corrupt officials indulge in debauchery and there is plenty of this kind of
report in China, in Kabul and on C-Street. In
fact, the over-emphasis our media has placed on sex has diverted the attention
from the more serious theme which is corruption. In addition, we must take
legal processes seriously and uphold the basic rights of the suspect because we
have to profoundly re-examine our system and to avoid the present cycle of
'winner is the king, loser is the prisoner'!
Arch-criminal actors such as Mark Sanders, John Ensign and the Wackenhut mercenaries in Kabul would go unreported if it weren't for their sleazy sexual adventures. Indeed, we would know nothing about their expense account tricks, their influence peddling or their procuring of young girls for prosecution. Have we prosecuted them? No, their sexual romps satisfied our curiosity.
Illicit drugs and crude oil are a magnet to the Pentagon. In Vietnam our military put the Golden Triangle on the map. We have spent a $trillion to exploit the oilfields of Iraq and the European hunger for poppy products from Afghanistan. Do Columbia and Venezuela pique our interest by their scenic beauty?
It's a shame Mark's lady friend does not live in Caracas.
The US Learned Very Little from Defeats in Vietnam and Iraq
policy makers assume they and NATO can absorb the abandoned remnants of the USSR. Whenever
possible they use diplomacy and trade to carry the flag so to speak. Invading
countries to set up local compliance with the US/NATO agenda is clearly a
disaster that has left 7.2 millions Asians dead in its wake.
Escalations in the number of troops and the volume of firepower work to strengthen the resistance to the invaders. Usually, assassination of village elders, bombing innocent civilians and prostituting their daughters are negative tactics.
Such practices as torture ruin the moral fiber of a nation. Sixty-nine years have passed since the end of WWII. Germany remains the number one human rights abuser in Europe.
Still Doing War Crimes but More Politely
tyrant will say the end justifies the means. In the final analysis, though, the
means become the ends in themselves.
After the Americans tortured prisoners to no positive result, the sadistic pleasures became the payoff for the war game. At this point every prisoner is dangerous as a potential witness.
The wise tyrant doesn't take prisoners. If he happens to detain some, they must never leave the compound alive. Dead men rarely give interviews to the NY Times.
Roman Empire grew for centuries primarily by
invitation. Neighboring states appreciated the stability under law that
characterized the Empire. They bought into the system and vied for membership. Rome led by example
collecting taxes as payment for her efforts.
Unsuited for Empire, the Americans are more the slash, burn and run type. Reading this article the US actors came over as quick buck artists with the intellectual depth of a raindrop on cement. They dismantled the US, outsourced the productive parts and left the citizens with horrendous debts and toxic assets.
In Asia NATO and the USA seem to have launched a high tech version of the Crusades.
How Can We Afford to be in Afghanistan at All?
money is not the answer. To field one US soldier costs us $1,000,000. He will
be fighting Taliban who earn $6 per day.
Definitely, our President is not Alexander the Great.