" But the Obama Administration remains intent upon protecting the poppies so that the Afghan farmers and local drug lords can reap the benefits of what purports to be a bumper crop. "
Note: This is not hard to figure out. Motive - motive - motive. Who benefits? Sometimes I feel bad about the acrimonious invective I've leveled at the American military forces - then after I read another one of these articles - I stop feeling bad because the leaders know what is going on. I know West Point mass-produces a lot of robots - but they mass-produce high quality robots - they are not stupid - they just "follow orders" just like the NAZIs used to defend their actions.
"Following orders" ultimately failed as a viable defense. That is - after the game was up and no one could profitably protect the perps.
The brass in the US military are perpetuating the lies - they are in this quagmire up to their eyeballs - and they are still "true believers" - that is - they really think they will be able to keep the lie going - like an Amway pyramid - but if they weren't robots -but philosophers - and they understood as wise men do that pyramids have tops and bottoms and the laws of nature tend to balance out - and things in nature have beginnings and ends - independent of the actions of human intervention - they would not be on radio shows and TV shows selling more war to the public.
The game's up folks. The whole thing is a sham - and "we" (the suckered public) are losing. Losing what - the wars? No. Fucking everyfuckingthing.
Blackmail and bribery will get you just so far - then the laws of nature take over. It's kind of like cheating on your car's oil changes - you get away with a little here and a little there but the motor suffers wear. If you don't sell the car - it will fail while in your possession.
And that is where we are. Nobody wants to buy our lies. Nobody wants our money. Nobody wants a jingo culture of murderers in their neighborhood. Nobody wants to pay for all this nasty crusade.
If the US government doesn't get their shit together - the public is gonna' get their shit together for them - I can feel it in my bones.
Ya' know - nobody in America really complains - it's part of our culture - you suck it up and take it. Got a big medical bill? Eat it. Got to pay your credit card at 33% interest you never signed up for but the banks changed hands so now under the NEW contract you are liable - oh hell find a way. There is no more "way" for the masses - that is - unless you want to work in China. But if you decide to move to China check out their guest worker laws first so you can leave the tambourine at home.
We are going to have a revolution. I hope it is not violent because that is the most destructive crap-shoot one can hope for. After all - who wins violent competitions? The violent. That is exactly who is in charge in America now. Conclusion - no change will result - especially when you take into consideration the infiltration of groups by the FBI, CIA, and the rest of the dictatorial apparatus.
But revolution is the path we are on - one way or the other - whether you like it or not - I like it or not - or anybody likes it or not.
A friend of mine recently reminded me of a John Wayne movie that pretty much illustrates the system we live under today - here in America and worldwide.
It goes like this: John Wayne and his cowboys show up armed (as usual) to meet some banditos wearing sombreros to collect something - doesn't matter what.
Anyway - John Wayne is slumped over bored as ever as the Mexican guy says to John Wayne (before delivering the goods John Wayne showed up for):
Bad guy: "Did you bring any gold senior?"
John Wayne: "Nope"
Bad guy: "Did you bring any silber senior?"
John Wayne: "Nope; Just LEAD"
At this point a tumultuous gun battle commences - and that is where we are.
Might makes right. If you have the weapons and you can draw faster you win - the losers are the bad guys because when you are dead you can't make your case in court.
That is where we are. I don't like it - but I can live with it.
What is the solution to all this?
We need to bring back common decency to American culture - without lawyers defining "common decency" for us. We all know what common decency is. Common decency means respecting other people - and if you don't - everybody around you recognizes your trespass and stands up for what is right.
The law enforcement community needs to let men be men. I'm not talking about taking law into one's own hands. I'm talking about cops and lawyers and judges rewarding those who stand up for their rights and helping citizens protect their rights rather than taking advantage of their position to force citizens to surrender their rights.
I am talking about common sense becoming the norm in court - in law - in punishment - in everything.
There is no more money to support the phony made-for-TV cop fantasy we live in. There is no more money to support the military adventure-crusade we are living. The lives wrecked and the body count are obscene - to put it nicely.
Americans - and everyone - wake UP. Talk. Stop "NOT talking." Stop believing that people speaking to you through corporate media-owned channels care about you. If you don't believe me, call up the idiot telling you that everything is OK and ask them, since they care about you, to send you a goddam mortgage payment. You will never get one. Yeah - nothing. They will think you are crazy - after all - how can an adult be so stupid and deluded that they think their "friend" cares about them, as a father cares about his children, that they would actually pay for anything you need - like fucking FOOD? Talk about crazy!
My friends - think about it. Violent revolution can be avoided one way: Peaceful revolution. Peaceful revolution can only come about via interpersonal communications. Translation - talk. Talk, talk, talk, talk, about details, amounts, percentages, time lines, and debt.
Once everybody can communicate this problem is as good as solved. The time for the "good trooper" doing their "duty" paying without a job in silence is over. Once everybody talks and finds that they are in the same boat - the clowns screwing all of us will have to find a new circus.
My apologies in advance for this rant but I felt it had to be posted.
No apologies needed for speaking the truth or being angry about it, JR.