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'Shameful': Senate Republicans—and Two Democrats—Kill Effort to Stop Trump's Lame-Duck Sale of F-35s and Drones to UAE

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/10/shameful-senate-republicans-and-two-democrats-kill-effort-stop-trumps-lame-duck-sale

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This means Yemen, folks. Further intensity of “the worst humanitarian disaster on Earth,” as they say. You need a lot of firepower to exterminate a whole nation. It’s a not uncommon platitude to hear “This is not who we are!” But I only wonder about the person saying it, when by “we” they mean US Americans.

US Americans are the ones who, by and large, don’t have much problem with our eternal bipartisan extermination of Palestinians, Iranians, and now Yemenis. That’s who we’ve been.

A martyred prophet once discovered, in USA, the world’s principle source of terror. That’s who we are.

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Might not be all bad. The damn planes don’t work.

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You speak the truth, as usual. By the way, isn’t it great to see the first vote of democrat Mark Kelly since defeating the republican Martha McSally is for more war in Yemen? So meaningful to have the democrats take over and show what they really stand for…more war and weapons of human suffering and death. How are they different from republicans, I can’t remember? Oh right, identity politics is the difference.

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“There’s a shadow on the faces of the men who send the guns to the wars that are fought in places where there business interests run”- Jackson Brown strikes again

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There are always just enough Democrats to enable the worst Republican evil. Why, it’s almost as if…

And, Sanders’ protestations must always be taken with not only a grain of salt, but with an entire salt lick, given his complicity in championing the ruinously expensive, wildly-defective F-35.

~https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/10/bernie-sanders-faces-backlash-over-war-machine-he-brought-to-vermont.html

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The federal level of machinations is a wholly owned subsidiary of the corporate giant vampire squid taking every opportunity to squeeze ink in obfuscation as it sails off into wild blurred yonder…

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Kelly (D-AZ) is brand new to DC, was he confused and stupid, or just another fake democrat?

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Well, it’s not like we didn’t expect it but maybe not so soon?

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An unwritten but obvious rule in politics, especially at the national level, is that if you vote against the interests of the subsidiaries of Global Megacorp in your state or district you lose your seat.

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As good an excuse as any, I suppose, to sell out one’s alleged principles to the worst elements of the Military Industrial Complex.

And the amazing part? That Sanders has kept up the kabuki this long. That even as he sings his swan song, so many imagine him a person of principle, and the best example of “progressive” politics in America.

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He was just seated (early because of AZ. rules), and has 6 years for the AZ. voters to forget this vote for peace.

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Will our politicians ever learn form history?? When will they turn against us and use these weapons against us. Remembering that Saudi Arabia had 19 of its citizens who struck the heart of the US on 9/11 and killed 3,000 people and we were lied into a war with Iraq and we had sold them weapons. Can things get stupider than that?? Iran Contra sales?

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“You choose your leaders and place your trust as their lies wash you down and their promises rust with kidney machines replaced by rockets and guns” - Paul Weller

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Stupider for who? Politicians have learned from history exactly how far they can push the masses, how close to the fire they can get without getting burned.

They can and they have. Witness the rise of ISIS, formerly known as the “moderate rebels” in Syria, initially funded armed and trained by the US. And let’s not forget that Al Qaeda was a creation of the CIA to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan, and that Sadam was sold weapons of mass destruction to fight Iran, whose hostility itself was also blowback from a CIA coup and subsequent propping up of a dictator.

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Manufacturing consent against manufactured enemies to keep arms manufacturers wealthy and powerful

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War and weapons sales are sacrosanct in America, just above god.

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“As the election was a special election, Kelly took office during the 116th Congress, shortly after Arizona certified its election results on November 30, unlike other senators and representatives elected in 2020, who will take office at the opening of the 117th Congress on January 3, 2021. Kelly was sworn in at noon on December 2.[55] His term ends in 2023, after which his seat will be occupied by the winner of the 2022 election, in which he is likely to run.” [emphasis added]

(Source: ~https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Kelly)

Kelly is serving out the remaining two years of McCain’s term that began in January 2017.

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Raytheon got a lot of leverage in the Senate by putting a major employer in a state with a small population, as this vote demonstrates. I wish that progressives would do something similar, but they had a chance in the Senate election in Maine and did not exploit the opportunity.

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Thanks for the clarification. I knew he was seated early because McSally was appointed, but assumed, because he was elected, he would receive a full Senate term.

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