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Waging Endless War From Vietnam to Syria


Waging Endless War From Vietnam to Syria

Greg Grandin

In April 2014, ESPN published a photograph of an unlikely duo: Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and former national security adviser and secretary of state Henry Kissinger at the Yankees-Red Sox season opener. In fleece jackets on a crisp spring day, they were visibly enjoying each other’s company, looking for all the world like a twenty-first-century geopolitical version of Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.


Henry Kissinger should have been indicted as a war criminal a long time ago. The fact that Henry has gotten away with a plethora of documented and egregious war crimes, tells me the Amerikan Empire is the one empire in the world that needs regime change; otherwise, nothing will ever change.


I absolutely agree with that. The country is under the control of rogues and hooligans who bear no respect to the human lives. Until the economy catastrophy hits again, the average amricans won't wake up from the amnesia.


"conditions for today’s endless wars, both those started by Bush’s neocons and those waged by Obama’s war-fighting liberals like Samantha Power."

That's "Obamas war-fighting NEOLIBERALS like Samantha Power", Mr. Grandin. Liberals are humanists and anti-war.

Otherwise, great article.

Government is too important to be left in the hands of a few murderous cons and neolibs.

Direct democracy. Let all the people decide.


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The pretexts differ

The carnage remains the same


"it destabilized Cambodia, provoking a 1970 coup that, in turn, provoked a 1970 American invasion"


As Norodhom Sihanouk, Cambodian King, was insisting on Cambodia's neutrality although the northern Vietnamese were running troops and weapons south via the Ho Chi Minh Trail which entered part of Cambodia, he was replaced in a USA-sponsored coup by Lon Nol, who then permitted the USA to bomb the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Cambodia. The "Parrot's Beak" invasion of Cambodia by the USA, and bombing of that area, was an attempt to destroy Viet Cong facilities alleged to exist in that part of Cambodia.


The Khmer Rouge already existed in the latter stages of Sihanouk's rule. The increase in corruption under Lon Nol and the massive destruction of Cambodian infrastructure and lives by the USA's actions led to vastly increased popular support for the Khmer Rouge, who took over the country after a civil war and then proceeded to murder about 3 million fellow Cambodians as well as attacking Vietnam through guerrilla raids between 1975 and 1978, which led to the invasion of Cambodia by the Vietnamese army and the liberation of Cambodians from the thoroughly vile Khmer Rouge regime. Following 1978, this thoroughly vile regime was supported at the United Nations by the USA, China and Thailand. Thailand also housed the Khmer Rouge in their own refugee camps and provided accomodation and security for Pol Pot The USA ran aid programmes to the Khmer Rouge camps and no doubt China supplied arms, besides having invaded Vietnam in 1978 in support of the Khmer Rouge. And, I am disgusted to say, in 1982 the British SAS were reported in the British Parliament as working in Cambodia teaching Pol Pot's thugs how to lay landmines. The period 1975-1989 has been called "The Third Vietnam War", the first being the war against the French and the second the USA's war with Vietnam.

It now seems the same utter stupidity is now being run in the Middle East. I despair.


They are not above the law, but they are so corrupt they have learned how to circumvent the law.


Ok...Your'e acting whacko. So...The guy that created "Family Guy" is now in charge of everyone's opinion..? Good to know... :smile:


Hillary Clinton has expressed great admiration for Kissinger.


Kissinger, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush and the rest should be thrown in a deep dark dungeon somewhere. Probably should include Bush the First too.


What of benefit to the nation was ever achieved through these many bombing actions, wars and clandestine actions?

Every one of these actions has had negative consequences. Isn't it time to own up to this fact? The only beneficiaries are the war profiteers.

Maybe the United States should try one decade where they refrain from these actions just to see if the nation and the world would benefit.


Nobody is above the law, unless the law has become corrupted, unjust and morally wrong. Those who regard people like Kissinger as being above the law are the same, or perhaps worse than idolaters. They are worshippers and slaves of the darkness in this world.


Direct democracy? Fine, but what happens when the MSM is skewed, and the people are force-fed lies, propaganda and misinformation? When investigative journalists are imprisoned and exiled? The status quo is all too visible, and we know how bad it is. At the same time, it is widely considered as the new normal.

The people do not realise their real potential as a force for good, and apathy prevails. Only if they are informed, aware, and know right from wrong, can they act in the best interests of common humanity. How do you raise people to a higher consciousness? That question has plagued me since the days of the Vietnam war. Sometimes, you have a gut reaction that tells you when something is wrong. Back then we didn't have the internet, but there is something more important, and that is innate knowledge.


We need a modern equivalent of the Nuremberg war trials, without prejudice to nationality, ideology or ethnicity.


Unfortunately, it seems impossible until after the war, but there is no end in sight for the 'endless' war that has not ceased since the middle of the last century.


Look up the assassination of Kennedy, and the relationship of the Bush family to the Nazis. It goes back a long way.


America's "endless wars" began with the colonists and our wonderful "founding fathers", not with Vietnam.

Endless wars are vital to an eternally expanding empire, and "removal", "relocation" and "conversion" are nice ways to describe what happens to the invaded. See "the Monroe Doctrine", "manifest destiny", "pioneers" and "settlers", for the nice little grade school classroom version of American history...


Obama is Henry K on steroids--seven countries bombed and/or invaded. Henry must be in sheer awe of the man.


Don't worry about Dr. Strangelove escaping justice.

I'm going to dig him up and piss on his face and post it to youtube!


Screw you. Nobody said anything about anyone's race. Genocide must be condemned no matter who does it. Dr. Strangelove does not get a pass because he's one of "the chosen ones."

Your uneducated rant is nothing but primer. You can't use hyphens in place of periods. Also, the primitive behavior you cite was present not only in America, but every empire before it. The British, the Spanish, The Romans and The Greeks all practiced genocide. All were Christians except the Greeks!