By Robert C. Koehler
“Our primary long range interest in Geneva, however, is general and complete disarmament, designed to take place by stages, permitting parallel political developments to build the new institutions of peace which would take the place of arms. . . . While we proceed to safeguard our national interests, let us also safeguard human interests. And the elimination of war and arms is clearly in the interest of both.”
That was President John F. Kennedy speaking to the 1963 graduating class of American University —announcing that the human race was ready to move beyond war. This was the speech in which he revealed that talks on a Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty with the Soviet Union had begun, and that the U.S. was unilaterally suspending atmospheric nuclear testing.
Posted in Constitution, War and Peace
Tagged 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact, armed force, armed psychopaths, domestic surveillance, jfk, military industrial complex, NSA, peace, prism, Privacy
By Robert C. Koehler
The war is over, sort of, but the Big Lie marches on: that democracy is flowering in Iraq, that America is stronger and more secure than ever, that doing what’s right is the prime motivator of all our military action.
And the troops will be home for Christmas. Hurrah! Hurrah!
(The men will cheer, the boys will shout, and we’ll all feel gay, except maybe Rick Perry.)
“The war in Iraq will soon belong to history,” President Obama told the troops at Fort Bragg last week. “Your service belongs to the ages. Never forget that you are part of an unbroken line of heroes spanning two centuries — from the colonists who overthrew an empire, to your grandparents and parents who faced down fascism and communism, to you — men and women who fought for the same principles in Fallujah and Kandahar, and delivered justice to those who attacked us on 9/11.”
Maybe, as he fulfilled his campaign promise and shut down the Iraq operation after nearly nine years of occupation, slaughter and nation-wrecking, the president had no choice but to extol the glory of our fake values, to pretend — to those who fought it — that this was an honorable war, waged in self-protection and righteous vengeance.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Posted in Military, NWO, War and Peace
Tagged Activism Peace, afghanistan, Dwight Eisenhower, Exit Strategy, General Smedley Butler, iraq, military industrial complex, MoveOn.org, Petition, war, war is a racket
By Robert C. Koehler
“The stark truth is that one single failure of nuclear deterrence could end human history.”
These words, from a recent essay by Dr. Helen Caldicott, are, you might say, my devotional text for the day. I sit with them reluctantly, of course. They trouble the soul more than anything else I can imagine. But it occurs to me that, six and a half decades into the nuclear era, our premature “peace” with these weapons — our cultural forgetting, our denial — betokens a psychic helplessness that is enormously dark and dangerous in its own right. At some level we know that our shadow is growing. We watch it happen as spectators.
By Tom Degan
“In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of power, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties and democratic processes.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
from his final address to the nation
January 17, 1961
For all his flaws (and he had many) I like Ike.
That has got to be at least the seventh or eighth time I’ve used that quotation since I started this site almost four years ago; the second time I’ve used it this year alone. It’s content and meaning cannot be emphasized enough. I’ll probably use it again before the year is out. It is the most prophetic statement made by an American president in the twentieth century.
By Betsy L. Angert
It is said, as individuals, we can achieve all we conceive, if only we truly believe. President Barack Obama once knew this. He lived this veracity. Indeed, candidate Obama’s audacity and accomplishments gave Americans hope. When Barack Obama reached for the sky he realized what no one thought he could. The electorate was energized. People came to expect the country was in for a change. Now, it seems Mister Obama is bogged down by what Eisenhower understood, concerns of the Military Industrial Complex. Continue reading
Posted in Land Grab, Military, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, War and Peace
Tagged afghanistan, Barack Obama, Change, defense, Education, Health Care Coverage, hope, iraq, military industrial complex, Polls, Popularity of President, war
By Mustafa Qadri
The United States is fuelling the rivalry between India and Pakistan with increased military funding.
Posted in Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Middle East, War and Peace
Tagged corporatism, exploitation, india, military industrial complex, nuclear arms, pakistan, poverty, psychopathic government, us middle east wars