Making Sense of Insidious Behavior

la times pic of drone strike on iran general

(photo credit via LA Times)

So, let me see if I can comprehend this.

First off, skipping over the CIA’s taking out of the leader of Iran in the 1950s (regime change), let’s jump to the 1980s during the war between Iraq and Iran. We backed Saddam/Iraq, by giving them intelligence and weapons to fight Iran.

Then a few years later, we invaded Iraq, captured their leader, gave him to his people for trial, then occupied the country illegally for sixteen years and counting.

After Saddam’s death, our military was put there to train their army and install a leader and his cabinet that would be friendly and bend to our will.

Then several years later, unrest and protests built in Iraq due to our perpetual presence in their country, and then we turned on them again. In the midst of this, we killed the top Iranian general who helped defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Not only did our drone strike kill the Iranian general, but also an Iraqi commander.

Next there’s the whole incomprehensible connection with Saudi Arabia (who is also connected/allied with Israel…have you ever noticed there aren’t any bombings going on between the two of them?). Oil was the main reason we connected with Saudi Arabia, but even after the attack on the Kobar Towers where our military members stayed, including my husband back in 1996 (he left a month before the bombings), we still bent to Saudi Arabia’s will, to keep the oil flowing.

Many of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi. A few of them, including the ringleader, were given visas to the US by the CIA before 9/11 happened, according to Michael Springman, stationed in Jeddah, who was in charge of granting visas to foreigners is on camera saying he made visas for them to enter the US and wondered why.

In the days leading up to the attack, the stock market showed unusual activity, with put options on the two main airlines that were used in the attacks.

During the attack on the towers, bombs went off before any of them were hit by the planes (and building 7 wasn’t hit by a plane). Nobody asked how the bombs got planted in the buildings. Considering over a hundred witnesses mentioned bombs in the Twin Towers and in Building 7, it wasn’t made up. So, how did the bombs get into the buildings without passing through security? And planning detonation and/or controlled demolition takes weeks. It cannot be done the day of the attack.

And what a coincidence that the part of the Pentagon building hit by the plane was the Army’s audit offices, auditing the missing 2.3 trillion (believe that was the number…trying to remember off the top of my head) Rumsfeld mentioned the day or couple days before the attack. Instead of flying the plane into parts of the Pentagon where masses of people were for maximum effect, which is what a terrorist would want to do, they flew the plane near the ground to ram into that specific area investigating the missing monies that had just been reinforced with thick concrete and other materials a few months before.

After the loss of nearly 3000 people in this attack, when every airport’s planes were grounded, a group of Israelis that were detained by the FBI for suspicious activity were put on a plane, while members of the bin Laden family were put on another plane and flown back to their countries.

Within a few hours, the FBI said the culprit of the attacks was bin Laden, who, when interviewed, said he didn’t do it. Terrorists love to take responsibility for their attacks. They gloat over it. Curiously, the Taliban in Afghanistan said they’d hand over bin Laden if the US presented evidence bin Laden was responsible for the 9/11 attacks and if Bush and his military would stop bombing Afghanistan. Bush and his admin. refused. Guess the FBI and CIA didn’t have evidence. Otherwise, they would have given it so that they could negotiate for bin Laden’s extradition to the US to stand trial for the murders. And at the same time, the FBI never had bin Laden on their most wanted list for the 9/11 attacks.

Rewind to the 1980s when we armed bin Laden and his rag tag team (then called the Mujahideen, later becoming Al Qaeda and the Taliban) against the Soviets when they invaded Afghanistan. Bin Laden was considered a CIA asset.

Fast forward to a few years ago when we supplied our weapons to Saudi Arabia to help bomb Yemen that killed hundreds of civilians, including many children. It also caused mass starvation and cholera outbreak.

But that’s not all. We armed Al Qaeda–the same group that attacked us on 9/11, according to the government’s official story–to try and topple a sovereign country’s leader in Syria. A leader, who is an Alawhite–a minority sect of the Islamic faith, and a leader who ran his country in a secular manner, where other minorities, such as Christians, were protected.

To add to our disgusting foreign policy, we’re still backing these terrorists, and our government has the gall to continue to illegally stay in Syria and Iraq, and attempted to send our military to protect oil fields in Saudi Arabia and Syria.

And the HUGE news on the Afghan Papers, nearly equivalent to the Pentagon Papers, got barely a whisper of a mention in the Main Stream Media, who are nothing but parrots for the Military Industrial Complex, National Security Surveillance and Intel Complex. The fact that our military was sent there without a clear objective, not knowing who their enemies were, where they were, what they were actually doing there was not surprising to me, sadly, but just confirmed the usual pattern of our screwed up foreign policy.

I’m sick of our military members used as cannon fodder for war profits, lust of power and other countries’ resources. Yes, this type of imperialism has been around since the dawn of time…since humans walked the earth after the Fall, but it doesn’t make me feel any better.

President Trump’s order that had the Iranian General Suleimani assassinated, I have no doubt, was pressured by the Military Industrial Complex, Intel and National Security Surveillance State. These entities continue to rule our presidents and congress as they have for decades. However, Trump’s arrogance and ignorance has really taken us to a seriously bad place. I’m sure John Bolton and Benjamin Netanyahu are doing gleeful cartwheels over this disastrous move.

All of those involved in these disastrous policies are nothing but war criminals and belong in jail for life. They are responsible for millions of people’s deaths, including our own service members, who joined the military to help protect and serve our country, not be disposable pawns sent with no objective or certain winning strategy, but only to be wounded or killed, and psychologically scarred for life.

Are our military members worth anything to our government? Considering Agent Orange, white phosphorus, depleted uranium, and burn pits, I’d say not much. It certainly gives credence to the book my son read a couple years ago called G.I. Guinea Pigs. They shouldn’t be. It’s personal for me. My father, husband, and brother-in-law were in the Air Force for over twenty years.

The US’s foreign policy has been a catastrophe, lying us into wars since Vietnam. Does our government really even care about its people? I have serious doubts it does.

After all the horrible things powerful countries’ governments have done throughout history, and my country’s government is one of them… some day, we’ll reap what we sow. Pride comes before the Fall. Drunk off Power and War and Weapons Profits. Insanity has ensued for too long. Humbleness is needed.

What would a world be like if my country actually led with goodness, peace, and respect for other countries and their cultures? I can imagine all the good it could do with its riches. Philanthropic work worldwide, trading fairly with all countries, enjoying others’ traditions and ways of life.

But truly, we need to start this at home. Our own government should be taking care of its own people, and it’s not. It’s owned by corporate elitists with the deepest pockets.

So much needs to change…

My country has lost its way with madmen/psychopaths at the wheel of power for too many years.

We don’t need any more wars. We need to end all of them. We are decades overdue for PEACE and DIPLOMACY.

 

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Caught up in the Outer Appearances and Personalities of Politicians

man with horeshoe magnet

I decided before I go off with my family on a fun-filled, scenic-enticing, relaxing vacation, I’d throw out a political blog post that may or may not cause some friction with friends and never-before-readers to my blog.

What a way to embrace more followers, right?

Well, no.

I know this, but after reading so much of what’s going on in the political arena and the world, I’m feeling the need to get some things off my chest. And this is the place for a blogger to share her opinions, thoughts, and heart, so here I go.

Where to start…

Okay, first I’ll start with where I stand on world issues, domestically and globally. I look at the world through a pro-life lens. This means, everything involving Life and the importance of it is how I gauge who I select to vote for.

Having this Life worldview is very difficult because no politician running now or in the past has ever checked off all of the pro-life issues that are vital to me, which are:

  • Anti-abortion — with the exception of danger to the mother’s life being lost  (This subject is too vast and involved to get into in this bullet list)
  • Anti-war – war is a very last resort and only through defending our country, which none of the wars in this century or since WWII have been about this.
  • Anti-death penalty/capital punishment — there’s always a chance to change and transform as a human being. Killing the person takes that chance away. There are also false convictions of innocent people who end up executed.
  • Pro-environmental concerns/helping to clean up the environment and save lives–human, animal, and plant/forest–God’s creation
  • Pro-criminal justice reform – treat people in prison as human beings because they are human beings, and adopt the German’s reconciliation prison system (if you’re not sure what that is, check out an excellent TED Talk video on it here)
  • Pro-immigration reform with humane treatment of people coming through our borders
  • Anti-euthanasia for humans. Medications to help ease their pain is okay. I’m not for the Jack Kevorkian-style euthanasia. (This issue is much grayer than a simple bullet point, for which I won’t be getting into in this particular post)

There are no candidates who are all pro-life in the way I understand the meaning of the word. So, I look to candidates who embrace the most Life issues out of my list. Otherwise, I’d never vote.

Okay. I hope you now have at least a glimmer of understanding where I’m coming from.

Onto people voting for politicians who are likable and seem like good men and women. They are approachable, seem to know what they’re talking about, and they smile a lot.

Sometimes those candidates are the most dangerous.

Why?

Well, because we get caught up in their appearances, what they say on the campaign trail or townhall, but tend to forget to dig deeper and look at what they’ve truly done via policies, via their voting record, and where and with whom they’ve drunk cocktails while fundraising or giving speeches while on the campaign trail.

Taking a step back in reviewing my bullet points…unfortunately, there are no Republicans I could ever vote for because they do not check off many of my Life issues in their political resumes. So, I’ve had to look at the Democratic politicians.

Just an FYI. From age 18-40, I was a staunch conservative Republican and voted only Republican every election.

Since 2009, I’ve been an independent (unaffiliated voter is what it actually says on my voting card).

I’ve now held both conservative and liberal mindsets throughout my life. I’ve seen things from both points of view from my own personal upbringing, social class, etc.

With that info shared, I think both the Republican and Democratic Parties are bought off by wealthy donors.  There are a few exceptions within those parties that are not bought off, and I respect them for that. They actually choose to advocate and be the voice for their constituents in their districts/areas. In this day and age, I have to say, how refreshing. But really…that’s how it should be, how it used to be decades before…before the passing of Citizen’s United, for one thing.

Now, I’m going to give an example of two politicians whose appearance and likable personalities have overshadowed the negative and horrible policies they’ve enacted or supported.

Mind you, I think these guys seem like decent men, but some of their policies or the policies they supported through voting for them, take away massive points on their “likability” for me. Because policies and principles are more important than appearances and “charisma”.

Actually, I’m going to give three examples so that I throw in a Republican as well to make my examples more egalitarian in nature.

Although I could go on and on about the corruption of the Clintons, they ARE NOT the examples I’m using in this post.

Here are the three men I am going to discuss rather briefly:

Marco Rubio

Barack Obama

Joe Biden

I’m starting with Marco Rubio because 1) He’s the easiest to rattle off first, and 2) I liked his personality and appearance in the 2016 Republican primary debates. He’s clean cut, good looking, smart, has the statesman look…

Then I looked into his foreign policy. He tends to congregate with warmongers and should clip “WARMONGER” on his name tag at political functions.

The last news piece I saw on Rubio was several months ago, and it was appalling. He was threatening the Venezuelan leader using the heinous rape-and-murder-of-Qaddafi-style regime change (picture included) in one of his tweets. No matter what we think of Qaddafi, what was done to him was horrible.

To check up on him, I went to his Twitter page a few minutes ago and read through his most recent tweets in the past few weeks. His tweets parrot the Military/Intelligence/National Security Industrial Complex/War Profiteers, Wall Street, and Big Oil–the majority of the wealthy donors that have bought off our politicians.

To my beliefs and sensibilities, Rubio has little to show for the list of Life issues in my bullet list.

If he cared about Life, Rubio would be on board for clean, healthy green energy.

If he cared about Life, Rubio would be diplomatic and strive for peace with other countries in the world whether they are adversaries or allies.

If he cared about Life, Rubio would have a more humane approach toward people languishing and forgotten in our for-profit prisons, people addicted to drugs, and people desperately looking for a better life in America.

Let’s move on to Barack Obama.

Great guy, Obama, right? As president, he presented himself with dignity and class. He appears to be a loving husband and doting and good father.

Some things Obama did were good, like including the US in the Paris Climate Agreement. Like joining in the Iran Nuclear Deal.

And then there were really, really BAD things Obama signed off on or wrote an executive order for, such as:

–Bailing out the bankers and allowing the average citizens to suffer, losing a lot of their savings, and for many, their homes. Predatory lenders and fraudulent people in the banking industry didn’t spend a day in jail. In fact, many CEOs of these big banks, when they left their positions received huge bonuses. NOT GOOD. Bad, criminal behavior should never be rewarded.

–Going after whistleblowers, such as Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning (aka Chelsea), Tom Drake, John Kiriakou, and others, with a vengeance.

–Signing into law the National Defense Authorization Act in 2012. Here’s an excerpt from the Huffington Post to give you an idea why this was dangerous and shouldn’t have passed as it was:

In 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with relatively little attention from the media―despite the freedoms it obliterated. The NDAA was enacted to empower the U.S. military to fight the war on terror. But buried in this law are two provisions (Sections 1021 and 1022) that authorize the indefinite military detention, without charge or trial, of any person labeled a “belligerent”―including an American citizen.

These NDAA provisions (which have been re-approved by Congress and signed by President Obama every year since 2012) override habeas corpus―the essence of our justice system. Habeas corpus is the vital legal procedure that prevents the government from detaining you indefinitely without showing just cause. When you challenge your detention by filing a writ of habeas corpus, you must be promptly brought before a judge or into court, where lawful grounds must be shown for your detention or you must be released.

Under Section 1021, however, anyone who has committed a “belligerent act,” can be detained indefinitely, without charges or trial, as a “suspected terrorist.” This is a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution and our Bill or Rights. In The Federalist No. 84, Alexander Hamilton stressed the importance of the writ of habeas corpus to protect against “the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny.”

 

–NSA surveillance of the public’s private phone calls and the like was another thing that was continued full force under Obama. We wouldn’t have known about this without Snowden’s revealing these classified documents for the public. It was both a courageous and selfless act because he had to make the right, ethnical decision to expose this abuse (that’s what whistleblowers do–report waste, fraud, or abuse by our government) by our government’s agency knowing he’d lose his good-paying job, risk perilous government backlash, and probably never see his family and friends again on American soil. Fearing for your life because of giving the public the dark, underhanded actions of an agency of your government isn’t for a person’s fifteen minutes of fame. It takes integrity and honesty to do such a thing.

–Social moral issues regarding the safety of women and girls in bathrooms and locker rooms.

-Although he signed DACA that allowed for immigrant children born in the US. to stay in the country, he also deported more than 2.8 million illegal immigrants in his time in office. This is more than any other president before him.

–He oversaw our arming terrorists in Syria and selling arms to Saudi Arabia to bomb Yemen. Yes, this started under Obama’s presidency.

–The complete destruction of Libya and nearly Syria. The toppling of the democratically-elected leader in Honduras that caused horrible violence there.

–He didn’t close Guantanamo or bring all our troops home from Afghanistan like he said he would when running for president.

With these blotches on Obama’s eight years as president, I find it very hard to look at him and just see a nice family man and good president.

But I also realize the position of the president is tough.

Nevertheless, Obama carried on the foreign policy of Bush (another man who appeared nice, especially his wife) almost completely, and he also extended Bush’s tax cuts.

Obama was right in an interview years ago before he was president when he said if he were running in the 1980s, he’d be considered a moderate republican. I can certainly see that.

Then again, those behind the scenes–the Deep State–Military/Intel/National Security Industrial Complex, Big Banks, Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Pharma, etc.–own our officials, whether in the White House or Congress. You’ll notice this most overtly in our foreign policy that has continued its same destructive actions for decades and through different presidencies.

You will get nothing different with Biden. What makes him not a good choice for president is that he voted for the TPP, drafted the 1994 crime bill, voted for the Iraq War, drafted the foundation of the Patriot Act in 1995, and voted for the bank bailouts.

What we need is money out of politics first and foremost so our voices are heard and our elected officials do the wishes of the working people, those in need and the vast majority of our society.

And we must bring back the pendulum that has swung so far right, the Republicans have dropped off the cliff and the Democratic Party has taken the place of the moderate Republicans–by bringing back regulations on the banking and business industries, overturning Citizens United, reinstating Glass-Steagall, and bringing back solid social safety nets.

We deserve better people representing us than any of the people we’ve had this century.

We need REAL CHANGE.

This isn’t the 1960s anymore. The days of making it on your own, pulling yourself up by your boot straps has passed.

We’re heading toward an automated society, as well as AI (artificial intelligence), where many other jobs will be lost.

We’re behind on the minimum wage. It hasn’t risen in ten years.

With the loss of jobs, skyrocketing prices for food, housing, medical insurance, and prescription drugs, it’s the late 1920s again, and we need someone like FDR to bring about the new social programs for this time and era:

  • Medicare for all single-payer healthcare
  • Free pubic college
  • Green energy replacing fossil fuel
  • A raise in the minimum wage to a living wage
  • Wealthy corporations and people paying what they owe in taxes, instead of getting tax breaks where people like Jeff Bezos pay $0.00 in Federal income tax. This is criminal and immoral. Socialism for the rich and rugged individualism (aka, survival of the fittest) for everyone else isn’t a society in which people can thrive.
  • Cut the Defense budget by at least 40%

 

**Just to name a few

 

Maybe I’ll write on the healthcare issue in a future blog post if I don’t get skewered for my thoughts shared in this post. But honestly sharing one’s thoughts in a respectful manner should always be respected and appreciated, no matter if one agrees with the person or not. And you’re definitely free to disagree with what I said. Each person lives by the light and path in which he/she is given.

 

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