Empire Turns Its Guns on the Citizenry
When I was much younger the original meaning of SWAT was "Special Weapons
Attack Team." That meaning has now gone down the government's memory hole being
euphemized as "Special Weapons And Tactics." The original was and is much more
~ G. Andris Vaskis,
that's true. But if I call it a name that it does not go by, I will be accused
of scare tactics. I think the report is scary enough whatever SWAT stands for.
Actually, swat itself is the most scary. They swat us like mosquitoes.
nice to see that I'm not the only one noticing the increasing militarization
of police forces. In recent years I've noticed the increased use of paramilitary
clothing. No longer are police dressed like cops, more and more they're all
in black like some kind of Special Forces soldier. I can't help but think that
this changes an officer's mindset even if it's subconsciously, this is a frightening
prospect to me, especially after seeing in the news the abuses committed by
paramilitary groups in other parts of the world. But
of course that would never happen here, would it?
~ Mike Crookston
Trial of Dick Cheney
Raimondo has done great research on the Libby-Cheney Caper, but to expose the
machinations of the "War Party," should be separated, in his euphoria,
from any kind of restoration of the Republic that might result from a dismantling
of the Empire. After more than a century of institutionalization, the Empire
remains quite alive and well, even if Cheney is revealed as a Warmonger.
the Superpower Run
astute Pat Buchanan needs to brush up on his Noam Chomsky. Buchanan stated in
his article of January 19th: "So, with a clean conscience, they [the 'Best
and Brightest'] cut off funds and averted their gaze as Pol Pot's holocaust
ensued." He seems to be implying that the Democratic Republic of Vietnam
was more to blame for the crimes of the Khmer Rouge regime than the US was.
Pol Pot's "holocaust"
ensued because the Nixon Administration, ignoring General De Gaulle's sage advice,
overthrew the savvy neutralist Prince Sihanouk and installed the puppet Lon
Nol regime. China, seeing advantages to be gained through a war of opportunity
while Vietnam was preoccupied with fighting the Americans, backed the Khmer
Rouge, seeking a client regime on Vietnam's western flank. Of course Washington
looked the other way. Vietnam later ousted the Khmer Rouge without any aid from
and Brightest" are well used to averting their gaze, whether it be from
the slaughter of Native Americans, the Filipino rebels under Aguinaldo, the
East Timorese killed by Suharto, or the Palestinians oppressed and slain by
Israel. That's why they call it "hard ball."
~ Peter Q. Kilbridge
Bush, Meet Walter Jones
again, Pat Buchanan departs from a shared antiwar stance to begin the partisan
trash talk that will be aimed at Democrats for at least the next five years.
While it is entirely true that the Democrats he mentions did give Bush a blank
check for this war, the bottom line is that the majority of the country either
bought into the Bush/Cheney mushroom cloud argument, or they simply wanted our
government to just keep kicking some ass and get some payback for 9/11. In my
opinion the Democrats were spineless in the face of that wave. However, so were
the Republicans. The bottom line, Pat, is that it was YOUR party that got us
there, not the Democrats.
Though I continue
to appreciate your reasoned and principled statements against this war, you
nonetheless are beginning to sound like just another partisan hack who is secretly
pleased the Democrats have regained power because you can now blame them for
getting us there in the first place and can also now pile on with the blame
as they face the unpalatable truth that the best we can do is simply pull out
and let the chaos reign. If you want to do some good, why don't you help your
Republican brethren take the plank out of their eyes before you decide who is
and isn't fit to be a Democratic candidate for president.
~ Michael Kemp
Doomed by Shi'ite Opposition
... On the question
of the Democrats voting with the president to go to war, they are as guilty
as the Republicans. That is exactly what had happen in the UK: the Conservative
party followed suit; they were all blindfolded and gave Mr. Blair a blank check.
I am surprised
that the intelligent people in Congress and the UK parliament and the UN did
not challenge what Bush & Co. and Blair & Co. have led us to believe.... If
the Democrats are going to win the next election they have to stand up to Bush
or they are going to just go along with this crazy idea that you can really
fight terrorists who are willing to die for their cause with an additional 21,500
US soldiers. What the terrorists will do is move to another city.
[T]he people of
the US finally spoke and gave the Democrats the majority in the Senate and
finally from that result the Democrats were given the go-ahead to oppose the
Bush idea that he is the savior of democracy. And I think from what he said
recently that all he is looking for is his legacy. But believe me they are sacrificing
our young people to fight the wrong war in the name of the only democracy instead
of sending the very well-trained commandos to track the culprits of 9/11.
I am certain that
Bush, Cheney, and Blair will have a lot to explain when they leave office, or
are the facts going to be kept secret until fifty years from now?
~ Frank Nash
the Dems are culpable and will not cut off funding. They don't want to be accused
of cutting off funds for the war and also want to give Bush the rope to figuratively
hang himself. Privately, the Republicans want the US out of Iraq more than
the Dems. The Republicans are fearful of electoral defeat in 2008. In contrast,
the Dems protest too much. Their opposition will be only rhetorical for the
note with great joy that Ron Paul is going to run for president. I've been following
Chuck Hagel a lot, and he is giving me as much hope as Paul has for so long.
Will these two team up?
Hagel has been
an extremely vocal critic of the war and wants us to leave, I'd hate to see
a split in antiwar conservative votes. Somebody get these two to talk!
~ Josh Paige