28 July 2010

Some possibilities and some more disgust.

Well I actually found an article that gives me some encouragement. I have read many articles by Mr. Garcia. I always find him to be a very intelligent person. In my opinion, he would make an excellent teacher. His latest article is well worth your time to read. It can be found at the following link;www.counterpunch.org/garcia07272010.html.  He has captured my feelings about the old donkey gang even better than I have done. Well, he does it so nicely, politely actually. This old former Marine would most likely cuss the donkey gang for a few weeks before I got to being half way polite to them.
That is another reason I like Mr. garcia, he is so polite when telling the politicians off. A skill that I am trying to acquire. Somehow it is so mush better to stay polite while you shred the opponent/target.
It is up to us people. WE need to be the engine of change in this country. WE have to decide to stop the blind support of the status quo. If we want things to get better, then WE have to work hard at making things better. WE have to email, write letters to, and make actual phone calls to the current Congress critters and demand real change.  If enough of us actually do this, the critters will take notice.
The disgust comes from Mr. Roberts. No, he is not why I am disgusted. It is the subject of his latest article. Yes, the Afghanistan war "leaks".  In truth, it is not the leaks that is the problem. As Mr. Roberts states, it is the damn war that is the problem. It is the continuing of the idiot wars of choice and NO explanation of just what the hell we are doing in either war.
What is the goal in Afghanistan? What would "victory" look like in Afghanistan?
So far, we have not been told the answer to either of those questions. Personally, I think we are in the current damn fool wars for the obscene profits made by the war industries and the "too big to fail" banksters and oh yes, the oil giants. BP makes a huge amount of money from selling fuel to the US military. Yes, even though the blown well in the Gulf of Mexico is still not capped and maybe leaking still/again, the company is making nice profits from supplying fuel to the idiot wars.
If you want another view of the war in Afghanistan and the "leaks", please follow this  link;www.counterpunch.org/roberts07282010.html
The subtitle of Mr. Roberts article says it all. Deaf, dumb, and blind. No kidding, just like the story of old Nero fiddling as Rome burned. It looks as though our politicians, up to and including Go-bomber, are just fiddling away as the country breaks down.
We are fighting these damn fool, idiotic wars of choice with borrowed money. The thing is, our national credit card is maxed out. We are, as a country, broke. Flat broke. States are cutting budgets to the bone, the infrastructure is crumbling all around us, and yet we keep spending money we don't have to continue these damn fool wars. this is madness people. It goes way beyond foolish. It even surpasses stupidity. I'll go so far as to call it criminal.
semper fi

4 comments:

mango said...

Charlie,

I'm glad I looked into your blog, I like your attitude, your clarity and your heart. I say all this not because you said nice things about me -- though of course I am flattered and appreciative of that -- but because I can feel the inside of my head nodding in agreement as a read what you have to say. It is easy to see that you've lived life and thought about it, so that today you look back and understand why things are they way they are from your own experience, not just "book learning", which a young college graduate might remember from his indoctrination -- excuse me!, I mean education. You know politics because those lessons were knocked into your body and mind, from Vietnam to today. I don't have your type of military service experience, but I'm close to your age, so I'm pretty much the same vintage as you are, and I know and remember the kinds of situations, and the surrounding national history, that set up your (and my) education into political reality. I like your direct, clear way of stating things, a style that should be very helpful to a very wide variety of American people. Maybe if enough younger people believe what we (and many similar others) are telling them -- and act -- they and their children won't have to suffer what you and I know they may have to face (if the wars and social degradation continue). I know when you sign off with "semper fi", you mean with all humanity.

Best,

Manuel Garcia, Jr.

gesneri said...

Exactly, Charlie. Everything in this country is wearing out or breaking down, but the MIC can still count on some hefty profits from the war machine. And with high unemployment continuing indefinitely into the future, there will be plenty of soldiers for what looks like the coming war with Iran. It'll be the only way some folks will be able to feed (barely) and provide medical care for their families. If someone had told me 20 years ago what this country would be like in 2010, I would have laughed in their face.

john francis lee said...

I agree with Mango, Charlie. I appreciate your insight and your thorough-going analysis, taken at a level that I can follow from my own direct experience of life. I'm your age, too. All of us have led different lives but it's very satisfying to be able to read each other's reflections and to appreciate the wide areas of our agreement.

Thanks for the good words and tips to the "literature" and please keep up the good work.

charlie ehlen said...

Thank you all. I really appreciate your comments.