The Media is Mightier Than War©
“War Is a Racket…It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes." U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley D. Butler.
I am a Marine Vietnam Veteran (Combat Intelligence NCO assigned to Scouts); and demand We The People Occupy the Foreign Policy decision making process. We must form dynamic strategic alliances, creating trustworthy information channels that offer knowledge and intelligence from organized communities and open sources communicating awareness, purpose, principals and values, thus stimulating citizens’ imagination and sustained actions, recognizing their Constitutional obligations and achievements within and among our communities, and their dynamic participation in defining our Nation’s role in world affairs. Most notably ~
Who Sacrifices and Who Pays?
We must connect current Folly Policy especially the vast expenditures for preventive wars of choice to our devastated economy and national security! This point of concurrence must enlighten Americans, as independent thinkers so that they will influence and eliminate the propensity to wage WAR by delusional cowards of the Complex that President Eisenhower warned us about.
Communities and Interfaith Congregations must strategically organize nation-wide and participate fully and equally in the foreign policy debates creating modesty, realism, transparency and accountability, keeping in mind that WAR PROFITEERING is the existential threat to our humanity! When it comes to protecting and supporting our troops, veterans and their families, herein lies the moral essence of U.S. citizen obligation.
We must deeply understand the very complex nature of genuine fears, threats, and the required measured responses, which will either affirm or eliminate the obsolete components, assumptions and foundations of post-World War II U.S. Foreign Policy, and their most devastating economic and environmental impacts on communities here and abroad. This task will take incredible moral courage as intense and sustained as our warriors serving in harms’ way purportedly protecting our Nation and way of life.
As citizens of a deteriorating democracy, we must, repeat, must demand and integrate the facts (genuine intelligence and public knowledge) to fully comprehend the enormous challenges before us. We must rethink our political and diplomatic relations, passionately reflecting on and changing our values and allegiances that have had and continue to have brutal effects on our fellow humans. We must strongly lead our foreign policy making that has profound impacts on hundreds of millions of men, women, and children. Our justice system must hold elected and/or appointed decision-makers and officials accountable with severe sanctions when they break international and US laws ~ crimes against humanity and peace…etc.
We The People are the Best and Brightest and ultimately responsible for their decisions. We must instruct our government employees about the great truths for solving our most dangerous problems. This dynamic struggle is about our core beliefs and ideas of our Nation, its vision and the underlying moral principles and values inherent in our Constitution, Declaration of Independence and most international treaties that inspire us to take preemptive actions to protect our world…when we choose.
We must choose to be a progressive world leader, with our courageous and honorable military being recast into its essentially supporting defensive role as a complement and backup for the other vital components of our national security strategies and public diplomacy. We must authenticate clear and present dangers, international perceptions, ground truths and trustworthy intelligence, and the political and economic assumptions of proposed policies and actions; and implement threat reduction using all of these components, as necessary.
Our choice to redress the grievances of previous and current devastating folly policy (Vietnam War, support for Saddam Hussein and dozens of repressive thugs…etc.), and to reestablish our prestige and exert legitimate power insuring grassroots progress toward greater international stability, understanding, tolerance, prosperity and abundance will be the dynamic organizing principles to develop, fund and enhance systems, measures, programs and institutions that will prevent economic crisis and WAR PROFITEERING.
Legitimacy of moral life depends on the willingness of men and women to struggle with such questions before they decide what to do. Karl Jaspers, a Jewish-tainted German WW II philosopher notes, “all men, like all nations, are tested twice in the moral realm ~ first by what they do, then by what they make of what they do. A condition of responsibility denotes a kind of second chance: men are, as if by a kind of grace, given a chance to repay to the living what it is they find themselves owing the dead.”
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