Sunday, August 8, 2010

To President Obama: War--What is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing (except financially profiting the rich white men who control your decisions while destroying the lives of everyone else)



U.S. WAR accomplishes a few things well: mass murdering people of color. Raping and otherwise terrorising women. Sending primarily poor and working class women and men from the U.S. to other countries to be blown to bits and traumatised for the rest of their lives, however short they are.

Now YOU TELL ME, President Obama: WHY ARE YOU PERMITTING OUR TROOPS TO BE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TODAY, TOMORROW, AND NEXT WEEK?

Make the MORAL argument PUBLIC, please, for U.S. War on the World. (Especially U.S. and NATO Forces AGAINST Asia.)

2 comments:

Clarissa said...

The biggest disappointment of Obama's presidency is, for me, is total incapacity to curb the power of Pentagon and criminal enterprises such as Halliburton and Co. The military spending in this country is outrageous. With the growth of poverty, the rising unemployment, the shrinking social programs, spending so much money on these unwinnable and unjust wars is beyond wrong.


Many of my students come from impoverished areas of this country. Often, their only chance of getting an education is to join the military. Every time I see a recruitment bus on campus and every time yet another talented but impoverished kid comes to class in uniform, my heart sinks to the ground. It's so wrong to use these kids' poverty and desperation to send them fight these completely needless wars.

Julian Real said...

I'm with you 1000%, Clarissa. 1000%.

It's horrific, all of it. And I feel exactly the same way about the way the government manipulates and exploits poor youth into being U.S. fodder for our wars. It's deplorable and disgusting and why the whole of the U.S. citizenry isn't outraged is a bit beyond me.

And, there's a new book out on what you're raising: on President Obama and why he won't end these damned wars, one of which actually deals with the question of why the U.S. citizenry, on the whole, isn't outraged at all.

There are two books on similar subjects are written by a man named Andrew Bacevich. One is called The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War

and the newer one, recently out is called Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War (American Empire Project)

And let us not forget this important book by the woman who knows too much about EXACTLY what the U.S. and NATO is doing in Afghanistan, Malalai Joya:

A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice

I'll blog about that middle book next.