These pictures are from our October 2006 visit to Washington DC. This is the Washington that you don’t see on TV. (You can click on these pictures to see a full-size version.) As you approach the Capitol building, everything looks normal enough: Now look at the second picture. There are barricades on each level of […]
There’s a story in the LA Times interviewing an anti-American Iraqi that sums up why military occupation is always doomed to fail. Here is a sample: Abu Baqr says he had actually welcomed the Americans five years ago when they toppled Hussein. He handed out flowers to U.S. soldiers early in 2003 and played soccer […]
Previous entries: Part 1 Part 2 It’s a situation I think that the American people will understand if it’s ever brought to them, except there’s just no politician out there who’s going to do it, as far as I can tell. – Michael Scheuer, October 22, 2005. Have you ever read about the reasons they […]
This will be a good piece to listen to before (or after) I write part 3 of War is the Health of the State. Dr. Michael Scheuer was the head of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit for 14 years. He has authored several books on US foreign policy, imperialism, and terrorism. While I disagree with […]
As a follow-up to Part 2 of “War is the Health of the State – A Personal Evolution”, I present the May 15, 2007 Republican debate, where the heroic Ron Paul asks the key question and Rudy 9ui11iani responds with his museum-quality brand of jingoism.
Previous entry: Part 1 Somewhere between the first gulf war and until the past few years, I became withdrawn from news and world events. Much of it was due to my contempt for television news and mass media (the last straw for me was when television crews were on the scene to show us Tonya […]
In a nutshell, this is the true objective of the invasion and occupation of Iraq: The US government wanted to establish a foothold in the Middle East, to install a friendly puppet government that would provide a cheap supply of oil (how’s that working out at the pump?) and an imperial base of operations in […]
The quote above, “War is the Health of the State,” is that of Randolph Bourne, and it sums up my personal view of war. This has not always been the case. I thought it appropriate to give a personal history of my views, to show how I was once like so many in my understanding […]