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And so the poor suckers went, but they mostly didn't know what they were getting in to. They were getting into murder, pure and simple. They were getting into torture. Snipers shot children, sometimes purposely only wounding them so that their screams would cause maximum torment and terror. They shot people for fun. They karate-kicked people to death. They crucified some. They used depleted uranium, infecting even themselves. They employed white phosphorous and thermobaric weapons against innocent civilians. They imprisoned thousands of children and sodomized some of them. They threatened people with electric drills, a favorite torture trick of the rightfully vilified Saddam, Rumsfeld's friend ('But if we do it, it's not a crime"')

'Kill, kill, kill!' the Marines madly shriek in training. But a human being, no matter how stupid, how duped, can only engage in so much of the real thing before his soul is irretrievably lost and he becomes mad, a monster. (I spoke to Damien Corsetti, known as 'The Monster' and 'Chief Torturer' at Bagram and Abu Grahaib. He has a tattoo which reads 'Il Mostro'. He may have done monstrous things, but he didn't start out that way, and suffers serious remorse and perhaps life threatening PTSD. He said they tortured out of sheer boredom, not for 'freedom and democracy'.) And then the ex-soldier goes back to Chicago and shoots people on the street. Or himself. And remember, no WMD's. No Osama. No nothing. Oil. Thermite in WTC dust particles. Inside job. All that death for nothing. All that suffering so that Cheney could sneer. I bet Kissinger liked it too, but wanted more. For those guys, there's never enough death. Never.

Capitalizing on the outrage and disgust of the American people toward the worst, the most corrupt and criminal Administration in American history, Barack Obama promised change. 'Change you can believe in.' Transparency. Honesty. Re-Constitution. Hope.

And then he delivered—Omerta.

He joined the Cheney crime family, or perhaps he was already a member all along. He elected to 'look forward', as if massive war crimes and crimes against humanity can be dismissed, erased if you just pretend hard enough that they didn't happen, or that they don't matter. Albright's children, all over again. Ragheads, after all. By that logic, OJ should be head of the Department of Justice. Or maybe even President. In this looking-glass world, anything can happen. Bad things.

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