John Pilger examines America’s war on the people of Latin America, the propping up of corrupt regimes and “American interests” as a justification for immoral foreign policy. Movie up at Hulu:
Posts Tagged ‘imperialism’
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John Perkins has quite reformed himself after a career of participating in US foreign policy empire building.
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HRW has consistently been exposed, over the decades, as a thinly-veiled front for US imperial foreign policy. This year is no different.
The big fix is most definitely in. When the interests all align — Arabs, Israelis, America, Europe — watch out. There won’t be any truth out of US sources, not for a long, long time.
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On the Vice website, no less.
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Tales in a Kabul Restaurant
Tags: atrocities, dehumanization, Drone Bombing Americans, Drone Bombing Of Chidlren, Drone Contractors, Drone Wars, Drones And Soldiers, endless war, geneva conventions, imperialism, propaganda, state terrorism, terrorism, war crimes
[Would these pilots say the same things if their unmanned planes were circling over the United States itself?]
Drone Pilots Expose Politicians’ Lies
By David Swanson
Our elected and unelected officials tell us that drone strikes target top level enemies of the United States who are imminent threats to us, and that killing innocent people is avoided altogether or minimized.
But drone pilots have begun talking to the media. And they describe policies that bear a lot closer resemblance to reporting from the areas where the missiles strike. These pilots should be brought before Congress.
Here is a stunning new interview with one of them:
“So the pilot is not only flying the airplane, he or she is using all those sensors to watch a potential target, circling over it for hours or days at a time. What can you really see?
“Okay, so in a village in, say, country X, where the houses are built together, there are adults who live in this house, and these children belong to those adults because we see them out in the fields together or we see them eating dinner. So you can start figuring out who is associated with who. Who is a stranger, who is it that’s visiting this house? There’s a dog and it barks at strangers, so if we needed to go in and free a hostage or conduct a raid, you’d want to tell the land forces there’s a dog there and either it’s an attack dog or it alerts the village that somebody’s coming.
“You must develop an emotional tie with the people on the ground that makes it hard if there is going to be a strike or a raid, people are going to be killed.
“I would couch it not in terms of an emotional connection, but a ” seriousness. I have watched this individual, and regardless of how many children he has, no matter how close his wife is, no matter what they do, that individual fired at Americans or coalition forces, or planted an IED — did something that met the rules of engagement and the laws of armed conflict, and I am tasked to strike that individual. The seriousness of it is that I am going to do this and it will affect his family. But that individual is the one that brought it on himself. He became a combatant the minute he took up arms.”
This pilot, in fact this director of the Air Force Remotely Piloted Aircraft Capabilities Division, has not said that a high level operation leader of terrorists who is imminently threatening the United States is targeted. He has said that some ordinary guy who has chosen to violently resist the hostile foreign occupation of his country by shooting at the occupiers is targeted.
He has also not said anything to satisfy those who support the notion of just wars but want them conducted in compliance with the Geneva Conventions and other such legally binding limitations. This director of a U.S. drone kill program openly says that our public employees target a family for death if needed in order to blow up a foreign soldier from thousands of miles away. Every effort is made to avoid killing innocent family members, he says in the interview, but if it can’t be avoided, well, the target “brought it on himself.”
War is murder, and this type of war ought to look to most people like the murder that it is. But even if you accept war, this is not how ANYBODY claims it is to be legally done. This is beyond what Congressional witnesses or even Congress members would say is acceptable or legal. Yet this pilot blurts it out to the media with apparently no concern that his life will be inconvenienced by further questioning.
Enough is enough is enough. End this madness now [petition to ban armed drones].
David Swanson is the author of “When the World Outlawed War,” “War Is A Lie” and “Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.” He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org
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Glenn Greenwald calls out bigoted imperial apologist Bill Maher for his biased, blinkered views, and it looks like he might not be returning to that TV show. That’s the way it works.
I can’t stand Bill Maher, a really loathsome despicable propagandist who masquerades as a critic. File him with Rush, Sean and Beck.
Tags: American, Anti Empire Report, blogroll, empire, exceptionalism, foreign policy, imperialism, William Blum
We have a blogroll on the side bar. I had neglected to add William Blum’s Anti Empire Report, but have since corrected that. Blum’s hard hitting reality report consistently shreds the popular corporate myths most people mindlessly live under.
Only the best stuff makes the cut on the blogroll.
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We fight fascism here, and this is the front line.
“Citing a recent Gallup poll, journalist Robert Sheer reports that “a majority of Americans ages 18-29 believe sending U.S. troops to Vietnam was not a mistake… the young now approve of an irrational war in which 3.4 million Indochinese and 58,000 Americans died…” Holding steady across the age divide, “70% of those 50 or older… with contemporary knowledge…” retain their beliefs in the war’s essential wrongness. “
The real Vietnam war: Kill Anything That Moves, a new history by Nick Turse is reviewed over at Counterpunch. Using a large cache of firsthand accounts by US soldiers on the ground there, this is the wake up call generation dumbass needs to read.
That said, Michael Uhl’s review of the book is far from flattering, with a sense of the one-upsmanship and infighting of the left. Uhl, a veteran of the war criticizes the young Turse for his limited knowledge and knee jerk myopia. More from Vietnam era veterans found at In the Mind Field.
It’s often a thankless job fighting the neo-nazism of the current empire. These aren’t the articles, posts, videos, books and films that draw the big crowds. A video called “Beer Boobs” would probably reach millions virally on Youtube, but the descent of the nation into barbarism, mass murder and totalitarianism fails to attract much notice. They say you get the government you deserve. What does that say about the US public?
“…an old lifer Sergeant Major spoke, pointed to us and very specifically stated, ‘These whining, complaining Vietnam veterans will die off. I want to assure you, we have written the history of the Vietnam war your grandchildren will read.’”
If you want to hear what a real hero sounds like, listen to helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson’s account of how he stopped the My Lai massacre by turning his helicpter’s guns on the infantrymen massacring women and children.