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Even Smarter Bombs

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Rethink Mass Murder

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Predator Drones continuously bomb innocent women and children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen, but the mainstream media says almost nothing about it. Unless of course the anger about the bombings starts to rear it’s head in the populace, then we get plenty of RAND corp. backed stats of how wonderful and brilliant the drones are.

The disconnect becomes even more stark when you see the death orgy rise up around the Arizona shootings. The feasting horrorholics in the news will moan for weeks about the inhumanity of it all. Even the President has glomped onto the nine year old victim in his recent speech on the tragedy.

Now, it is absolutely a tragedy that deserves all of our attention, but there is something that twists my stomach up in a knot when I see the President shaken to his core over this little girl’s life, while the lives of the children blown to bits by his Predator Drone bombings seems to not even enter into his sphere of reality. This isn’t the first time the man I elected President has shocked me with his insensitivity. This Predator Drone joke at the White House Press dinner, that sounded just as callous and screwed up as Bush, kind of used up all my shock cards for Obama.

“Jonas Brothers are here, they’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming. You think I’m joking?”

– President Obama


WAR IS A DRUG

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The Urge to Surge
Washington’s 30-Year High
By Tom Engelhardt 

“Once you’ve shot up this drug, your thinking is impaired. Through its dream-haze, unpleasant history becomes bunk; what others couldn’t do, you fantasize that you can. Forget the fact that crossing similar borders to get similar information and wipe out similar sanctuaries in Cambodia and Laos in the Vietnam War years led to catastrophe for American planners and the peoples of the region. It only widened that war into what in Cambodia would become auto-genocide. Forget the fact that, no matter whom American raiders might capture, they have no hope of capturing the feeling of nationalism (or the tribal equivalent) that, in the face of foreign invaders or a foreign occupation, keeps the under-armed resilient against the mightiest of forces.

Think of the American urge to surge as a manifestation of the war drug’s effect in the world. In what the Bush administration used to call “the Greater Middle East,” Washington is now in its third and grimmest surge iteration. The first took place in the 1980s during the Reagan administration’s anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan and proved the highest of highs; the second got rolling as the last century was ending and culminated in the first years of the twenty-first century amid what can only be described as delusions of grandeur, or even imperial megalomania. It focused on a global Pax Americana and the wars that extend it into the distant future. The third started in 2006 in Iraq and is still playing itself out in Afghanistan as 2011 commences.

In Central and South Asia, we could now be heading for the end of the age of American surges, which in practical terms have manifested themselves as the urge to destabilize. Geopolitically, little could be uglier or riskier on our planet at the moment than destabilizing Pakistan — or the United States. Three decades after the American urge to surge in Afghanistan helped destabilize one imperial superpower, the Soviet Union, the present plans, whatever they may turn out to be, could belatedly destabilize the other superpower of the Cold War era. And what our preeminent group of surgers welcomed as an “unprecedented strategic opportunity” as this century dawned may, in its later stages, be seen as an unprecedented act of strategic desperation.

That, of course, is what drugs, taken over decades, do to you: they give you delusions of grandeur and then leave you on the street, strung out, and without much to call your own. Perhaps it’s fitting that Afghanistan, the country we helped turn into the planet’s leading narco-state, has given us a 30-year high from hell.

So, as the New Year begins, strap yourself into that time machine and travel with me back into the 1980s, so that we can peer into a future we know and see the pattern that lies both behind and ahead of us.”

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