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Expert Letter on Deescalating with Iran

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/31/expert-letter-deescalating-iran

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This sounds well and good, but…never going to happen with trump and his insane, criminal coterie still, nominally, in charge.

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Exactly, if even a few of these points were possible, we wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place.
It’s been clear for a while now, especially since 9/11, neo-cons and neo-liberals wont negotiate or do diplomacy.

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Except when it comes to sucking up to dictatorial regimes such as Saudia Arabia and Israel it seems.

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I thought this article interesting and pertinent to the state of Militarism in the United States of America and how the Pentagon views war and conflict.

What sticks out is the language used. The Pentagon refers to specific age groups as “markets”

Brooks said that the Army typically recruits from three market segments: 18- to 24-year-old civilians, current soldiers looking to re-enlist and veterans who already separated but could be coaxed back into the service with the right incentives.

A market is something you generally sell a product to. The Pentagon sees itself as a business selling the product WAR . It big business and nothing more with the primary purpose being financial reward , be it to the arms manufacturers or the people they recruit.

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I still haven’t seen a reasonable cause to enter a physical war with Iran. What can justify this?

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Have you seen the latest from the Pentagon? They want to lower the legal age to 16 to join, because of the shortages you bring up. Eventually we’ll be like 3rd world countries, with young children fighting our wars. This country is getting nuttier every day.

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The attempt to recruit 16 year olds is two fold. One is that the base of potential recruits dries up. Secondly they know full well it easier to train a person to be a killer the younger they are. 16 year olds are not fully mentally mature. They have found the longer they weight the harder it is to train that person to be a killer.

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Hi SuspiraDeprofundis: Oh I am so angry!!!~

The military needs more recruits… gosh, maybe the old geezers and the young ones too in the military should get ready to go to battle themselves…yeah --lead by example war lovers. The Pentagon seems like a giant building—maybe Trump should pass an executive order requiring the Pentagon employees be drafted first in order to get their required number of fighters. And oh yeah, we have all those ICE people who seem to want to terrorize immigrants----ship them off too!
And hey potential young recruits… Trump doesn’t want any gay people in the military—there’s an out for you— use his prejudice and just declare ---- and then you can’t be forced to go! : )
Or maybe the 2 Trump sons , as they love to shoot tings like wild animals----maybe they should experience what life is like when humans shooting at you are a lot scarier than lions, tigers and bears. Besides, if recruiting is low, maybe Pompeo , Bolton and hey Abrams too should JOIN up to show that war is for everyone-----before they restart the draft. Besides didn’t movie stars sign up in WW 2, and they were in the thick of things too!
NO one should be exempt Donald Trump, and the poor are tired of being sacrificed for corporate profit Besides , who is to say what could happened to Israel with wars so close by? And even worse as the breathable air leaves us all-------YOU military and profiteers have no right to murder the planet!!!
And too you mutton head government people, another freaking war??? Lead by example military people and hey even those who make the killer war machines------if you guys profit so much , maybe you need to put your own skins in the game!!!

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the “expert” letter is very good, it is reasonable and balanced, and deserves more attention as worldwide peace movement may be needed to head off a war against Iran. The US has been tricked into other wars by lies (Remember the Maine, Tonkin Gulf, Weapons of Mass Destruction etc) and it could happen again, though the Trump regime has so little credibility maybe this time there will be more skepticism.