Posted by: quiscus | October 8, 2010

October 8, 2010

1.  “Support the Troops?

No way!


We often hear, from antiwar activists as well as pious politicians and every sort of commentator, that we should all “support the troops.” No matter what one thinks of the particular war being fought, this kind of boilerplate is invariably appended:  “But of course,” we are told, “everyone supports the troops.” We honor them for their service. We pat them on the back and say: “Good job!”

This grisly record is common knowledge, and, in deciding to join up, the prospective US soldier is consciously choosing to ignore or downplay the moral aspects of being asked to commit atrocities: it’s much more important to him (or her) to make a living.

This is the definition of a moral monster.


There was a time, not so long ago, when the decision to seek a career in the military did not involve becoming such a monster. That time has long since passed. To put on an American uniform today is to become complicit in a criminal enterprise, and this characterization is not by any means limited to the thrill-killer platoon but to the entire killing machine deployed to carry out Washington’s grand design.

If the media is running “public service announcements” and ads promoting military service,  we should run counter-ads – and take full advantage of the controversy when the networks refuse to run them.

The US military is a criminal enterprise, just as the ruling elite in this country is the equivalent of a crime syndicate: and they are getting away with murder. One day, the people’s justice will be visited on them. Let’s hope that rough justice doesn’t unfairly impact us all.


The US is exporting its sociopaths overseas, in hopes that the havoc such people usually wreak can be put to some “good” use, but such callousness will soon blow back in our faces when Johnnie-the-thug comes marching home. ”

2.  “Fraud in Home Mortgages: “ForeclosureGate” and Obama’s “Pocket Veto”

3.  “Corporate Cash Floods US Congressional Elections

The Chicago Tribune, in an analysis published Tuesday, reported, “The insurance industry is pouring money into Republican campaign coffers in hopes of scaling back wide-ranging regulations in the new health care law but preserving the mandate that Americans buy coverage.”


In other words, having backed the Obama health care legislation because it forced 30 million Americans to buy insurance or face fines, the insurance industry wants a Republican-controlled Congress to write more business-friendly rules for the new coverage, so that it can offer cut-rate, high-profit plans to this new captive market.


The Tribune noted that this might include increasing the already stiff penalty for individuals and families for being uninsured, which begins at $95 a year and rises rapidly to $695. Jeff Fusile of the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers told the newspaper, “The one thing that insurance companies would love to see are penalties that are actually stronger.”


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