bleeding this country dry? Or do they vote for Mitt Romney, the weak-kneed flip-flopper who stands for absolutely nothing, is a tool of Corporate America and who would be putty in the hands of those who want to transform this nation and this society into the modern-day version of the Feudal System?

 

But the problems in America are not entirely due to poor leadership. What about the people of America, should they get a pass? They watch and say nothing as hundreds of billions of their taxpayer dollars are shoveled into the furnaces of war and destruction while leaving nothing for job creation and educating our children. The apathy is astounding. The people are taking a terrible beating just trying to survive but they seem incapable of raising any objection, saying nothing, doing nothing, just absorbing the blows that keep coming. They are like the character in the movie Animal House who, during his fraternity initiation, gets whipped across the butt and responds with, "Thank you sir, may I have another?" Gluttons for punishment, ripe objects for mind conditioning.

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