by Timothy Gatto, Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 08:41:45 PM EDT
These are the darkest days that I've ever seen in this country. There are so many Americans walking around completely clueless about what is really happening in this country. I've been wondering why the government has released so many formerly "Secret" files on how we overturned governments around the world and how we forced "regime changes" and how many people we were responsible for helping to massacre since the end of WWII. I think I've figured it out. It isn't that out government "wants to come clean", rather it wants to inure the American people to bloodshed for economic reasons.
This way Americans can say; "Well we've been doing it all along, what's the difference now?" So what if we've dropped white phosphorus and napalm on the city of Falluja? So what if we have dumped 350 tons of depleted uranium on Iraq, so what if Lancet reports that we have killed over one million two hundred thousand innocent Iraqi's? Isn't this the cost they must pay to be part of the American Empire? The hydrocarbon laws that demand 80% of the oil fields in Iraq should be part of their payment for "freeing" them. They just don't realize that we're just trying to bring them "democracy". We all know that Americans are the "good guys". Didn't we prove that in Vietnam when we incinerated the villages with napalm and poisoned their country with Agent Orange? Didn't we take care of our soldiers when they came back from Indochina with horrendous rashes, breathing problems and cancer? Just because it took us 25 years to do so, at least we did it, right?
by Timothy Gatto, Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 09:30:45 AM EDT
Progressive Americans, that's a joke. Barack Obama promised change and one of the first things he did after clinching the Democratic nomination, was to continue the rhetoric of the Bush Administration. I don't know about the rest of you, but I feel like a knife has been driven through my heart, and I didn't even support him! The truth is what's happened to this country? I'm no fool, I know that we have been involved in toppling unfriendly governments and have started imperialistic wars for a long time now. The difference between then and now is that America no longer looks after just it's "interests", it wants control of everything.
This is evident in the way that we allocate our budget. There are other nations in this world that have re-made their skylines into cities that look like futuristic panoramas out of a science fiction novel. America still looks basically the same since the 70's. The only difference you can discern are the cookie-cutter malls with the same branded stores. We have no real mass transit that is any better than it was. There are other nations that run their trains in maglev technology. Our infrastructure is falling apart. The Middle-Class is disappearing, and our industry is being outsourced to nations that can not only make things cheaper, but better.
by fairleft, Sat May 10, 2008 at 09:02:16 PM EDT
In Ironman we American heroes are superbly human folks -- heart of gold wise-cracking big kids chasing hot chicks in our fast cars but wide open to puppy dog love and soulful buddyhood -- and who with those huge hearts, superior civilization and technology just want to rescue cardboard-cut-out simple peasants from the heartlessly cruel warlords, terrorists, and extremists who exploit them all around the unimaginably swarthy world just outside our borders.
But sometimes we mess up (and yes, aren't we great how we're men enough to admit it!) so we have to make things right. We're either rescuing or making things right, that's all we do 'out there' in that unthinkable, ugly world that, somehow, we're macho and goodhearted enough not to turn our backs on.
This paper-thin bullshit is why we fight in 2008, or why most of us do the couch potato while our Ironmen murder resistance leaders and soldiers and peasants kinda like this:
Ironman's mega-flamethrower mass murder was gratuitous. As you might know, he can instantly jet himself out of anything at supersonic speed. But no, here he decided to stick around for a few minutes to kill dozens of Afghan resistance soldiers (oops, they must be inhuman terrorist thugs if dear America decides to torturously (burned alive!) kill them just for kicks).
by Forgiven, Fri Jun 15, 2007 at 06:25:07 AM EDT
It appears that Mr. Bush is at it again. You have to love this guy; he is always looking for ways to expand the empire. Hannibal and Napoleon have nothing on this guy. It appears the new target of American imperialism is Kosovo, formerly a part of Yugoslavia. In another case of it isn't what it looks like, Mr. Bush wants to "liberate" Kosovo. Again, on the surface appears like an admirable goal, everyone should be liberated. Just ask the Iraqis. But could there be more than meets the eye?
by populist, Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 02:56:20 PM EDT
...It is interesting to note that the United States is never officially referred to as an empire, although our country has assumed many imperial characteristics...