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Iran Is NOT Responsible For US War Dead In Iraq

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2) There's no story unless you have a pissing-contest of elites.

War with Iran certainly covers the first rule: Lots of bleeding potential to make it exciting to cover. As for the second rule, the question for Democrats should be critical: Now that President Trump has killed a workable peace deal, will his personal decision to strut around playing war brinksmanship with Iran be politically accommodated by moderate Democrats like Biden? That is, if Biden wins the nomination, will Trump's war fever be Bidenized in a Biden ideological meat grinder?

That is, in the main election, will Trump's Iran policy be clearly and morally opposed and turned into a proper campaign pissing contest?

Noam Chomsky has characterized the problem with the Democratic impeachment effort as a miserable failure to address Trump's real crimes in the areas of finance, environmental catastrophe and militarism.

"The worst crimes by far are those that literally threaten human survival, not in the distant future: [Trump's] policies on escalating global warming and the race to develop still more destructive weapons," Chomsky told Law & Crime. "But the Dems would never agree that these are 'high crimes.' "

In the corrupt, legalistic jujitsu world of lawyers and politicians, the problem is issues of human survival like runaway Global Warming and Militarism are not codified crimes. As Republicans like to whine ad-nauseum that to impeach Trump he must be guilty of a real crime "codified in the federal registry of crimes," the things Chomsky cites get overlooked by Democrats for much the same reason. This is summed up well by a bumper sticker:

Kill one person it's called murder; kill 100,000 and it's called foreign policy

The question really comes down to this: In the presidential election campaign, do Democrats have the vision and the backbone to forge a re-energized, post-imperial America for the 21st Century that provides real future security but doesn't rely on the worship of militarism? The nation's needs are obvious: a massive job program in the area of alternative energy; an improved, much more fair education system that strengthens Americans from the bottom-up so we can compete in tomorrow's world; a health-care system that makes working families feel they're a respected part of the nation.

Torpedoing the art of diplomacy and workable peace treaties, relying on hi-tech lethal drones, hero-worshiping psychopathic Seal Team killers and ratcheting up war-fever against Iran are disastrous omens for the future of the United States as the 21st Century unfolds.

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I'm a 72-year-old American who served in Vietnam as a naive 19-year-old. From that moment on, I've been studying and re-thinking what US counter-insurgency war means. I live outside of Philadelphia, where I'm a writer, photographer and political (more...)

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