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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-11 03:30 PM
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The Big Lie Marches On/ We must have an honest accounting of the Iraq War.
The Big Lie Marches On
We must have an honest accounting of the Iraq War.
by Robert C. Koehler

Maybe, even if Barack Obama has a grand plan and does, as so many people believe, intend to change the national direction to make compassion and honesty our primary governing values he can only do so incrementally. He still has to, you know, humor the fist-pumpers and American exceptionalists. He still has to lie.


I fear that the Big Lie is seductive, because theres so much power attached to it. On the outside looking in, when youre just a state senator from Illinois, or whatever, the invasion of Iraq may look like a dumb war. But on the inside of the operation, with so much power at stake, the pragmatic necessities of empire, a.k.a., our national interests control of oil, dominance in the Middle East, the well-being of defense contractors morph into patriotic values, and seem, all of a sudden, worth the cost in human lives, environmental devastation and even the well-being of future generations.

If theres no such thing as a president who can tell the truth about a fraudulently launched, devastatingly counterproductive military adventure, or speak critically about militarism in general because the truth would, oh, bring down the economy we have an inadequate system of government, whose fundamental purpose is to resist change and perpetuate itself no matter what.

This is a problem. There may be no way to change such a system from the inside, which was clearly Barack Obamas mandate, as well as his promise, when voters swept him into office, and the world cheered, in 2008.

The mistake the Obama constituency made was to believe that we can leave the details of change up to a designated leader. Its not democracy thats inadequate, but a system of representative government in which only the enormously wealthy, or those who have indentured themselves to moneyed interests, can cross the threshold into leadership positions. In such a system, those who oppose the interests of war and empire cant possibly be represented. It is these interests that declare the Iraq war a success and, in so declaring, lay the groundwork for the next war and the continuation of the military-industrial economy, even in the face of the increasing pointlessness of war.


Good Read and Balanced Article....I could only post a few snips which really can't reflect the total article:

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