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America's Wars: Creating a Historical Legacy of Shame and Dishonor

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Message Michael Payne



Is there no end to these endless, misguided wars that are bringing shame and dishonor upon this nation? How much longer will this nation waste its wealth and resources on the proliferation of unjustifiable wars? The image that America now projects to the world is that of a warring nation, one that settles its differences with other nations, not by diplomacy, but by military force.


Those shameless war profiteers who dominate our nation's capitol are people who have no conscience and have, long ago, lost their moral foundations. Money and power are what drives them and if their sordid agenda results in the needless loss of lives of people in other nations and our troops, it bothers them not in the least. They live in their own world of wealth and privilege, with not the slightest concern for their fellow human beings.


World War II, in which America played the leading role, was essentially a defensive war in that it was initiated as a result of attacks on our European allies and on this nation at Pearl Harbor. Now our wars are no longer based on defensive measures but have been transformed into pre-emptive military actions that were instituted by the Bush/Cheney administration.


That Bush/Cheney tandem created a totally misguided doctrine that called for pre-emptive military attacks on any nation that was suspected of having the slightest intention to harm America in some way; this doctrine made it entirely justifiable to attack any such nation and occupy it. And, of course, in following this doctrine it was also of great benefit if the nation in question happened to be led by some sort of villain or dictator.


In recent times, our military went to war against these countries and the designated villains who led them; Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Muammar Gaddafi in Libya and the Taliban in Afghanistan. In years past it was Ho Chi Minh of North Vietnam. Question: which of these countries did, in fact, first launch a military attack on America? Answer: none of them, not one. Right now the villain of choice is Mahmoud Ahmadinejead, the president of Iran. Israel, possessing no concrete evidence that Iran is building a nuclear bomb, is trying hard to convince the U.S. to join it in launching a pre-emptive attack on that nation.


Sure there are enemies in the world that want to harm this nation and its people; there will always be threats of this kind but a nation as powerful as the U.S. can deal with any and all of them if it just uses logic and reason instead of a bull in the China shop mindset. By now the military leadership should have learned that the use of     massive armies to fight insurgents or hidden terrorists doesn't work; but that is still what they do because the profiteers absolutely need them in order to sustain the monumental profits that wars generate.


The War on Terror has caused a great deal of destruction in two distinctly different ways. On the one hand it has resulted in the deaths of many members of various designated enemies, together with hundreds of innocent civilians, and far too many of our troops. On the other hand it has also resulted in the destruction of many of the freedoms and rights of the American people -- it has spawned the Patriot Act, the recent presidential executive order where, under certain circumstances, an American under suspicion may be treated the same as a terrorist, and the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) which, for all practical purposes, circumvents habeas corpus. And there are more restrictions on our civil liberties in the works.


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