A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: “This way of settling differences is not just.”
This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of people normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing, except a tragic death wish, to prevent us from reordering our priorities, so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.
–Dr. Martin L. King, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Dec 11 2009
Dec 02 2009
Okay folks, here’s the money quote that says it all:
Republicans generally gave Obama high marks for deciding to send 30,000 more troops.
“If you would have told me a year into the president’s administration (that) he would have doubled our presence in Afghanistan … plus not reduce our troops meaningfully in Iraq … I would have a hard time believing it,” Dan Senor, who was a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq under former President George W. Bush, said in a conference call arranged by the Republican National Committee.
“So I’m pleasantly surprised!”
–Dan Senor, former Bush Administration Official, CFR-Neocon
Link: Congress Reacts
When Neocons are “pleasantly surprised“, the whole World has a problem here.
But that is Obama’s true governing constituency (regardless of his totally disingenuous campaign theatrics). And to think they gave this guy a Nobel Peace Prize….for what???…..buying a dog?
“Look at me George, I’m the WAR President too!”
Nov 25 2009
Some things just totally defy any possible logic, rhymn, or reason.
More than 150 Countries, all around the globe, have agreed to the Treaty to end the production, stockpiling, trade, and usage of civilian-killing Land Mines. Under the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld administration, The United States had been a hold out.
According to the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines (ICBL), efforts undertaken in 1999 to recover mines “have saved millions of lives through the removal of more than 2.2 million emplaced antipersonnel mines, 250,000 antivehicle mines, and 17 million” explosive remnants of war.
According to the Associated Press, last year land mines killed at least 1,266 people and wounded 3,891.
But hey, we have a new President with that hope-y, change-y thing going on…right?
Statement from Obama Adminstration:
“This administration undertook a policy review and we decided that our landmine policy remains in effect. We made our policy review and we determined that we would not be able to meet our national defense needs [ -?- ], nor our security commitments to our friends and allies if we sign this convention.”
In contravention of the treaty, the United States stockpiles some 10 million antipersonnel mines and retains the option to use them.
Two peas in a pod
And we’re supposed to be inspired by this shallow little puppet of a man…..