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$30 Million for Trump's "Vanity Parade Nothing Compared to $5.6 Trillion Spent on War Since 2001


#22

That’s not going to happen. There’s no end of war in sight… we’ll have to be burning embers before it ends…I just hope that the MIC profiteers are burned to crisps, too.


#23

I hope Veterans and sensible citizens (NOT trump supporters) stay away from this parade. That would show trump what he’s thought of. His “minions” (not a typo for millions, look it up in dictionary)


#24

Nothing like a draft dodger hyping our military.

Who got the 5.6 trillion our taxpayers spent?

Direct Democracy


#25

Just ask Afghanistan undeclared war vets about that $5.6 trillion:
Veterans for Rethinking Afghanistan War
rethinkafghanistan.com/veterans
Recently, four Afghanistan and Iraq War vets traveled to DC to meet with members of Congress and tell them that this war has to end. These brave vets were joined by a true Afghan hero: Malalai Joya, a Parliamentarian who has stood up to the warlords for women’s rights and is now standing up for Afghan civilians against this pointless war.
Afghanistan war vets file class-action suit against …
https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/afghanistan-war-vets-file-class
A group of Afghanistan war veterans has filed a class-action lawsuit against the federal government, saying the disability payment regime under the New Veterans


#26

Ok…it was just an idea…good for shock [into awareness] value…

Toni

Silence Is Assent.


#27

Will they be a throwing out of plastic necklaces to the crowd? That will bring them in.


#30

What happened to the three trillion that went missing under obamas watch???


#31

“I spent thirty-three years in the Marines, most of my time being a hlgh class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.
I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1910-1912. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City [Bank] boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the rape of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.
In China in 1927 l helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.
I had a swell racket. l was rewarded with honors, medals, promotions. l might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate a racket in three city districts. The Marines operated on three continents.”

Maj. General Smedley Darlington Butler, former top candidate for US Marine Corps Commandant, and the highest ranked Marine of his time, 1935


#32

Thanks, Ed, for reposting that man’s quote. Every time I read him, I get all choked up.

Major Gen. Butler should be required reading in every high school history class, college American history class, all ROTC classes, and in military academies for students who have no clue what they’re being indoctrinated for. Fantasy thinking, I know.


#33

Thanks. And 1935 that was a long time ago. It is worse now than ever! The mafia uses it’s thugs as hit men to maintain it’s power on a small scale compared to the fascist, Amerikan, Empire which uses our military as thugs, to maintain it’s hegemony and world wide hubris. One has to wonder how much longer the American people will let them get away with the canards of so many egregious, lies!


#34

Spend it on the vets. Or better yet, have an alternative parade with real anti-war vets. Their organizations are out there (i.e. Iraq Veterans Against the War).


#35

Alzo, habben wir nur acht monaten neuen wörter fur ‘Der Horst Wessel Lied’ zu schreiben:
"Wir liebe dich, uns ganz verüchter Tveetle-Duumb – mit kleine Händen, und das sehr kleine Schwanz . . . "


#36

Great idea! I’m sure we could find a few MISSION ACCOMPLISHED banners left over from when Bush the Dim declared success in Iraq, long before the third trillion was tossed down the black hole of the Middle East.


#37

So what if they give that circled jerk a medal-of-honor circle suck-up and none of the medal of honorees show up for Bone-spur-ious?
Really? You are going to insult medal of honor winners by having them in a worshipful semi-circle around President Dumpferments? I have to wonder how many the organizers can find who will go along with this.


#38

I would propose the Zionists are in the driver’s seat these days. See the Ha’aretz “White Man’s Burden” from 2003 and the New York Times piece Trump Searches for Reason to Stay in Afghanistan.


#39

Two things should be required reading, Butler and any text on Mass Communications theory so the hoiploi can get a grasp of how they are being manipulated. But, alas, I’m a powerless armchair quarterback. If only I were King for a Day. But look what they’ve done to Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution. Salvador Allende 2.0. “Make the economy scream!” There really is a “…vast rightwing conspiracy…” that Hillary was ridiculed for calling out. (President Hillary )


#40

America never should have named their military escapade, the “Global War On Terror” in 2001.

More accurately, it should have been labeled, “America’s Global Empire Expansion.”


#41

Patricia,

Wouldn’t it be loverly, if more Antiwar protesters, and Veterans Against War showed up at this Shithole Shindig, than Trump supporters and Warmongers?

That would be Priceless!

The MSM wouldn’t know what to say.


#42

The “World” can easily see for itself that America no longer has a Military used as protection against agression.

The unending desire for Global Expansion through Empire and Natural Resource Theft has made our Military into Mercenaries.


#43

Go to Jail, hell, let’s send them all to the Guillotines!