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Revolt Against American Militarism

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When will the American people demand accountability from their government? When will Americans realize that there is no "clear and present danger" that could conceivably be used to invoke the war powers act? Where is it written that America is the conscience of the planet and has the right to bomb and kill those that the United States regards as evil?


This is no joke. The bombing and the cruise missile attacks are killing people that are non-combatants. Women, children the elderly as well as those that are non-political are dying, killed by American weapons systems. The leadership in America is committing war crimes. The hypocrisy of the United States is glaringly evident when Obama called for charges to be brought against Gadhafi by the International Criminal Court, an organization that America no longer recognizes due to the possibility of charges being brought against members of the Bush administration and now the possibility that Obama and his administration may be culpable for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Meanwhile the American public does nothing, while the media ignores the behavior of the government and it's military.


Obama has called for Col. Gadhafi to step down and claims that he is on "The wrong side of history".   The truth is that the United States is on the wrong side of history. We have become the most belligerent nation on the planet. We ruthlessly attack people in Pakistan with unmanned Predator planes that make no distinction on whether the target is a friend or foe. If someone is unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time, they will be killed with impunity. Meanwhile we kill the citizenry of Afghanistan and call them insurgents and terrorists. This is not done under the cover of any justification; we kill these people in the light of day with no regard for the legality of what we are doing.


The President of the United States claims that we are attacking a sovereign nation for "Humanitarian Reasons". The American government claims that the Libyan government is killing its own citizens, and that we are acting in defense of the opponents of the current Libyan government. Meanwhile, the media in the United States fails to mention that the insurgency in Libya was started by the rebels using a wide array of military weapons. We are told nothing about the leadership of these rebels, or their cause. It is a known fact that the primary opposition group most widely quoted is the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, the NFSL. This is a group of insurgents based in Virginia and is partially funded by the CIA and takes its orders from Langley. Weapons, men and materials have been funneled to the rebel forces from Egypt.


The United States is deeply in debt but we have no qualms about sending over a hundred of Tomahawk cruise missiles that cost the taxpayer $1.5 million dollars each. Even though Libya has one of the highest average income in Africa and pays for students to study anywhere in the world free of charge, we vilify the Libyan government. Literacy rates have risen from 10% of the nation to around 90% of the population.

( Most basic necessities: food, housing, fuel, healthcare and education were either heavily subsidized or became entirely free. Subsidies were considered the most effective way to redistribute the national wealth.


We are now engaged in full scale combat operations in three Muslim countries. Germany has withdrawn from the NATO operation in Libya. Secretary of Defense Gates is mentioning an open-ended war. As for Obama, his actions do, however, appear to contradict the view he expressed as a candidate. In December 2007, he told Charlie Savage, then of the Boston Globe that a president "does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."


Once again we see the President of the United States go back on his campaign rhetoric. The man has a hard time with the truth, and thus the reputation of the United States is further sullied. This is a man that drew hundreds of thousands of people in Europe while he promised that the US and Europe would work together for peace. That turned out to be another lie. When Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, he used the occasion to ratchet up the rhetoric about the ongoing war in Afghanistan.


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Tim Gatto is Ret. US Army and has been writing against the Duopoly for the last decade. He has two books on Amazon, Kimchee Days or Stoned Colds Warriors and Complicity to Contempt.

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