What do Shimon Peres and Mitt Romney have in common?
Neither apparently knows how the federal government gained control of Puerto Rico.
In his address to CPAC last night, Romney uttered a number of false statements.Â The first of which included reiterating a story from Shimon Peres who noted that,
America is unique in the history of the world. In the history of the world, whenever there has been conflict, the nation that wins takes land from the nation that loses. One nation in history, and this during the last century, laid down hundreds of thousands of lives and took no land. No land from Germany, no land from Japan, no land from Korea.
If there is any one common trait theÂ political class in the US historically sharesÂ with itsÂ world-wide peers it is its unsatiableÂ land-grabbing totalitarian tendencies.Â Â Manifest destiny was and is theÂ forceful expansion of the military state across geographic boundaries that has leftÂ whole cultures in smoldering ruins.Â This ironically includes long-term USÂ occupations of Germany, Japan and Korea where more than 100,000 troops are currentlyÂ stationed.
From day oneÂ numerous US administrationsÂ wagedÂ dozens of wars across theÂ continental plains and forcefully removed hundreds of thousands of IndiansÂ from their homesteads. Â Unruly elements incited a war with Canada in 1812.Â Â These same statists provoked and engaged a war withÂ Mexico that ultimately settledÂ the annexationÂ of Texas and the GadsdenÂ purchase (all of which was paid for by the unwitting taxpayer).Â Northern aggression resulted in aÂ decimated and vengeful South.Â After provoking the Spanish into a war, the US acquired the territory of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Phillipines and parts of Cuba.
And what about little Hawaii?Â Its indigenous populace wasÂ subdued and its Queen overthrown by American interventionists.
But even ignoring those dusty historical footnotes how do Peres and Romney reconcileÂ 800 military bases covering hundreds of thousands of acres in over 100 countries?Â Or the inconvenient fact thatÂ US military has bombed over thirty countries since World War II?Â And what about puppet states and proconsuls such asÂ L. Paul Bremer?
Romney also wants to rebuild what he sees as a weakened military,
But their numbers have been depleted by the Clinton yearsÂ when troops were reduced by 500,000, when 80 ships were retired from the Navy, and when our human intelligence was slashed by 25%. [...] we must act to rebuild our military might.
Romney failed to mention that despite these cutsÂ US politiciansÂ desperately attemptedÂ to maintainÂ its empire.Â Furthermore, numerous intelligence agenciesÂ were actively investigating potential terrorist threats priorÂ to 9/11.
Romney’s solution to theseÂ ”liberal” slashes: increase spending to 4% of GDP.
I’m not entirely sure what budgetÂ outlays Romney has been reading over the past 7 years, but the current military budget isÂ bigger than the military budgets of theÂ next 25 largest countries combined.Â At a staggering $1 trillion, which does not include outlays for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is higher than that at any point in history.Â And it has only increased since the Clinton years.