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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-03-08 10:25 AM
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12. I would say though that it not only became more obvious under Bush
Edited on Sun Feb-03-08 10:26 AM by Time for change
but it also got a lot worse.

The invasion and occupation of Iraq has taken the "blood on our hands" to a new level, with more than a million deaths and more than 4 million refugees. And there have been significant differences in our actions depending upon who our president has been.

For example, John Perkins notes in his book one U.S. president who served during the time period of his book who bucked the system. Commenting upon the unfortunate failure of Jimmy Carter to win re-election in 1980, he said:

A president whose greatest goal was world peace and who was dedicated to reducing U.S. Dependence on oil was replaced by a man who believed that the United States rightful place was at the top of a world pyramid held up my military muscle, and that controlling oil fields wherever they existed was part of our Manifest Destiny. A president who installed solar panels on White House roofs was replaced by one who, immediately upon occupying the Oval Office, had them removed.

Carter may have been an ineffective politician, but he had a vision for America that was consistent with the one defined in our Declaration of Independence. In retrospect, he now seems naively archaic, a throwback to the ideals that molded this nation and drew so many of our grandparents to her shores. When we compare him to his immediate predecessors and successors, he is an anomaly. His world view was inconsistent with that of the EHMs. Reagan, on the other hand, was most definitely a global empire builder; a servant of the corporatocracy

Perkins notes that the airplane crash death of Ecuadorian president Jaime Roldos occurred shortly after Reagan took office; and the president of Panama, Omar Torrijos, who re-negotiated with President Carter the Panama Canal Treaty that the Reagan administration so despised, died in another airplane crash a few months later.

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