dubbs64 wrote, “I guess only our government knows the real answers”
If we live in a true drmocracy, isn’t it our responsibility as citizens to find out? In our system of checks and balances, we must have an INFORMED electorate to act as the ultimate check on our govt. abusing it’s vast power.
Our govt. does know and thanks to the Freedom of Information Act you can too, albeit 40-50 years later. George Kennan wrote in 1948 as the head of a State Department planning committee [remember this was not origanally written for public consumption]
“We have about 50 percent of the world’s wealth but only 6.3 percent of its population. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts.”
Like ALL governments, the U.S. govt. is not guided in its decisions by a moral compass. Its "shock"ing and "awe"some power is in service to the powerful, i.e. Halliburton, the oil industry, and other various corporate interests.France opposed the war not because of any altruistic beliefs against war, but because those who stood to profit from the status quo were able to exert more influence upon their govt. than any pro-war faction.
When the lapdog press found it impossible to ignore that Bush’s original reasons for the need to initiate an unprovoked invasion were false, the Bush-Cheney cabal settled on the excuse of bringing “freedom” to Iraq. They have spun bullshit into “world-benefaction.” The real reason was the “immediate national objectives” of gaining control of IRAQ’S oil and to establish a large base of U.S.military power in the heart of the world’s largest oil producing region.
George W. Bush proclaims himself to be a Christian. “Judge them not by their words, you shall know them by their deeds.” Is the killing of 100,000 for Oil the act of a Christian? Oh my God, 100,000 people. George W. Bush worships Mammon.