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The Inlander lists Ryan Crocker serving as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and Lebanon - all sterling successes of American foreign policy. Mr. Crocker writes that president Hillary Clinton would "re-engage the United States in international affairs in a manner that safeguards our interests and supports the cause of global security and stability.” Nowhere in his 750 words does he mention empire, let alone the devastation of empire, just on his watch - the millions killed, the trillions spent, the enemies created. Nowhere does he mention the cost to American taxpayers of a military budget larger than the rest of the world combined, supporting over 800 overseas bases; yet he argues for more of the same.
We live and must survive in a capitalist world not of our choosing. Marx, Lenin, Trotsky all had to earn a living in that (our) world. Our only option is to create something different, something better which one cannot do without confronting and overthrowing the status quo, which cannot be done by hermits attempting to exist outside the system. Hedges has covered our many wars since the 1980s as a paid correspondent for the New York Times, then quit when they would not print his "biased" reports. He went on to write several best selling books and continues to comment on our situation writ large. Most of his work may be found in TruthDig.com, including his masterful defense of Edward Snowden at the Oxford Debating Society. As I understand it, his message is that we absolutely cannot make change within the system, that we must find our own ways to rebel. But read him for yourself.
The Inlander was once a proud, prize-winning light of investigative and justice-advocacy journalism. Sadly, it has lost the courage to print anything the least bit controversial, joining the ranks of sell outs like NPR - Not Particularly Relevant. But it will always tell us where to eat . . .
Plenty for war and pillage but ever enough for social needs.
Actually, our funding of Israeli is now in excess of $4 billion per year, paying for a brutal, illegal occupation that has persisted for nearly 50 years. That's in addition to the unconditional support we have extended in vetoing every UN resolution remotely critical of Israel. Why? Our very powerful Jewish and Christian Zionist lobby led by AIPAC.
Never again . . . except to Palestine!
We are so in love with our military that we cannot question its role or purpose. We cannot ask whether it serves us or serves corporations. We cannot ask whether it defends or endangers us. "Ours is not to reason why . . ."
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